Doris Day

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Be A Child At Christmas Time
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Christmas Waltz
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The Christmas Waltz
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Toyland
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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
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Let No Walls Divide
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Snowfall
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Silent Night
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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Christmas Story
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Ol' Saint Nicholas
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The Christmas Song
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Here Comes Santa Claus
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Christmas Greeting From Doris
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White Christmas
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Winter Wonderland
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Doris Day is a singer and actress extraordinaire, having risen to the top of both professions and now recognised as one of the leading animal rights campaigners. Having worked with the likes of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne (who between them wrote ‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’ and ‘The Christmas Waltz’) for many years it comes as no surprise that over a career spanning nearly half a century that she would record quite a number of Christmas songs, culminating in her 1964 album ‘Doris Day’s Christmas Album’. For her first Christmas recording however you would have to rewind almost 20 years to Day’s first version of ‘The Christmas Song’ with the Les Brown Orchestra in 1946. The youthful Doris sounds sprightly and this early version is a nice companion piece for her later, and perhaps more accomplished, rendition of Nat King Coles song for her Christmas album. 3 years later Day would record ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’, again with the Les Brown Orchestra, a version that would appear on a seminal Christmas compilation in 1954 called ‘First Christmas Record for Children’.

Day recorded a 1950 single called ‘Christmas Story’ (backed by ‘Silver Bells’) which would not appear on her later Christmas album but on 1951’s, otherwise unchristmassy, ‘On Moonlight Bay’ which soundtracked the movie of the same name. In the movie Day sang ‘Christmas Story’ with her co-star Gordon McRae but for legal reasons he was unable to record the song on the studio album so she had to go it alone (albeit with a male choir adding plenty to the atmosphere). Doris did record one other Christmas song that would not see light of day on any other recording apart from a limited DJ only vinyl pressing in 1961. ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ could be found on the b-side of the ‘Let No Walls Divide’ promo which itself was recorded for the 1961 various artists compilation called ‘An All-Star Christmas - We Wish You the Merriest’.

‘Doris Day’s Christmas Album’ was a 12-track humdinger that came out for Christmas 1964 with conductor Dudley C. King adding the wonderful orchestral accompaniment. With 10 tracks of seasoned classics and 2 lesser known numbers ‘Be A Child At Christmas Time’ and ‘Christmas Present’ this was an album with no discernible weakness. Day’s vocals were emotive, clear and quite obviously in awe of the season. ‘Silver Bells’ and ‘Toyland’ have long since taken the laurels for most favoured tracks but there are so many other bright moments you could easily be swayed by Day’s ‘The Christmas Waltz’, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ or her rapturous version of Claude Thornhill’s ‘Snowfall’. They sure don’t make albums like this anymore and it was further bolstered when a 2003 CD reissue added the aforementioned ‘Let No Walls Divide’, ‘I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me War’ which had featured on Day’s 1958 album ‘Hooray For Hollywood’ and ‘Deck The Hall With Boughs Of Holly’ which she recorded with Frank Devol and his Orchestra for a 1959 Christmas album that never materialised.

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