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Christmas Dream
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Magic Moments
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Turn Around
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My Favorite Things
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Love In A Home
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Abide With Me
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Christmas Bells
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Love Is Spreading All Over The World
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The Lord's Prayer
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The Father Of Girls
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The Little Drummer Boy
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Ave Maria
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I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever
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I Know What God Is
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(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
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The First Noel
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Frosty The Snowman
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Christ Is Born
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
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Silent Night
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I Wonder As I Wander
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Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
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I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
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Do You Hear What I Hear?
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C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S
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Toyland
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Silver Bells
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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
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White Christmas
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Christmas Eve
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Winter Wonderland
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Twas The Night Before Christmas
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That Christmas Feeling
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The First Christmas
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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A Dreamers Holiday
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Come, Come, Come to the Manger
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Deck The Halls / Adeste Fideles
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Happy Holidays / We Need a Little Christmas
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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Good King Wenceslas / God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
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O Little Town of Bethlehem / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Silent Night / O Come, All Ye Faithful
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A Christmas Letter
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Good Night, Sweet Jesus
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I'll Be Home For Christmas
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Joy To The World
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Spoken Introduction To The Christmas Symphony
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The Christmas Song
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The Story Of The First Christmas
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The Twelve Days Of Christmas
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Christmas Duets & Collaborations
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Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers - O Holy Night (Cantique De Noel)
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Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers - Caroling, Caroling / The First Noel / Hark! The Herald Angels Sing / Silent Night
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Perry Como, The Ray Charles Singers - Here We Come A-Caroling / We Wish You A Merry Christmas
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Ave Maria
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The Perry Como Show - Christmas, 1953
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Bless This House
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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas / Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas / "The Bells of St. Mary's / Bless This House
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Perry Como Christmas Test Pressings 1946
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The Perry Como Show - Christmas Eve 1952
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It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas
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Factfile - Perry Como
  • Como's 1954 version of (There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays reached Number 8 in the US charts. The version he released the following year is the one which we know so well today.
  • The Perry Como Christmas Album peaked at number 5 in the US album charts in 1970.
  • Como's Christmas TV specials go all the way back to 1948 and continued around the world until the final one in Dublin in 1993 (recorded and released the following year as Perry Como's Christmas Concert).
  • Como's 8 year old son Ronnie was part of the choir for Como's first Christmas show; helping his father perform Silent Night.

For many Perry Como is such a vital constituent of the Christmas celebrations that taking away his music would be akin to leaving the tree boxed up in the attic along with fairy lights and tinsel. Pretty much unthinkable then that one of the great Christmas voices doesn’t make at least one appearance over the 12 days each year. Como was a crooner in the mould of Bing Crosby and cast his Christmas legend over 3 Christmas albums, 2 of which were studio recordings and one which was a recording of a live concert he did late into his career.

Perry Como’s debut Christmas, ‘Season’s Greetings from Perry Como’, was released in 1959 and is the archetypal Como record. Opening with one of this signature Christmas songs ‘(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays’ this was in fact the second time Como had recorded the Al Stillman/Robert Allen composition as it had previously been released as a single in 1954. ‘(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays’ is a pretty individualistic tune as it skitters between a range of momentums while Como offers the fireside vocals. And much of the traditional favourites on ‘Season’ Greetings’ are marked by Como’s idiosyncratic delivery. So within a few words of, say, ‘Rudolf The Red-Nosed Reindeer’ you know it is Perry at the controls. The orchestral backing while certainly impressive is held in check for the most part, offering short but expertly tailored nuances that give Como’s renditions their own verve. There are plenty of highlights with ‘God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen’ perhaps the album’s highpoint as the lush brass opening is matched by Como’s devotion and the Ray Charles Singers atmospheric background vocals. The album closes with a 10 minute medley with Como’s spoken words telling the story of the birth of Jesus while at the same time linking half a dozen carefully chosen carols. It’s Christmas like we all remember with ‘O Little Town of Bethlehem’, ‘The First Noel’, ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ and ‘Silent Night’ amongst the standards that wholesomely completes Perry’s story of the nativity.

It would be almost a decade before Perry Como’s second Christmas album made an appearance. 1968’s ‘The Perry Como Christmas Album’ again featured the Ray Charles Singers on backing vocals and this time there was a reliance of lesser known Christmas songs such as ‘Christmas Eve’, ‘Christ is Born’ and ‘Toyland’ which had originally appeared on a 1961 Disney movie named ‘Babes In Toyland’. Como showed his dedication when after hearing the album decided it was not good enough and had the whole thing re-recorded. The results left us with probably the quintessential Perry Como festive release with the crooner's stamp all over classics such as ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’, ‘Silver Bells’ and an updated version of his ‘There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas’ which Como had originally released almost 2 decades earlier as a single. Sounding all the world like a country Jim Reeves ‘There Is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas’ has a unique olde world charm and is perhaps the song that most people associate with Como over the holidays.

1994’s ‘Perry Como's Christmas Concert’ (recorded in December 1993) was not only Perry’s final Christmas album it was also the last album of his career. Como, by then 81 years old, had been unwell in the lead up to the live recording which took place in Dublin and there were signs of his ill-health throughout the performance. But with a hugely appreciative audience cheering him on and Como’s famed application to the cause the album turned out pretty well. As you’d expect given the location there was plenty of blarney on show like ‘If You're Irish Come Into The Parlour’ and ‘A Little Bit of Ireland’ but this was a celebration of Perry Como’s contribution to Christmas. So all his festive favourites were given an airing including audience favourite ‘Ave Maria’, which was one of the closing songs in the set. ‘Perry Como's Christmas Concert’ was the final stop on what had been a long standing series of TV Christmas shows over the years that had begun way back in 1963 when Como had been given permission to record several Christmas carols in the Vatican (the first time the inner sanctum of the institution had been filmed). Over the years he had recorded his Christmas show in locations such as diverse as Mexico, the U.S., France, Canada and Israel.

  Oh! There's no place like home for the holidays, 'Cause no matter how far away you roam, When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, For the holidays you can't beat home sweet home!
Perry Como
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Perry Como Christmas Album & Single Covers

Perry Como 45 Around The Christmas Tree
Perry Como 45 Christmas Joy
Perry Como Home For The Holidays LP
Perry Como I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever
Perry Como Jingle Bells
Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music
Perry Como Theres No Place Like Home For The Holidays
Perry Comos Christmas Concert
Seasons Greetings From Perry Como
The Perry Como Christmas Album
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