One of the most wonderful things about listening to the very earliest attempts at Christmas albums is to see a genre take form. Take radio personality Arthur Godfrey.
Creating Christmas music will almost universally mean an artist has to go outside their comfort zone.
What’s the first Christmas album? Well, of course, this would have been before the vinyl record was invented in the late 1940s.
Sometimes, it’s not about the notes someone sings, about their purity and quality and intrinsic meaningfulness. Sometimes, it’s about the pauses.
Pianist Oscar Levant once famously quipped that he “knew Doris Day before she was a virgin.
The fantastic thing about recording technology is that it allows us to travel in time.
One of the most wonderful things about Christmas music is how it can turn expectations on end.
One of the strikingly unusual things about the music industry in the early sixties was how studio orchestra arrangers could become stars in their own right.
In 1964, showbiz darlings, married couple Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé were at the top of their game.