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Christmastime
Title:
CHRISTMASTIME
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Decca
Catalog Number:
A-488
Release Date:
November 1946
Type:
78
Discs:
4
Length:
Unknown
Availability:
Out of print
Christmastime



ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:
Insert
Unfortunately throughout her entire recording career, Judy Garland never made a Christmas album. The two songs included here, her appearance in the 1937 MGM short Silent Night singing the title song, plus a few songs she sang on radio and television, are the only Garland Holiday songs in existence. Which is odd, as supposedly she loved the Holiday Season. Plus her voice lends itself perfectly to the many beautiful and heartfelt Holiday songs out there.

This album is the only time that Judy shares billing on record with her former rival at MGM, Deanna Durbin. That is until the 1936 short subject Every Sunday began to appear on bootleg records in the 1960s and 70s. Both girls were just starting out at MGM in 1936 when they made the film. Shortly afterwards, Deanna's MGM contract was allowed to lapse (meaning that the studio did not take advantage of the contract option to renew). Deanna left MGM for Universal where later that same year she became a big hit in her first film One Hundred Men And A Girl. This eventually helped Judy's career, as MGM eventually began to take notice of Judy's talents and the fact that there really was room in their roster of stars (and what a roster it was!) for a young teen star.

The rest of this album could be called the "Kenny Baker Christmas Album" as Kenny gets four of his songs included. This album was released the same year that he was filming The Harvey Girls with Judy at MGM. He also participated in the making of the Harvey Girls Decca Cast Album.

Judy's songs are included in the 1994 CD boxed set "Judy Garland - The Complete Decca Masters (plus)."

All images on this page from the collection of Eric Hemphill, including the rare insert - cover shown above right, lyrics to "The Birthday Of A King" from inside the insert shown below.

Detailed information about the non-Garland songs provided by Bern
ie. Thanks Bernie!

Lyrics 
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45 version
The very rare 1950 45rpm set version.

 



TRACK LISTING

Judy Garland songs in blue

Song Title
Date Recorded
Record #
Master #
Silent Night (Deanna Durbin)
09-29-1941
23657A
DLA 2783
Adeste Fideles (Deanna Durbin)
09-29-1941
23567B DLA 2782
The Birthday Of A King
07-26-1941
23658A DLA 2578
The Star Of The East
07-26-1941
23658B DLA 2579
O, Little Town Of Bethlehem (Kenny Baker)
with Eddie Dunstedter on pipe organ
11-18-1938
23671A DLA 1559
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear (Kenny Baker)
with Eddie Dunstedter on pipe organ
11-18-1938
23671B DLA 1560
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing (Kenny Baker)
with Eddie Dunstedter on pipe organ
11-18-1938
23672A DLA 1561

O Holy Night (Kenny Baker)
with Eddie Dunstedter on pipe organ

11-18-1938
23672B
DLA 1562



CREDITS

None listed.

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