Around the Christmas Tree ~ LPM 3133 circa 1953Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!
'Twas the Night Before Christmas & The Twelve Days of ChristmasI Say Mommy Kissing Santa Claus & Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Around The Christmas Tree

| Back to 1950s | Merry Christmas Music | 1956 LP Release |

Recorded May 5th ~ June 22nd, 1953

Album Sessions for "Around The Christmas Tree" LPM-3133
Recorded at Manhattan Center & RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
with Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra, Chorus and String Ensemble
Produced by Henri René

May 5, 1953

Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
           ( The )  Christmas Song ( Merry Christmas To You )  E3VB - 1236  Take 1 - 1A
C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S E3VB - 1237  Take 1 - 1A

May 18, 1953

Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus

           ( The )  First Christmas   E3VB - 1298  Take 1 - 1A

May 21, 1953

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
           Frosty The Snowman E3VB - 1337  Take 1 - 1A
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus E3VB - 1338  Take 1 - 1A ( NOT INCLUDED )
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer E3VB - 1339  Take 1 - 1A

May 26, 1953

Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
           The Twelve Days of Christmas E3VB - 1353  Take 1 - 1A
Joy To The World E3VB - 1354  Take 1 - 1A
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen E3VB - 1355  Take 1 - 1A

June 22, 1953

Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
With String Ensemble Directed by Mitchell Ayres
           'Twas The Night Before Christmas  E3VB - 1601  Take 1 - 1A

           Before & After Christmas Songs from 1950 ~ 1954:

August 15, 1950

Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra & Chorus
         There Is No Christmas Like A Home Christmas   E0VB - 5279  Take 1 - 1A
( The ) Christmas Symphony   E0VB - 5280  Take 1 - 1A

September 18, 1951

Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
and the Fontane Sisters
           It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas     E1VB - 3394  Take 1 - 1A

November 16, 1954

Recorded at Webster Hall, New York City
With Mitchell Ayres' Orchestra
and the Ray Charles Singers
( There's No Place Like )  Home For The Holidays    E4VB-5938 Take D
Perry Como - Christmas JoyAround the Christmas Tree
This is Perry's second Christmas collection of songs recorded as an album, the first being "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" which was assembled in 1946. Recorded in 1953, it surprisingly excluded several Christmas songs recorded previously and released as singles plus a very interesting recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, recorded during these same sessions.  In 1956, the collection was combined with the earlier set to form Perry's first full RCA Victor 12" LP Christmas album. This album was reissued under the budget RCA Camden label in 1961 less one additional song, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town", and for reasons unexplained it was this version chosen for remastering to compact disc. The compact disc could easily have contained all of the original songs within it's format length.

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