The First Christmas - a special release for the nation's disc jockies

( The ) Story of the
First Christmas

~ 1950 & 1959 VERSIONS

Perry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

 
Adapted by John A. Richards with musical arrangements by Mitchell Ayres
Narration with Christmas carols: O Little Town of Bethlehem;
Come, Come, Come to the Manger; The First NoŽl; O Come All Ye Faithful;
We Three Kings of Orient Are; Silent Night
Roncom Music
           First recording 1950 : original title "The First Christmas"
Story adapted by John A. Richards  
as told and sung by Perry Como recorded as Part 1 and Part 2
Perry Como tells the Complete Story of the First Christmas
and Sings beloved Christmas songs
With Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Henri Renť
 
"The First Christmas" is a 12-inch 33-1/3 rpm special DJ pressing.
Recorded at Manhattan Center, New York City
Recording Time 8:08
Recorded Circa 1949/50  ~   Matrix No. E0 CC 1891
Flipside ~  Special Voice Track Intros - Matrix No. E0 CC 1892
 
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "The Story of The First Christmas" EYA-19 MONO 1953
Remastered May 18, 1953   ~   Matrix No. E3 VB 1298 Take 1 - 1A
1950 Lyrics
Single release: RCA Little Nipper "Blue" Junior Series WY-422 45-RPM Yellow Vinyl
Matrix Nos. ( 47-0259-A/B ) ( 45-5290-A/B ) Parts 1 and 2
 
EP release: RCA Little Nipper "Yellow"  EYA-19 45-RPM Extended-Play Black Vinyl
Matrix Nos. E3PW-1298 ( A Side ) and E3PW-1299 ( B Side )
 
EP Flip Side: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" ( with The Satisfiers ) ( 1946 )
and "Jingle Bells" ( 1946 )
 
First Christmas - a special release for the nation's disc jockiesThe Story of the First Christmas ~ Little Nipper JUNIOR SeriesEYA-19 45-RPM Extended-Play Black Vinyl

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Second recording 1959: 
Arrangements by Joe Lipman and Jack Andrews
With Mitchell Ayres and His Orchestra
Produced by Charles Grean and Lee Schapiro
 
Recorded in Webster Hall, New York City
Recording Engineer: Bob Simpson
Recording Time 10:01
 
Recorded July 13, 1959   ~   Matrix No. K2PB 4544 Take 1+
1959 Lyrics
SESSION MUSICIANS & CHOIR
 
Orchestra Session
MORNING 10:00AM TO 2:30 PM 
 
Leader: Mitchell Ayres
Contractor: Henry "Hank" Ross
Musicians AF of M Contract #8133
Chorus Contractor: Ray Charles
 
Others: T.B.A.
Harp ~ Gloria Agostini 
 
Choir ~ Lois Winter, Sue Singleton, Trudy Packer, Muriel Shaw, Rosemarie Jun, Bernice Massi, Joyce DeYoung, Ann Ryan McCord, Dean Parker, Earl Rodgers, Alan Sokoloff, Dave Starkey, Bob Miller, Tom Motto, Bob Spiro, Herb Davidson, Bob Hartman, Dave Vogel, Leonard Stea, Lee Book 
 
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Seasons Greetings from Perry Como" LSP-2066 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA UK-LP12 "The Songs of Christmas" SF-5045 STEREO 1959
Album issue: RCA-CAMDEN-LP12 "Christmas Greetings" PICKWICK UK CDS-1113 STEREO 1972/76
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 STEREO 1979
 
Notes: ~ "The First Christmas" was originally recorded in two parts especially for children for RCA Victor's Little Nipper Junior Series and released sometime during the early 50s. The flipside tracks for EYA-19 are believed to be the 1946 recordings from the "Merry Christmas Music" compilation. Mr. Como used "The Story of the First Christmas" many times on his television show, prior to 1963, and thereafter on his annual Christmas Specials. There were often slight variations in the dialogue but essentially the story followed the same sequence of songs.
 
Season's Greetings from Perry Como ~ 1959The Songs of Christmas - UK Release 1959Christmas Greetings from Perry Como ~ UK CamdenThe Perry Como Christmas Collection

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