Jingle BellsPerry Como ~ Mr. Saturday Night!

Words and Music by J.S. Pierpoint
With Russ Case and His Orchestra
and Chorus
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 2:58
Recorded August 22, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB-2689 Take 1 - 1A
1946 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1971-B
Single release: RCA-45RPM 47-2972 ( 1949 )
Single Flip Side: "O Come, All Ye Faithful ( Adeste Fidelis ) "
US Chart Position No. 74 ( 1957 45 EPA-920 )
UK Single release: HMV-78RPM-BD-1187 ( December 1947 )
Single Flip Side: "Winter Wonderland"
Single release: RCA-45RPM-WBY-57 Bluebird Children's Record
Single Flip Side: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town"
Original 78RPM Musical Smart Set "Merry Christmas Music"  P-161 1946/47
Original 45RPM Musical Smart Set "Merry Christmas Music"  WP-161 1949 & EPB-3023 1952
Album issue: RCA-LP10 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-51 / LPM-3023 MONO 1951/52
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "The Story of The First Christmas" EYA-19 MONO 1953
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" LPM-1243 MONO 1956
Album issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" EPA-920 MONO 1956
Album Re- issue: RCA-45RPM EP "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" EPA-920 MONO 1957
Album: RCA-UK EP "A Merry Christmas" RCX-120 MONO U/K
Australia album: RCA-45RPM EP "Twas the Night Before Christmas" EP-20031 MONO 1958
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAL-660 MONO 1961
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS(e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1964
Album issue: RCA-LP12 "Home for the Holidays" PRS-273 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1968
Re-issue: Pickwick-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CDS-1045 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1972
Album issue: Pickwick-LP12 "The Christmas Collection" PDA-027 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1979
Re-issue: Camden-LP12 "Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" CAS (e)-660 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
Re-issue: Special Products-LP12 "Christmas with Perry Como" Noel-5211 ELECTRONIC STEREO 1987
Original Musical Smart Set 1946/4745 RPM Musical Smart Set 1949/52Merry Christmas Music ~ LPM 3023 circa 1951The Story of the First Christmas ~ 1953 45 Extended Play
Merry Christmas Music ~ 1956Merry Christmas Music - 1956 EPSanta Claus Us Comin' To Town ~ EPA-920 circa 1957Perry Como - A Merry Christmas
Merry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 CamdenMerry Christrmas Music ~ 1961 Camden alternate coverHome for the Holidays ~ compilation circa 1968
The Perry Como Christmas CollectionMerry Christmas Music ~ 1964 Camden ReissueChristmas with Perry Como - 1987The Night Before Christmas - Australian EP
Note: a number of Perry's original RCA Camden albums were later issued in Electronically Reprocessed Stereo during the mid-1960s when it became important for recordings to be available in a stereo format. Generally speaking, results were not very good but this was largely dependent on the remastering engineer. Oddly, a number of recordings previously recorded in real stereo were also remastered in this "fake" stereo for reasons assumed to be associated with the project budget but, nevertheless, in direct contradiction to RCA General Manager George R. Marek's original mission statement for RCA Camden recordings in 1958.
J.S. Pierpoint wrote "Jingle Bells" in 1857 as entertainment for a Boston Sunday School class. Since then this perennial Christmas favourite has been recorded countless times. Perhaps the biggest hit version came in 1943 when Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters' recording (Decca 23281) sold over a million copies. The flip side of that disc was another favourite, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town." Two years earlier, Glenn Miller also had a hit with "Jingle Bells" (Bluebird 11353). One of the most unusual recordings of the song came in 1955, when Don Charles, from Copenhagen, Denmark, spliced a tape of dogs barking at various pitches to the tune of "Jingle Bells." The resultant recording (RCA 6344) eventually sold a million copies.

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