Perry Como "First Christmas" Special Release


The First Christmas

~ 1950 VERSION

 
The First Christmas as told and sung by Perry Como
with Chorus and Orchestra under the direction of Mitchell Ayres
Produced by Henri Renť
 
The story "The First Christmas" was adapted by John A. Richards
first recorded in 1950 monaural and then again in 1959 within an expanded
version in RCA Victor's Living Stereo.
 
Musical arrangements by Mitchell Ayres 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
 
Released on a 12" 33-1/3 RPM Special DJ pressing pre-dating the LP format.
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
1950 Lyrics
Side One
 
The Story of the First Christmas:
Adapted by John A. Richards with musical arrangements by Mitchell Ayres
Narration by Perry Como 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
 
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Words and Music by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
 
Come, Come, Come to the Manger
Traditional Christmas Music
Adapted by Mitchell Ayres
 
The First NoŽl
Traditional Christmas Music
 
O Come All Ye Faithful
Latin Hymn translated by Frederick Oakeley
 
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Adapted by Mitchell Ayres and Jack Andrews
 
Silent Night
Words and Music by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber
 
Side Two
 
There is No Christmas Like a Home Christmas  Voice track Intro
Words and Music by Carl Sigman and Mickey J. Addy
With Orchestra and Chorus Conducted by Mitchell Ayres
 
The Christmas Symphony  Voice track Intro
Words and Music by Phil Perry, Joe Candullo  
and Charles Faso Reade
With Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Mitchell Ayres
 
 
First Christmas - a special release for the nation's disc jockies
 
 

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