Merry Christmas Music ~ 78RPM Folio

O, Little Town of Bethlehem
Words and Music by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
Perry Como with Organ and Choir Conducted by Russ Case
Recorded at RCA Victor Studio 2, New York City
Recording Time 2:54
Recorded August 20, 1946   ~  Matrix No. D6VB-2680 Take 1 - 1A
1946 Lyrics
Single release: RCA-78RPM-20-1970-B
Single Flip Side: "Silent Night"
Original 78RPM Musical Smart Set "Merry Christmas Music"  P-161 1946/47
Notes: ~ In 1947 Perry recorded Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" which replaced "O, Little Town of Bethlehem" within all subsequent single releases and album compilations. This Christmas song was never re-released by RCA Victor in any other format but it has been pirated by UK companies who specialize in bootleg releases mastered from original phonograph records.
Original Musical Smart Set 1946/47
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This recording was originally included within the 1946 RCA Victor Musical Smart Set
"Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas Music" but was excluded in versions following 1947
in favour of Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" which Perry recorded with Lloyd Shaffer's
Orchestra and a Mixed Chorus on July 10, 1947. It was not included within the 1956 RCA
Victor compilation album nor within the RCA Camden re-release in 1961.  One additional
song "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town ( with The Satisfiers )" was also excluded from the
1961 re-release.
Note:  this track was replaced in compilations following 1947 with Perry's recording of
"White Christmas" and never replaced thereafter.


The Shepherds hurry to the manger, fall on their knees before the baby, and they worship him! For He is Christ the Lord!

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