Merry Christmas Music ~ 78RPM Folio

O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Words and Music by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
1st recording 1946 ~
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
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. Only in recent years has it become
available again in a CD compilation from PastPerfect.
1959 Lyrics
Notes: ~ This popular Christmas carol was written by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner in 1868. Brooks,
pastor of the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem in December 1865.
Three years later the impressions of Bethlehem remained clear in his mind. In early December 1868, Brooks
wrote a five-stanza poem (modern hymnals omit the third stanza) about Bethlehem. He asked his church
organist and Sunday school superintendent, Lewis Redner, to write music to the poem. Redner wrote the
music on the night of December 26-27, 1868. That Sunday morning (the 27th), "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
was sung for the first time by a chorus composed of six Sunday school teachers and thirty-six children.
Originally, Brooks called his Christmas carol "St. Louis" - a different spelling of Lewis Redner's first name.

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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