Merry Music Christmas LP with Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason
All presents and cards sent off. Back home enjoying a cup of chocolate and listening to another favourite Christmas LP, ‘Merry Music Christmas’ with Dean Martin and Jackie Gleason.
Dino was cool then and is cool now.
Then there’s Jackie Gleason, a comedian, actor and musician. He was hilarious in ‘The Honeymooners,’ and remember the opening tune for The Jackie Gleason show, Melancholy Serenade?
Did you know Jackie could not read or write music? He was said to have “conceived melodies in his head and then to have described them vocally to assistants who would then transcribe them into musical notes.” – Wikipedia
“Jackie knows a lot more about music than people give him credit for. I have seen him conduct a 60-piece orchestra and detect one discordant note in the brass section. He would immediately stop the music and locate the wrong note. It always amazed the professional musicians how a guy who technically did not know one note from another could do that. And he was never wrong.” – Bobby Hackett
This is a wonderful Christmas album. Between Dino’s cool voice and Jackie’s melodic mood music with jazz overtones, the LP is really classy.
Here’s a video of Gleason’s Blue Christmas arrangement which is on the album.
Of course, the sound on the video doesn’t do it justice. It’s 100% better on a stereo system, but it gives you an idea of his styling.
Here’s Dino singing Baby It’s Cold Outside, this same arrangement is also on ‘Merry Music Christmas.’
A1 Baby It’s Cold Outside
A2 Winter Wonderland
A3 You’re All I Want For Christmas
A4 I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm
A5 It’s Christmas Time All Over The World
B1 Blue Christmas
B2 The Christmas Song
B3 Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
B4 Snowbound For Christmas
B5 White Christmas
Merry Music Christmas is available on LP and CD at Amazon.com