Friday, August 29, 2008

Another Shower of Golden Records

Here's the second disc from the little Golden Records stash that I found in my office last week.

This time we get a different holiday tune: Parade of the Wooden Soldiers is a 1933 Fleischer Studios animated short film starring Betty Boop. This instrumental title theme (also known as "Parade of the Tin Soldiers") was composed by Leon Jessel, and is popular as Christmas music.

The flip side is Bob Merril's "Sparrow In The Treetop", originally published in 1951, with hit versions following by Guy Mitchell (the most popular version, reaching #8 on the Billboard chart), by Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (also reaching #8 on the Billboard chart), and by Rex Allen (reaching #28 on the Billboard chart).



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