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Glen Campbell's Rockin' Holiday Albums and Song Releases

Post by Dee » Sat Nov 29, 2014 3:35 pm

Other Holiday Songs From Various Artists’ Albums

#8: "Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy" duet with Buck Owens
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From the album “Merry Arizona 97 / desert stars shine at christmas” (CD), various artists, 1997; released to benefit children with disabilities for United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona.
This is a RARE song not released on any other Glen Campbell holiday album!

Dee-Notables: This CD occasionally shows up on ebay/U.S. Just like the 1995 Merry Arizona release, selling prices vary greatly.
It's a fun song, and Buck and Glen sound great together!

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Another "Merry Arizona" album was released in 1996, titled "Merry Arizona Two / Desert Stars Shine at Christmas" (subtitle is in all caps). Glen Campbell performs "Little Drummer Boy". This song is not a new recording; it was taken from one of Glen's holiday albums. Below is a photo of this CD, not to be confused with the above two "Merry Arizona" releases that have similar front CD covers/titles.
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"Mary, Did You Know?"
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This is a special category song because it is a Christmas song that Glen Campbell newly recorded for his 59th album of inspirational songs, "Love Is the Answer: 24 Songs of Faith, Hope and Love", released in 2004 (CD, cassette). "Mary, Did You Know?" is the only Christmas song on this album and is one that Glen sang during his Christmas concerts in the nineties.

"Mary, Did You Know?", with lyrics and music written by Mark Lowry and Buddy Greene, was originally recorded by Christian recording artist, Michael English on his solo debut album in 1991 (English and Lowry were both members of the Gaither Vocal Band). The song has since gone on to become a modern Christmas classic, being recorded by many artists over the years across multiple genres.

For more information about this album, see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Is_th ... e_and_Love" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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"Blue Christmas"
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Here's a holiday album favorite of mine that arlw informed us about at least a year or more ago: "Blue Christmas". It is not a "Glen Campbell album", but Glen's standard version of the Blue Christmas song appears on this promotional record along with 14 other versions of this same song sung by other artists. Created for radio broadcasting purposes only, it is a very unusual LP that provides a very different listening experience. I thought you all might enjoy learning about it, and it does show up on ebay "once in a blue moon". Following is arlw's description (thanks, arlw!) of this album:
"Blue Christmas" - Welk Music Group - WM-3002. 1984 release date. This is a promotional album, and is not for sale. It is to be used for broadcast purposes only. This company has selected 15 of the best and most programmable versions of Blue Christmas for this special promo album, and also included are 5 hard to find recordings of other Christmas Standards.

Artists include, Elvis Presley, Living Voices, Chet Atkins, Willie Nelson, Mickey Gilley, Lawrence Welk, Jim Reeves, Ernest Tubb, Tammy Wynette, Jackie Gleason, Glen Campbell, The Beach Boys, Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass, Johnny Mathis, and Merle Haggard. Bonus Cuts: Percy Faith, Bing Crosby, and Lynn Anderson. White label/Blue lettering. -- arlw
"Blue Christmas", the song, is considered the first popular holiday country music song, and Glen Campbell's buddy, Elvis Presley, immortalized it in 1957 as a rock-and-roll holiday classic! The lyrics were penned by Jay Johnson, who was born in Ellis, Kansas in March 1903. The music was written by composer, author, and guitarist, Billy Hayes, born in February 1906 in New York City, New York. Billy may have contributed to the lyrics as well.

For more information about how this song became a holiday standard, with a nod to Glen's recording of it, check out this recently published article: http://www.norwichbulletin.com/article/ ... /141209675" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

If you'd really like to get into the "blues" of this song, you may want to read this article, "The Story Of Blue Christmas", excerpted from the book: The Stories Behind Country Music's All-Time Greatest 100 Songs at http://home.earthlink.net/~deankay/JayJohnsonBio.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;.

Special thanks to arlw for originally bringing this unusual LP to our attention and for sharing this album's description again for this post!

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