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Any Major 1940s Christmas

December 17th, 2020 Leave a comment Go to comments


Retro Christmas vibes are the best, aren’t they? They appear to offer a distraction and alternative to the frantic and overly commercialised Christmas of today. Of course, Christmas always was commercialised. That wonderful 1947 film Miracle On 34th Street bemoaned the excess in commerce in Christmas. Five years earlier, Bing Crosby was dreaming of Christmases as they used to be, appealing to the idealised version of a better past, with more inclement weather.

The nostalgia for the Christmas as it used to be is probably driven by a desire to recapture the innocence of our childhood, a time when the anticipation and arrival of Christmas occupied our minds, rather than bills, relationships and social problems. As adults, that innocence and the certainties that came with it is gone, so the notions of an idealised past are chased for that ephemeral sensation of experiencing Christmas as it used to be, the joy of childhood, maybe a hint of the comfort of a loving mother who is now gone.

And, frankly, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. A touch of nostalgia, even if it recalls a past that doesn’t really correspond with reality, can be a great escape — as long as it doesn’t cloud our good judgment on social and political issues. In real money, the past was just as shitty as the present. On this mix, the songs soundtrack a time of war and, in many places, food rationing. In the USA, where all these songs come from, it was a time of war followed by the rise of the HUAC and the McCarthyist hysteria.

Between 2009 and 2013, I posted three mixes of Christmas in Black & White which covered the era of the 1930s to the ’60s, and four years ago we revisited the 1950s specifically. Here we go back to the 1940s, with a passing nod to the first peacetime Christmas after WW2, which this year was 75 years ago.

Will this bring to a close the Christmas-by-decade mixes? We’ve already done the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, besides the ’50s one mentioned above. I don’t really know yet.

I hope you’ll enjoy this 1940s Christmas mix, which brings together the cheesy (which in some cases, such as in the Perry Como track, is accompanied by comedy) and the excellent, with one of the few good versions of Jingle Bells, Nat King Cole doing a silly novelty song with a straight face and a wink, and Amos Milburn telling his baby that he wants to “slide down your chimney” and promising her that she may “ride my reindeer”. I expect square middle-aged people in the 1940s were longing for a Christmas when there still were good, old-fashioned family values…

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-made covers made out of old ration-cards (so this mix could be a nice Christmas present for some people of a certain age). PW in comments.

After the Christmas Blues mix and this second Christmas compilation, I shall take a short time off, but I will be back before the year is out to post the obligatory New Year’s disco mix. If I don’t see you before Christmas, have a very merry one.

1. Glenn Miller and His Orchestra – Jingle Bells (1941)
2. Buddy Clark with The Girl Friends – Winter Wonderland (1949)
3. Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra – Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (1945)
4. Perry Como and The Satisfiers – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (1946)
5. Joe Turner’s Orchestra with Pete Johnson – Christmas Date Boogie (1948)
6. Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Merry Christmas Baby (1947)
7. Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra – White Christmas (1942)
8. Doris Day – Ol’ Saint Nicholas (1949)
9. Tony Martin with Earle Hagan’s Orchestra – The Christmas Song (1947)
10. Hugo Winterhalter – Blue Christmas (1949)
11. Gene Autry – Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (1949)
12. Judy Garland – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (1944)
13. Eddy Howard and His Orchestra – I’ll Be Home For Christmas (1947)
14. Nat ‘King’ Cole and His Trio – All I Want For Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) (1949)
15. Amos Milburn – Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby (1949)
16. Willie Lewis and His Negro Ban – Christmas Night In Harlem (1941)
17. Slam Stewart Quintet with Johnny Guarnieri – Santa’s Secret (1944)
18. Sonny Thompson – Not On A Xmas Tree (1949)
19. Frank Sinatra – Christmas Dreaming (1947)
20. Dinah Shore – The Merry Christmas Polka (1949)
21. Jesse Rogers and his 49ers – Here Comes Santa Claus (1948)
22. Les Brown and His Orchestra – When You Trim Your Christmas Tree (1946)
23. Frankie Laine – You’re All I Want For Christmas (1948)
24. Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters – The Twelve Days Of Christmas (1949)
25. Fred Waring and The Pennsylvanians – ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (1947)


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  1. amdwhah
    December 17th, 2020 at 11:27 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Rat-a-tat-tat
    December 17th, 2020 at 17:25 | #2

    Goodness, if only my maternal grandparents were alive to hear this mix of yours.
    Thanks, as always, for your hard work in putting these together.
    Recently my seven year old and I have made a project of burning and printing your CDs.
    I owe you some “cups of coffee.” Clever add to the site, and well deserved.

  3. Freddie Jaye
    December 17th, 2020 at 21:40 | #3

    GodDAMN but you’re a good writer! Merry Christmas and many thanks for all your efforts.

  4. amdwhah
    December 18th, 2020 at 09:51 | #4

    Oh, brilliant. It’s good to know that these home-made covers are coming in useful.

  5. amdwhah
    December 18th, 2020 at 09:52 | #5

    BLUSH. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you, too.

  6. amdwhah
    December 18th, 2020 at 10:13 | #6

    Oh, and thank you for the coffee!

  7. Dollar Park
    December 18th, 2020 at 19:58 | #7

    Great selection but the ‘Get It’ link always comes up as ‘Forbidden’ for me (am I that evil?) while the ‘Here’ link, which usually works, isn’t active. So Xmas isn’t Xmas for me yet!

  8. December 18th, 2020 at 21:59 | #8

    Thanks so much for the great Christmas mixes, this one and all the rest as well. Excellent stuff all.

    It’s not disco, but I stumbled across this excellent New Year’s song by Vera Lynn the other day, released right near the end of WWII. Struck a lot of chords. Maybe you can find a spot for it someday.


  9. amdwhah
    December 18th, 2020 at 22:05 | #9

    I suspect you live in the UK or another country where Zippyshare is banned. It’s for that reason I use a second link. Does that one not work for you either?

    Oh, and thank you so much for the coffee. I’m bouncing off the walls with all the caffeine!

  10. amdwhah
    December 18th, 2020 at 22:11 | #10

    I think next year I ought to do an Any Major New Year’s mix, with this song. If that happens, I might forget who inspired the idea and not give the due credit, but you’ll know that you planted that seed.

  11. iammike
    December 19th, 2020 at 03:09 | #11

    Thx for this, some master pieces as usual.

    Merry Xmas to you and your loved ones as well

  12. Dollar Park
    December 20th, 2020 at 00:03 | #12

    ‘Get It’ never works (UK) but ‘Here’ usually does. Not highlighted this time so not an active link. Mind you, I wasn’t alive in the 40s anyway – and still not!

  13. amdwhah
    December 20th, 2020 at 10:11 | #13

    @Dollar Park

    Oh no, I hadn’t noticed that the “HERE” link didn’t take. It’s active now:


  14. December 24th, 2020 at 23:26 | #14

    Happy Christmas, Dude.

  15. amdwhah
    December 25th, 2020 at 00:41 | #15

    And Happy Christmas to you and yours!

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