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It was 50 years ago this month (November, 1957) that Frank Sinatra's "A Jolly Christmas" album was released by Capitol Records - barely one month after the release of "Elvis' Christmas Album" -- which became the "Number 1" best-selling LP of the 1950s -- despite composer Irving Berlin waging a conspicuously unsuccessful campaign to keep Elvis' version of "White Christmas" off the radio: Elvis' Christmas Album sold 7 million copies!
In the 50 years since then, "A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra" -- a collaboration with "the orchestra and chorus of Gordon Jenkins" -- eventually sold one million copies (and is listed as the "Number 13" best-selling LP of the 1950s). But at the time of its release, the sales outlook for this LP wasn't nearly so bright . . .
[In 1957 Sinatra's career had reached a new peak, with albums that same year, including the masterpiece, "CLOSE TO YOU" (with the "Hollywood String Quartet") and an up-tempo classic, "A SWINGIN' AFFAIR." It was the same year his PAL JOEY ("Lady is a Tramp") movie soundtrack held the "Number 2" position in album sales (for one week -- and sold 500,000 copies.]
But at this time in 1957, music critics weren't in the spirit for a `traditional-style' Christmas LP. Some suggested that Gordon Jenkins' string arrangements and vocal choruses were "passé" and in "poor taste." (!Read more ›
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FANTASTIC!!! the album came early, it was everything i thought it would be. Had the album on a digital version and it is OK ... not for quality just its digital. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Tony
Was looking for some classic Christmas music. This is great CD. And, while I was waiting for the CD to arrive, I also was able to download the mp4 files, so I could have it right... Read morePublished 12 days ago by D. Vaughan
Ol' Blue Eyes treats us to old favorites. My only complaint - songs are too short, and there are not enough of them on this CD.Published 12 days ago by Lucky Irish
Very happy with the purchase and the transaction. Wish that I had this Christmas CD before nobody sings the Christmas classics quite like Sinatra.Published 16 days ago by Annette L.
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