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CHRISTMAS SNEAKS IN BEHIND ‘FIRST FAMILY’ . . . DECEMBER 8, 1962

December 6th, 2017

From the MCRFB NEWS archive: 1962

Two Billboard Top LP’s Break Top 30 After 1 Week

 

 

 


 

NEW YORK — The sound of jingle bells was heard in recordland last week along with the merry sound of cash registers racking up sales of the “The First Family” (#11; 1 week, LP),My Son, the Folk Singer(#1; 6 weeks, LP) and the Elvis Presley “Girls, Girls, Girls” (#27; 1 week, LP) albums. With Christmas less than four weeks away, sales were starting to pick up both standards and newly issued packages.

Allan Sherman My Son The Folk Singer LP

Hottest of the Christmas albums so far this year were Mitch Miller’s “Holiday Sing Along,” Johnny Mathis’ “Merry Christmas,” Elvis Presley’s Christmas album and the Ray Conniff LP “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” All of these are re-issue sets that sold well last year.

Among the new albums getting action were “The Glorious Sound of Christmas” with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Bing Crosby Christmas set on Warner Bros. There was also some action on the Ramsey Lewis LP “The Sound of Christmas.”

Christmas singles were also getting calls during these strong record days. Singles included old perennials such as Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas,” Harry Simone Chorale’s “Little Drummer Boy,” three by the Chipmunks, “The Chipmunk Song,” “Rudolph, the Red -Nosed Reindeer” and “Alvin’s Harmonica,” and Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree,” and Bobby Helm’s “Jingle Bell Rock.”

New Christmas singles starting to perk in various markets include Ray Stevens’ “Santa Claus Is Watching You,” and there was some action and a good deal of radio play on the new Harry Simeone Chorale recording, “Do You Hear What I Hear?END

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(Information and news source: Billboard; December 8, 1962)


Vaughn Meader The First Family LP


Elvis Presley Girls! Girls! Girls! LP



 

THE NATION’S TOP 150 ALBUMS! THIS WEEK 12/08/1962

December 6th, 2017

A rip from the Billboard pages. THE BILLBOARD TOP LP’S chart December 08, 1962 (click on image 2x for largest detailed view)


THIS WEEK’S TOP LP’s. 55 YEARS AGO

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