1960: Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas
In 1959, Ella Fitzgerald released two holiday singles; The Christmas Song and The Secret of Christmas. The popularity of these tracks led to a full-length seasonal album the following year. The eighteen tracks of Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas are everything you would expect from the woman dubbed the “First Lady of Song”. Classics like Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer are given an uplifting jazz treatment, whilst Fitzgerald’s rendition of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas is much more light-hearted and bright than many versions. Of course, the two previously released singles are part of the mix, along with three interesting alternative tracks recorded with a different orchestra to the rest of the album.