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Frank Sinatra Christmas CD

Frank Sinatra Christmas Songs & Music

The greatest singer of the 20th century. His ability to strike a chord with people across the world and across every generation was utterly unique. The "voice" or "ol blue eyes" sang in a rich and textured yet soothing tone and it always seemed as if he was singing for you alone. It was as if he understood how you felt. His sadness was your sadness; his joy was your joy. He sang of every possible human emotion in such a way that every person could identify with it. He also had an ability to turn otherwise ordinary songs into something worthwhile. Emotionless lyrics were given life and meaning through Sinatra's injection of vocal magic. His yuletide output is equally stunning and on first glance it's easy to cherry pick the favourites such as 'Mistletoe and Holly', 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, Jingle Bells etc. coming as they do at a time where he is arguably at his very best, the Capitol Record years of the 1950's .

The fact that Sinatra could never outdo Bing Crosby in topping the poll of the favourite Christmas albums lists of the late 1940's and 1950's is perhaps testament to the latter's supreme Christmas feeling inducing credentials. Even so, Sinatra produced two major Christmas albums that are worthy of note. The first in 1948 'The Sinatra Christmas Album' contained the old Schubert composed classic 'Ave Maria' which no matter what people say is a Christmas song. With the help of the US Military Choir and arranged by Axel Stordahl Sinatra's rendition of the carol is spine tinglingly magnificent. It actually commands your silence. On his second Christmas album 'A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra', released in 1957, it's another carol 'It Came Upon A Midnight Clear' that has Sinatra conjuring up an oceanic sense of goodwill to all. This lovely carol penned in the mid-19th century by an obscure country pastor by the name of Edmund Spears is beautifully performed by Sinatra and reminds us once again as to the true meaning of Christmas.

Sinatra was well able to mix the Christmas carols with those of a more contemporary nature and right up to the late seventies and eighties is singing new versions of Christmas songs such as 'The Bells of Christmas' and 'Christmas Memories' (the former being sung with his son Frank Jr. and daughters Tina and Nancy). However, as is often commented elsewhere Sinatra's voice at this stage was thinning out in general quality despite retaining its mesmerising qualities. Regardless you can be sure when it's time to spin those Christmas discs come December 1st Frank Sinatra Christmas songs will be in the mix along with those other festive greats.

Frank Sinatra's Christmas Singles

1944: White Christmas

1946: Silent Night, Jingle Bells

1947: Christmas Dreaming (A Little Early This Year)

1950: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

1954: The Christmas Waltz

1957: Mistletoe and Holly

1963: Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

1964: I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, We Wish You The Merriest

1968: Whatever Happened To Christmas

1975: A Baby Just Like You

Frank Sinatra Christmas Albums

Christmas Songs by Sinatra

1948: Christmas Songs by Sinatra

As you'd expect Sinatra's first Christmas collection follows traditional lines and included his version of Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas' which at that time was a relatively recent recording. In fact many of the songs on 'Christmas Songs By Frank Sinatra' follow the lead of Bing Crosby in both their style and vocal timbre.

A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

1957: A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra

By the time his second Christmas album had come along Frank Sinatra had truly found his own voice and with the help of backing group the Ralph Brewsters Singers he created a timeless collection with 'A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra'. The majority of songs were either traditional standards or non-original contemporary numbers but Sinatra had a hand in writing 'Mistletoe & Holly' which first made an appearance on this album. With arrangements by the renowned Gordon Jenkins 'A Jolly Christmas' was a lavish affair that has been reissued on CD several times over the years.

12 Songs Of Christmas

1964: 12 Songs Of Christmas

Recorded with 2 other well known voices of the time Bing Crosby and Fred Waring '12 Songs of Christmas' was an old style traditional Christmas album. Sinatra contributed vocals to just 5 of the tracks but the album marked the start of a long running set of collaborations between him and Mr White Christmas.

The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas

1968: The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas

Frank Sinatra went to extraordinary lengths to ensure he spent Christmas with his children each year. One such episode saw him flying home on Christmas morning from a stint in Las Vegas only to fly back the same evening to do a couple of Christmas day shows. Therefore it was hardly a surprise that Sinatra, his 2 daughters Nancy and Tina and Frank Jr. would record an album of Christmas songs together. It was called 'The Sinatra Family Wish You a Merry Christmas' and consisted of the family members singing songs on their own and together as a group. Frank only appeared on 2 songs, the brand new 'Whatever Happened To Christmas' and his old favourite 'The Christmas Waltz'. The album spent a long time out of print but was restored on a CD release in 1999.

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