Ray Conniff Christmas CD

Ray Conniff Christmas Songs & Music

Even if you don't recognise his name, you will no doubt be familiar with the Christmas music of Ray Conniff. The American bandleader is best known for his arrangements for the Ray Conniff singers; a vocal group whose sound epitomises childhood Christmases of many generations. The holiday music of Ray Conniff has now been compiled into several greatest hits albums, including 1985's Christmas Carolling and the 2010 release Christmas Greats.

Ray Conniff Christmas Albums

Christmas With Conniff

1959: Christmas With Conniff

Jingling sleigh bells, a bubbly choir and drum beats that make you want to dance around the room all add up to one cheery and fun holiday album. Since the sixties, the Christmas music of the Ray Conniff singers has been piped through shopping centres each December and even today, Conniff’s infectious arrangements are sure to put a smile on your face. This first Christmas album from the vocal group is largely secular, trolling merrily through classics like Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer before closing with a slightly more sombre Greensleeves.

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

1962: We Wish you a Merry Christmas

This is an album of medleys, in which Conniff fuses together a number of timeless classics into four upbeat tracks. In between the mash-ups is a surprisingly stirring rendition of Ring Christmas Bells (Carol of the Bells), in which Conniff and his spirited singers show they can do more than churn out a few frothy Christmas favourites.

Here We Come a Carolling

1965: Here We Come a Carolling

A rendition of Joy to the World set to a Liverpool beat is a reminder that even Ray Conniff was in the grip of Beatlemania when his third Christmas album was released. This collection has much in common with his previous two yuletide releases: there’s plenty of preppy cheer to be spread and even a Western themed God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen. Conniff had something of a hit on hands in 1965, with the single The Real Meaning of Christmas from this album peaking at nineteen on the Billboard charts.