What a Wonderful Christmas
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||Christmas in New Orleans||Louis Armstrong & Benny Carter and His Orchestra||2:54||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||White Christmas||Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Silent Night||Dinah Washington||2:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) [Live, 1955 Crescendo Club]||Mel Tormé||3:06||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Christmas Night in Harlem||Louis Armstrong & Eartha Kitt||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||It's Christmas Time Again||Peggy Lee||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Cool Yule||Louis Armstrong & The Commanders||2:55||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Merry Christmas, Baby||Lionel Hampton & Sonny Parker||3:22||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||'Zat You, Santa Claus?||Louis Armstrong & The Commanders||2:39||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||May Everyday Be Christmas||Louis Jordan||3:10||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Winter Wonderland||Louis Armstrong & Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra||2:59||$0.99||View In iTunes|
Although this Christmas compilation is credited to "Louis Armstrong & Friends," it's really more aptly categorized as a various artists anthology, since Armstrong only has six of the fourteen tracks. The disc is filled out with seasonal offerings by Dinah Washington, Mel Torme, Louis Jordan, Lionel Hampton, Peggy Lee, Eartha Kitt, and Lena Horne, Duke Ellington, mostly from the 1950s. It's pleasant pop-jazz that doesn't rate among the highlights of any of these talented artists' careers. But it makes for an above-average Christmas disc, especially on Lionel Hampton's "Merry Christmas, Baby," Louis Armstrong's "Cool Yule," and Louis Jordan's "May Everyday Be Christmas," which celebrate the holiday with more gutsy hipness than the usual Yuletide fare.
Spread the Christmas Cheer- Old School Style
Wow! This album has been a Christmas time classic in my family for years. No matter how often I hear it throughout the season, it always puts me in wonderful Christmas spirit. The sounds of Louis Armstrong’s trumpet and his deep, rumbling vocals provide a southern, jazzy style throughout his pieces in this collection. The album is very well rounded and I highly recommend adding it to your holiday collection. It’s been a cornerstone of my family’s for years...
Born: August 5, 1901 in New Orleans, LA
Years Active: '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s