Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Merry Christmas from the Garcia Corporation!


This may be the weirdest company-produced Christmas single of them all, but of course one can never be sure.  Two, perhaps, but not one.  It's Garcia's long-playing Merry Christmas EP from 1962--the Garcia Corp. of Teaneck, NJ, to be exact.  In 1980, Garcia became the Swedish ABU Garcia.  It's all explained here in a manner that's almost possible to completely follow.

If "Abu" doesn't sound particularly Swedish, it's because it's a shortening of "AB Uhrfabriken." So there.  ABU Garcia makes highly valued fishing reels.  And highly obscure Christmas EPs.

And I just accidentally deleted the URL, so let me re-find it.  The weather has my sinuses in turmoil, which puts me in space.

I regret to report that Garcia had no closing jingle.  That is, no chorus singing "Merry Christmas from Garcia Corporation fishing poles," possibly because that would be a bear to set to a tune.

Click here to hear: Garcia--Merry Christmas

SLEIGHLIST

Silent Night--Garcia Glee Club
Noel--French Mitchell Chorus
Forever Christmas---Composed and Sung by Tony Baly
The Star Over Eastern Land--Swedish Abu Chorus
Christmas Is Here Again---Swedish Abu Chorus
Silent Night--German by Plate Chorus

Produced and arranged by Sal Muley of the Garcia Corporation


Lee

5 comments:

Ernie said...

I don't know if this is as out-there as the Testor's Chorus, but it's got to be close. Nice find!

Lee Hartsfeld said...

I want to put up my copy of the Testor Chorus (they're terrific), but my copy is a click-athon, and I don't feel like all the cleaning-up work.

I think, however, I'll re-feature the two Katherine K. Davis selections, including their superb "Carol of the Drum" rendition.

J Fishkat said...

Hey Lee,

Thanks very much for this post - something rare, unusual, and fun!

Let me share some 1962 background. Garcia Corporation (USA) was an importer/distributer of European fishing tackle. Garcia had 3 major import partners: ABU (Sweden) primarily bait-casting reels and fishing lures; Mitchell (France) primarily spinning reels and some lures; and Plate (Germany) monofilament fishing line (although prior spinning reels and a few lures). All were separate companies.

I was able to find some descriptive text from a 2009 auction (photos no longer available): "The cover explains that the employees of the European factories wanted to send greetings to all the American anglers."

I have 2 such records (without printed covers) and I have corresponded with a couple of collectors who also have the record, but unfrotunately not a printed cover.

May I ask for your permission to repost at fishing collectors' sites, crediting you, your linked MP3 conversions?

Best regards,
John

Lee Hartsfeld said...

John--

Thanks for the information, and feel free to repost! Thanks for stopping by,

Lee

CaptainOT said...

Was this an eBay find? Man, this is a catch!