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
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