Saturday, December 30, 2017
On the sixth day of Xmas, I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus
This one is all about the picture sleeve, though the versions of "I Saw Mommy" and "Rudolph" are pleasant enough. On the former, the kid vocalist--Davey Piper--sings it straight (no "Aren't I cute?" attitude in his voice) and, unlike the singer in the Big 4 Hits version, he can hold a tune. It's an unusually matter of fact rendition of this awful Christmas standard.
Some groove issues at the start of "Mommy," but things quickly adjust. At some point during its life, this 78 rpm disc may have been played on a gramophone for ten seconds or so. Whatever the case, the temporary wear is highly visible. But Davey Piper soldiers on through, and past, the noise.
Click here to hear: I Saw Mommy, etc.
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus--Davey Piper w. Enoch Light, his Orch. and Cho. (Prom 1060)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer--Dolph Dixon w. the Prom Orch. and Chorus (Prom 1060)