Thursday, January 04, 2018

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas--Ray Smith (1949)

The eleventh day of Christmas is here, and we celebrate it with a good ol' 1949 country rendition (by Ray Smith) of Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, here credited to "Horton," though Wikipedia tells us the lyrics of this 19th century classic have been attributed to Benjamin Hanby, and the music to John Piersol McCaskey.  But Jolly Old was public domain by 1949, and all kinds of false credits end up getting stuck on p.d. creations, so we'll pretend "Horton" wrote it.  Which Horton, though?  Vaughan Horton?  Johnny Horton?

I need to know.  I must know.  I DEMAND TO KNOW!!!!

Sorry--too much caffeine this early in the morning.  Oh, wait--Billboard to the rescue.  An Old Christmas Card was written by Vaughan Horton, and maybe someone at Columbia figured he or she may as well credit the flip to Horton, as well.  Or, more likely, Vaughan Horton arranged the flip side.  P.D. stuff is often credited to the person who arranged a particular version of it.

Mystery solved, maybe.  Whew!

Click here to hear: Jolly Old Saint Nicholas

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas--Ray Smith, 1949
An Old Christmas Card--Same



Buster said...

Excellent record. Thanks, Lee!

Ernie said...

Horton Hears A Who?

Lee Hartsfeld said...

I very nearly put this up as "Ray Price." At some point, I realized it was Smith, not Price. My brain went for the far better known artist.

Buster said...

Lee, Funny, when I saw it, I thought Carl Smith, another Columbia artist.

CaptainOT said...

If you don't know the story of Roulette Records, check Wikipedia for context.

Morris Levy once issued a Christmas record that listed HIM as the author of "Silent Night"!