Friday, December 21, 2018

Happy Birthday to Our Savior (With Ecclesiastical Approval)--The Boy Savior Youth Movement, St. Francis Xavier Church (1962)

This is one of those fashionable-to-laugh-at records that aren't doing any harm to anyone.  It's kind of charming.  I just wish I could figure out who's singing.  "Boy Savior Youth Movement" only brings up this record.  Doesn't help me a bit.  I have the record.

There's a Director and assistants listed.  Of what?  And we have a National Director.  Again, of what?  The movement?  The singers on this disc?  Anyway, most of the tracks are solo performances by a nice tenor voice that clearly does not belong to a boy.  And there's some unison singing and, on The First Nowell, a little bit of harmony.  Or something like harmony trying to happen.  On only two tracks--Nowell and Hark! The Herald Angels Sing--does a young voice lead.  The careless tape splice in Nowell is kind of amusing, especially with the surge in volume.

I Googled Joseph Caruso and Anthony Russo, with zilch on Caruso, except that he's on this disc.  This may be Reverend Anthony Russo.  He shows up five times and is identified as the coordinator of the Deaf Apostolate for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.  There's a mention (or possible mention) of the Movement in the March 4, 1958 edition of Asbury Park Press, but I'm not signing up for a free trial, and that's final.

From the back cover: "The Boy Savior Movement tries to get boys and girls to celebrate Christmas properly by singing appropriate carols, so that, praising God they may grown not only in years but also in grace before God and men."  Well, okay.  But who's on this?

A quick glance at this label will have most folks thinking "The Youth of America" is the group singing on this disc.  But there's no group singing on this disc (save for the moment of part-singing I mentioned).  And the disc is for, not by, The Youth of America.  And I'm becoming disoriented.  I give up.  Done.  I concede defeat.  Uncle.

By the way, it requires ecclesiastical approval to wish our Savior a happy birthday?  Really?  Or does his birthday require it?  Oh, right--I give up.  I forgot that I gave up.

CLICK HERE TO HEAR: Happy Birthday to Our Savior

Happy Birthday to Jesus
O Little Town of Bethlehem
The First Nowell
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
O Holy Night
We Three Kings of Orient Are
Silent Night, Holy Night
O Come, All Ye Faithful
Joy to the World
The Pledge of Allegiance
Happy Birthday to Jesus

Happy Birthday to Our Savior (Pending Ecclesiastical Approval)--The Boy Savior Youth Movement, St. Francis Xavier Church, 1962.  Performed by whoever's on this.  Matrix numbers on label are NO8U-3452 and NO8U-3453.



Ernie said...

Some things we just aren't meant to know...

DonHo57 said...

So many things to be said and just no reason to say them about this one. But it's looking like an interesting listen once again. If there's a Caruso involved, it has to be good, right??? The Youth of America graces us with their ecclesiastical blessing for us to enjoy.

Buster said...

I want to know why SCHMITT got his name capitalized.

Kwork said...

Thank you.