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Merry Lena (1966)

Artist: Lena Horne
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Format: CD
Sku: 205585616
UPC: 021471750324
UPC 14: 00021471750324
Release Date: 10/9/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Jingle All The Way ~ Lena Horne
2. Christmas Song, The ~ Lena Horne
3. Winter Wonderland ~ Lena Horne
4. White Christmas ~ Lena Horne
5. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! ~ Lena Horne
6. Little Drummer Boy, The ~ Lena Horne
7. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ~ Lena Horne
8. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? ~ Lena Horne
9. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas ~ Lena Horne
10. Silent Night ~ Lena Horne
11. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town - (Bonus Track) ~ Lena Horne

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Lena Horne (vocals); Jack Parnell (conductor).
Muze PNote Reissue producer: Mike Ragogna.
Muze PNote Originally released on United Artist Records (6546).
Muze PNote It took Lena Horne until her late forties to get around to recording a Christmas album, and when she did, in 1966, it was typical of her style at the time. More than anything else, she was a nightclub singer, and, for better or worse, Merry from Lena had the sound of a collection that had been put together as a holiday nightclub act. That started with a new Ray Ellis arrangement of "Jingle Bells" with some new lyrics by longtime Tin Pan Alley wordsmith Al Stillman and now called "Jingle All the Way." In addition to allowing Ellis and Stillman to claim songwriting royalties on a traditional song, the track heralded the style of the album, which was snappy and a bit adult-oriented. This was also true, for example, of Horne's treatment of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer," which she began by speculating about the possibility that Rudolph's nose was red because he was an alcoholic. "I think he had a problem," Horne declared. "I think he probably liked a little nip once in a while." That might be the sort of comment that would go over well in a club with a drink minimum, but it's not what you'd expect to hear on most Christmas albums. Thankfully, Horne played it straight on ballads like "White Christmas" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," and her talent as a singer was never in doubt. But Merry from Lena was still the kind of Christmas album grown-ups might want to put on only after the kids had gone to bed. ~ William Ruhlmann

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Sweet & Lovely
Muze Music Compilations Duets Ii
Muze Music Compilations Priscilla Queen Of The Desert
Muze Music Compilations Vol. 1-Classic Christmas
Muze Music Compilations Lady Sings The Blues
Muze Music Compilations Definitive American Songbook Vol.2
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Tourch Songs
Muze Music Compilations It's De Lovely: Authentic Cole Porter Collection(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations Duets & Duets Ii:90th Birthday
Muze Music Compilations Sing It Again
Muze Music Compilations Musical Celebration
Muze Music Compilations 50S Love Songs
Muze Music Compilations When Radio Was King:vocalists
Muze Music Compilations Greatest Songs Of The 1940'S
Muze Music Compilations Swing
Muze Music Compilations Singers & Actresses Vol 1

Associated Artists and Works

Armstrong, Louis
Belafonte, Harry
Cast, Original
Fitzgerald, Ella
Original Cast
Duets II ~ Sinatra, Frank
Szabo, Gabor
Washington, Dinah

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 10/30/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1966
Music Label Name Label : DRG (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00021471750324

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Horne,Lena
Product attributeLabel:   Drg Records
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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