Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Merry Christmas from Bonnie Guitar

Merry Christmas from Bonnie Guitar
My apologies for slacking off this season... I hope this album will more than make up for it!

I was surprised to find that in this great universe of Christmas music blogs, Merry Christmas from Bonnie Guitar (Dot Records DLP 25746, Stereo) had not already been shared.

Released on LP in 1966, and (to date) never re-issued on CD, this smooth collection features a coo-ing Bonnie Guitar on vocals, complemented with period-appropriate background vocals, strings and pop ensemble (arranged by Cliff Parman) — all in the style Guitar was popular for at the time as a performer.

The album kicks off with the original "I'll Be Missing You (Under the Mistletoe)", gently breaking in the festivities for what was likely a Country music crowd. Of particular note is "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear", a great, late-Christmas Eve option for those reflective moments before bedtime, and the drum-led "Joy to the World", which the background singers amping things up.

This album may also be the first appearance of "Last Christmas" — but it's not the mega-hit recorded by '80s pop group Wham! This one is an original tune.


Please enjoy: Merry Christmas from Bonnie Guitar

15 comments:

  1. Many Merry Thanks for this !!

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  2. Thank you and Merry Christmas. I continue to use Christmas music you've generously, previously shared every year on my Christmas comps.

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  3. Thank you very much for sharing this album.

    Rich

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  4. Hi Ryan, thanks so much for providing so much great music on your site! My Xmas mix has never been better. I really appreciate it! -Anne

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  5. Nice! I didn't know about this album before, but I was a 70s kid, so maybe that explains it. Still, I think the 60s had my favorite Christmas music, so am looking forward to this. Thank you very much!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this record, Years ago I worked in a radio station that had this lp in its' library. I've always liked it Your site if really wonderful, by the way.

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  7. Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!
    Bring you Good wishes of happiness.

    Sorry for greeting you earlier,, just don't want miss saying this.
    By the way, I'm Clotee. It's my first time visiting your blog. I am blogger too, and now try my best luck to open an e-store. Nice to know you.

    Regards,
    Clotee

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  8. Bonnie Guitar is a sorta-neighbor of mine. She lives in the next town over and the newspaper I work for has featured her many times. I gotta pass this on to some of my co-workers. Thanks for finding it!

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  9. Thanks for another fine effort Ryan, I appreciate you taking the time to post such little gems.

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  10. Thanks Ryan for this post. This is one of my favorite song collection i have. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

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  11. Thank you! I'm looking forward to hearing this even though it's Jan already :)

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  12. The holidays this year really were great! In general, this time of year has always been my favorite (I'm a fan of the cold), there was something even more special in the air this year. Bonnie's christmas album sounds like it will fit in nicely.

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  13. Thank you for maintaining these links and your site. What a great album and recording. Her voice comes over great!

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