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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Merry Christmas From Al Morgan

White Christmas
Merry Christmas
From Al Morgan
Jewel Records, Cincinnati, Ohio JRC 84019

Al had a moment in the "limelight" with a hit cover of "Jealous Heart". Morgan also had a TV show on the Dumont Network in the very early days of the medium.

Morgan made a number of albums including a lounge record on Coral, Al Morgan At The Dunes (1959) and much later, a double lounge album, A Lifetime Of Memories. Morgan was also a man of faith and he made The Place Where I Worship which is a straight forward 2 record set recorded with members of his church.

There was a long list of people helping to produce this recording including seven musicians, a group of children vocalists, adult back ground singers, musical and vocal arrangers, a concept person and an album designer.

And Rusty York credits himself with the cover photo. I only mention this because York was the owner operator of Jewel Records. He normally is credited as the engineer. I've said this before, if someone wants to write about the history of recording in Cincinnati, they need to do a book on York.

This recording may not seem like the most slick Christmas album, but have you heard Bob Dylan's Christmas album? It would be my guess that this album was made and marketed locally because people in the area knew and loved Morgan. So it didn't matter if he wasn't another Bing Crosby.

1 comment:

  1. This is a fun oddity! I love Christmas records I had never seen/heard before!


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