Hidden treasure! I didn’t know that I had any “Your Hit Parade” programs until recently. My grandpa didn’t put the show name on any of his index cards or on the records themselves–only the song names were listed, followed by “HP.” My mom told me what that meant just a few months ago.
Oh, how I wish this show were complete! I think this is my favorite music program yet. Stan Kenton and his orchestra, live at the Palladium in Hollywood for their last show there after what was apparently a long run.
I can’t even tell you how excited I am to put this recording up. You see, I didn’t think it was possible. This record is cracked. Not just scratched or delaminating, but cracked all the way through from rim to label. In fact, I think the label is the only thing holding it together.
I decided to go ahead and give it a try. I had nothing to lose, except maybe my stylus. I put the record on the turntable and had to press it down to snap it together. But… it worked! I am amazed at how well this recording turned out.This is also my first recording using the noise reduction program. It did a really good job. Unfortunately it doesn’t take out clicks/pops, so those are still audible.
This is a record my grandpa made for his own use, for Christmas 1945. It includes “All Around the Christmas Tree,” by Warnow and Todd; an instrumental medley of “Skip to my Lou,” “Polly Wolly Doodle,” “Baby Bumblebee,” and “Jingle Bells” (performer unknown); “White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby (from the White Christmas album); and the hippest, coolest big band arrangement of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” that I’ve ever heard. I wish I knew who it was by!
Here is a link to the page with the audio file: Christmas 1945. Those of you using screen readers should have better success with downloading if you go there. For everyone else, here you go: