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Ella Swinging Christmas
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Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas __________________________________________________

Verve 817150-2

Here is an ebullient Ella Fitzgerald exuding the warmth and spirit and good cheer with which the yuletide is usually equated.

Mindful that Christmas albums normally emphasize the religious and the solemn, Ella chose in this to stress the festive aspect of the season; hence the latitude employed in the selection of material. As if to ask: Why not the peace and good will of Christmas the year 'round?

So here is Ella for Christmas  - twelve happy, winter songs, happily sung to happily suggest that yours be a Swinging Christmas - anytime - all the time!

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1. Jingle Bells 2:23
(J.S. Pierpont/Frank DeVol)

2. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town 2:19
(Haven Gillespie/J. Fred Coots)

3. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 2:58
(Hugh Martin/Ralph Blane)

4. What Are You Doing New Years Eve? 3:32
(Frank Loesser)

5. Sleigh Ride 2:55
(Mitchell Parish/Leroy Anderson)

6. The Christmas Song 2:58
(Mel Torme/Robert Wells)

7. Good Morning Blues 3:17
(Count Basie/Eddie Durham/Jimmy Rushing)

8. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 3:44
(Jule Styne/Sammy Cahn)

9. Winter Wonderland 2:16
(Richard Smith/Felix Bernard)

10. Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer
2:55
(Johnny Marks)

11. Frosty The Snow Man 2:12
(Steve Nelson/Walter E. Rollins)

12. White Christmas 3:00
(Irving Berlin)
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Ella Fitzgerald with the Frank DeVol Orchestra
Recorded July 15 and 16, and August 5, 1960 in New York City


ORIGINAL SESSIONS PRODUCED BY NORMAN GRANZ

Prepared for compact disc by Richard Seidel and Seth Rothstein
Digitally remastered by Dennis Drake, PolyGram Studios, USA
Tape vault research by Phil Schaap

Cover photo by Herman Leonard, courtesy of Francis and Anita Paudras
Art Direction and Design: Chris Thompson


Publishing Info:
1. JATAP Publishing Co. 2. SBK - Feist Catalogue, Inc. 3. SBK - Feist Catalogue, Inc. 4. Frank Music Corp. 5. Mills Music, Inc. 6. Edwin H. Morris & Co., Inc. 7. Twentieth Century Fox Music Corp. 8. Cahn Music Co./Producers Music Pub. Co. 9. Twentieth Century Fox Music Corp. 10. Saint Nicholas Music, Inc. 11. Chappell & Co., Inc. 12. Irving Berlin Music. All selections ASCAP unless otherwise indicated.


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