My grandfather (“Big Jack”) worked for RCA (I believe he was pretty high up too) and he was, most likely, the source of many of the various obscure records we owned. Two in particular leap to mind. An album called “Christmas Party” which had a song of that title we played every year and a one-sided, 78RPM record from Kukla, Fran and Ollie called the Kuklapolitan Strolling Carollers. This four-and-a-half minute long record has four songs on it including a sweet rendition of Silent Night by a very shy puppet (I don’t know which) and Deck the Halls with no “Fa La La” but “Doy doy doy” instead (which, as a kid, I loved to hear over and over and over again). My sister still has our copy of the 78 but nothing to play it on. Via the link above, I found a full recording of the record so now, for the first time since I was quite little, I have listened to it. Wow, that takes me back. Thanks to the magic of Audio Hijack Pro, I now have a copy in my own iTunes library for whenever I want to stroll down memory lane. And now I know what everyone is getting for Christmas this year: CDs!
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