Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas With Sammy

First off, I've fixed a few more of my previous postings. None of these were song-poem entries, because I decided that today would be a good day to fix several Christmas related posts which had broken. They can be found here:

Fun With Decorations
The Family Christmas
Toby Deane
My Favorite Christmas Song This Year
O Holy Night
Christmas Music: The Sublime and the Ridiculous

Thanks also to those of you who made recommendations - I will be making some changes soon, I think, but not until Christmas is over....

Back to the matter at hand:

Silver Records was the record label of the John Koproski family, of Cleveland. Another family member, Mr. Koproski's son, John, Jr., was the writer behind the killer double A side known to song-poem fans everywhere as "Rock And Roll Boogie Beat" & "Twist And Turn", but here, the senior Koproski takes his turn with two more serious, Christmas related tunes. As with his son's record, they are sung by Sammy Marshall, although both Mary Kaye as well as the Party Crashers (heard on "Twist and Turn") took the night off for this recording. Here's "Holy Day":

The flip side, sounding a lot like "Holy Day", is "Manger of Bethlehem". Perhaps the most interesting thing about this record is that the production and arranging credit goes to John Koproski himself, which seems extremely unlikely, as Sammy Marshall recorded for the Nashville-based Globe Records company - this record has all the hallmarks of that company's work, and was likely made many miles from Cleveland, by those behind the Globe song-poem factory.

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