Decca 264 – Harry Reser and his Orchestra – 1934

A very Merry Christmas from me and my great-grandmother (pictured).

A very Merry Christmas from me and my great-grandmother (pictured).

On this Christmas of 2015, Old Time Blues, and myself, wish all of you readers a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!  May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.  Now, I ask you, wouldn’t Christmas music be a lot better with banjo?  I think so, and so does Harry Reser!

Decca 264 was recorded October 24, 1934 in New York City by Harry Reser and his Orchestra, with a vocal refrain by Tom Stacks and the Gang.

On this disc, Harry Reser’s band had the great distinction of introducing the now classic “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”.

Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, recorded

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town, recorded October 24, 1934 by Harry Reser and his Orchestra.

On the flip side, they play a fine rendition of “Jingle Bells”, with a little bit of “Bugle Call Rag” interpolated here and there, and a few sound effects reused from their radio theme “Clicquot”.

Jingle Bells, recorded

Jingle Bells, recorded October 24, 1934 by Harry Reser and his Orchestra.

Updated with improved audio on December 25, 2016.

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