Christmas Carousel by Peggy Lee

One of my favorite memories of Christmas from childhood was being with my mom as she carefully decorated the house while playing Peggy Lee’s classic Christmas album, The Christmas Carousel (Capitol Records, October 1960).  The album consisted of the following songs:

  • I Like a Sleighride (Jingle Bells)
  • The Christmas Song
  • Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer
  • The Star Carol
  • The Christmas List
  • Christmas Carousel
  • Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town
  • The Christmas Waltz
  • The Christmas Riddle
  • The Tree
  • Deck the Halls
  • White Christmas

The 2006 release of Christmas with Peggy Lee is a fine collection of favorites showcasing her distinct mellow jazz sound.  The majority of the tracks were taken from her Christmas Carousel album, including all but these three: "The Christmas List," "Christmas Riddle," and "Deck the Halls."  A Songwriters-Hall-of-Famer, Lee composed, "Christmas Carousel," "Don’t Forget to Feed the Reindeer," "The Tree," and "My Dear Acquaintance (A Happy New Year)."  All make for wonderful background music for any Christmas gathering.

Listen to the title cut posted by verycoolsound on YouTube.

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