Thursday, January 05, 2006

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme - That Holiday Feeling!

I've lived in my current hometown of Fort Wayne since the summer of 2000. One of the best memories of that first Indiana Christmas was driving crosstown to do some Christmas shopping and listening to a then new trend in radio: 24 hour Christmas music!

Suddenly, a Christmas song that I had never heard came onto the radio. I turned up the radio and was treated to the title track of this album by Steve & Eydie - talk about SMOOOOTHHHH!!!

Note to self: add this album to your Christmas CD wish list.

The song ended and the disc jockey came onto the air:

"Isn't that a great song? That's Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme with "That Holiday Feeling", their title track from their 1964 Christmas album. It's a shame that's not on CD or tape..."

STAB ME IN THE HEART, WHY DON'T YA? Don't tempt me like that. Don't play something that I can't get at my local Best Buy or Sam Goody store. It didn't bother me. Not at all. Like hell it didn't bother me. I was angry! As I drove through downtown Fort Wayne, I made a vow, a solemn pledge, an oath. I would defy Mr. Disc Jockey Shorts and find a copy of this album, on vinyl, cassette tape, or compact disc if it was the last thing I ever did.

I don't have a life. Can you tell? It took five years but I finally found a used copy at Amazon.com!

Released for the 2004 Christmas season (not available in stores - only online!), this blast from the past contains all the tracks from their 1964 album including two bonus tracks. Eight duets on the album leave three solo songs each for Eydie and Steve. My favorite songs include "That Holiday Feeling" (the title track that I fell in love with back in 2000), "Sleigh Ride", and "Baby It's Cold Outside". It doesn't get much smoother than this.

(Now I could gloat at the disc jockey for finding this album. I won't though. He's no longer working as a DJ here in Fort Wayne - something about drinking and livestock but I won't go any further.)

On to the next new Christmas CD in my collection...


Capt

10 comments:

Ernie said...

I thought about sharing this out last year, but I found you can order it from their website. The price is sorta high, but it does seem to be available.

http://www.steveandeydie.com/holidaymusic.html

Somewhere in the archives, I've got a Spanish-language Christmas LP with Eydie & Trio Los Panchos (maybe?) that's interesting... Maybe I'll give that a spin this Christmas.

CaptainOT said...

A Spanish Christmas album by Senorita Gorme? Ooooo... it's beginning to look a lot like Navidad!


Capt

Inkydog said...

"That Holiday Feeling" is a great song... one of my favorites. Kinda like "Baby, It's Cold Outside". I remember it from a Christmas compliation lp put out by the W. T. Grant stores in the late 1960's.

CaptainOT said...

Inky - I'm still looking for a version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" that could put all the rest to shame! It was performed at the 1958 Academy Awards ceremony, telecast by ABC, and was sung by...


Rock Hudson and Mae West!


West's racy zingers put the audience in a titter and Hudson preening over Mae gave people the willies! One day, before I die, I want to see that video!


Capt

Anonymous said...

This CD is available at CDuniverse.com for $20.25.

Oakleaf Mold said...

get the cd at deepdiscount.com for 14.95 plus free shipping

See Rock and Mae on youtube:

http://youtube.com/results?search_query=rock+hudson+mae+west&search=Search

CaptainOT said...

Anon - Thanks!

Oakleaf Mold - GREAT JUMPIN' ICEBERGS!!! And that's not for the cheapo price!

You just made my year! Do you know how long I've been searching for any copy of this?

THANKYA THANKYA THANKYA!


Capt

XmasMusicLVR said...

OMG - I have been looking for this CD since CDs came out. My grandmother bought me the album at WT Grant when I was a kid, but being a kid, I didn't keep it in great condition. I did find a version of That Holiday Feelin by Michael Civisca, good album but not Steve and Eydie. This year will be a great Christmas blast from the past.

CaptainOT said...

Xmas Music Lover - I'm so glad I was listening to the radio station when I did - this album has gotten heavy rotation in my house at Christmas time ever since!

Thanks for sharing those wonderful Christmas memories!


Capt

Anonymous said...

yes! the something (calves) are snowing snowing your eyes are soft and glowing. me and my sister still sing it as a duet we got the album as a freebee back in the 70s at grants at the somerville circle in nj also remember having an album from STS(somerset tire servrice) ironic now stores sell albums of their Muzak.