Monday, December 08, 2008
This was one of the last albums I purchased this year to share and it has a special place in my heart.
During this past year, I worked overtime to get nearly 150 downloaded Christmas albums and nearly 2000 Christmas MP3s - some dating back as 2006 - off my hard drive.
Most of the time I was working on the computer doing this, I would listen to a collection of old-time radio Christmas programs on my Windows Media Player (Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Fibber McGee, WWII shows, Jean Shepherd).
The one show I kept coming back to over and over was the lone Christmas episode of the Goon Show in my collection. Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, and Harry Secombe ad nauseum was such a delight that it made all the work on the computer more bearable.
Secombe had one of the most remarkable voices for a British comedian. After the Goons ended, Secombe went on to star in several musicals in London and appearing on television and in movies - his best known role was as Mr. Bumble in the 1969 musical "Oliver!" Moooooore??
When I found this 1966 album at Discovery Records' website, I knew my course was clear. It blows me away every time I hear it. Hope it does the same for you.
Harry Secombe - White Christmas
In later years, Harry was a special programming consultant and television director for Harlech Television and a presenter of religious programmes on British television. He was made a knight of the British Empire in 1981 and jokingly referred to himself as Sir Cumference.
I'll end this entry with a clip from 1989 that features Secombe and young Andrew Kennedy singing "Silent Night":