Monday, December 22, 2008
In March of 2007, I travelled back to my old haunts in Chicago and picked up a few Christmas albums. This is one of the last ones from that trip left to be shared.
There's about 25 schools in Chicago named Sacred Heart. Considering that 1/2 of the album was sung in Croatian, my first guess was that it was recorded up somewhere in the West Town section of Chicago where Ukrainian Village is.
From some comments and consultation with my father (who grew up at 83rd & Buffalo - in the shadow of South Works), there was a Croation enclave on the south side of Chicago as well.
Sacred Heart Croatian Church is located at 96th and Escanaba Ave. on the Southeast side of Chicago.
This album is nothing fancy (a lot of my shares are usually just that). School kids singing Christmas songs. The school sold this album to parents so they could assumingly fund other programs at their school. We are talking about Chicago here - ask Gov. Rod Blagojevich!
I would love to hear from anyone on the back of the cover! And according to one of the commenters below, this album was recorded in 1961.
Sacred Heart School Choir - Sings Croatian & English Christmas Carols