It will always be a mystery to me why singer Julie London did not record a Christmas album. Someone at Liberty, her label, must have suggested it, but clearly London passed. Perhaps it was a personal thing. Or maybe she felt that a holiday album would be too square and run counter to her cool, nocturnal image. Whatever the reason, London recorded only one holiday side—I'd Like You for Christmas—
and that's it.
So what I've decided to do here is create my own Julie London Wishes You a Merry Christmas
album, which probably qualifies only as an EP, since all I could find are six songs with a year-end theme. If you worked at Liberty, I'd love to know the story behind the album that never was but should have been.Here's Warm in December
... Here's I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
... Here's Sleigh Ride in July
... Here's November Twilight
... Here's The Thirteenth Month
And here's I'd Like You for Christmas—
a song so good it makes you want to go through the vaults to see if there's a forgotten London holiday album sitting somewhere on the shelves in a box of reels...
This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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