Julie London's Holiday Album


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As most readers know, Julie London is one of my favorite female vocalists. She had a captivating, cool singing style. Her satiny delivery was nocturnal and relaxed, and she took on tough songs and aced them with a proud, detached strength and maturity.

You may recall that last year, I wondered why London only released one holiday single—I'd Like You for Christmas (1957). Was keeping the Yule at arm's length London's call (too square?) or Liberty's (not a good space for her?)? Or perhaps she did indeed record an album but the tape is sitting in some vault someplace mislabeled.

In a post last year, I decided to take matters into my own hands and create a London holiday EP album by corralling all of her winter-season recordings and calling it Julie London Wishes You a Merry Christmas. This year, it's only fitting to once again take the Plexiglas cover off the JazzWax turntable and lower the stylus on a Christmas Eve classic:

Here's I'd Like You for Christmas...


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...


And here's The Thirteenth Month...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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