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Christmas Day With Sammy Kaye - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra

Updated on December 9, 2017
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Playing majestic music from the golden age of the Big Band era on a HiFi is a wonderful way to take the edge off your day and relax.

Decca, Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra

Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye, Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra, by HI Fi Decca Records. This awesome LP includes such classics as White Christmas, Silent Night, Silver Bells, ‘Twas the Night before Christmas, It’s Beginning to Look like Christmas, and Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow. For Sammy Kay Christmas was a family affair, celebrated and enjoyed by young and old alike – with young and old together. In this delightful album, Sammy Kaye and his orchestra present Christmas songs for everyone. It is a timeless masterpiece with popular tunes of the season from the immortal White Christmas to the engaging Rudolph the red Nosed Reindeer.

For Sammy Kay Christmas was a family affair, to be celebrated and enjoyed by young and old alike – with young and old together.
For Sammy Kay Christmas was a family affair, to be celebrated and enjoyed by young and old alike – with young and old together.

"Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye".

Sammy Kaye was born on March 13, 1910 and left this world on June 2, 1987, He was born Samuel Zarnocay, Jr. When he became a songwriter and bandleader he soon was known as “Sammy Kaye” and folks would tag him with, "Swing and sway with Sammy Kaye". Sammy became one of the most famous of American bandleaders of the Big Band era. In this wonderful record album Sammy carefully balanced, and tenderly performed a Christmas program that magically spans the many and varied moods of this season of all seasons.

Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra, Sleigh Ride.

Sammy the Man that helped saved the Big Band Era.

In his day Sammy Kaye was one of the most celebrated and popular personalities in show business, this is a given, he deserves much of the credit for restoring the big bands. Sammy was a veteran entertainer by the time this record and released. He is to this day, one of the most remembered big band songwriters and bandleaders of the golden age of the Big Band Era.

Sammy Kaye on Christmas Day LP, Awesome Track List

Sammy Kaye on Christmas Day

Track Listing:

White Christmas

'Twas The Night Before Christmas

Christmas Child

The First Nowell and It Came Upon The Midnight Clear

O Little Town of Bethlehem and O Come All Ye Faithful

Silent Night

It's Beginning To Look Like Christmas

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer

Silver Bells

Sleigh Ride

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

(Joyeux Noel, Buona Natalefi, Feliz Navidad) A Merry Christmas (to You)

The Sammy Kaye Orchestra 1993, Really Great Kaye Memories

Sammy Plays for us the Wonderful Christmas music of the 1950's

This record is a memorable and lovely mix of vocals and orchestrations. Sammy plays for us wonderful Christmas music from the 1950's, this remarkable album is in a class by itself. It combines many of the Christmas standards, both sacred and secular holiday tunes. This record also has some awesome less familiar tunes. The arrangements are happy, upbeat and very interesting. I have the vinyl album of this lovely record.


Sammy's Magical "Christmas Serenade" by Columbia Records

The Magical "Christmas Serenade" by Columbia Records. This is a must have for any Christmas Holiday music collection.
The Magical "Christmas Serenade" by Columbia Records. This is a must have for any Christmas Holiday music collection.

Here is a good Photo of a Youthful Sammy Kaye in the 1940's

Sammy Kaye is to this day, one of the most remembered big band songwriters and bandleaders of the golden age of the Big Band Era.
Sammy Kaye is to this day, one of the most remembered big band songwriters and bandleaders of the golden age of the Big Band Era.

In the 1950's Sammy was Riding Mainstream American Music

In the 1950's Sammy was riding the mainstream all an American wave of popularity that was caused by big band masters like Tommy Dorsey, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and many others, the amazing swaying sweet sound of Sammy Kaye and his orchestra was burning up the malt-shop jukeboxes, and putting cash in record store cash registers across the United States and Canada. Sammy's was even in the famous trade magazine publication of Variety was the first to issue the now famous saying "Swing And Sway With Sammy Kaye" and the new name of the orchestra band at this time was "Swing And Sway" it was a golden time for Sammy and his music.

Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra, White Christmas

Sammy Kaye had Masterful Control over his Orchestra

Sammy Kaye died in Manhattan, and buried in the family plot next to his parents at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Lakewood Ohio. Sammy was always a good son and family man. Sammy was the son of Czech emigrates and he played the clarinet in college bands when he was a student at Ohio State University. Later in life when he became a bandleader the sound that came out of his men's instruments was usually truly remarkable and flawless. Sammy’s control over his band as a bandleader was one of the most amazing things about his stage performance.

Sammy Kaye died in Manhattan, and was buried in the family plot next to his parents at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Lakewood Ohio. Sammy was always a good son and family man.
Sammy Kaye died in Manhattan, and was buried in the family plot next to his parents at Lakewood Park Cemetery in Lakewood Ohio. Sammy was always a good son and family man.

Sammy Kaye was a Very Wise Business Person & Self Promoter

Sammy Kaye was a very wise business person and he was always looking into new ways to promote his orchestra; he worked with radio stations, and got his music in sound track in many movies of his era. Sammy was best with his live concerts, the were always well attended, and his fans knew he paid attention to every detail. One of Sammy Kaye now famous promotion called "So You Want To Lead A Band?" In this promotion Sammy would invite an audience member at random to come onstage, and Sammy would let them take a crack at leading the orchestra. This promotion was a hit with the audience and the fans loved it, it stayed with the act for many years during his reign of as the King of Big Band Swing.

Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Sammy Kaye’s years as a big band composer are remarkable

Sammy Kaye’s years as a big band composer and conductor are remarkable. He attended college on scholarship at Ohio State University, and Sammy organized his first dance band while in college at Ohio State and opening the College Inn, featuring his orchestra. Years later when he was doing his “So You Want to Lead a Band” show Sammy would read poetry during the broadcasts, and even recorded a spoken album of his recitations.

In 1950 Sammy would Read Poetry during the Broadcasts

When Sammy was doing his "So You Want to Lead a Band" show Sammy would read poetry during the broadcasts, and even recorded a spoken album of his recitations.
When Sammy was doing his "So You Want to Lead a Band" show Sammy would read poetry during the broadcasts, and even recorded a spoken album of his recitations.

Sammy Kaye Signed on with Columbia Records in 1950

In the ground breaking year of 1950, Sammy Kaye signed on with a giant of the record industry the now famous Columbia Records. This very same year Sammy saw the vast and growing potential in the new and fast growing new broadcasting system called television. Sammy shrewdly negotiated a television contract and began his remarkable television show. The show was a ground breaker, but was not as popular as Sammy ha hope it would be "The Sammy Kaye Show" left the television airwaves in the late summer of 1951. Being on TV gave Sammy a new burst of creativity because during this time Sammy started recording his famous Christmas songs for his upcoming masterpiece called "Christmas Serenade".

The Amazing Sammy Kaye, Don Cornell, It Isn't Fair, 1978 TV

Sammy Kaye Songs have an Amazing Mixture of Rich Styles

When people hears Sammy Kaye songs, they are always struck by the amazing mixture of rich styles he displays. Many songs are very reminiscent of Guy Lombardo, and there is a strong Fred Waring feeling to a lot of his music. Sammy Kaye can reach new heights in his arrangements such as holiday favorites "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" and "Frosty the Snow Man" the magical music hops from the Hi Fi and to the listener soul, and transports one to a very warm and toasty place.

Warm & Lovely, Sammy Kaye & His Orchestra, White Christmas

Christmas With Sammy Kaye a Wealth of Musical Enjoyment

So in the “Christmas Day With Sammy Kaye” you have a wealth of musical enjoyment that is in the wonderful spirit of Christmas, with the impeccable taste and superb artistry that has made the name Sammy Kaye a synonym of musical quality.

Christmas Day with Sammy Kaye and his Orchestra, Let It Snow!

Sammy was awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Sammy Kaye was one of the few people ever awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The first star was for recording at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard, and the second star was for television at 6419 Hollywood Boulevard, and then the last star was for radio at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. This was a remarkable feat for a quiet peaceful man from Ohio.

Sammy Kaye was one of the few people ever awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Sammy Kaye was one of the few people ever awarded three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lakewood Park Cemetery in Lakewood Ohio

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