Saturday, December 3, 2011

Sammes Saturday

The King of Jingaling (for this crowd, do I really need to link to FaLaLaLaLa?) has always been a big fan of the Mike Sammes Singers.  Mike Sammes formed his vocal group in England in the 1950's, and worked with artists such as Cliff Richard and Mantovani. According to their entry on, they provided the backing chorus with the Beatles on "I am the Walrus" and "Goodnight".  The back of this album notes that they appeared weekly on the Tom Jones television show.  Pretty good resume...

"White Christmas" is a pretty great collection of Christmas songs by the Mike Sammes Singers.  Seventeen songs, mostly standards though there are a couple exceptions.  Their sound hearkens back to that classic 60's sound that so many of us relate to the Christmases of our childhood.

I think this was a pretty well-loved record by the previous owner.  Sound is pretty good, but the cover shows some wear.

Anyway, without further ado, please enjoy the Mike Sammes Singers "White Christmas".

This link has been updated to the new stereo rip.

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  1. This is one I didn't have. Great share! Thank you.

  2. It seems one of the stereo channels is dropping...

  3. Mike Sammes having been involved with various
    backing groups realised that what was needed was a group who could sight read an arrangement like session musicians do. So he formed the Mike Sammes singers and never looked back.
    He had the largest hands I have ever seen!


  4. I'll check into the stereo channel drop and try to get a re-post out...

  5. Ah - yeah - I see what you mean. Have a re-rip in process right now, so will hopefully have it up later today. Thanks for catching that.

  6. Thanks for the post. Are the last two songs supposed to be in mono? It seems odd to have 15 songs in stereo, and the last two switch to mono, but perhaps this is a compilation that contains older tracks.

  7. I'm so happy to see that the link is still active.

    Thank you!

  8. Thanks for the rip! Most enjoyable.

    A couple of skips in the second track...