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13 16x16 1920s Christmas Music?

For our Christmas party this year, my church house group is doing a 'murder mystery' (where you have a meal and there's a 'whodunit').

It's got a 1920s theme and I've been tasked with getting the music!

I wondered if anyone (especially the master of music Mr RJD) knows if there's any good stuff out there?

So far I've found: http://www.amazon.co.uk/1920s-Christ...dp/B006HMLSHO/ which sounds pretty cool!
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Looks like some of those songs go into the 1930s and '40s, if you're not too particular about sticking to the 1920s exclusively.

We have a CD album that was originally released on cassette as "The Legends of Christmas." VAI Audio now sells it on CD as "The Greatest Hits of Christmas Past." It has a few from the 1920s, most from the 1930s, some from the 1940s, but it's a wonderful album. We've bought multiple copies of it. Here's a link: http://www.vaimusic.com/holiday-titles/1225.html

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What a great question, and I know I RJD will be the best to answer it. But it got me thinking that what we consider the golden age of Christmas music started around the mid-1930's with the surge in radio ownership. Until that time music would have been heard live or played in the home via sheet music, music box, or record or cylinder player. Due in large part to the interest in seasonal offerings, early Christmas recordings are among the most desirable of the early recording formats. I do find it interesting to think that even today we can turn on a station playing Christmas music and we're hearing tunes that go back over 70 years. Everyone knows White Christmas, but I'd wear out a set of tires trying to find someone who can sing a verse of Vernon Dalhart's "Santa Claus, That's Me!"
Here's a link I found: http://www.vintagemusicroom.com/
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...In fact, I had forgotten just how useful Archive.com can be! Use various searches to find more 1920s Christmas!

Three by the Westbrook Conservatory Entertainers.

1920s-Holiday CD
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I knew you guys would come up with some good stuff! Thanks for the points to archive.com RJD, love the 1920s Holiday CD!

That reminded me that I got some old cylinder records a few years ago. I got them from a post that's no longer up, but I found a comment with many of links in: http://worcesterite.com/forums/music...as-mp3s-thread (see the long comment with the links - not all of those are still working...)

Many of those come from: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/g...e/index-e.html which has loads of old cylinder things.

There's also: http://archive.org/details/cylindertransfer with some christmas songs on.

I love this old stuff! The vintage music room CDs look good (some of their tracks are these old public domain tracks) but being the UK, downloads are easier!

I've got loads of great stuff now. The party is going to be rocking Christmas 1920s style!
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fyi, the tags on the files in the '1920s Holiday CD' are all over the place - don't think any of them are right!!! Still good stuff though...
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...In fact, I had forgotten just how useful Archive.com can be! Use various searches to find more 1920s Christmas!

Three by the Westbrook Conservatory Entertainers.

1920s-Holiday CD
Listening now to the second link---wonderful stuff, similar to the VAI album, which we love. We'll be downloading this one!
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Originally Posted by whychristmas View Post
fyi, the tags on the files in the '1920s Holiday CD' are all over the place - don't think any of them are right!!! Still good stuff though...
You're right about that! I was wondering if there were actually enough '20s tunes for your project. As we have collectively looked, I think so.
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