AL HIRT - HAVE A MERRY LITTLE AL HIRT
* 1980 PICKWICK RECORDS PRESS *
A virtuoso on the trumpet, Al Hirt was often "overqualified" for the Dixieland and pop music that he performed. He studied classical trumpet at the Cincinnati Conservatory (1940-1943) and was influenced by the playing of Harry James. He freelanced in swing bands (including both Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, and Ray McKinley) before returning to New Orleans in the late '40s and becoming involved in the Dixieland movement. He teamed up with clarinetist Pete Fountain on an occasional basis from 1955 on, and became famous by the end of the decade. An outstanding technician with a wide range, along with a propensity for playing far too many notes, Hirt had some instrumental pop hits in the 1960s. He also recorded swing and country music, but mostly stuck to Dixieland in his live performances. He remained a household name throughout his career, although one often feels that he could have done so much more with his talent. Hirt's early Audiofidelity recordings (1958-1960) and collaborations with Fountain are the most rewarding of his long career; he died at his home in New Orleans on April 27, 1999. (AMG)
Al Hirt – Have A Merry Little
Label: Pickwick – ACL-7078, RCA Camden – ACL-7078
Format: Vinyl, LP, Reissue, Stereo
Country: US Released: 1980
A1 Nutty Jingle Bells Written-By – D. Hyman* 2:15
A2 Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer Written-By – J. Marks* 2:15
A3 Medley: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/Here Comes Santa Claus Written-By – Autry*, Haldeman*, T. Connor* 2:14
A4 Sleigh Ride Written-By – L. Anderson*, M. Parish* 2:27
A5 Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Written-By – H. Gillespie*, J. Coots* 2:39
B1 Silver Bells Written-By – J. Livingston, R. Evans* 2:39
B2 The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You) Written-By – M. Torme*, R. Wells*
B3 O Holy Night Written-By – A. Adam* 3:45
B4 Silent Night Written-By – F. Gruber*, J. Mohr* 3:36
Art Direction – Meredythe Jones Rossi
Design [Cover] – Yves Roux
Liner Notes – Marni Butterfield
Photography By – David Jonasson*
Remastered By – Gary Rice
Trumpet – Al Hirt
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