Morcambe & Wise, The Happiest Christmas of All
(HMV 7" single, 1964, POP 1373)
Beloved comics Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were to Christmas in England what Bob Hope was to the holidays in North America, with annual Christmas specials drawing some of the largest audiences in UK television history (in Canada we had Wayne & Shuster, but their chemistry was a little different). The spirit translated to disc as well, with a pair of Christmas singles, and later an LP of songs and sketches taken from the shows.
The Happiest Christmas of All was the flipside of A-Wassailing--I'm still looking for their later Pye single The 12 Days of Christmas b/w Bingle Jells--with a mix of music hall and some snappy repartee typical of Eric, the tall one with the glasses, and Ernie, the one with the short, fat, hairy legs.
for the series: 12 Discs of Christmas