The 12 Discs of Christmas 2011 #3



Malcolm Dodds - Ich Bin Very Happy (Merry, Merry Christmas) (Aurora 45-1996;1963)



Our third disc of Christmas also involves a bit of U.S./German history, although not quite as indepth as the Chad Mitchell Trio's Twelve Days. In this case, it's just the title of Ich Bin Very Happy (Merry, Merry Christmas) by Brooklyn's Malcolm Dodds, formerly of the doo wop group the Tunedrops, that has significance, paraphrasing President John F. Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech made in Germany on June 26, 1963.

The tune is a fun little minute-and-a-half trifle, I found my copy with the sleeve at Stardust Records in Hamilton, produced by space age pop guitarist Al Caiola. Caiola was a busy musician in the early '60s, both on his own recordings of covers and movie themes and as a session player for Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Dion, Brenda Lee, Peggy Lee and Jerry Lee Lewis, to name just a few.

No comments: