Tuesday, November 25, 2008
From 1965 comes the ultimate Canadian Christmas album. I'm sure this was a household tradition for many.
Wilf, or "Montana Slim" as he was known south of the border recorded seven tunes for this album, including the self-penned title track. The remaining three titles are older recordings, probably from the early '50's. The most interesting of these is the story of "Punkinhead", the sad little bear. "Punkinhead" was an attempt by Eaton's, the Canadian department store chain to emulate the success of post-war Christmas marketing creations like Rudolph and Frosty. Opinions vary on how successful they were, and today in Canada "Punkinhead" is little but an obscure memory.
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1. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
2. Jolly Old St. Nicholas
3. An Old Christmas Card
4. Silver Bells
5. Blue Christmas
6. Ting-a-Ling-a Jingle
7. White Christmas
8. Christmas Time in Canada
9. Silent Night
10. Punkinhead (The Little Bear)