The Best Christmas Music Ever! - Here it is!!!
Once upon a time there were two US tire companies, Firestone and Goodyear. In order to capitalize on the holiday season and increase customer flow, they produced and sold annual Christmas albums at a token rate of about $1.00/album! They figured that it could be a very successful million dollar ad campaign for them and they were correct. They decided that the albums not be one of “cutie” songs like “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” or “Rudolph”, but rather of classic tunes done by quality artists – a collection worthy to be called "The Great Songs of Christmas" by Goodyear and "Your Favorite Christmas Carols" by Firestone. My family was a "victim" of not one, but both Goodyear and Firestone's annual Christmas album campaigns. Yes, I've got all 10 original Goodyear Albums and all 7 Firestone albums. I've even ripped them all to MP3 so I can enjoy them in an easier to use form than vinyl LP! Does anyone else remember these or have these Christmas albums? Were these marketed anywhere outside of the US and Canada?
I assure you, my friends, that these albums are the best Christmas music ever
! Although this posting clearly "date stamps" me as an old fart, I still feel that it's necessary to share this music with you.
Now, without further eloquence, here they are!Firestone Christmas Series
FIRESTONE VOL. 1 - 1962
FIRESTONE VOL. 2 - 1963
FIRESTONE VOL. 3 - 1964
FIRESTONE VOL. 4 - 1965 - This is my personal favorite!
FIRESTONE VOL. 5 - 1966
FIRESTONE VOL. 6 - 1967
FIRESTONE VOL. 7 - 1968Goodyear Christmas Series
GOODYEAR VOL. 1 - 1961
GOODYEAR VOL. 2 - 1962
GOODYEAR VOL. 3 - 1963
GOODYEAR VOL. 4 - 1964
GOODYEAR VOL. 5 - 1965 - My personal favorite!
GOODYEAR VOL. 6 - 1966
GOODYEAR VOL. 7 - 1967
GOODYEAR VOL. 8 - 1968
GOODYEAR VOL. 9 - 1969
GOODYEAR VOL. 10 - 1970Old Goodyear print ads showcasing the annual Christmas albums
Vol. 2 - 1962 advertisement
Vol. 4 - 1964 advertisement
Vol. 5 - 1965 advertisement
Vol. 6 - 1966 advertisement
Vol. 5 - 1965 - Sleigh Ride - Sung by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme - By far my favorite song!
Vol. 5 - 1965 - Silver Bells - Sung by Doris Day
Vol. 6 - 1966 - Let It Snow - Sung by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme