Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Red Johnson / Bud Auge

  This song was recorded on the same session as my Capitol record of "There's A Grand Ol' Opry Show Playing Somewhere". The song written by Howard Pine was brought to me by Bud Auge and I loved it. It played on radio for many years and was a popular Christmas record. The original was issued on Hep, but was also used for advertising business around the country. The business would print their name on it and give it out for Christmas to their clients.
  The other side "Memoirs of a Christmas Tree" Bud Auge wrote a poem to "Oh Christmas Tree" from a tree's point of view, and he recited it. The accordion or chord-o-vox was played by the late Joe Tishmack and the steel guitar was Dick Mileski, bass was Bob Kolhoff, drums Wes Vaughn, guitar Lowell LaBerge, and myself on rhythm guitar. We all recorded Christmas in Heaven, Railroaded & There's a Grand Ol Opry Show Playing Somewhere on the same day, produced by John Voit.
  I haven't heard from Howard in quite some time.  He had the rights to the vintage Slim Jim and The Vagabond Kid recordings and we spent many days in my studio restoring the tapes to CDs and I think we did 35 or more at that time. The coating was peeling off the tapes as they were 50 years old but I thought they came out really well.
  Maybe some of your readers can fill in the blanks on Howard Pine..
This pic was taken at the Chicago airport on one of our many trips to Nashville, by Arlene Stewart, a fan and writer for a local paper in the area.  She met us on a layover at the Airport for coffee.
  This may be garbled but I wrote it as I remember it.

Hep 2934
Year: 1964
Label location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Pressed by: Kay Bank

Christmas In Heaven

Memoirs Of A Christmas Tree

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