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2021 HOLIDAY ADVENT CALENDAR
DAY 18




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LEROY ANDERSON

1908-1975

Ever play in a school orchestra? 

Ever listen to a school orchestra recital?

Or a community orchestra concert?

Or a famous “Pops” orchestra?
 




If you have (and we know 99% of you have), then you have heard, and enjoyed, and tapped your toe to music by Leroy Anderson. 





His music truly IS the music of our collective childhoods.

Since the 1940’s, his melodies have never really gone out of style.

And, speaking of style, we're featuring some pretty stylin' items from our website today:





GLAMOUR GROUP/HOT TOGS
GREEN PANTIHOSE
(1972)
(This is the one we used for the photos on
pages 118 & 119 of our Mod Barbie book)
Near Mint/Mint &
VERY RARE
$95.00



COMMUTER SET
(1959)
$350.00

 

OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL BARBIE
(2021)
NRFB
$24.99



LEATHER LIMELIGHT
(FRANCIE OUTFIT)
(1966)
NRFB
$275.00


BEACH BEAT
(KEN PAK)
(1972)
Boogie board is Excellent,
o/w Near-Mint/Mint & Complete
$69.00


BIJOU ELYSE OUTFIT
(FASHION ROYALTY)
(2021)
$77.99

SOLD - SORRY


 
T-SHIRT
WITH CONVENTION LOGO
(DOLL-SIZED)
2021 BARBIE CONVENTION GIFT
(2021)
$7.99


TOWN TOGS
(SKIPPER OUTFIT)
Near Mint & Complete
$75.00

SOLD - SORRY


FASHION QUEEN BARBIE
(1963)
Near-Mint/Mint & Complete
$149.00

SOLD - SORRY


GIFT CERTIFICATES
IN ANY AMOUNT YOU WANT





Leroy Anderson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He studied all aspects of music at the New England Conservatory of Music and at Harvard, both undergrad and in graduate school. 

He also studied languages - and was fluent in nine of them. 

In the late 30’s, Arthur Fiedler, who was the director of the Boston Pops Orchestra,





encouraged Anderson’s writing of light orchestral compositions, and, over the years, the Boston Pops premiered many of them.

Sleigh Ride" is, by far, his most famous composition. 




It was originally recorded in 1949 by the Boston Pops and was not intended to be a Christmas song.

But the public has a way of deciding what is a Christmas song and what isn’t. 

The instrumental version of the song is consistently the most-played piece of Christmas music -- and that is according to ASCAP (which keeps track of these things):

We don’t know about you, but we never knew how they made the horse’s whinnying sound before!

In 1950, Mitchell Parish, who worked with a number of other composers -- including Hoagy Carmichael and Duke Ellington -- added lyrics to “Sleigh Ride” (as he did to six other Anderson compositions over the years).





Johnny Mathis’ version of “Sleigh Ride” is the second-most-played piece of Christmas music, (also per ASCAP):






Blue Tango,” recorded in 1951, hit #1 on the Billboard Pop Music chart and was the first instrumental record to sell more than one million copies:




Here’s “Fiddle Faddle” from 1947, performed by the Ukrainian Radio Symphony Orchestra:




The Typewriter Song” was another top 40 hit, and comedian Jerry Lewis successfully incorporated it into his act:





"The Syncopated Clock,” composed in 1945, was for years the theme music for CBS’s “The Late Show”:




And here’s “The Late Show” intro:






Leroy Anderson composed a pair of songs that shine a spotlight on an orchestra’s brass sections:

Trumpeters Lullaby” from 1949:





And “Bugler’s Holiday” from 1954, featuring the San Francisco Symphony:




Plink, Plank, Plunk,” from 1951, was used later as theme music for the TV game show “I’ve Got a Secret”:




Sandpaper Ballet” from 1954 (a tribute to vaudeville-style soft-shoe dancing, not ballet) is performed here, with a trio of drolly comic sandpaper-ers, by the Brandenburg Symphony:





Leroy Anderson created “happy” music, and we think that has a lot to do with its eternal appeal.





And because we are in the midst of a pandemic, and could use a little "happy,"





here is a virtual rendition of the classic “Sleigh Ride” by the Rockland County Music Educators Association:





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