Lambert, Hendricks & Ross: Deck Us All With Boston Charlie


Deck Us All With Boston Charlie


Lambert, Hendricks & Ross


Jingle Bell Swing (Columbia/Legacy)

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Dave Lambert (vocals), Jon Hendricks (vocals), Annie Ross (vocals),

Gildo Mahones (piano), Ike Isaacs (bass), Jimmy Wormworth (drums)


Composed by Walt Kelly & Norman Monath


Recorded: New York, May 4, 1961


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

If you think seven swans a-swimming is a tongue-twister, try singing along with LH&R's spoof of "Deck the Halls" ŕ la Walt Kelly's cartoon carolers (Pogo Possum, Albert Alligator, et al.):

   Deck us all with Boston Charlie,
   Walla Walla, Wash., and Kalamazoo!
   Nora's freezin' on the trolley,
   Swaller dollar cauliflower Alleygaroo!

Annie Ross sounds like Margaret Dumont in a Marx Brothers movie—the dowager soprano desperately in need a stocking stuffed down her throat. Fine fun.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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