Many people don't realize how many of the familiar Christmas carols and songs were written in the U.S.A.
Here is a CD with over an hour of Christmas musical treasures from two centuries of America's past.
It was compiled by composer and music preservationist, Roger Lee Hall, who has included some of his own carols and arrangements, as well as Christmas music recorded by various popular singers from several Christmas Eve radio programs.
This CD is for non-commercial use only and is available by donation to help support the preservation mission of this web site.
1. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
2. Prepare The Royal Highway (Swedish and English)
3. He Whom Shepherds Once Came Praising
4. Carol For Christmas: Hail To The Joyous Day!
II. Christmas Carols From Colonial America
5. Boston -- music by William Billings (1778)
6. Christmas Eve radio special (1987) -- guest: Roger Lee Hall
7. Judea -- words & music by William Billings (1778)
8. Bethlehem -- music by William Billings (1778)
9. Sherburne -- music by Daniel Read (1785)
10. Carol -- music by Supply Belcher (1794)
11. New Bethlehem -- music by Edward French (1799)
III. Shaker Christmas Hymn
12. While Once in Judah's Lovely Land -- Elder John Dunlavy (1815)
IV. Popular American Christmas Carols and Songs
13. Christmas Eve radio special/ guest: Roger Lee Hall (1987)
14. Joy To The World - music by Lowell Mason (1848)
15. It Came Upon The Mountain Clear --
words: Edmund Sears/music: Richard Willis
16. We Three Kings Of Orient Are -- John Henry Hopkins (1857)
17. Up On The Housetop -- Benjamin Hanby (1860)
18. I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day --
words: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow/music:
19. O Little Town Of Bethlehem -- words: Rev. Phillips Brooks/
Lewis Redner (1868)
20. Christmas Eve radio special (1987)
21. Away In A Manger -- words & music by James R. Murray (1887)
22. A Christmas Carol -- words & music by Charles Ives (1894)
23. Heavenly Music -- words & music by Nelson Phillips (1853)/
edited by Roger Hall
Two recommended box sets are available from Sony Classical
with 5 CDs each
from popular Christmas albums,
originally released on Columbia, CBS Masterworks,
and RCA Victor Records
between 1951 and 1983: