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A yodeling Christmas and a happy new year !

29 December 2008

The end of the year is always a busy time, and I’m a bit late with my weekly post but I found this great song on youtube.

Here is the text that goes with it: “Santa Claus Song,” composed and recorded by George P. Watson (1871-1926) about 90 years ago, is a real HOOT….for kids AND grown-ups. Watson is credited with making the first American YODELING record, a wax cylinder in 1897. This recording, Edison Blue Amberol cylinder # 3034, is a major NOVELTY. Watson was a long-time vaudeville star who made records for virtually all the old time disc and cylinders companies. His first Victor disc—made Feb. 16, 1906—was “Hi-Le-Hi-Lo,” composed and sung by Watson. This record was ENORMOUSLY successful, to the extent that to this day, most Pennsylvania Dutchman know it. He recorded this selection for numerous companies. It’s interesting to note that because of demand, Victor had Watson re-record “Hi-Le-” electrically, on Dec. 30, 1925, a year before his death. He married Marguerite Newton, another old-time vaudevillian who made comic records around 1900. Watson’s death certificate cites his dad’s name as Philip Zint, so one can suppose Watson’s real name was GEORGE PHILIP ZINT.

I wish you all the best for the new year !


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2 comments

  1. Love The Yodeling , Really quaint .


  2. Thank you for the biographical information on George P. Watson. Some years ago I acquired an old Victor record of his with a wonderful song called “Schneider Does Your Mother Know You’re Out”. I’ve been a big fan of his ever since but have turned up very little information on him.



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