I love Christmas No1s and have collected them over the years on 78, vinyl and CD.
These first two singles proved to be the hardest to find for my collection. The Dickie Valentine original single is the only one that I don't have! It was available as an EP and I have only ever seen it at record collectors fairs priced at about £40! I can get hold of recordings of it but it's not the same 'cos you know you've not got the full collection!
The Winnifred Atwell single, I just really love - it's so bad it's great! I found her record about 5 years ago in an old Irish market in Glasgow on a 78 record for 20p. Notice the brill electric guitar bit in the middle!!
I've actually got this one loaded on my MP3 player on my favourites list!
My friends may laugh at my choices of music but I've had to buy a earphone splitter for my MP3 player so that my friends can plug in their own ear phones instead of sharing mine! They're always asking me what new stuff I've put on!
(When searching for these tunes on the internet I've tried to find original video footage where possible but obviously a lot of the TV footage of the early ones has been destroyed or lost.)
Winnifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
Dickie Valentine - Christmas Alphabet
Johnny Ray - Just Walkin' In The Rain