Pipe Organ Music
This is a collection of some of my pipe organ LPs that I have converted to MP3. Many of these have not been released on CD; therefore, I am offering these as a way to keep this culture alive. If you own the copyrights to these and object to their presence here, email me and I will remove them ASAP.
The audio quality is not top-notch; I apologize for that. My turntable had some noise issues, as well as the fact that these LPs are not mint condition.
These are all MP3 files of different bitrates, depending on when I converted them. Click to listen or right-click and select ‘Save Target As’ to download.
Buddy Cole: Pipes and Chimes of Christmas
This album, Columbia CL 1224, has not been re-released as far as I know. This was recorded on the Joe Kearns ex-Warner Brothers Studio Wurlitzer, Opus 2022, as opposed to Cole’s other recordings, which were made on his own Wurlitzer/Robert Morton hybrid.
5. Jingle Bells
6. O Tannenbaum
7. Silent Night
Paul Carson: Christmas Favorites
Paul Carson was a theater organist who played background music for various radio shows, as well as a solo organ program called Bridge to Dreamland. He also recorded several sacred albums on the Alma label; this is Alma C-1807, which has not been re-released either.
4. Silent Night
5. O Holy Night
2. Jingle Bells
5. Tinker Toy
Eddie Dunstedter: The Bells of Christmas + Happy Holidays (Single Song)
Eddie Dunstedter was another radio-era theater organist. His style on this album is somewhat unique. In fact, he uses the pizzicato coupler on We Three Kings. This LP, Capitol ST 1264, has not been released on CD.
It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
O Little Town of Bethlehem
Away in a Manger
1. O Holy Night
We Three Kings
Bring Your Torches, Jeanette Isabella
Deck the Halls
Joy to the World
5. O Tannenbaum
Vom Himmel Hoch
7. Silent Night
Happy Holidays - Taken from a multi-artist Christmas LP
Jesse Crawford: In a Monastery Garden
This album, recorded on the Simonton Grande Wurlitzer, features many light classical and inspirational songs, played in Crawford’s “frustrated vocalist” style; it has not been re-released. This is a very relaxing album, good for winding down at the end of the day; it’s also great on the way to church!
6. The Rosary
4. The Psalms
5. Agnus Dei
John Kiley: Gigantic Pipe Organ
John Kiley was a theater organist, as well as a sports organist, playing at many ballparks. In fact, it was said (jokingly) that he was the only person to have played for the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Boston Red Sox, all in the same year. This album was recorded on the old Boston Metropolitan Theater’s 4/26 Wurlitzer, released on a budget label, and has not been re-released since.
1. Dark Eyes
2. At Dawning
Leonard Leigh: The Mighty Wurlitzer Remembers the Good Old Songs
Leonard Leigh had an interesting style, as the following selections illustrate. He didn’t seem to use the trems very often, which is common practice today.
1. Red Wing
Leonard MacClain: Theatre Organ in Hi-Fi
Leonard “Melody Mac” MacClain was a famous theater organist with a prodigious memory. He could play almost any song he’d heard from memory, making his own accompaniment and chords as he went along. In fact, he used to offer a prize on his radio show to any caller who could stump him with a tune. Needless to say, very few people were paid!
This is the first of two albums of his that I have; the second one is below.
4. My Romance
Leonard MacClain: More Theatre Organ in Hi-Fi
This is my second MacClain album.
1. Till There Was You (From The Music Man)
6. Secret Love