Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Goodyear's Great Songs Of Christmas, 1961-1969

In 1961, Goodyear started a 17 year long practice that would help shape the Christmas memories of a generation. Like many other merchants of the time, Goodyear began offering a Christmas compilation record at a significant discount to their customers. Businesses from all sectors, including grocery stores, hardware stores, and even Avon had branded Christmas albums available.  Firestone, a major competitor to Goodyear also had a similar offering, but it was neither as long running nor quite as popular as the Goodyear albums. Goodyear continued this practice through the late 1970's.

This ad from the November 11, 1961 Saturday Evening Post announced the first album:

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As these albums are long out of print and no longer available, here is a special download for you (as the title of this post alludes to, this download is for the the first nine albums in mp3 format). 

Merry Christmas, and happy listening!