Timmy Christmas - Christmas Fever (2:37)
This song is an utter mystery. There are white stickers affixed on top of the original label of the 45 that claim it is the product of PRM Records in Rockville Centre, NY - the date given is 1981. The recording sounds 1950s, however. The song seems to be written and produced by Richard and Paul Freitas. There is also a phone number hand-written on the original label.
Who knows? Catchy Christmas song, though!
- Contributed by: John Mitchell
Update December 2010!
Christopher Cornell writes:
I found Richard Freitas, not surprisingly at Richardfreitas.com, and asked him about the song. He replied!
Wow, a blast from the past!
Christmas Fever was written by my Dad back in 1957 as part of a 4 tune
recording session. The singers were my brother, Paul and myself. We
recorded the tune in a well known NY studio but I can't remember the
name. The musicians were Al Ciaola and Barry Garbraith on guitars, Hal
Pearl on piano, I believe Eddie Safranski on bass and a drummer I don't
The B side of the 45 release was a tune called What Gift Shall We Give
Him. The record got a fair amount of airplay for a few years and then
slipped into obscurity. In 1981, Christmas Fever was licensed by a
company called The Royal House of Dolls. They were putting out a
Christmas doll called Timmy Christmas. The record was packaged with the
doll and the artist name was changed to Timmy Christmas.
Paul and I continued on in the music business and now write music for
TV, commercials, films and videos.
Hope that helps and thanks for your interest in the song. It certainly
brings back a lot of memories.
Mystery Solved! It's going on my Christmas collection this year with the right name, not "Timmy Christmas." And whoever wrote that entry is right: it sounded 1950s cause it is!
All the best and happy holidays.