Sunday, December 4, 2016

John Klein

Artist: John Klein at the Carillon Americana® with Orchestra and Chorus
LP: A Christmas Sound Spectacular
Song: "White Christmas"
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Medly: "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" / "Carol of the Bells"
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If the name John Klein rings a bell, maybe you saw him at the Seattle World's Fair in 1962, where he was the official carillonneur. According to this website, he also did quite a bit of carillonning at the New York World's Fair a couple of years after he left Seattle. He certainly does invite the holiday spirit into the home with his 1959 "A Christmas Sound Spectacular" Carillon Americana® LP with Orchestra and Chorus. 

In the liner notes included below you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the Carillon Americana® but were afraid to ask. It's also revealed that, when he's not busy playing the Carillon Americana® at a world's fair or at an international music festival somewhere, John Klein "operate(d) an antique shop in Rahns, Pennsylvania, which specialize(d) in his particular interests—American furniture and folk-art of the Eighteenth century, and English ceramics." Why is it that people so much more interesting 50 years ago than they are today? You can read more about Mr. Klein in Dutch here, with English translation here.

[ The noisiest drapes on earth. ]

[ John Klein: February 21, 1915 — April 30, 1981 ]

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