Happy, Happy Holiday

George Faulkner Sings Murry Wilson, Vol. 2Happy. Happy Holiday b/w Te-e-e-e-ex-as. Now available on 7″ vinyl.

This 2019 holiday release is the second single in the George Faulkner Sings Murry Wilson series. Vinyl copies available for $9 in the U.S. directly from Bolt (domestic postage included). Write to boltrecordsinfo[at]gmail.com for payment info. Digital sales and streams have been discontinued, pending 11 song LP release in late 2020.


Happy, Happy Holiday: Produced and engineered by Tony Maimone. Arranged by Joe McGinty. Assistant engineer, Richard Salino. Recorded at Studio G, Brooklyn. George Faulkner, vocals. Mark Ambor, harmony vocals. Joe McGinty, piano, organ, Moog, glockenspiel xylophone. Mike Milazzo, guitars. Jeremy Chatzky, bass. Clem Waldmann, drums, percussion. Mastered by Will Quinnell, Sterling Sound. Art by Peter Bagge.

Te-e-e-e-ex-as: Produced and engineered by Peter Katis. Assistant engineer, Greg Giorgio. Recorded at Tarquin Studios, Bridgeport. George Faulkner, vocals. Mark Ambor, vocals. Dave Bahssin, guitar. Norman Plankey, mandolin, vocals. Ambrose Verdibello, lap steel, vocals. Mike Tepper, bass. Mastered by Will Quinnell, Sterling Sound. Art by Peter Bagge.

The back story…

This release is part curiosity, part tribute, all history. Although Murry is not remembered fondly by most, Brian Wilson is quoted as saying “my Dad had talent, he sure did. He was a talented man. He had some music in him.” George Faulkner wanted to find out more about Murry. He knew The Many Moods of Murry Wilson was nothing close to the full story, but had no idea how deep the Murry story went. George spent months researching the musical compositions of Murry Wilson. He discovered that Murry wrote (or co-wrote) approximately 50 songs between 1940 – 1973. Mostly vocal songs. About 20 were recorded and released in Murry’s lifetime by a small variety of acts. 30 were never recorded. More titles were likely written – there are many rumors – but no documentation has yet been found past the core 50.

Murry submitted 38 songs to the Library of Congress. The LoC has confirmed that those submissions were all destroyed as they had been kept “for the longest period considered practicable and desirable.” This indicates that most of Murry’s music may be lost forever, but Murry would often mail copies of songs to himself for copyright purposes too. Some of those remain unopened, in the tight grip of collectors. George has not given up searching, and says “I like to think there is a box with handwritten Murry music sitting in a storage facility in LA somewhere, waiting to be remembered.”

The two songs on this single were written by Murry between 1952 and 1955. Each track originally released by The Bachelors (an L.A. trio) featuring Jimmy Haskell on accordion and vocals. This time around, Producer Tony Maimone (Pere Ubu, Bob Mould) and Arranger Joe McGinty (Psychedelic Furs, Ronnie Spector) led George and members of The Losers Lounge (NYC tribute collective) through Happy, Happy Holiday, and Producer Peter Katis (Kurt Vile, The National) led George and a local hootenanny group in reimagining Te-e-e-ex-as. For this second release in the George Faulkner Sings Murry Wilson series, Bolt Records is thrilled to get new versions of these two compositions out in circulation again, over 60 years since their original debut, and to have worked with artist Peter Bagge again.

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