The Christmas Glow Worm (Paul Lincke, Heinz Bolten-Backers, Lilla Cayley Robinson & Johnny Mercer) 3.56
Jessica Martin and Mark Steyn, vocals
with orchestra arranged and conducted by Kevin Amos
Mark wrote about the convoluted history of "The Glow Worm" during the Johnny Mercer centenary celebrations of 2009. It began life as the Glühwürmchen-Idyll, an intermezzo from a burlesque of Aristophanes' Lysistrata that was the boffo German theatre smash of 1902. Half-a-century later, Johnny Mercer put a new set of words to it, and gave the Mills Brothers one of their biggest hits. But did you know he also attempted a Christmas version for The Bing Crosby Show in 1962? In this lively reconstruction of the various lyrical lines, Mark and Jessica tell the tale of "The Christmas Glow Worm" as he guides them through the wintry snow and safe back home to the Yuletide mistletoe.
"The Christmas Glow Worm" is also available in old-fashioned CD form on the brand new album Making Spirits Bright.