NTS - 1964 - Album Cover
NTS - 1964 - Album Back

In 1964, for the tenth (10th) tracking season of NORAD Tracks Santa, NORAD's Directorate of Public Affairs and Century Records produced a commemorative album of NORAD Tracking Santa news reports with promotional spots and Christmas season music.[1] [2]

NORAD Tracks Santa - 1964

Santa News Reports & Holiday Music Selections

Presented as a public service by the North American Air Defense Command

Listen to NORAD Tracks Santa...

The 1964 Long Playing Record Experience


The "NORAD Tracks Santa" tradition goes back to the late 1950s when a young boy accidentally dialed the unlisted number of the Director of Combat Operations at NORAD Headquarters in Colorado Springs. The boy was actually trying to phone a department store Santa Claus whose extension was only one digit removed from the phone at the NORAD center.

The Combat Operations Center Director was quick to realize that a mistake had been made, and carried on a long conversation with the boy assuring him that the forces of NORAD would indeed guarantee Santa a safe trip from the North Pole.

A novel idea and tradition was thus born, and you have the results of it inside this jacket...a series of spots citing the progress of Santa as he makes his annual journey down through the space tracking and radar facilities of the North American Air Defense Command.

To follow his unusual flight plan we must call upon all the of the resources at NORAD's disposal...the Canadian Forces Air Defense Command, the U.S. Army Air Defense Command, and the U.S. Air Force's Aerospace Defense Command. Two nations and three services working together for mutual protection.

Five "Santa Tracks" are found on side one...followed by two promo spots that you can use to advertise your station's unique Christmas Eve service.

One other bonus rounds out side one of this production. It is the Charles Tazewell Christmas classic, "The Littlest Angel," written and arranged by Major Franklin Lockwood, former Director of the NORAD Band. The song poem has received wide acclaim when performed in concert, and is included here to add a special touch to your holiday programming.

Side two features the NORAD Commanders, one of the finest big bands in the world playing their original variations of traditional Christmas themes.

The Canadian and American men and women of NORAD are pleased to bring you this Christmas production and hope it will earn a permanent place in your library...

(Note: Use Santa news reports, cuts 1-5, Dec. 24 only)


1. S. Claus files an Unusual Flight Plan [RealMedia] 0:49

2. Early Warning Radars Acquire Track [RealMedia] 1:12

3. NORAD Pilots confirm Santa Vehicle [RealMedia] 1:15

4. U.S. and Canadian Aircraft Fly Escort 1:26

5. Summary: Santa Claus is on His Way! 1:12

6. Santa Promotional Spot (use prior to Dec. 24) [RealMedia] 0:30

7. Santa Promotional Spot (use prior to Dec. 24) [RealMedia] 0:30

8. "The Littlest Angel" narrative 11:18
Story by: Charles Tazewell
Narration: Derek Stannard, Major, Canadian Forces
Original Music by Franklin J. Lockwood, Major, USAF

SIDE TWO - The NORAD 'Commanders' Band
Major Melvin A. Huyett, USAF, director

1. Here Comes Santa Claus 1:46
(Autry-Haldeman/Ed Kiefer)

2. Winter Wonderland 2:38

3. Here Comes a Wassailing 2:15
(French traditional/Ruben Sims)

4. Carol of the Bells 2:57
(Leontovich-Wilhousky/Bill Stapleton)

5. Santa Claus is Coming to Town 1:56
(Gillespie-Coots/Jim Miller)

6. Sleigh Ride 2:54
(Leroy Anderson/Liliedahl)

7. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen 3:59
(English air/Rolf Johnson)

Produced by the Directorate of Public Affairs NORTH AMERICAN AIR DEFENSE COMMAND

Box 19, Ent Air Force Base, CO 80912

Phone: (303-635-8911, ext 2388)

Century Records Copyright 1964

Cover: Bob Haynes, Colorado Springs
Music Coordinators: Chief Musician Jim Miller, USN / Technical Sergeant Ed Kiefer, USAF
Music Engineer: Saren Bredsdorff, Fred Arthur Studio, Denver
Producer: Captain William P. Campbell III, Chief, NORAD Radio TV Branch
Presented as a Public Service By: North American Air Defense Command

Note that Century Records was a custom record label in Saugus, California that became plastics company Keysor-Century. Keysor-Century no longer exists, becuase it was liquidated in Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2004 due to numerous environmental violations.


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