FirstCom Gets Christmas-y with Mannheim Steamroller
Putting the finishing touches on some holiday-themed projects? Reaching for some generic jingle-bell instrumentals? FirstCom has something special for you — for the first time this year, the company is exclusively representing Mannheim Steamroller, which it describes as "the #1 Christmas music artist in history."
FirstCom's five Steamroller releases include an array of holiday music from Mannheim Steamroller leader Chip Davis, much of it performed using period instruments and traditional choral arrangements that veritably drip with season's greetings. But the real treat — though it's not appropriate for every application! — is the Steamroller Rocks collection, which assembles the synth-heavy rock arrangements that were so popular back in the Steamroller's 1980s heyday.
Fun fact: When Davis worked for Omaha, Nebraska, advertising agency Bozell & Jacobs, he was the co-creator (with copywriter William Fries) of C.W. McCall, a fictional truck driver who appeared in spots for a local bakery. As McCall, Davis and Fries had a musical career (Davis wrote the music, and Fries sang and wrote the lyrics) that peaked in 1976 with the #1 hit single "Convoy," just as Davis was getting his Mannheim Steamroller project off the ground.
Davis wrote the music for C.W. McCall — a pseudonym for William Fries, who had been a creative director for Omaha, Nebraska advertising agency Bozell & Jacobs before he created the popular truck-driver character of McCall.