On this day in 1999, Walt Disney Records and American Gramaphone (a Nebraska-based record company) released the CD Manheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse: Unique Musical Creations Based on Disney Songs.
Manheim Steamroller, considered a "new age" group and founded by Chip Davis & Jackson Berkey in the mid-1970s, are best known for their modern renditions of Christmas songs. (The group has sold 27 million albums in the U.S. alone.)
Started as an alias for Davis (a record producer/composer), the name "Manheim Steamroller" comes from an 18th-century German musical technique - an ascending arpeggio popularized by the Manheim style of composition.
Manheim Steamroller Meets the Mouse features 12 tracks of Disney favorites:
"Chim Chim Cher-ee"
"Under the Sea"
"Go the Distance"
"The Ballad of Davy Crockett"
"You've Got a Friend in Me"
"When You Wish Upon a Star"
"Mickey Mouse March"
Manheim Steamroller would later perform at Epcot in May 2002 as part of the Flower Power Concert Series.
"To be associated with a company like Disney, whose catalog of music is so rich and spans so many generations, is an arranger's dream." - Grammy Award-winning Chip Davis
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