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History

Mannheim Steamroller actually began as an alias for record producer/composer Chip Davis. The name "Mannheim Steamroller" comes from an 18th-century German musical technique, Mannheim rocket or roller, an ascending arpeggio popularized by the Mannheim school of composition. Before the fame of Steamroller, Davis had been best known for creating the country music character "C. W. McCall" (of "Convoy" fame) for his friend Bill Fries. Even before Davis made McCall a star, he produced an unusual album of classical music performed entirely by Davis and musical collaborator Jackson Berkey, using electric bass and synthesizers. Since no major label would handle its distribution, Davis founded his own music label, American Gramaphone (a play on the classical record label Deutsche Grammophon), to release the album. The result, Fresh Aire, was released in 1975 under the pseudonym Mannheim Steamroller, in the hopes of the album being a best seller. Fresh Aire II was subsequently released in 1977 and Fresh Aire III was released in 1979.

In 1986, Mannheim Steamroller released music composed for a PBS special called Saving the Wildlife, which featured one track from Fresh Aire VI and twelve new tracks. In 1987, Davis collaborated with guitarist/composer Mason Williams for the album "Classical Gas". The music was composed entirely by Williams but produced and arranged by Davis. The album opens with a remake of Williams' 1968 instrumental "Classical Gas", which used the original arrangement.

But it was beginning in 1984 that Steamroller found its greatest fame. Davis released his first holiday album, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, featuring modern contemporary interpretations of Yuletide favorites. This was followed by A Fresh Aire Christmas (1988) and Christmas in the Aire (1995). Steamroller had now become one of the most requested Christmas music artists of all time. By the end of 1997, they had released a live album of Christmas music, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas Live. 2001 saw the release of their fourth all-new Christmas album, Christmas Extraordinaire. Christmas Celebration, a compilation of favorite tracks from the previous studio albums (with one new song), was released in 2004. Their newest studio album of Christmas music Christmas Song was released in late 2007 and features guest vocals by Johnny Mathis and Olivia Newton-John.

Song Title Arrangements Image
Above The Northern Lights 1
Piano
Above The Northern Lights
Amber 2
Piano, Guitar TAB
Amber
Anxiety 3
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Ocarina
Anxiety
Auld Lang Syne 89
Piano, Tenor Saxophone, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Cello, Viola, String Quartet, Violin, Brass Quintet, Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Tuba, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, Guitar TAB, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Double Bass, Lead Sheet, Ocarina
Auld Lang Syne
Away In A Manger 162
Piano, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Violin, Flute, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Trumpet, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone, Cello, Trombone, String Quartet, Brass Quintet, French Horn, Tuba, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, Unison, Recorder, SATB, Lead Sheet, Percussion, Real Book, Banjo
Away In A Manger
Bittersweet (Mannheim Steamroller - Romantic Melodies) 1
Piano
Bittersweet
Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 19
Flute, Piano, Oboe, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Guitar TAB
 
Catching Snowflakes On Your Tongue 1
Piano
Catching Snowflakes On Your Tongue
Celebration (Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Celebration) 2
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar
Celebration
Chakra IV 1
Piano
Chakra IV
Christmas Lullaby (Mannheim Steamroller - In The Aire) 3
Piano
Christmas Lullaby
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker Suite) 51
Piano, Trumpet, Violin, Flute, Guitar TAB, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Ukulele, Lead Sheet, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Tenor Saxophone, Cello, Viola
Dance Of The Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker Suite)
Deck The Halls 86
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Trumpet, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Flute, Cello, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, Lead Sheet, SATB, SAB, Violin, Viola, Trombone, French Horn, Glockenspiel, Recorder
Deck The Halls
Do You Hear What I Hear 77
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Bass Guitar, Ukulele, Lead Sheet, Violin, SATB, SAB, Accordion, Trombone, Tenor Saxophone, Flute, Cello, Clarinet, French Horn, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet, Viola, Ocarina
Do You Hear What I Hear
Feliz Navidad (José Feliciano) 51
Piano, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, French Horn, Trumpet, Flute, Trombone, Cello, Clarinet, Vocal, Guitar, Tenor Saxophone, Violin, Alto Saxophone, Viola, Lyrics & Chords, Lead Sheet, Banjo, PVG, Accordion, Ocarina
Feliz Navidad
Frosty The Snowman 79
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Violin, Flute, Recorder, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Accordion, Lead Sheet, Viola, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Cello, Trombone, French Horn, Alto Saxophone, Percussion, Banjo, Ocarina
Frosty The Snowman
Fum, Fum, Fum 25
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Lyrics & Chords, Lead Sheet, SATB, Alto Saxophone, Ukulele, Flute, Cello, Viola, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Violin, French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar TAB
Fum, Fum, Fum
Fum, Fum, Fum  
Hallelujah!  
Hallelujah (Mannheim Steamroller) 1
Piano
Hallelujah
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas 78
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Violin, SATB, Lyrics & Chords, SAB, Lead Sheet, Banjo, Trumpet, Real Book, Cello, Ocarina
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear 17
Piano, Vocal, Guitar TAB, SATB, PVG, Guitar
It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! 94
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, SATB, Guitar TAB, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, SAB, Lead Sheet, Ocarina, Trumpet, Viola, Cello, Tenor Saxophone, French Horn, Trombone, Banjo, Real Book
Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Masters In This Hall 18
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Lead Sheet, Viola, Ukulele, Clarinet, Cello, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Flute, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Violin
Masters In This Hall
Moonlight At Cove Castle 1
Piano
Moonlight At Cove Castle
O Tannenbaum (A Charlie Brown Christmas) 13
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB
O Tannenbaum
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town 79
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Accordion, Ukulele, Guitar TAB, Violin, Lead Sheet, Lyrics & Chords, Cello, Trumpet, Trombone, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Viola, French Horn, Tenor Saxophone, Banjo, Real Book
Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
Silent Night 244
Piano, String Quartet, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Trumpet, Alto Saxophone, Trombone, French Horn, Brass Quintet, Tuba, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Banjo, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Lyrics & Chords, Recorder, SATB, SAB, Ukulele, Real Book
Silent Night
Silver Bells (from The Lemon Drop Kid) 95
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Real Book, Bass Guitar, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Accordion, Violin, Lead Sheet, SATB, Tenor Saxophone, Cello, Flute, Trombone, Viola, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, French Horn, Trumpet, Banjo, Ocarina
Silver Bells (from The Lemon Drop Kid)
Some Children See Him 1
Piano
Some Children See Him
Sunday Morning Breeze 1
Piano
Sunday Morning Breeze
Teardrops Raindrops 1
Piano
Teardrops Raindrops
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire) 91
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Bass Guitar, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Flute, Violin, Lyrics & Chords, Ukulele, Lead Sheet, Ocarina, SATB, SAB, Banjo, Real Book, French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Cello, Viola, Tenor Saxophone
The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)
The First Nowell 92
Piano, PVG, Vocal, Guitar, Guitar TAB, Accordion, Ukulele, Lyrics & Chords, SATB, Lead Sheet, Alto Saxophone, Clarinet, Trumpet, Viola, Violin, Flute, Tenor Saxophone, Cello, Trombone, French Horn
The First Nowell
Traditions Of Christmas 1
Piano
Traditions Of Christmas
White Christmas (Album: Love Actually) 92
PVG, Piano, Vocal, Guitar, SATB, Lyrics & Chords, Lead Sheet, Guitar TAB, Ukulele, SAB, Violin, Accordion, Banjo, Real Book, Clarinet, Flute, Trumpet, Cello, Trombone, Alto Saxophone, Ocarina
White Christmas
Winter Wonderland 9
Piano, Vocal, Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Lyrics & Chords, Guitar TAB
Winter Wonderland