New Don McCune CD released
Many Northwesterners heard the late Don McCune sing his original Puget Sound Christmas Carol, "Christmas Tides," at the 1992 Victorian Country Christmas in Puyallup, where he gave 18 performances.
His recording is now available for the first time on compact disc and is in all record stores, including Roxie's CDs and Tapes in Woodinville.
McCune, who lived in Woodinville, wrote the song as a gift to the Northwest after the success of his "Songs of the Pacific Northwest" album, which includes sea chanteys and other songs from his children's show of the 1960s, "Captain Puget."
Both music albums were arranged by Craig Jensen and produced by Don's wife, Linda McCune, through their company, LinDon NW Productions.
Linda says that when Don was asked to appear as Captain Puget at the 1992 Victorian Country Christmas, he decided to write an original Puget Sound Christmas Carol.
He named it "Christmas Tides;" a title reminiscent of "Good Tidings" that reflected his nautical past, she said.
"The recording session got out of hand and we ended up with an entire album of traditional Christmas favorites," Linda said. "We sold out at Puyallup, and then Don became ill, passing away a few months later."
Linda created the Don McCune Library as a way to release his many audio, video, and written works to the public. She has released on video selected episodes from his TV series, "Exploration Northwest," which aired on KOMO-TV for 21 years, winning 26 Emmy Awards.
Many other episodes will appear in written form as a syndicated newspaper column in Northwest papers in 1996.
Other McCune works include his unpublished Trail to the Klondike, scheduled for release in 1996 from WSU Press, plus a children's book titled The Adventures of Captain Puget.
To add your name to the Don McCune Library mailing list, call 726-2650.