1969 San Diego Chargers Sing Holiday Halftime Record

Gene Foster, Lance Alworth, Jim Tolbert and Willie Frazier singing for the Holiday Halftime project.

Gene Foster, Lance Alworth, Jim Tolbert and Willie Frazier singing for the Holiday Halftime project.

In 1969, a small team of dedicated entrepreneurs set out on the daunting task of enticing NFL teams to make albums of Christmas music.  The team was apparently successful, as albums were ultimately produced, and they bear the blessing (logo) of the National Football Players (Association?).  Little is known about the project today, but a simple Google search will turn up several listings for albums on eBay, Amazon and others such sites.

The San Diego Chargers participated in this project, and last year I purchased a lot of 19 photos from the Chargers recording session for Holiday Halftime.  It is kind of fun to recognize them in a setting other than the gridiron.  The Chargers album contains the following songs, sung by your favorite Bolts of the era:

Deck the Halls

Winter Wonderland

All I Want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

A Tropical Winter

Home for the Holidays

Frosty the Snowman

Jingle Bells

Auld Lang Syne

Willie Frazier

Willie Frazier

Gene Foster, Jim Tolbert, Jim Hill, and unknown player.

Gene Foster, Jim Tolbert, Jim Hill, and unknown player.

Jeff Staggs

Jeff Staggs

Lance Alworth, Jim Hill and Chris Fletcher.

Lance Alworth, Jim Hill and Chris Fletcher.

Todd Tobias (790 Posts)

Todd Tobias's interest in the American Football League began in 1998, when he wrote my master's thesis about Sid Gillman. He created this site to educate and entertain football fans with the stories of the American Football League, 1960-1969. You can follow Todd and get more AFL history on Twitter @TalesfromtheAFL.


2 Responses to 1969 San Diego Chargers Sing Holiday Halftime Record

  1. Howard says:

    Love the sideburns!

  2. 0tt060-74 says:

    Hey that’s Jim Hill – the channel 2/CBS sportscaster at 11 p.m. in Los Angeles. I have seen him on a Coke bottle cap also. I knew he played for the Packers at one point, but not the AFL Chargers.

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