Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Dec 25th 2014 7.00am–10.00am
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The Gems “Love For Christmas” from Rockin' Little Christmas (MCA 1964) —Recorded in 1964 for Chess Records. This was Minnie Riperton's first band and she sings lead on this track.Buy it!
Jan Bradley “Christmas Time” from Soul "Boppin'" Ladies (Marginal 1995) —Written and produced by Curtis Mayfield and recorded in 1962 for the Hootenanny label.Buy it!
The Ventures “Blue Christmas” from The Ventures' Christmas Album (Razor & Tie 1995) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental version of the Bill Hayes / Jay Johnson composition.Buy it!
Betty Lloyd “Snowflakes, Pt. 1” from Snowflakes single (Thomas 1969) —Great Chicago soul track recorded in 1969 for the Thomas label (named after Eddie Thomas who managed the Impressions and partnered with Curtis Mayfield to start Curtom Records.Buy it!
The Ventures “Snow Flakes (What Child Is This)” from The Ventures' Christmas Album (Razor & Tie 1995) —Reissue of their 1965 album.Buy it!
Valerie Masters “Christmas Calling” from Let's Go: Joe Meek's Girls! (RPM 1996) —Recorded in 1964 and produced by Joe Meeks. Ritchie Blackmore plays guitar on this track.Buy it!
Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva “I Wish You A Very Merry Christmas” from A John Waters Christmas (New Line Records newlinerecords.com 2004) —Written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin and recorded in 1963 for the Dimension label.Buy it!
Jimmy Charles “Christmasville USA” (Maple Tone 2007) —C'mon, you didn't really think I'd do a Christmas show and not include this, right? This is the A-side of a single on the Promo label released in 1961 when he was 18-years old.Buy it!
Zack Laurence “Snowman's Land” from Saint Etienne Presents Songs For a London Winter (Cherry Red Records 2014) N —Music bed. New collection of 50s and 60s English recordings of holiday songs compiled by St. Etienne.Buy it!
Frank DeVol and the Rainbow Strings “Ring Christmas Bells/The First Noel/Jolly Old St. Nicholas” from The Old Sweet Songs of Christmas (Real Gone Music 2014) N —F 4 iT Music bed. Reissue of this album originally released in 1960.Buy it!
Pearl Bailey “Five Pound Box of Money” from "...Christmas Past" (Westside 1998) —Recorded in 1959 for the Roulette label. Composed by Pearl Bailey.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)” from The Nutcracker Suite (Pure Pleasure 1960) —1960 swinging instrumental version of Tchaikovsky's "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.Buy it!
Bing Crosby “Just What I Wanted For Christmas” from The Crosby Christmas Sessions (Collectors' Choice 2010) —Recorded in 1959 for a Columbia single. Written by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “Sleigh Ride” from Ella Wishes You a Swingin' Christmas (Verve 1960) —One of my favorite Christmas albums of all time. Written by Leroy Anderson and Mitchell Parish and featuring Frank DeVol & His Orchestra.Buy it!
Urbie Green “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family 2004) —Music bed. 1954 instrumental version.Buy it!
The Temptations “Silent Night” from Give Love at Christmas (Motown 1980) —Does any other version of this song surpass this performance? Flat out amazing. Glenn Leonard sings falsetto, Melvin Franklin sings bass, and Dennis Edwards provides the soul exhortations.Buy it!
John Edwards “The Christmas Song” (Cotillion 1976) —Written by Mel Tormé and Robert Wells and arranged by David Porter.Buy it!
Julie London “I'd Like You For Christmas” from Cafe Apres-midi Christmas (Toshiba-EMI 2005) —Written by Bobby Troup of "Route 66" fame and recorded in 1957.Buy it!
Ronnie Kole Trio “Winter Wonderland” from Merry Christmas Baby (Paula Records 2006) —Music bed.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Merry Christmas, Baby” from Wonderland: Under The Mistletoe (Shout! Factory 2003) —Recorded in 1967 and written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore.Buy it!
Byron Lee and The Dragonaires “Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday” from Every Day Will Be Like a Holiday single (J A D 1968) —1968 Jamaican version of the William Bell song.Buy it!
Joe Tex “I'll Make Everyday Christmas (For My Woman)” from Soul Christmas (Rhino 1991) —Written by Joe Tex and recorded in Nashville in 1967.Buy it!
The Soul Duo “Just a Sad Xmas” from Just a Sad Xmas single (Shiptown 1970) —1969 deep soul track recorded by the duo made up of Little Ida (Ida Sands) and Little Daddy (Joe Webster).Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” from In The Christmas Spirit (Stax Records url 1966) —Music bed. Stax instrumental version of the traditional composition recorded in 1966.Buy it!
The Marquees “Santa Done Got Hip” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —One of the best Christmas music compilations of all time. Recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Bobby & Boobie “Cool Cool Xmas” from Blues Blues Christmas: Volume 4 1925-1962 (Document Records 2014) N —Fine 2-CD, 40-song collection of blues (and beyond) Christmas tracks. This was recorded in 1958 and features Bobby Nunn of the Coasters and Robins on lead vocals.Buy it!
Mabel Scott “Boodie Woogie Santa Claus” from Blue Christmas (Blue Moon 1994) —Recorded in 1948.Buy it!
Oscar McLollie And His Honey Jumpers “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” from Gonna Have A Really Soulful Christmas (Hoo Doo Records 2014) N —This 2-CD collection of 50 R&B and soul tracks is one of the best Christmas compilations of 2014. This track was recorded for the Modern label in 1954.Buy it!
Titus Turner “Christmas Morning Blues” from Blues, Blues Christmas Volume 1 1925 to 1955 (Document Records 2005) —Recorded in NYC in 1952. His songs have been covered by the likes of Little Willie John, Little Milton, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley.Buy it!
Lloyd Glenn “(Christmas) Sleigh Ride” from Noël Jazz (Body & Soul 2004) —Music bed. 1951 instrumental composed by pianist Lloyd Glenn.Buy it!
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