The Marquees “Santa Done Got Hip” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —Some rockin' doo-wop from 1959 found on one of the finest Christmas music compilations out there.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “Good morning Blues” from Ella Wishes You A Merry Christmas (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 2002) —Reissue of her 1960 release with additional singles and unreleased tracks. Written by Count Basie, Eddie Durham & Jimmy Rushing.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)” from The Nutcracker Suite (Pure Pleasure 1960) —1960 sublime jazz instrumental version of Dance of then Sugar Plum Fairy.Buy it!
Ray Charles and Betty Carter “Baby It's Cold Outside” from The Spirit of Christmas (Rhino 1997) —Reissue of his 1986 release which also includes this bonus track from 1962. What can I say? I feel compelled to play this every year. The definitive version of this song, I think. Written by Frank Loesser.Buy it!
Ramsey Lewis Trio “Here Comes Santa Claus” from Easy Christmas Now! (Bureau 2006) —Music bed. 1961 jazz instrumental version of the Gene Autry classic.Buy it!
Billy May and His Orchestra “Do You Believe In Santa Claus” from Ultra Lounge: Christmas Cocktails Part Three (Capitol Records 2004) —1958 song written by Billy May & Alan Livingston. How low can he go?Buy it!
Johnny Lee “Santa's Ride” from Phroomf / Santa's Ride 45 single (Diva) —Why is this not considered a Christmas classic? It boggles the mind. B-side of a single with an ode to an elf called Phroomf on the A-side. Quite an arrangement by Mike Simpson and Orchestra on this.Buy it!
Jimmy Charles “Christmasville USA” (Maple Tone 2007) —Originally released in 1961 as a single (the b-side was called "A Little Mouse Called Steve) on the Promo label. Another M2M Yuletide favorite.Buy it!
Jimmy Stewart “Answered Prayers” from "It's a Wonderful Life" - The Records (Nick at Nite/550 Records 1997) N —Excerpt of dialogue from the 1946 Frank Capra film. You might have seen it.Buy it!
Booker T. & the MGs “Merry Christmas Baby” from Booker T. & the MGs in the Christmas Spirit (stax 1966) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental version of the song penned by Johnny Moore & Lou Baxter.Buy it!
Otis Redding “Merry Christmas, Baby” from Christmas In Soulsville (stax 2000) —Alright, now let's hear the song with vocals. Previously unreleased alternate take recorded in 1967.Buy it!
The Gems “Love For Christmas” from Snow 2 - The Get Easy! Christmas Collection Vol. I (Universal 2004) —Originally released in 1964 on the Chess label. Written by Billy Davis.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 & Gerry Goffin and released in 1963 on the Dimension label.Buy it!
The Ventures “Snow Flakes (What Child Is This)” from The Ventures' Christmas Album (Sundazed 1965) —Music bed. 1965 instrumental released by Capitol.Buy it!
James Brown “Sweet Little Baby Boy, Pts. 1 & 2” from James Brown's Funky Christmas (Hip-O Select 2010) —1966 traditional gospel song with additional lyrics & music by James Brown & Nat Jones recorded for the King label. Just an amazing vocal on this.Buy it!
Kenny Burrell “Go Where I Send Thee” from Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 2003) —1966 instrumental version of the traditional gospel song recorded in Chicago & arranged by Richard Evans.Buy it!
The Staple Singers “Who Took The Merry Out of Christmas” from The Ultimate Staple Singers: A Family Affair 1955-1984 (Kent/ Ace 2004) —1970 Stax recording written by Willa Dean Parker with snippets of We Three Kings Of Orient Are in the instrumental sections.Buy it!
Jimmy Smith “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” from Christmas Cookin' (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 1992) —Music bed. Hammond B3 organ instrumental from 1964.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Good Time Christmas” from Merry Christmas Baby (CAPITOL 1967) —Written by J.W. Alexander and recorded in 1967. So many good tracks on this collection.Buy it!
The Harmony Grits “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” from "...Christmas Past" (Westside 1998) —Recorded in 1959. Picture a song like this sung with gospel intensity & there you have it.Buy it!
Binky Griptite “Stone Soul Christmas” from Santa's Funk & Soul Christmas Party (Tramp 2011) —New compilation put out by a German label. Some great songs on here though some sound like they just slapped on a vinyl copy & made a hastily mastered copy. This is the Laura Nyro song with new lyrics by Binky Griptite.Buy it!
Darlene Love “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (Philles 1963) —Best Christmas song, ever. From 1963.Buy it!
Boris Karloff “Then He Slithered...” from You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Classic Dialogue (Mercury 1997) —Excerpt of dialogue from the 1966 TV special directed by Chuck JonesBuy it!
Thurl Ravenscroft “You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Classic Dialogue (Mercury 1997) —Written by Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague.Buy it!
Danny Kaye “Eat! Eat! Eat!” from Eat! Eat! Eat! / Santa Claus Looks Like My Daddy 78 single (Decca 1951) —Another perennial M2M Christmas music favorite.Buy it!
The Kinks “Father Christmas” from Underground Garage Presents: Christmas a Go-Go (Wicked Cool Records www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —This compilation was produced by Little Steven & is highly recommended. Written by Ray DaviesBuy it!
Unknown “Ralphie's Brilliant Idea” from A Christmas Story (Music from the Motion Picture) (Warner Bros 2009) —Music bed. Excerpt from the the film, A Christmas Story. Composed by Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza.Buy it!
The Infant Kings “The First Noel” from Jingle Up High, Jingle Down Low... (The Control Group 2010) —Instrumental mashup of X and this traditional carol by the Seattle trio made up of Graham Black, John Ramberg & Boyd Remillard.Buy it!
The Wondermints “Ski Party” from Santa's Got a GTO (Dionysus 1997) —Beach Boys-inspired track from the band who ended up later backing up Brian Wilson on tour.Buy it!
Lisa Mychols “Blizzard of Aahhs” from Lost Winter's Dream (Rev-Ola 1991) —This track lives up to its name. One of the few great original Christmas albums from the last ten years. Highly recommended. Not easy to find but well worth seeking out.Buy it!
Lisa Mychols “Lost Winter's Dream” (Rev-Ola 1991) —See comments above. This album was produced & arranged by the Wondermints. This track was co-written by Lisa Mychols & Darian Sahanaja.Buy it!
Santo & Johnny “Twistin' Bells” from The Best of Santo & Johnny (Stardust 1997) —Music bed. Instrumental that charted in 1960.Buy it!
Jackson 5 “Up On The House Top” from 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: Jackson 5 (Motown 2003) —Recorded in 1970. Man, they cared about arrangements back then on Christmas songs.Buy it!
The Flirtations “Christmas Time Is Here Again” from Sounds Like the Flirtations (Deram 1968) —1968 b-side recorded for the Deram label.Buy it!
Honey and the Bees “Jing Jing A Ling” from Snow - The Get Easy! Christmas Collection (Universal 2002) —Recorded in 1969 for Chess Records.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Purple Snowflakes” from Motown Christmas (Motown 2008) —Written by Dave Hamilton & Clarence Paul and recorded in 1964.Buy it!
The Ventures “Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” from The Ventures' Christmas Album (Sundazed 1965) —Starts off with the Beatles' "I Feel Fine" and morphs into "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,"Buy it!
NRBQ “Christmas Wish” from Christmas Wish (Deluxe Edition) (Clang! Records 2007) —Written by Joey Spampinato.Buy it!
Johnny Preston “(I Want A) Rock and Roll Guitar” from Feel So Fine: The Mercury Recordings 1959-1962 (Castle Music 2002) —Recorded in 1960.Buy it!
Brenda Lee “I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” from Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Recordings (MCA/Decca 1999) —1956 Decca single.Buy it!
Leon Redbone “Frosty The Snowman” from Christmas Island (Blue Thumb 1989) —Recorded in 1987 & featuring a duetBuy it!
Bettie Serveert “River” from Zo Dit is Kerstmis (VPRO Eigenwijs 1998) —Joni Mitchell cover found on this 1998 compilation.Buy it!
The Raveonettes “Come On Santa” from Wishing You a Rave Christmas - EP (Vice Records 2008) —Recommended Christmas EP out of Copenhagen.Buy it!
Hello Saferide “iPod X-Mas (radio edit)” from Oh No...It's Christmas (Razzia 2006) —Made safe for FCC-friendly airplay thanks to a masterful edit by Roy Kasten of Feel Like Going Home (Wednesday 7-10 AM). Out of Sweden & featuring the vocals of Annika Norlin.Buy it!
Holly Golightly “Christmas Solo” from Christmas Tree On Fire - EP (Damaged Goods 2006) —Yet another song made safe for radio airplay by Roy Kasten.Buy it!
Cassie Morgan & The Lonely Pine “Fields Of Snow” from A Very Bert Dax Christmas, Volume Eight (Fontana Island 2010) L —Beautiful song from the St. Louis band released in 2010. Really nice video for this song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBGwI77qRysBuy it!
A Girl Called Eddy “The Little Boy That Santa Claus Forgot” from Blue Christmas (Mojo 2005) —Nat King Cole cover recorded in 2004.Buy it!
The Hazey Janes “The Darkness Ends” from The Winter That Was (Armellodie 2011) N —Beautiful and somewhat bleak song from the Scottish band's new release. Easily one of the very best songs from 2011.Buy it!
Loretta Lynn “To Heck With Ole Santa Claus” from 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Loretta Lynn (MCA NASHVILLE 2005) —Written by Loretta Lynn & recorded in 1966.Buy it!
Faron Young “I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You” from Christmas On the Range (CAPITOL NASHVILLE 1995) —Written by Thelma Blackmon & recorded in 1953.Buy it!
Elvis Presley “Santa Claus Is Back In Town” from If Every Day Was Like Christmas (RCA 1994) —Of course, Elvis sounds absolutely fantastic on this 1957 recording.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Santa Claus's Daughter” from It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions (Ace 2011) —From one of the best compilations of 2011. The fact that the last song happened to be this Christmas song was an added bonus. Recorded for the Smash label in 1965.Buy it!
Mabel Scott “Boodie Woogie Santa Claus” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —M2M favorite written by Leon René and recorded in 1948.Buy it!
Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —Recorded in 1954.Buy it!
Ernest Tubb and His Texas Troubadours “I'll Be Walking The Floor This Christmas” from Hillbilly Holiday (Rhino 1988) R —Had a request for an Ernest Tubb Christmas song so here we go. Written by Ernest Tubb & Justin Tubb and recorded in 1954.Buy it!
Les Paul & Mary Ford “White Christmas” from Jingle Bells / White Christmas single SINGLE (CAPITOL 1953) —Written by Irving Berlin & released in 1953.Buy it!
Mandy Barnett “This Time Of The Year” from Winter Wonderland (New Rounder 2010) —One of the best Christmas albums I've heard in the last five years. She kills on this Brook Benton song.Buy it!
Shelby Lynne “Ain't Nothin' Like Christmas” from Merry Christmas (Everso 2010) —Shelby Lynne-penned song from her 2010 release.Buy it!
Dwight Yoakam “Silver Bells” from Come On Christmas (Warner 1061 1997) —Tex-Mex version which works really well.Buy it!
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