Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Dec 23rd 2010 7.00am–10.00am
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Johnny Lee “Santa's Ride”
from Phroomf / Santa's Ride 45 single (Diva) —Androgynous lead vocal, the b-side to a single that has an ode to an elf called "Phroomf" on the a-side, penned by the immortal Frank Frank Serritella and featuring Mike Simpson & His Orchestra -- if only all Christmas songs could be like this.
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. A perennial M2M Yuletide favorite.
Lisa Mychols “Lost Winter's Dream” (Rev-Ola 1991) —Highly recommended and completely overlooked recording from 2002. Produced by the Wondermints and one of my favorite Christmas recordings from the last ten years.
Jimmy Smith “Santa Claus is Coming To Town”
from Christmas Cookin' (Verve 1992) —Music bed. 1964 intrumental. And can this song possibly sound any hipper than this organ-driven recording? OK, maybe the Lou Rawls version but that's about it.
The Ronettes “Sleigh Ride” Single (Sony 2009) —2009 remastered version of the 1963 original mono mix. Not just one of the best Christmas albums but one of the best rock albums ever made.
The Three Suns “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”
from A Ding Dong Dandy Christmas (RCA 1959) —OK, there are arrangements and then there are arrangements. From their wildly-entertaining 1959 album of all instrumentals.
Mabel Scott “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus”
from Hipsters' Holiday (Rhino 1989) —Written by Leon René & recorded in 1948. I can't recommend this Christmas compilation highly enough.
Hello Saferide “iPod X-Mas (radio edit)”
from Oh No...It's Christmas (Razzia 2006) —Written & sung by Annika Norlin and found on this 2006 compilation made up of Christmas & holiday songs recorded by Scandinavian bands.
Anne Tkach & Andy Ploof “Scrooge Converted” (Unreleased 2009) —An excerpt from a Christmas Carol narrated by Anne Tkach with musical accompaniment by Andy Ploof. Produced by Roy Kasten. It pays to have talented friends.
Roy Smeck “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family 2004) —Recorded in 1954 & found on this disc with 30 versions of Rudolph. That's a lot of bang for your red-nosed buck.
Bobby Darin “Christmas Auld Lang Syne”
from Under The Mistletoe (Shout! Factory 2003) —"When mistletoe and tinsel glow / Paint a yuletide valentine / Back home I go to those I know / For a Christmas auld lang syne" Recorded in 1960.
The Coolbreezers “Hello Mr. New Year”
from Hipsters' Holiday (Rhino 1989) —Hey, did you think I was really going to end this with anything else? Recorded in 1957. Happy Holidays and here's to a wonderful 2011, everybody!
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