Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 22nd 2011 7.00am–10.00am
R=listener request. N=music new at the station. L=local music. Your purchases using the Buy it! links
Time zone: central
Ella Fitzgerald “Good morning Blues” from Ella Wishes You A Merry Christmas (Verve 2002) —Reissue of her 1960 release with additional singles and unreleased tracks. Written by Count Basie, Eddie Durham & Jimmy Rushing.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!
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!
Booker T. & the MGs “Merry Christmas Baby” from Booker T. & the MGs in the Christmas Spirit (Stax Records url 1966) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental version of the song penned by Johnny Moore & Lou Baxter.Buy it!
The Gems “Love For Christmas” from Snow 2 - The Get Easy! Christmas Collection Vol. I (Universal unk 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!
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 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 2000) —1970 Stax recording written by Willa Dean Parker with snippets of We Three Kings Of Orient Are in the instrumental sections.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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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