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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Boris Karloff “Then He Slithered...”
from You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Classic Dialogue (Mercury www.virginemirecords.com 1997) —Excerpt of dialogue from the 1966 TV special directed by Chuck Jones
Thurl Ravenscroft “You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch”
from You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Classic Dialogue (Mercury www.virginemirecords.com 1997) —Written by Dr. Seuss & Albert Hague.
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.
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.
Brenda Lee “I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus”
from Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Recordings (MCA/Decca 1999) —1956 Decca single.
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.
Elvis Presley “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”
from If Every Day Was Like Christmas (RCA From the Earthworms album archives - from our College Daze! 1994) —Of course, Elvis sounds absolutely fantastic on this 1957 recording.
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.
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