Memphis to Manchester (Music)
With John Wendland
Thu Dec 20th 2012 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
Bing Crosby “Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter” from Wonderland: Cool December (Shout! Factory 2003) —Let's start off with Bing since he represents the pinnacle of Christmas and holiday music. Recorded in 1950.Buy it!
Ray Charles and Betty Carter “Baby, It's Cold Outside” from The Spirit of Christmas (Rhino 1997) —OK, I know I play this every year but I will continue playing it every year. There are many wonderful versions of this Frank Loesser standard but this is the definitive one, I think. Recorded in 1962 for ABC-Paramount.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “Good Morning Blues” from Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve 2002) —If you don't own "Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas," stop whatever you're doing and go buy this, immediately. This Count Basie song was recorded in 1960. Her voice was a perfect instrument.Buy it!
Big John Greer “We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —For my money, this is one of the three or four best Christmas music compilations ever made. 1954 song written by Horace Webb.Buy it!
Paul Bley, Charles Mingus, and the Art Blakey Trio “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” from A Swingin' Christmas (Definitive Records 2004) —Music bed. 1953 instrumental version of the J. Fred Coots / Haven Gillespie song.Buy it!
Booker T. And The MGs “Merry Christmas, Baby” from In The Christmas Spirit (Stax Records url 1966) —1966 Stax instrumental version of the song written by Johnny Moore and Lou Baxter. Guitarist Steve Cropper is fantastic on this.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. This one goes out to my wife, Marie. She loves this song.Buy it!
Darlene Love “Marshmallow World” from A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector (Philles 1963) —C'mon, you can't do a Christmas music show and not play something off this record. Produced by Phil Spector and arranged by Jack Nitzsche.Buy it!
Marvin Gaye “Purple Snowflakes” from MOJO - Blue Christmas (Mojo Magazine www.mojo4music.com 2004) —1964 Motown song written by Dave Hamilton & Clarence Paul . This one goes out to Merv Scrock, Jon Parsons, and the Mervalettes.Buy it!
The Jackson 5 “Up On The House Top” from The Best of Jackson 5: The Christmas Collection (Motown 2003) —1970 Motown recording. One would think it would be impossible to do a soulful version of this song. One would be wrong.Buy it!
Jimmy Charles “Christmasville USA” (Maple Tone 2007) —One of the greatest Christmas songs of all time. Originally released as a 1960 single for the Promo label. Featuring the great backing vocals of the Revellettes - friends of his sister.Buy it!
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.Buy it!
Bob Seger And The Last Heard “Sock It To Me Santa” from Underground Garage Presents: Christmas a Go-Go (Wicked Cool Records www.wickedcoolrecords.com 2008) —Early 1966 single written by Bob Seger, Dan Honaker, and Carl Lagassa.Buy it!
Lisa Mychols “Lost Winter's Dream” (Rev-Ola 1991) —2002 hard-to-find pop gem written by Steve Kobashigawa (of the Wondermints). The Wondermints are also the backing band on this release. Highly recommended.Buy it!
Grace Basement “A Kiss for All the World” from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) N L —New Christmas song recorded live at KDHX. You can stream & download most of these 17 tracks from local artists at http://kdhx.org/about/news/ring-the-bells-and-bang-the-drums-kdhxmas-2012-is-hereBuy it!
Tracey Thorn “Joy” from Tinsel and Lights (Merge 2012) N —Written by Tracey Thorn and found on my favorite Christmas music release of 2012. "You loved it as a kid/But now you need it more than you ever did."Buy it!
Spectator “O Holy Night” from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX www.kdhx.org 2012) N L —Beautiful vocal by Megan Rooney. You can stream & download most of these 17 tracks from local artists at http://kdhx.org/about/news/ring-the-bells-and-bang-the-drums-kdhxmas-2012-is-hereBuy it!
Calexico “Gift X-Change” from Aerocalexico (Our Soil, Our Strength www.casadecalexico.com 2001) —Written by Joey Burns. Calexico and Yo La Tengo will be at the Pageant in January (Thursday 1/31).Buy it!
Redd Kross “Super Sunny Christmas” from Santa's Got a GTO: Rodney on the ROQ's Christmas (Dionysus 1997) —This one should have been a hit. That's all I have to say. Also, do yourself a favor and check out their 2012 release, Researching the Blues. That was on my list op Top 10 albums of 2012.Buy it!
Brian Lillie & The Squirrel Mountain Orchestra “Hazel's Last Christmas” from Rowboats (Thursday Records 1998) —I have seen a crowd reduced to tears by a live rendition of this song. It's hard not to relate to.Buy it!
Hello Saferide “iPod X-Mas (radio edit)” from Oh No...It's Christmas (Razzia 2006) —A perennial M2M Christmas favorite written by Annika Norlin. I doubt I'll ever have a chance to see this Swedish band live.Buy it!
Rosie Thomas “Why Can't It Be Christmastime All Year” from A Very Rosie Christmas (Sing-A-Long Records 2008) —Really fine Christmas album from the songwriter based out of the Pacific Northwest. Written by Jeff Shoop and Rosie Thomas.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Santa Claus's Daughter” from It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions (Ace 2011) —Written by Margaret Ann Rich.Buy it!
Roy Smeck “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2004) —1954 instrumental culled from this compilation made up of thirty (!) different versions of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.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) —1966 song written by Loretta Lynn.Buy it!
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