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
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.
Ella Fitzgerald “Good Morning Blues”
from Ella Wishes You A Swinging Christmas (Verve www.vervemusicgroup.com 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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