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Spinitron - KDHX: Memphis to Manchester Thu Dec 20th 2012

Memphis to Manchester (Music)

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.


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.


Ramsey Lewis “Christmas Blues”
from Sound of Christmas (Argo 1961) —Music bed. 1961 instrumental composed by Ramsey Lewis.


Slim Gaillard “It's Gettin' Kinda' Chilly”
from Laughing in Rhythm (Proper 2003) —Written by Slim Gaillard and recorded in 1938.


Louis Armstrong with Benny Carter's Orchestra “Christmas Night In Harlem”
from What a Wonderful Christmas (Hip-O 1997) —1955 recording of a song written by Raymond Scott and Mitchell Paris.


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.


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.


Lou Rawls “Christmas Will Really Be Christmas”
from Merry Christmas, Baby (Capitol Records 1967) —1967 song written by Ben Raleigh and James W. Alexander.


Booker T. And The MGs “Merry Christmas, Baby”
from In The Christmas Spirit (Stax Records unk 1966) —1966 Stax instrumental version of the song written by Johnny Moore and Lou Baxter. Guitarist Steve Cropper is fantastic on this.


Carla Thomas “All I Want For Christmas Is You”
from Soul Christmas (Atlantic unk 1991) —Written by A.C. Williams and recorded for Stax in 1966.


Booker T. And The MGs “Silver Bells”
from In The Christmas Spirit (Stax Records unk 1966) —Music bed. 1966 instrumental version of a Jay Livingston / Ray Evans composition.


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.


Honey and the Bees “Jing Jing A Ling”
from Snow - The Get Easy! Christmas Collection (Universal 2002) —1969 Chess recording made by the Philadelphia female soul quartet.


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.


The Vince Guaraldi Trio “Skating”
from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy 1965) —Instrumental composed by Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 television special.


The Miracles “Christmas Everyday”
from Christmas with The Miracles (Motown 1963) —Written by Smokey Robinson and recorded for Motown in 1963.


The Temptations “Silent Night”
from Give Love at Christmas (Motown 1980) —Sublime 1980 take of the Franz Gruber number.


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.


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.


The Funk Brothers “Winter Wonderland”
from A Christmas Present from Motown, Vol. 1 (Spectrum 2001) —Music bed.


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.


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.


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.


The Martinis “Holiday Cheer”
from Late Late Party (1965-67) (Light In The Attic 2011) —Music bed. Memphis instrumental recorded circa 1965-67.


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.


The Pearlfishers “Snowboardin'”
from A Sunflower At Christmas (Marina Records 2004) —Fine pop song by the Scottish band written by David Scott.


NRBQ “Christmas Wish”
from Christmas Wish (Deluxe Edition) (Clang! Records 2007) —Written by bassist Joey Spampinato and recorded in 1979.


Los Straitjackets “Here Comes Santa Claus”
from 'Tis the Season For Los Straitjackets (Yep Roc Records 2002) —Music bed. Instrumental version of the Gene Autry song.


Grace Basement “A Kiss for All the World”
from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX 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-here


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."


The Vince Guaraldi Trio “Greensleeves”
from A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy 1965) —Music bed.


Spectator “O Holy Night”
from KDHXmas Vol. 2 (KDHX 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-here


Sam Phillips “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”
from Cold Dark Night (self 2009) —Gorgeous vocals and arrangements on this six-song EP. I can't recommend this one highly enough.


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).


Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza “Truth Or (Triple Dog) Dare”
from A Christmas Story: Music From the Motion Picture (WaterTower Music 2012) —Music bed.


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.


Teenage Fanclub “Christmas Eve”
from XFM: It's a Cool Cool Christmas (Jeepster Recordings 2000) —Written by Euros Childs.


Stackridge “North St. Grande”
from A Victory For Common Sense (Helium 2009) —This song kills me. A love song of the highest order. Thanks to Steve Carosello for making me aware of this.


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.


Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza “Ralphie's Brilliant Idea”
from A Christmas Story: Music From the Motion Picture (WaterTower Music 2012) —Music bed.


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.


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.


Aimee Mann “Christmastime”
from One More Drifter In the Snow (Superego 2006) —Written by Michael Penn and Jon Brion and found on one of her finest albums.


Jimmy Stewart “Answered Prayers”
from "It's a Wonderful Life" (Nick at Nite/550 Records 1997) —Excerpt of dialogue from the Frank Capra classic.


Paul Kelly “How To Make Gravy”
from Words and Music (Vanguard www.vanguardrecords.com 1998) —As good as Christmas songs get. Written by Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly.


Anne McCue “They Say It's Christmas Day” Single (self) —Written by the singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia


R.B. Morris “A Winter's Tale”
from Zeke and the Wheel (KOCH Records 1999)


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.


Dwight Yoakam “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”
from Come On, Christmas (Reprise 1997)


Elvis Presley “Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)”
from If Every Day Was Like Christmas (RCA 1994) —Recorded in 1957 with backing vocals by the Jordanaires.


Chet Atkins “Jingle Bell Rock”
from Christmas With Chet Atkins (RCA 1961)


Roy Smeck “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family 2004) —1954 instrumental culled from this compilation made up of thirty (!) different versions of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer.


Alan Jackson “The Angels Cried”
from Honky Tonk Christmas (Sony/BMG Special Markets 1993) —Beautiful duet with Alison Krauss on a song written by Harley Allen and Deborah Nims.


George Jones & Tammy Wynette “Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus”
from Christmas Party with Eddie G. (Columbia 1990)


Buck Owens “Blue Christmas Lights”
from Christmas With Buck Owens (Curb) —Written by Buck Owens and Red Simpson.


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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