Memphis to Manchester (Music)
Thu Dec 19th 2013 7.00am–10.00am
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Ray Charles and Betty Carter “Baby, It's Cold Outside” from The Spirit of Christmas (Rhino 1997) —There have been many great versions of this song but I think this is still the best. Written by Frank Loesser and released in 1962.Buy it!
Pearl Bailey “Jingle Bells Cha-Cha-Cha” from Christmas Belles (Rhino 2000) —Probably not the way James Pierpont envisioned this song when he wrote it. Recorded for the Roulette label in 1959.Buy it!
Lou Rawls “Christmas Will Really Be Christmas” from Merry Christmas, Baby (Capitol Records 1967) —1967 song written by J.W. Alexander and Ben Raleigh.Buy it!
Duke Ellington “Sugar Rum Cherry (Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy)” from Wonderland: Yulesville (Shout! Factory 2003) —1960 swinging instrumental version of Tchaikovsky's "The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy" arranged by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.Buy it!
Ella Fitzgerald “Good Morning Blues” from Ella Wishes You A Merry Christmas (Verve 2002) —Count Basie song from 1960.Buy it!
Mabel Scott “Boodie Woogie Santa Claus” from Hipster's Holiday (Rhino 1989) —Boogie woogie Christmas song from 1948.Buy it!
Billy May and His Orchestra “Do You Believe In Santa Claus” from Ultra Lounge: Christmas Cocktails Part Three (Capitol Records 2004)Buy it!
Rufus Thomas “I'll Be Your Santa, Baby” from Christmas In Soulsville (Concord Music Group 2007)Buy it!
The Soul Duo “Just a Sad Xmas” from Just a Sad Xmas single (Shiptown 1970) —1969 deep soul track recorded by the duo made up of Little Ida (Ida Sands) and Little Daddy (Joe Webster).Buy it!
Jimmy Beasley “Christmas Is Here Again” from Jimmy's House Party (Ace Records 2002) —Recorded in 1957 by the acollade of Fats Domino.Buy it!
The Candy Store “Frosty The Snowman” from Snow 2: The Get Easy Collection (Universal 2004) —Recorded in 1969 for the Decca label. More than slighly influenced by Phil Spector.Buy it!
The Temptations “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” from 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of The Temptations (Uni/Motown 2001) —1970 Motown recording.Buy it!
Lisa Mychols “Listen to the Bells Ring” from Lost Winter's Dream (Rev-Ola 1991) —The Wondermints back Lisa Mychols on the hard-to-find and highly recommended Christmas album that should be regarded as a classic..Buy it!
Aimee Mann “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” from One More Drifter In the Snow (Superego 2006)Buy it!
Attic Lights “Why Should Christmas Be So Hard?” from A Christmas Gift for You From Elefant Records (Elefant 2012) —Beach Boys influenced track from the band out of Glasgow, Scotland.Buy it!
Saint Etienne “My Christmas Prayer” from A Glimpse of Stocking (UMC (Universal Music Catalogue) 2010) —1993 single written by Billy Fury.Buy it!
Calexico “Gift X-Change” from Aerocalexico (Our Soil, Our Strength www.casadecalexico.com 2001) —Hey, they can't all be toe-tappers. Affecting song sung by Joey Burns.Buy it!
Low “Just Like Christmas” from Christmas (Kranky 1999) —One of the best Christmas albums (OK, an EP in this case) of the last 15 years.Buy it!
The Pretenders “2000 Miles” from Learning to Crawl (Sire Records 1984) —Sometimes you just have to go with the tried and true.Buy it!
Sam Phillips “Oh Holy Night” from Cold Dark Night (self www.georgeportz.com 2009)Buy it!
Au Revoir Simone “Christmas Time is Here” from I'll Stay 'Til After Christmas (Animal World 2008) N Buy it!
Nick Lowe “Christmas Can't Be far Away” from Quality Street - A Seasonal Selection for All The Family (Yep Roc 2013) N —By far, the best Christmas release of 2013.Buy it!
Brenda Lee “I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus” from Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree: The Decca Recordings (MCA/Decca 1999) —1956 Decca singleBuy it!
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys “Santa's On His Way” from The Country Christmas Collection (Mercury 1991)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!
Faron Young “I'm Gonna Tell Santa Claus On You” from Christmas On the Range (CAPITOL NASHVILLE 1995) —1953 recording written by Thelma Blackmon.Buy it!
Charlie Rich “Santa Claus's Daughter” from It Ain't Gonna Be That Way: The Complete Smash Sessions (Ace 2011) —Recorded in 1965.Buy it!
Bob Dylan “Must Be Santa” from Christmas in the Heart (Columbia 2009)Buy it!
Roy Smeck “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” (Bear Family www.bear-family.de 2004) —1951 instrumental version of the Christmas classic. From this compilation made up of 30 different versions of this song.Buy it!
Johnny Lee “Santa's Ride” from Phroomf / Santa's Ride 45 single (Diva)Buy it!
Big Dee Irwin & Little Eva “The Christmas Song” from TBA (TBA) —Recorded in 1963.Buy it!
Toni Wine “My Boyfriend's Coming Home for Christmas” from ...Christmas Past (Westside 1998) —1963 recording for the Colpix label.Buy it!
The Harmony Grits “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” from Christmas Doo Wop Classics (Delta - X5 Music Group 2013) —Recorded in 1959.Buy it!
Clarence Carter “Back Door Santa” from Soul Christmas (Atlantic 1968) —1968 song co-written by Clarence Carter and Marcus Daniel.Buy it!
Carla Thomas “Gee Whiz It’s Christmas” from The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles Vol. I (Rhino/Atlantic) —1963 song written by Carla Thomas and Steve Cropper.Buy it!
Kim Weston “Wish You A Merry Christmas” from 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of Motown Christmas (Universal 2003) —Written by Mickey Stevenson and Kim Weston.Buy it!
The Pixies Three “Cold, Cold Winter” from Snow 2: The Get Easy Collection (Universal 2004) —1964 recording.Buy it!
Bobby Lloyd and the Skeletons “Do You Hear What I Hear / You Really Got Me” from Christmas Party With Eddie G (Columbia 1990)Buy it!
The Ventures “Sleigh Ride” from The Ventures' Christmas Album (Sundazed 1965)Buy it!
Kamikaze Cowboy “White Christmas/Silver Bells/White Christmas” from Kamikaze Christmas (Revenge Records)Buy it!
Thurl Ravenscroft “You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” from You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch with Classic Dialogue (Mercury 1997)Buy it!
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