Any Major Rhythm & Blues Christmas
It’s the season of Christmas mixes. We kick off with a Rhythm & Blues mix which I know the good readers of this corner of the blogosphere will dig. So will their friends – share the joy of R&B yule widely on Facebook, Twitter, and so on. If you open the link (as you will have to for the password), ckick on the relevant sharing button on the bottom of the page. And please don’t be shy to comment!
So, this compilation features 29 tracks which more or less (and mostly more) would be called R&B — “Race Records”, as the labels put it without much subtlety in the 1940s and ’50s.
There are lots of great stories behind the artists here, but being pressed for time I cannot go into them. One is worth mentioning: The Marquees, the short-lived group that emanated from the Rainbows and sort of merged with Harvey Fuqua’s Moonglows. One of the Marquee members was Marvin Gaye. I have no idea whether he sang on Santa Done Gone Hip; do any readers know?
While I was preparing this mix I received the news of the death of Earl Carroll, singer with The Cadillacs, whose version of Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer is among my favourites (and I do like the song, despite my tongue-in-cheek critique if it HERE).
And let The Youngsters’ song be a warning: Do not drink and drive! And not only because you might be caught, but because it is a dangerous and despicable thing to do.
As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R and includes home moonshined front and back covers. As mentioned, password in the comments.
1. B.B. King – Christmas Celebration (1962)
2. Mabel Scott – Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (1948)
3. The Moonglows – Hey Santa Claus (1953)
4. Charles Brown – Merry Christmas Baby (1947)
5. J. B. Summers – I Want A Present For Christmas (1949)
6. The Debonairs – Christmas Time (mid-’50s)
7. Keith Davis – Let’s Exchange Hearts For Christmas (mid-’50s)
8. The Orioles – Lonely Christmas (1949)
9. The Falcons – Can This Be Christmas (1957)
10. The Five Keys – It’s Christmas Time (1951)
11. Bubber Johnson – Let’s Make Every Day A Christmas Day (1955)
12. Nancy Wilson – That’s What I Want For Christmas (1963)
13. Bobby Nunn – Christmas Bells (1951)
14. Big Joe Turner – Christmas Date Boogie (1948)
15. Chuck Berry – Run Rudolph Run (1958)
16. The Hepsters – Rockin And Rollin’ With Santa Claus (1955)
17. The Drifters – I Remember Christmas (1964)
18. The Shirelles – Blue Holiday (1961)
19. Jesse Belvin – I Want You With Me At Christmas (1956)
20. Oscar McLollie with his Honey Jumpers – Dig That Crazy Santa Claus (1954)
21. Felix Gross – Love For Christmas (1949)
22. Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – Merry Christmas Baby (1947)
23. Hadda Brooks – White Christmas (1950)
24. The Youngsters – Christmas In Jail (1956)
25. The Marquees – Santa Done Gone Hip (1959)
26. The Cadillacs – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (1956)
27. The Marshall Brothers – Mr Santa’s Boogie (1951)
28. The Enchanters – Mambo Santa Mambo (1957)
29. Lightnin’ Hopkins – Happy New Year (1953)
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All Christmas previous Christmas comps are live again. Go HERE for the lot, or choose from the links below:
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 1
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 2
Any Major Christmas Soul Vol. 3
Any Major Smooth Christmas
Any Major Country Christmas Vol. 1
Any Major Acoustic Christmas
Christmas In Black & White
More Christmas In Black & White
Christmas Mix, Not For Mother
Any Major X-Mas Mix