Christmas Classics – Volume 2

Marshall Field's in Chicago

I dedicate this radio blog to my father, my jazz hero, who would have been 86 years young today. The above photo was taken of the holiday windows at the Marshall Field’s State Street store in Chicago last year.

Once again, I went back to the vault of Christmas classics and brought back more gems. Thank you for your kind words and song suggestions. I know that “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas” is definitely a tear jerker but I could not resist including it. “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with Ray Charles and Betty Carter is a classic gem and I thank one of my friends for reminding about it. There are many versions of this song but this is most definitely one of the best. I used to hear the instrumental opening of “The Night Before Christmas” on the radio but did not know it was on the Gladys Knight & The Pips’ Christmas album until years later.

This closes out the Christmas Classics. Next week, the radio blog will be filled with some jazzy holiday tunes. Stay tuned!

Christmas Classics – Volume 2 (listen here!)

01 – James Brown – “Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto” from 20th Century Masters – The Christmas Collection: The Best of James Brown

02 – Lou Rawls – “The Little Drummer Boy” from Christmas Will Be Christmas (1967)

03 – Lena Horne – “Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!” from Merry from Lena (1966)

04 – Nat King Cole – “Adeste Fideles” from The Christmas Song [Capitol] (1961)

05 – Ramsey Lewis Trio – “Winter Wonderland” from Sound of Christmas (1960)

06 – Vince Guaraldi – “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” from A Charlie Brown Christmas

07 – Stevie Wonder – “Someday At Christmas” from Someday At Christmas (1967)

08 – The Jackson 5 – “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town” from Billboard Greatest R&B Christmas Hits (1970)

09 – Charles Brown – “Please Come Home for Christmas” from Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits: 1955-Present (1961)

10 – Vince Guaraldi – “Christmas Time Is Here [Instrumental]” from A Charlie Brown Christmas

11 – Mahalia Jackson– “No Room at the Inn” from Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas! (1955)

12 – Ray Charles & Betty Carter– “Baby It’s Cold Outside” from The Spirit Of Christmas (1962)

13 – Mabel Scott – “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” from Hipster’s Holiday (1948)

14 – The Temptations – “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” from The Best Of Motown Christmas (1970)

15 – Duke Ellington – “Peanut Brittle Brigade [March]” from Three Suites (1960)

16 – Louis Armstrong – “‘Zat You Santa Claus?” from Hipster’s Holiday (1953)

17 – Ella Fitzgerald – “Frosty the Snowman” from Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas [Remastered] (1960)

18 – Nat King Cole – “Caroling, Caroling” from The Christmas Song [Capitol] (1961)

19 – The Supremes – “My Favorite Things” from The Best Of Motown Christmas (1965)

20 – Ramsey Lewis Trio – “Sleigh Ride” from Sound of Christmas (1960)

21 – The Emotions – “What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas” from Slow Jams Christmas Volume 1 (1973)

22 – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers – “Merry Christmas Baby” from Billboard Greatest R&B Christmas Hits (1947)

23 – Barry Gordon – “Nuttin’ for Christmas” from Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits: 1955-Present (1955)

24 – Nancy Wilson – “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” from Williams-Sonoma – Jingle Bell Jazz 1999 (1999)

25 – Gladys Knight & The Pips – “The Night Before Christmas” from Christmas Album (1989)

4 Responses to “Christmas Classics – Volume 2”

  1. gwen says:

    These are so excellent, thank you for putting them up. Any chance I could get a CD?

  2. Mark says:

    James has done it again. He has compiled a wonderful list of Christmas songs. The performers range from the godfather of soul, James Brown to Mabel Scott. This complilation compliments Volume 1 and should be listened to and enjoyed for many Christmas’ to come. Thank you James!

  3. Bakari says:

    Really nice list. I’m going to print it out for my wife. I think she’d love having many of these songs. Thanks for the work.

  4. redheaddread says:

    Thanks James! My baby boy is trying to pa-rum-pum-pum-pum along with Lou Rawls right now. So cute!

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