Now, as I made that tape you see above, there was stuff of my own I had to keep off..and gradually a second tape evolved, one that was called CHRISTMAS COOL...BLUES JAZZ AND RETRO FOR THE HOLIDAYS.
You would turn out the lights and watch the snow fall in the darkness and remember her..what was it that Gershwin wrote? "The only girl I think of with regret?" Yeah.
TONY BENNETT Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Zat You, Santa Claus? Armstrong INVENTED modern American music. And he never got a Christmas tree until his marriage. Think about that..as his wife said:"Someone should have bought a tree for him before I did..."
DUKE ELLINGTON Jingle Bells. Ellington is one of the top five American composers. Period. And his band was the biggest monument to one man's mind ever created. Hear what he does with this to start to learn his vocabulary.
BENNY GOODMAN/PEGGY LEE I Love the Winter Weather.
GLENN MILLER Snowfall
LOUIS ARMSTRONG White Christmas
DUKE ELLINGTON Sugar Plum Fairy
LOUIS PRIMA What Would Santa Claus Say? Voice of King Louie, in Jungle Book, who had his own band that verged on rock and roll..
ART CARNEY 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Absolute genius. Does this sort of rap/bop/beatnik version with a drum kit behind him and what sounds like one breath...copies exchange hands at a kings ransom now in the original 45...but available for much less on CD.
CARMEN MACRAE Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire. Not the lady with the fruit on her head, but one of the best voices in Jazz.
LOUIS ARMSTRONG Christmas Time in New Orleans.
MOONGLOWS Hey, Santa Claus. You hear it during NATIONAL LAMPOONS CHRISTMAS VACATION, just before Clarke buys the lingerie.
HUEY PIANO SMITH & THE CLOWNS Silent Night. Half gassed boogie woogie at Vee Jay Records..
COUNT BASIE Good Morning Blues. Jimmy Rushing didn't get what he wanted for Christmas and is singing the blues.
DRIFTERS White Christmas. Heard in THE SANTA CLAUSE, HOME ALONE.
CHARLES BROWN Baby Come Home for Christmas. The Eagles did a remake..this is the original west coast cool piano blues version.
MABEL SCOTT Boogie Woogie Santa Claus. Louis Jordan (the black band leader, not the french guy in movies) is one of the lost originators of rock and roll..his steady rocken' blues were dug by all the founding fathers of the music..this is pretty close to what the band sounded like.
ORIOLES Lonely Christmas. Remember 'Crying in the Chapel'? By Elvis? These guys did it first.
CADILLACS Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. The Coasters were bigger and funnier, but for once these guys gave them a run for their money. Amazing harmony and backbeat.
CHUCK BERRY Run Rudolph Run. Bon Jovi did this song for A VERY SPECIAL CHRISTMAS.
AMOS MILBURN Let's Make Christmas Merry Baby. Another west coast piano blues guy, sometime I'll tell you a really cool story about him..
SISTER ROSETTA THARPE Silent Night. Right up there with Mahalia Jackson in terms of black gospel. Never as big, so never had to make as many accomodations to the system. Raw and bleeding blues, really.
BROOKE BENTON This Time of Year. One of Elvis' favorite singers. Did 'Rainy Night in Georgia'.
RONETTES Santa Claus is Coming to Town. See the entry for THE PHIL SPECTOR CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
CHARLES BROWN Merry Christmas Baby.
STATUES White Christmas. Aching, beautiful delicate harmonies, from a long forgotten doo wop group.
FIVE KEYS It's Christmas Time. Slightly more remembered then THE STATUES, just as beautiful in their own way. Find a CD collection called DREAM ON for further research.
STEVIE WONDER Some Day at Christmas. Barely made the cut in 2001 when I made the tape..then 9/11 happened and a chill went down my spine..
IMPRESSIONS Amen. Rock and Roll and Christmas salvation in three minutes. Jerry Butler at his best.
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Run run Rudolph, Santa's got to make it on time..