Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

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Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 - 1955


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Sugar Chile Robinson
Titus Turner
The Cats and The Fiddle
Jimmy Butler
Gatemouth Moore
Harry Crafton with Doc Bagbie Orchestra
Cecil Gant
Felix Gross
Amos Milburn
Julie Lee and her Boy Friends
Jimmy Witherspoon
Joe Turner with Pete Johnson and his Orchestra
Johnny Otis Orchestra
Little Esther and Mel Walker with Johnny Otis
Larry Darnell
Sons of Heaven
J B Summers with Doc's Bagby's Orchestra
Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
Roy Milton Solid Senders
Boll Weavil (Willie McNeil)
Floyd Dixon
Mabel Scott with Les Welch and his Orchestra
Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
Frankie 'Half-pint' Jaxon
Ralph Willis
Willie '61' Blackwell
Butterbeans and Susie
Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton)
Lonnie Johnson
Tampa Red
Bessie Smith
Rev. A W Nix
Herman (Harmon) Ray
Leadbelly
Lightnin` Hopkins
Rev. Edward W Clayborn
Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)
Black Ace
Mary Harris
Charley Jordan
Sonny Boy Williamson
Leroy Carr
Kansas City Kitty
Rev. J M Gates
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Smokey (Andrew) Hogg
Roosevelt Sykes
Elzadie Robinson
Walter Davis
Victoria Spivey

    TRACK LIST

Frankie 'Half-pint' Jaxon
01 - Christ was born on Christmas morn

Titus Turner
02 - Christmas morning blues

The Cats and The Fiddle
03 - Hep Cat's holiday

Ralph Willis
04 - Christmas blues

Willie '61' Blackwell
05 - Junior's a Jap girl's Christmas for his Santa Claus

Butterbeans and Susie
06 - Papa ain't no Santa Claus

Jimmy Butler
07 - Trim your tree

Gatemouth Moore
08 - Christmas blues

Harry Crafton with Doc Bagbie Orchestra
09 - Bring that Cadillac back

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
10 - Christmas man blues

Cecil Gant
11 - Hello Santa Claus

Bumble Bee Slim (Amos Easton)
12 - Christmas and no Santa Claus

Felix Gross
13 - Love for Christmas

Lonnie Johnson
14 - Happy New Year Darling

Tampa Red
15 - Christmas & New Year's blues

Amos Milburn
16 - Let's make Christmas merry, Baby

Julie Lee and her Boy Friends
17 - Christmas spirit

Bessie Smith
18 - At the Christmas Ball

Rev. A W Nix
19 - How will you spend Christmas?

Herman (Harmon) Ray
20 - Xmas blues

Jimmy Witherspoon
21 - How I hate to see Christmas come around

Joe Turner with Pete Johnson and his Orchestra
22 - Christmas date boogie

Sugar Chile Robinson
23 - Christmas boogie

Leadbelly
24 - The Christmas song

Lightnin` Hopkins
25 - Happy New Year

Rev. Edward W Clayborn
26 - The wrong way to celebrate Christmas

Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)
27 - Santa Claus

Black Ace
28 - Christmas time

Mary Harris
29 - Happy New Year blues

Charley Jordan
30 - Christmas Christmas blues

Johnny Otis Orchestra
31 - Happy New Year, Baby

Little Esther and Mel Walker with Johnny Otis
32 - Faraway Chistmas blues

Sonny Boy Williamson
33 - Christmas morning blues

Leroy Carr
34 - Christmas in jail

Kansas City Kitty
35 - Christmas mornin' blues

Rev. J M Gates
36 - Did you spend Chistmas Day in jail?
37 - Death might be your Santa Claus

Blind Lemon Jefferson
38 - Happy New Year blues

Smokey (Andrew) Hogg
39 - New Year's Eve blues

Larry Darnell
40 - Christmas blues

Sons of Heaven
41 - When was Jesus born

J B Summers with Doc's Bagby's Orchestra
42 - I want a present for Christmas

Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
43 - Boogie woogie Santa Claus

Roy Milton Solid Senders
44 - New Year's resolution blues

Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller)
45 - Sonny Boy's Christmas blues

Roosevelt Sykes
46 - Let me hang my stocking in your Christmas tree

Elzadie Robinson
47 - The Santa Claus crave

Walter Davis
48 - Santa Claus

Victoria Spivey
49 - Christmas morning blues

Boll Weavil (Willie McNeil)
50 - Christmas time blues

Floyd Dixon
51 - Empty stocking blues

Mabel Scott with Les Welch and his Orchestra
52 - Boogie woogie Santa Claus

Double CD
Various artists
Informative, colour illustrated, 20 page booklet by Jeff Harris. 
Detailed discography
  
The idea of Christmas themed blues and gospel numbers stretches back to the very dawn of the recorded genres. “Hooray for Christmas” exclaims Bessie Smith to kick off her soon to be classic “At The Christmas Ball”, which inaugurated the Christmas blues tradition when it was recorded in November 1925 for Columbia. A year later, circa December 1926, the gospel Christmas tradition was launched when the Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers recorded “Silent Night, Holy Night” for Paramount Records. After these recordings it was off to the races with numerous Christmas blues numbers recorded by singers of all stripes, a pace that continued as blues evolved into R&B and then rock and roll. For some reason there’s far fewer gospel Christmas songs although there were plenty of Christmas sermons in the 1920’s and 1930’s when recorded sermons rivalled blues in popularity among black audiences.

Going hand in hand with Christmas is quite a number of New Year’s songs, a good vehicle for juxtaposing the problems of the past year with the glimmer of hope that the upcoming year will bring better fortune. Whether these artists sung these numbers as part of their regular repertoire is unclear but it’s almost certainly the case that many of these songs were recorded at the prompting of the record companies. Like any business they were always looking for a new angle or gimmick to sell records and advertised these boldly, often with full-page ads, in black newspapers like the Chicago Defender.

Perhaps you think this is a bit cynical but then you probably still believe in Santa Clause and good will towards men! Well, sit back, tip a glass of holiday cheer and enjoy our survey of yuletide classics spanning the 1920’s through the 1950’s, a simpler, more wholesome time – right!

See Also
DOCD-32-20-15
Double CD
Blues Blues Christmas Volume 2 - (1926-1958)
Various artists.
Informative, colour illustrated, 24 page booklet by Jeff Harris.
Detailed discography.

http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-32-20-15

DOCD-32-20-18
Double CD
Blues Blues Christmas Volume 3 - (1927-1962)
Various artists.
Informative, colour illustrated, 20 page booklet by Jeff Harris. 
Detailed discography.
 
 
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