Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 - 1955

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FEATURED ARTIST / S
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 Listen

Titus Turner
02 - Christmas morning blues Listen

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

Ralph Willis
04 - Christmas blues Listen

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

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

Jimmy Butler
07 - Trim your tree Listen

Gatemouth Moore
08 - Christmas blues Listen

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

Bertha 'Chippie' Hill
10 - Christmas man blues Listen

Cecil Gant
11 - Hello Santa Claus Listen

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

Felix Gross
13 - Love for Christmas Listen

Lonnie Johnson
14 - Happy New Year Darling Listen

Tampa Red
15 - Christmas & New Year's blues Listen

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

Julie Lee and her Boy Friends
17 - Christmas spirit Listen

Bessie Smith
18 - At the Christmas Ball Listen

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

Herman (Harmon) Ray
20 - Xmas blues Listen

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

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

Sugar Chile Robinson
23 - Christmas boogie Listen

Leadbelly
24 - The Christmas song Listen

Lightnin` Hopkins
25 - Happy New Year Listen

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

Bo Carter (Bo Chatman)
27 - Santa Claus Listen

Black Ace
28 - Christmas time Listen

Mary Harris
29 - Happy New Year blues Listen

Charley Jordan
30 - Christmas Christmas blues Listen

Johnny Otis Orchestra
31 - Happy New Year, Baby Listen

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

Sonny Boy Williamson
33 - Christmas morning blues Listen

Leroy Carr
34 - Christmas in jail Listen

Kansas City Kitty
35 - Christmas mornin' blues Listen

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

Blind Lemon Jefferson
38 - Happy New Year blues Listen

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

Larry Darnell
40 - Christmas blues Listen

Sons of Heaven
41 - When was Jesus born Listen

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

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

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

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

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

Elzadie Robinson
47 - The Santa Claus crave Listen

Walter Davis
48 - Santa Claus Listen

Victoria Spivey
49 - Christmas morning blues Listen

Boll Weavil (Willie McNeil)
50 - Christmas time blues Listen

Floyd Dixon
51 - Empty stocking blues Listen

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

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.
 
http://www.document-records.com/fulldetails.asp?ProdID=DOCD-32-20-18
 
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