Document Records - Vintage Blues and Jazz

Document Records
Blues Blues Christmas Vol. 3: 1927 - 1962

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Lead Belly
01 - Christmas is coming Listen

Rev. J M Gates
02 - Gettin' ready for Christmas Listen

Victoria Spivey
03 - Ain't gonna let you see my Santa Claus Listen

John Lee Hooker
04 - Blues for Christmas Listen

Dee Dee Ford
05 - Good morning blues Listen

06 - Jingle jangle Listen

Magnolia Five
07 - The Holy Baby Listen

Famous Jubilee Singers
08 - Go tell it to the mountain Listen

Cordell Jackson
09 - Rock and roll Christmas Listen

Coy McDaniel & Shorty Warren
10 - Christmas choo choo train Listen

Davies Sisters
11 - The Christmas boogie Listen

Thelma Cooper
12 - I Need A Man Listen

Jimmy McCracklin
13 - Christmas time - part 1 Listen

Bumble Bee Slim
14 - Santa Claus bring me a new woman Listen

Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan
15 - Baby it's cold outside Listen

Amos Milburn
16 - Christmas (comes once a year) Listen

Freddy King
17 - Christmas tears Listen

Joe Poovey And The Big "D" Boys
18 - Santa's helper Listen

Fiddlin` John Carson
19 - Christmas time will soon be over Listen

Wardell Gray - Dexter Gordon Quintet
20 - Jingle jangle jump Listen

Lightnin` Hopkins
21 - Santa Claus Listen

Jimmy McCracklin
22 - Christmas time - part 2 Listen

Hop Wilson
23 - Merry Christmas darling Listen

Duke Ellington and his orchestra
24 - Sugar rum cherry (Dance of the sugar plum fairy) Listen

Ozie Ware withDuke Ellington's Hot Five
25 - Santa Claus, bring my man back Listen

Rev. Rice's Sanctified Singers
26 - Who do you call that wonderful counsellor Listen

Spartanburg Famous Four
27 - Go where I send thee Listen

The Ravens
28 - Silent night Listen

The Youngsters
29 - Christmas in jail Listen

Jackson Trio
30 - Jingle bell hop Listen

Cordell Jackson
31 - Be-boppers Christmas Listen

Vernon Dalhart
32 - Santa Claus that's me! Listen

Lil McClintock
33 - Don't think I'm Santa Claus Listen

Walter Davis
34 - New "Santa Claus" Listen

B.B. King
35 - Christmas celebration Listen

The Larks
36 - Christmas to New Year's Listen

The Five Keys
37 - It's Christmas time Listen

Oscar McLolli and His Honey Jumpers
38 - Dig that crazy Santa Claus Listen

Billy Ward and His Dominoes
39 - Ringing in a brand New Year Listen

Ella Fitzgerald
40 - The secret of Christmas Listen

Various artists
Genres: Blues, Country, Gospel, Do-wop, Rockabilly
20 page colour booklet with informative notes written by Jeff Harris.
Detailed discography.

From the album's booklet notes.
You hold in your hands the third volume of Blues, Blues Christmas, our most wide-ranging collection yet, jumping genres from blues, gospel, jazz, rock, doo-wop and country spanning the 1920's through the 1960's, many songs which have not been anthologized before. Now that you have all three volumes, you do of course?, you have hours and hours of music for that next Christmas party, enough music until the eggnog runs out!

Hooray for Christmas!
Christmas comes but once a year, and to me it brings good cheer,
And to everyone, who likes wine and beer
Happy New Year is after that, happy I'll be that is a fact
That is why I like to hear, folks I say that Christmas is here

Those lines were Sung by Bessie Smith when she recorded At The Christmas Ball in November 1925 for Columbia which not only kicked off a tradition of Christmas blues songs, hundreds of which have been recorded through the years, but looked back to an older tradition. Most of the pre-war Christmas blues recordings have been collected on our first two anthologies but there are a few leftover gems by Bumble Bee Slim, Victoria Spivey, Lil McClintock and Walter Davis. From the post-war era some fine Christmas blues from Leadbelly, Amos Milburn, B.B. King, Jimmy McCracklin, John Lee Hooker and Thelma Cooper. We hear from a fine contingent from the Lone Star State including Lightnin' Hopkins, Hop Wilson and Freddy King. We turn our attention to the religious side with selections by Rev. JM Gates, Rev. D.C. Rice, Magnolia Five, The Fairfield Four and the Spartanburg Famous Four.
Jumping across the tracks we spotlight some fine country and rockabilly performers including Joe Poovey, Cordell Jackson, Fiddling' John Carson, Coy McDaniel & Shorty Warren, the Davis Sisters and Vernon Dalhart. If you're talking about country, real country music, the first of what we know today as "country music" was broadcast by radio and recorded for phonograph by Fiddlin' John Carson. We bring you a batch of Christmas vocal group numbers I know all too well by the Penguins, The Ravens, The Five Keys, The Larks, Billy Ward and His Dominoes, The Youngsters and The Jackson Trio. In the late 1940's, early 1950's the clear delineation between blues, R&B and vocal group music got a little fuzzy with groups becoming harder to classify, eventually morphing into rock and roll. From that era we feature holiday platters by Dee Dee Ford and Oscar McLolli. We jump to the jazz side of the street with selections by Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Jordan, the Wardell Gray/Dexter Gordon Quintet and a pair by Duke Ellington.

See Also:

Blues, Blues Christmas (1925 - 1955)

Blues Blues Christmas Volume 2 (1926-1958) 

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