Archive for December 15th, 2013

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” Fats Domino

December 15, 2013
Goin' Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino

Goin’ Home: A Tribute to Fats Domino (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fats Domino adds his distinctive New Orleans piano to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.” Less self-pity here than in many versions of the song. I doubt that he was actually wistful for any Big Easy snow, mirliton, now that’s another thing. After all, we’re all trying to get home for the Christmas of our dreams.


“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Ray Charles and Betty Carter

December 15, 2013

Ray Charles performed “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” with other partners, including Nina Simone and Dionne Warwick, but his recording with Betty Carter is perhaps the standard by which all versions of this song are judged. Bundle up.

“Signs of Christmas,” James Brown

December 15, 2013

Things turn funky with James Brown and “Signs of Christmas.” There are better known James Brown Christmas songs, but this one moves with the best of them.

I hope you get the “best from the Yule time zest.”

“Christmas,” Chuck Berry

December 15, 2013

We’re starting with the first classes of Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame inductees and the man who created the template for so much of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Mr. Chuck Berry.

“Christmas” is a bluesier number than Berry’s more often heard “Run, Rudolph.” Wouldn’t we all like to give Chuck an hour of our holiday?

The 2013 Compilation: Christmas in Cleveland, Vol. 1

December 15, 2013
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Clevelan...

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at sunset; Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year’s Christmas compilation reaches for the stars. Rock stars, to be precise. All the recordings come from members of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Here’s the track listing. I’ll be adding the songs to the blog as time permits.

  1. Chuck Berry, “Christmas”
  2. James Brown, “Signs of Christmas”
  3. Ray Charles (and Betty Carter), “Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  4. Sam Cooke, “Christmas Soul and RB”
  5. Fats Domino, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”
  6. Jerry Lee Lewis, “I Can’t Have a Merry Christmas, Mary, Without You”
  7. Little Richard, “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town
  8. The Everly Brothers, “Christmas Eve Can Kill You”
  9. The Coasters, “Frosty the Snowman”
  10. Aretha Franklin, “The Lord Will Make a Way”
  11. Marvin Gaye, “I Want to Come Home for Christmas
  12. Bill Haley, “I Don’t Want to Be Alone This Christmas”
  13. B.B. King, “Christmas Celebration”
  14. Elvis Presley, “Santa Claus Is Back in Town
  15. Clyde McPhatter and the Drifters, “White Christmas”
  16. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, “It’s Christmas Time”
  17. Big Joe Turner, “Christmas Date Boogie”
  18. Roy Orbison, “Pretty Paper”
  19. Jackie Wilson, “Deck the Halls”
  20. The Beach Boys, “Merry Christmas, Baby”
  21. The Beatles, “Christmas Time (Is Here Again)”
  22. Bob Dylan, “The Christmas Blues”
  23. Lead Belly, “Christmas Is A-Coming”
  24. Diana Ross & The Supremes, “Won’t Be Long Before Christmas”
  25. Woody Guthrie, “1913 Massacre”