Saturday, December 07, 2013

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck Retrospective

 I was in a store the first part of this week that was playing a radio station devoted to Christmas music.  It reminded me of just how dreadful, how dreckish far too much of our holiday music is.  And, why I created the "holiday music that doesn't suck" series the last two years.  Before launching two series for 2013 (one for country and one for blues/jazz/and R&B), I thought it would be nice to reprise.  There are play list videos for each years selection and link to the individual posts that have a little background information.

 2011 Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck


Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #1

     Sonics "I Don't Believe in Christmas"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #2

     Louis Armstrong, "Zat You, Santa Claus?"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #3

      Denise LaSalle "Santa's Got the Christmas Blues" 

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #4

    Charlie Parker "White Christmas" 

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck # 5

     Holly Cole  "Santa Baby"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck # 6

    Merle Haggard's "If We Make It Through December"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #7

    Miles Davis and Bob Dorough "Blue Xmas (To Whom It May Concern)"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #8

    Amos Milburn "Christmas Comes But Once a Year.

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck # 9

    Charles Brown  "Merry, Christmas Baby."

2012 Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #1 (2012 edition) 

      Lowell Fulson "Lonesome Christmas"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #2 (2012 edition)

       Ella Fitzgerald  "White Christmas"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #3 (2012 edition)

     The Moonglows  "Hey Santa Claus"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #4 (2012 edition)

     Dexter Gordon  "Christmas Song" 

Holiday Music that Doesn't Suck #5 (2012 edition)

     Ms. Jody "It's Christmas. Baby"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #6 (2012 edition)

     John Coltrane "Greensleeves/What Child Is This?"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Suck #7 (2012 edition)

      Sonny Boy Williamson II "Santa Claus"

Holiday Music That Doesn't Such #8 (2012 edition)

       Blossom Dearie and Bob Dorough. "Baby, It's Cold Outside"

Holiday MusticThat Doesn't Suck #9 (2012 edition)

      The Modern Jazz Quartet - England's Carol or God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen

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