Blues, Blues Christmas 1925 – 1955 – Full Album

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1. Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn’ – Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon
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2. Christmas Morning Blues – Titus Turner
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3. Hep Cat’s Holiday – The Cats & The Fiddle
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4. Christmas Blues – Ralph Willis
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5. Junior’s A Jap Girl’s Christmas For His Santa Claus – Willie Blackwell
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6. Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree) – Butterbeans & Susie
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7. Trim Your Tree – Jimmy Butler
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8. Christmas Blues – Gatemouth Moore
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9. Bring That Cadillac Back – Harry Crafton with Doc Bagby Orchestra
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10. Christmas Man Blues – Bertha “Chippie” Hill
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11. Hello Santa Claus – Cecil Gant
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12. Christmas And No Santa Claus – Bumble Bee Slim
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13. Love For Christmas – Felix Gross
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14. Happy New Year Darling – Lonnie Johnson
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15. Christmas & New Year’s Blues – Tampa Red Tampa Red
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16. Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby – Amos Milburn
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17. Christmas Spirit – Julie Lee And Her Boyfriends
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18. At The Christmas Ball – Bessie Smith
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19. How Will You Spend Christmas? – Rev. A. W. Nix
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20. Xmas Blues – Harmon Ray
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21. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues) – Jimmy Witherspoon
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22. Christmas Date Boogie – Joe Turner with Pete Johnson & His Orchestra
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23. Christmas Boogie – Sugar Chile Robinson
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24. The Christmas Song – Leadbelly
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25. Happy New Year – Lighnin’ Hopkins
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26. The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas – Rev. Edward Clayborn
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27. Santa Claus – Bo Carter
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28. Christmas Time (Beggin’ Santa Claus) – Black Ace
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29. Happy New Year Blues – Charley Jordan with Mary Harris
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30. Christmas, Christmas Blues – Charlie Jordan
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31. Happy New Year, Baby – Johnny Otis Orchestra
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32. Faraway Christmas Blues – Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis
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33. Christmas Morning Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson I
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34. Christmas In Jail (Ain’t That A Pain) – Leroy Carr
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35. Christmas Mornin’ Blues – Kansas City Kitty
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36. Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail? – Rev. J.M. Gates
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37. Death Might Be Your Santa Claus – Rev. J.M. Gates
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38. Happy New Year Blues – Blind Lemon Jefferson
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39. New Year’s Eve Blues – Smokey Hogg
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40. Christmas Blues – Larry Darnell
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41. When Jesus Was Born – Sons Of Heaven
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42. I Want A Present For Christmas – J.B. Summers with Doc Bagby’s Orchestra
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43. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
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44. New Year’s Resolution Blues – Roy Milton Solid Serenaders
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45. Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson II & His Harmonica Houserockers
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46. Let Me Hang My Stockings In Your Christmas Tree – Roosevelt Sykes
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47. The Santa Claus Crave – Elzadie Robinson
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48. Santa Claus Blues – Walter Davis
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49. Christmas Morning Blues – Victoria Spivey
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50. Christmas Time Blues – Boll Weevil (Willie McNeil)
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51. Empty Stocking Blues – Floyd Dixon
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52. Boogie-Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott with Les Welch and his Orchestra
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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.
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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1. Christ Was Born On Christmas Morn’ – Frankie “Half-Pint” Jaxon
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2. Christmas Morning Blues – Titus Turner
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3. Hep Cat’s Holiday – The Cats & The Fiddle
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4. Christmas Blues – Ralph Willis
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5. Junior’s A Jap Girl’s Christmas For His Santa Claus – Willie Blackwell
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6. Papa Ain’t No Santa Claus (Mama Ain’t No Christmas Tree) – Butterbeans & Susie
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7. Trim Your Tree – Jimmy Butler
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8. Christmas Blues – Gatemouth Moore
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9. Bring That Cadillac Back – Harry Crafton with Doc Bagby Orchestra
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10. Christmas Man Blues – Bertha “Chippie” Hill
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11. Hello Santa Claus – Cecil Gant
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12. Christmas And No Santa Claus – Bumble Bee Slim
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13. Love For Christmas – Felix Gross
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14. Happy New Year Darling – Lonnie Johnson
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15. Christmas & New Year’s Blues – Tampa Red Tampa Red
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16. Let’s Make Christmas Merry, Baby – Amos Milburn
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17. Christmas Spirit – Julie Lee And Her Boyfriends
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18. At The Christmas Ball – Bessie Smith
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19. How Will You Spend Christmas? – Rev. A. W. Nix
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20. Xmas Blues – Harmon Ray
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21. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Christmas Blues) – Jimmy Witherspoon
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22. Christmas Date Boogie – Joe Turner with Pete Johnson & His Orchestra
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23. Christmas Boogie – Sugar Chile Robinson
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24. The Christmas Song – Leadbelly
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25. Happy New Year – Lighnin’ Hopkins
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26. The Wrong Way To Celebrate Christmas – Rev. Edward Clayborn
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27. Santa Claus – Bo Carter
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28. Christmas Time (Beggin’ Santa Claus) – Black Ace
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29. Happy New Year Blues – Charley Jordan with Mary Harris
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30. Christmas, Christmas Blues – Charlie Jordan
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31. Happy New Year, Baby – Johnny Otis Orchestra
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32. Faraway Christmas Blues – Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis
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33. Christmas Morning Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson I
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34. Christmas In Jail (Ain’t That A Pain) – Leroy Carr
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35. Christmas Mornin’ Blues – Kansas City Kitty
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36. Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail? – Rev. J.M. Gates
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37. Death Might Be Your Santa Claus – Rev. J.M. Gates
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38. Happy New Year Blues – Blind Lemon Jefferson
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39. New Year’s Eve Blues – Smokey Hogg
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40. Christmas Blues – Larry Darnell
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41. When Jesus Was Born – Sons Of Heaven
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42. I Want A Present For Christmas – J.B. Summers with Doc Bagby’s Orchestra
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43. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus – Sonny Parker with Lionel Hampton Orchestra
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44. New Year’s Resolution Blues – Roy Milton Solid Serenaders
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45. Sonny Boy’s Christmas Blues – Sonny Boy Williamson II & His Harmonica Houserockers
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46. Let Me Hang My Stockings In Your Christmas Tree – Roosevelt Sykes
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47. The Santa Claus Crave – Elzadie Robinson
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48. Santa Claus Blues – Walter Davis
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49. Christmas Morning Blues – Victoria Spivey
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50. Christmas Time Blues – Boll Weevil (Willie McNeil)
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51. Empty Stocking Blues – Floyd Dixon
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52. Boogie-Woogie Santa Claus – Mabel Scott with Les Welch and his Orchestra
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