Blues, Blues Christmas Volume 2 (1926-1958)

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Double CD x 44 Festive Blues + Gospel tracks, Various artists. Detailed discography.
Includes informative, illustrated 24-page booklet by Jeff Harris. Jewel Case format.
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1. (Christmas) Sleigh Ride – Lloyd Glenn
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2. Christmas Eve Blues (Original Christmas Eve Morning Blues) – Blind Lemon Jefferson
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3. When Was Jesus Born – Heavenly Gospel Singers
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4. Santa Clause Boogie – The Voices
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5. Merry Christmas – Lighnin’ Hopkins
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6. Hey Santa Claus – The Moonglows
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7. Lonesome Christmas (part 1) – Lowell Fulson
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8. Lonesome Christmas Blues – Blind Blake
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9. Gonna Have A Merry Xmas – The Nic Nacs with Mickey Champion
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10. Christmas Morn’ – Reverend Charles Watkins
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11. Christmas Celebration – Jesse Thomas
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12. Jingle Bells – Leo Watson
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13. It’s Christmas Time Again – Cecil Gant
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14. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Pilgrim Travellers
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15. Christmas What Does It Mean To You? – Rev. Emmett Dickinson
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16. There Was No Room At The Hotel – Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers
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17. Silent Night, Holy Night – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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18. New Year’s Resolution – Lil Son Jackson
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19. Christmas Tree Blues – Charley Jordan & Verdi Lee
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20. Merry Christmas Baby – Lionel Hampton
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21. It’s Christmas Time – Bubber Johnson
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22. Run Rudolph, Run – Chuck Berry
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23. God Gave Us Christmas – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers
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24. Good Party Shuffle (Christmas Party Shuffle) – Lowell Fulson
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25. Winter Time Blues – Lester Williams
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26. Mr. Santa Boogie – The Marshall Brothers
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27. Sweet Little Jesus Boy – Wings Over Jordan
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28. Swingin Them Jingle Bells – Fats Waller
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29. Seeking For Me – Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers
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30. My Christmas Baby – Smokey Hogg
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31. Christmas Blues – Gatemouth Moore
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32. Oh Holy Night – The Orioles
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33. Go Where I Send Thee – Alphabetical Four
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34. No Chrsitmas Blues – Mary Harris
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35. Merry Xmas – Little Willie Littlefield
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36. Begin A New Life On Christmas Day – Part 1 – Rev A. W. Nix
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37. Christmas Time Blues – Casey Bill Weldon
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38. Merry Christmas Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers
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39. When They Ring The Golden Bell – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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40. Silent Night Holy Night – Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers
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41. Christmas Time Blues – Guitar Slim and Jelly Belly
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42. Santa Claus Baby – The Voices
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43. Merry Christmas Baby – Chuck Berry
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44. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
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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 are far fewer gospel Christmas songs although there were plenty of
Christmas sermons in the 1920s and 1930s when recorded sermons rivalled blues in popularity
among black audiences.

Going hand in hand with Christmas is quite a number of New Year 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 is 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 1920s through the 1950s, a simpler, more wholesome time!

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1. (Christmas) Sleigh Ride – Lloyd Glenn
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2. Christmas Eve Blues (Original Christmas Eve Morning Blues) – Blind Lemon Jefferson
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3. When Was Jesus Born – Heavenly Gospel Singers
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4. Santa Clause Boogie – The Voices
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5. Merry Christmas – Lighnin’ Hopkins
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6. Hey Santa Claus – The Moonglows
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7. Lonesome Christmas (part 1) – Lowell Fulson
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8. Lonesome Christmas Blues – Blind Blake
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9. Gonna Have A Merry Xmas – The Nic Nacs with Mickey Champion
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10. Christmas Morn’ – Reverend Charles Watkins
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11. Christmas Celebration – Jesse Thomas
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12. Jingle Bells – Leo Watson
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13. It’s Christmas Time Again – Cecil Gant
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14. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – The Pilgrim Travellers
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15. Christmas What Does It Mean To You? – Rev. Emmett Dickinson
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16. There Was No Room At The Hotel – Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers
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17. Silent Night, Holy Night – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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18. New Year’s Resolution – Lil Son Jackson
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19. Christmas Tree Blues – Charley Jordan & Verdi Lee
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20. Merry Christmas Baby – Lionel Hampton
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21. It’s Christmas Time – Bubber Johnson
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22. Run Rudolph, Run – Chuck Berry
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23. God Gave Us Christmas – Oscar McLollie & His Honey Jumpers
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24. Good Party Shuffle (Christmas Party Shuffle) – Lowell Fulson
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25. Winter Time Blues – Lester Williams
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26. Mr. Santa Boogie – The Marshall Brothers
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27. Sweet Little Jesus Boy – Wings Over Jordan
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28. Swingin Them Jingle Bells – Fats Waller
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29. Seeking For Me – Lucy Smith Jubilee Singers
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30. My Christmas Baby – Smokey Hogg
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31. Christmas Blues – Gatemouth Moore
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32. Oh Holy Night – The Orioles
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33. Go Where I Send Thee – Alphabetical Four
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34. No Chrsitmas Blues – Mary Harris
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35. Merry Xmas – Little Willie Littlefield
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36. Begin A New Life On Christmas Day – Part 1 – Rev A. W. Nix
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37. Christmas Time Blues – Casey Bill Weldon
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38. Merry Christmas Baby – Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers
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39. When They Ring The Golden Bell – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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40. Silent Night Holy Night – Elkins-Payne Jubilee Singers
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41. Christmas Time Blues – Guitar Slim and Jelly Belly
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42. Santa Claus Baby – The Voices
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43. Merry Christmas Baby – Chuck Berry
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44. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
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