DOCD-32-20-18 Blues, Blues Christmas Vol 3: (40 Track Double Album) Includes illustrated notes with detailed discography.
Double CD x 40 Festive Blues + Gospel tracks, Various artists. Detailed discography.
Includes informative, illustrated 20-page booklet note by Jeff Harris. Jewel Case format.
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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.
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