Merry Christmas

Music

If I still made mix tapes, this is the one I'd have made this year.

Supremes: My Christmas Tree.

Carla Thomas: Gee Whiz It's Christmas.

Darlene Love: Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).

Elvis Presley: Blue Christmas.

Mahalia Jackson: Silent Night.

Vince Guaraldi: Christmas Time Is Here.

Eartha Kitt: Santa Baby.

Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan: Baby It's Cold Outside.

Roger Miller: Old Toy Trains.

Buck Owens: Christmas Ain't Christmas.

Joey Ramone: Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight).

Nat King Cole: The Christmas Song.

Feel free to play it.  Sorry about the advertising.

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16 Comments

16 Comments

  1. Kathy A.  •  Dec 25, 2012 @1:38 pm

    A big thumbs up for knowing that the Eartha Kitt version of Santa Baby is the correct one. I pity people who have only heard the Madonna version.

  2. Patrick  •  Dec 25, 2012 @1:53 pm

    It's a tragedy that time has made Ms. Kitt a relative obscurity, as well-known for playing the Catwoman as for her formidable talents as a singer.

  3. Kirk Taylor  •  Dec 25, 2012 @2:01 pm

    Merry Christmas to you and all the other writers and readers!

  4. Grifter  •  Dec 25, 2012 @2:32 pm

    Merry Christmas to everybody (even the ones I argue with)!

  5. Joe Pullen  •  Dec 25, 2012 @2:42 pm

    This is a great mix. Thanks for posting.

    Agreed, Ms. Kitt’s version is much better. For some reason I prefer the Dean Martin version of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” but I think Ella did a better job of the female vocals than Martina McBride.

    One of my favorite Christmas songs s is Louis Armstrong’s “Zat You Santa Clause?” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsCB0-dDa60

    Today though we’ve mostly been listening to Raleigh North Carolina College playing Christmas music on bells on KERA – they’re very talented.

  6. Joe Pullen  •  Dec 25, 2012 @2:52 pm

    Correction -it's the Raleigh Ringers http://www.rr.org

  7. Grifter  •  Dec 25, 2012 @2:58 pm

    My favorite christmas song has always been:

  8. Michael Mock  •  Dec 25, 2012 @9:51 pm

    Heard this one on the radio this morning:

  9. naught_for_naught  •  Dec 25, 2012 @9:52 pm

    My addition to the mix would be this beautiful version of Sweet Little Baby Boy, by James Brown

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2GD8nQDxeE&w=420&h=315

  10. Mercury  •  Dec 26, 2012 @6:45 am

    I see and I raise:

    Ike & Tina – Merry Christmas Baby
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LxeGQnQPeM

    Huey "Piano" Smith – Silent Night
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2bEIzM6Ap4

    Lord Nelson – Party For Santa Claus

  11. twency  •  Dec 26, 2012 @9:37 am

    Some good stuff there, but I'll take a pass on that paean to date rape "Baby It's Cold Outside".

    "Say, what's in this drink…"
    "I really can't stay…"
    "The answer is no…"

  12. princessartemis  •  Dec 26, 2012 @2:36 pm

    I don't think I've ever heard any version other than Kitt's Santa Baby. No other needed be made.

    Hope you and yours had a good Christmas :)

  13. Grifter  •  Dec 26, 2012 @6:13 pm

    @twency:

    I've always thought that, and so, apparently did Key and Peele, so they did their own take:

  14. Andre  •  Dec 26, 2012 @6:22 pm

    I would sub out Silent Night for this Mahalia Jackson classic:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihixM-L-cbA

    And the Jim Nabors version is quite the jazzy gospel version as well.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNtKQbruVHo

    And for a modern classic I would add Harry Connick Jr's (It must've been 'ol) Santa Claus

  15. wgering  •  Dec 26, 2012 @7:43 pm

    I personally cannot stand traditional Christmas music.

    But Christmas does give me an excuse to break out the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

  16. 205guy  •  Jan 16, 2013 @8:23 pm

    I'm way too late to this post, and even earlier for next year, but wanted to add:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Up-eRyp5e0A

    But mostly for the pop-cultural (aka kitsch) value. Otherwise I'm mostly into the traditional Christmas carols. OK, one more exception: