SOUL CIRCUIT Special Holiday Programming (Margi Hatch takes a well-deserved night off!)
Hour One – 8:00 p.m. Eastern
A Christmas Gift For You Radio Special (2009) – Click to listen!
The inside story behind this 1963 album featuring performances by The Ronettes, The Crystals, Darlene Love and Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans that raised the bar for pop/rock arrangements of classic holiday songs. The All Music Guide says, “This is the Christmas album by which all later holiday releases had to be judged,” and Rolling Stone lists it as one of the best albums ever made. Includes interviews with singers Darlene Love and LaLa Brooks, musicians Nino Tempo, Don Randi and Hal Blaine. Hosted by Anthony DeCurtis.
Title Artist Album Label
- White Christmas – Darlene Love – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Frosty The Snowman – The Ronettes – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- The Bells of St. Mary – Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Santa Claus is Coming To Town – The Crystals – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Sleigh Ride – The Ronettes – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Marshmallow World – Darlene Love – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – The Ronettes – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer – The Crystals – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Winter Wonderland – Darlene Love – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Parade of the Wooden Solders – The Crystals – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – Darlene Love – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
- Here Comes Santa Claus – Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans – A Christmas Gift For You – SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
Hour Two – 9:00 p.m. Eastern
The House of Blues Radio Hour is a weekly syndicated program hosted by Elwood Blues (a.k.a. Dan Aykroyd). In this episode, Elwood roasts some chestnuts and plays Blues for Christmas.
Title Artist Album Label Year
- Spending Christmas with the Blues – Floyd Miles and Gregg Allman – Merry Christmas – King Snake Records (1996)
- Soul Christmas – Graham Parker feat: Nona Hendryx – Christmas Cracker – Dakota Arts (1994)
- Rock and Roll Christmas – George Thorogood & The Destroyers – 7 Inch single –
- EMI America (1983); also available on A Rock ‘n’ Roll Christmas – Universal Special Products (1994)
- Jingle Bell Jamboree – Keb’ Mo’ – The Spirit Of The Holiday EP – Yolabelle International (2011); also available on Touched By An Angel The Christmas Album – Epic/550 Music/Sony Music Soundtrax (1999)
- Really Been Good This Year – Saffire – The Uppity Blues Women – Alligator Records’ Genuine Houserockin’ Christmas – Alligator Records (2009)
- Merry Christmas Baby – Charles Brown and Bonnie Raitt – A Very Special Christmas, Vol. 2 – A&M (1992)
- Christmas time in the Country – Kenny Neal – The Alligator Records Christmas Collection – Alligator Records (1992)
- Run Rudolph Run – Chuck Berry – 7 inch single – Chess Records (1958); also available on Johnny B. Goode/His Complete `50s Chess Recordings – Hip-O Select/Chess (2007); and The Essential NOW That’s What I Call Christmas – EMI Music North America / Sony BMG Music / UMG Recordings (2008)
- Christmas Tears (Live) – Eric Clapton – A Very Special Christmas: Live From Washington D.C. – A&M (1999)
- Blues for Christmas – John Lee Hooker – 7 inch single – Hi-Q (1961); also available on Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics – Rhino (1991)
- Back Door Santa – B.B. King – A Christmas Celebration of Hope – Geffen (2001)
- White Christmas – Otis Redding – 7 inch single – ATCO (1968); also available on Love Actually [Original Soundtrack]
- Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’ – Albert King – 7 inch single – Stax (1974); Also available on the Stax LP: Christmas in Soulsville (2007)
- I’ll Be Your Santa Baby – Rufus Thomas – 7 inch single – Stax (1973); Also available on the Stax LP: Christmas in Soulsville (2007)
- Don’t Knock – Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone – Anti/Epitaph (2010); Also available on The Help (Original Soundtrack)
Hour Three – 10:00 p.m. Eastern
The Sound Opinions Holiday Spectacular: Santa Soul (2012) – Click to listen!
Holiday music maven Andy Cirzan visits Sound Opinions every December to share with Jim and Greg a new collection of unique tunes for the season. From the weird to the wonderful, these are not your standard Christmas carols. By day Andy runs Jam Productions in Chicago. By night he searches through record stores, dustbins and basements to find gems for Sound Opinions and his annual compilation. This edition is called Santa Soul. You’ll be treated to holiday soul comps of yesteryear. These are killer Xmas dusties from the ’60s and ’70s —tracks by well-known artists like James Brown, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding as well as groovy underground acts. So light up the yule log and let the soul party begin! Cheers from everyone at Sound Opinions!
|Snowflakes Pt. 1||Betty Lloyd||single||Thomas Records||1969|
|Just a Sad Xmas||The Soul Duo||single||Shiptown||1969|
|I Remember Christmas||The Stridells||single||Curtom||1970|
|Snow Flake||J.J. Barnes||single||Volt||1969|
|Merry Christmas Baby||The Soulful Strings||The Magic of Christmas||Cadet Records||1968|
|Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer)||James Brown||single||King||1968|
|Winter Man||Clarence Reid||single||Atlantic||1974|
|Christmas Gift||Margie Joseph||Funky Christmas||Cotillion||1976|
|Spirit of Christmas||The Meditation Singers||single||Checker Records||1968|
|Purple Snowflake||Marvin Gaye||The Ultimate Motown Christmas Collection||Motown||2009|
|Christmas is Coming||James Brown||A Soulful Christmas||King||1968|
|You Know It’s X-Mas||James Brown||A Soulful Christmas||King||1968|
|This Christmas||Donny Hathaway||single||Atco Records||1970|
|Merry Christmas Baby||Otis Redding||single||Atlantic||1967|
|Presents for Christmas||Solomon Burke||single||Atlantic||1966|
|Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto||James Brown||A Soulful Christmas||King||1968|
|Snowflakes Pt. 2||Betty Lloyd||single||Thomas Records||1969|