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Season’s Greetings! Wishing all of you the best of the rest of this year and a happy, healthy, productive 2023! If this sounds a little familiar, it is.
Lightnin’ Hopkins had quite a few Christmas songs
Robert Nighthawk 1964
Charles Brown (see full album at bottom)
Don’t miss this one…
Lester Williams (“Winter without your baby, you might as well be dead”)
John Lee Hooker
Eddie C. Campbell
Sonny Boy Williamson (the second Sonny Boy, Aleck Rice Miller)
Finis Tasby with Enrico Crivellaro
B.B. King (see album at bottom)
Willie “Big Eyes” Smith
Cephas & Wiggins
Little Ed and the Blues Imperials
B.B. King A Christmas Celebration of Hope
Leroy Carr was a pianist and songwriter (“How Long, How Long,” “Blues Before Sunrise” among others), who lived a short but very productive life. Although this is an oversimplification and a generality, his music was largely responsible for the modernization and sophistication of the blues (he often teamed up with master guitarist Scrapper Blackwell, like on this song). Here’s a sad Christmas song from him.
Same title but a much lighthearted take, a whole different song.
Here’s a rocking Christmas song from the great Billy Boy Arnold.
Here’s another rocker from the Drifters.
Jimmy Liggins and His Drops of Joy
Mabel Scott with Les Welch and His Orchestra
Big Joe Turner with Pete Johnson and His Orchestra
Little Esther & Mel Walker with Johnny Otis’ Congregation
A very nice Christmassy R&B playlist
A sweet old one from Queen Victoria Spivey to close things up, sounds like her regular partner, Lonnie Johnson, on guitar.
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