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December, 2009

Preach brother preach

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Babs Gonzales “Voila”   Hope Records

1. Le Continental
2. Me Spelled, M-E, Me
3. Them Jive New Yorkers
4. Lullaby of the Doomed
5. The Preacher
6. A Nite in Tunisia
7. Movin’ and Groovin’

Babs Gonzales (vcl), Johnny Griffin (ts), Charles Rouse (cl), Les Spann (fl), Ray Crawford (g), Horace Parlan (p), Peck Morrison (b), Roy Haynes (d), The Modern Sounds (vcl). Arrangements by Melba Liston. Recorded in NYC, July 16, 1958.

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Irish folk songs…doggie style

Jesse Owens and Anne Byrne

Jesse Owens and Anne Byrne with Seamus Gallagher   Waverly/EMI Records   (Courtesy of long-time LP cover lover, Way Back Now! Let’s Go)

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In a bluesy groove

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Freddie Robbinson   “The Coming Atlantis”   With Orchestration by Monk Higgins.   World Pacific Records.   Freddie cut his teeth with Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf on classic Chess recordings such as “Spoonful” and “Mean Ol’ Frisco” in the late fifties and early sixties before taking the spotlight on this, his first album as a leader in 1968.   This Lp was later reissued with the title “Black Fox”, one of the cuts included and heard here.

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The day after Christmas

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Tchaikovsky: The Sleeping Beauty /Prokofieff: Peter and the Wolf   Acorn Records (A budget label that produced some memorable covers including one with Bettie Page)

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Let’s get ready to, listen to, the Ruuuummmbles!

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The Rumbles LTD   “The Wildest Christmas” on (the must be very rare!) Dad’s Records

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Cupid, Prancer, Eartha, Lap Dancer

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Eartha Kitt “Santa Baby” with Henri Rene and his Orchestra b/w “And Under the Bridges of Paris”   RCA Victor Records (1953)

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Have a Les and Mary Christmas

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“Christmas Cheer!”   Les Paul and Mary Ford   Capitol Records

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Santa Jr.

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“Santa Claus Jr.”   Johnny Brandon   Laurie Records

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The cat’s pajamas

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Little Miss Jeri Kelly – 1o Year Old Songstress from Picayune, Miss.   “Poor Ol’ Santa Claus” b/w   “Hide and Seek”MPI   (Music Plus Inspiration) Records

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Christmas combs but once a year

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“Yulesville”   Edd “Kookie” Byrnes with Warren Barker & His Orchestra     Actor played “Kookie” on TV’s “77 Sunset Strip”

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