WRFG Route 66 Playlist and Podcast for Dec. 20, 2020

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Original Album or Single & Date

Jingle Bells
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra
Jingle Bell Swing 1962

Far Away Blues (Christmas Blues)
Johnny Otis w/ Little Esther & Mel Walker
Savoy Records 1950

I Want You To Be My Baby
Kevin Mark
Rolling The Dice 2004

Jimmy Mule
Big Maybelle
Okeh Records 1953

Christmas Time in Tinseltown
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Big Band Christmas 2004

Brand New Love
Fontella Bass With Oliver Sain Orchestra
Bobbin Records 1962

Blues for J
Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters
Rise Up 2020

Caldonia Boogie : Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five : Free Download,  Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive


Louis Jordan & his Tympany Five
Decca Records 1945
“Caldonia” was #1 on the Billboard R&B Chart for seven weeks and in the Top 5 for
26 weeks. The song was Jordan’s eleventh entry onto the chart and his fifth #1 record.
For tax reasons, “Caldonia” was credited to Felice Moore, Jordan’s wife at the time.

More trivia: In April of 1945 Billboard described Erskin Hawkins’s version of “Caldonia” as “rock and roll.”
It was the first time the term was used in print to describe music.
The usage is a recent discovery, 14 months before the generally accepted first usage of “rock and roll” to describe “Sugar Lump” by Joe Liggins in 1946.

Sugar Lump
Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers
Exclusive Records 1946

You Satisfy
Billy Wright
Savoy Records 1949

Everyday I Have The Blues
B B King
RPM Records 1954

Groovin’ With Mr. K
William Clarke & Junior Watson
Double Dealin’ 2010

Book Of Lies
Bettye LaVette
Blackbirds 2020
A song by Connie Moore & Danny Small,
“Book of Lies” was originally recorded by Ruth Brown in 1958.

A Merry Christmas
The Nic Nacs w/ Mickey Champion
RPM Records 1950


Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, born Edward L. Vinson, Junior in Houston, Texas
on December 18, 1917

(Cherry) Red Blues
Cootie Williams & His Orchestra w/ Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson (vocals)
Hit Records 1944
Eddie Vinson was a singer, a master of the alto saxophone, and a composer. Vinson got his start in the late 1930s, when he joined the horn section in the Milton Larkins Orchestra. He first gained widespread attention as the singer for Cootie Williams and his orchestra, where he scored his first hit with “(Cherry) Red Blues.”

Kidney Stew Blues
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
Mercury Records 1947
Vinson soon went out on his own and in 1947 scored a double-sided hit with “Old Maid Boogie” and “Kidney Stew Blue.” “Kidney Stew” became his signature song.

Gonna Send You Back to Where I Got You From
Van Morrison
The Prophet Speaks 2018
Vinson wrote “Gonna Send You Back Where I Got You”
and release it on on a 78 with “Sales Tax Blues” in 1947.

Cleanhead Blues
Hollywood Fats Band w/ Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson
Road To Rio (date of performance unknown.) 2006
If you’re wondering, Vinson got the nickname “Cleanhead” after he lost his hair
in an accident with a hair straightening product that contained lye.

Past Sixty Blues
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson & Roomful of Blues
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson & Roomful of Blues 1978

Hold It
Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Back Door Blues 1961
As Vinson developed as an artist, he drew more and more away from jump and R&B and into the world of jazz both as composer and performer, often going toe-to-toe with some of the biggest names in the business.

biography @ wikipedia.org
discography @ discogs.com
overview @ allmusic.com

Please Come Home For Christmas
Charles Brown
King Records 1960

Christmas Comes But Once A Year
Amos Milburn
King Records 1960

Gettin’ in the Mood (for Christmas)
The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Dig That Crazy Christmas 2005

Winter Wonderland
The Calvin Owens Show
Houston Is The Place To Be 2007

The Christmas Song
Nat King Cole
Capitol Records 1946

Silent Night, Holy Night
Sister Rosetta Tharpe & The Rosette Gospel Singers Acc. James Roots Quartet Decca Records 1949

What Child Is This
Ray Charles
The Spirit Of Christmas 1985

May Every Day Be Christmas
Louis Jordan
Decca Records 1951

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(Tag) You’re It
Little Charlie & The Nightcats
Nine Lives 2005

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