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and artists have evolved over the years.
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WRFG ROUTE 66 PLAYLIST FOR SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2022
Original Album or Single & Date
Blow Mr. Jackson Joe Liggins & His Honeydrippers Exclusive Records 1947
House Party Tonight Amos Milburn Aladdin Records 1955
Do Unto Others Pee Wee Crayton Imperial Records 1956
Stagger Lee Delbert McClinton Outdated Emotion 2022
Every Day I Have the Blues Joe Williams Checker Records 1952
Sure Thing Count Basie & His Orchestra Mercury Records 1952
I’ll Never Be Free Annie Laurie Regal Records 1950
Hop, Skip & Jump Roy Milton & His Solid Senders Specialty Records 1948
There Is Something On Your Mind Sax Gordon Extreme Sax! 2021
In The Wee Wee Hours Duke Robillard Band They Called It Rhythm & Blues 2022
Big-Eyed, Brown-Eyed Girl Of Mine Jimmy “T-99” Nelson RPM Records 1952
Cleanhead Blues Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson Mercury Records 1946
The Comeback Lynwood Slim & The Igor Prado Band Brazilian Kicks 2010
Description Blues T-Bone Walker Comet Records 1949
Straighten Up and Fly Right Lyle Lovett 12 of June 2022
Jackie Annie Ross & the Gigi Gryce Orchestra Prestige Records 1954
Mood Indigo Ella Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Song Book 1958
8:00 A.M. FEATURE: CHRISTMAS!
Jingle Bells Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Jingle Bell Swing 1962
READING: THIS YEAR’S CHRISTMAS PLAY – Jim Rigby
In this year’s Christmas pageant, the role of Herod will be played by every political
leader who bashes immigrants, hounds women having difficult pregnancies, or sends terror into parents with transgender children seeking medical care in an effort to consolidate their own power base.
This year, as every year, the role of the Christ child is being played by children born on
the margins of human concern. Lost in the struggle between powerful religious and political forces, these tender souls are born shivering in the dark- invisible to the world. Everyone of them is of infinite value, worth more than
all the treasures of the world.
The shepherds working out in field will be played by rail workers without sick leave
and construction workers in dangerous jobs. Once again this year, it is the humble marginalized, not the honored insiders, who will hear the angel song.
The role of Mary will be played by all those radical lovers of humankind who keep the flame of hope for universal justice burning. Like Mary, they sing of a day when those
who dominate others will be brought down from their thrones, and the oppressed
will be lifted up in a revolution of loving justice.
The hotel owner will be played by those willing to stop counting money long
enough to help someone who needs it.
The role of Joseph will be played by all those who don’t need to personally
benefit in order to help others.
The 3 Wise Ones will be played by those willing to leave old certainties to follow
wherever today’s truth might lead. They are willing to leave old systems of domination
to seek a new age of kindness.
The role of the angels, as always, will be played by those who can hover above
religious sects, national boundaries and hierarchies of vested wealth and power
to sing a song of peace on earth, good will to ALL.
What Child Is This Ray Charles The Spirit Of Christmas 1985
Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
Alligator Records Christmas Collection 1992
Winter Wonderland Aretha Franklin Runnin’ Out Of Fools
Merry Christmas Baby Charles Brown Aladdin Records 1956
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas Etta Jones Christmas With… 1990
Be-Bop Santa Claus Babs Gonzales King Records 1955
Shake Hands With Santa Claus Colin James Little Big Band Christmas 2007
Run Rudolph Run Chuck Berry Chess Records 1958
(Everybody’s Waitin’ For) The Man With the Bag
Brian Setzer Orchestra
Boogie Woogie Christmas 2002
Christmas Rain Ben Levin Still Here 2021
The Christmas Song King Cole Trio Capitol Records 1946
Pete’s Holiday Boogie Pete Johnson Swing Time Christmas 1995
Silent Night, Holy Night Sister Rosetta Tharpe Decca Records 1949
READING: THE WORK OF CHRISTMAS – Howard Thurman
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among bothers,
To make music in the heart.
May Every Day Be Christmas Louis Jordan Decca Records 1951
Tag (You’re It) Little Charlie & The Nightcats Nine Lives 2005