Baltimore DJ Paul “Fat Daddy” Johnson was the self-described “300 Pound King of Soul.” He cut this R&B holiday shuffler, “Holiday Baby,” in 1963 for local label, Johnny-A.
Jerry Only’s current incarnation of the legendary Misfits recorded a limited edition holiday record featuring their version of “Blue Christmas”, made famous by Elvis Presley.
Tuxedo managed to do a very tastefully funky update on their cover of the classic “Wonderful Christmastime” that I wouldn’t mind hearing put into rotation on air and at the shopping malls of America.
Mark Murphy, originally from Syracuse has been recording since 1955 and is still active today. He can sing a song you’ve heard a million versions of and totally make it his own. Here’s his swinging twist on a holiday classic, “My Favorite Things.”
Here’s a holiday treat! Video artist &/OR [re]added the visuals to The Bird Peterson Holiday Spectacular, a Dilla-like production using music from vintage animated TV specials.
Paul McCartney‘s “Wonderful Christmastime” either evokes fond memories around this time of year or feels like a dagger of repetition in your head as it soundtracks your shopping battles in your local mall. Here are two flips of McCartney’s yule tune that give it a fresh feel.
“Rockin Around The Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee is one of my favorite holiday songs for reasons you’d never suspect.
There’s no denying the Phil Spector influence on Wizzard’s “Rock’n’Roll Winter (Looney’s Tune)”; the song is catchy like the flu, the sound is absolutely huge, and the lyrics are pure nostalgia for the innocence of youth. Amazing.
There are a few go-to Christmas tunes I dig that get me a lot of questioning faces; Wham!’s “Last Christmas” is one of them.
Dr. Rubberfunk and Hint make up the Olympic Cyclone Band and they put out a full Christmas album which is really fresh.