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.
Christmas in Washington, D.C. just isn’t official until you hear Chuck Brown crooning “Merry Christmas Baby” over a classic go-go groove.
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.
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.
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.
Ghetto funk producer William Breakspear baked up this holiday mix for Radio Eject. Sleigh bells, heavenly choruses and lots of bass. Good fun.
During a recent appearance on New York’s Power 105.1FM, Ruff Ryder captain DMX was sweet-talked into singing a beloved Christmas carol. Well, his enthusiasm for “Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer” seems to not require much cajoling.