Rude Cakes by Tara Welch
Why didn’t anyone tell me my mom started making cakes?
31 Days of Christmas: “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town” by Ray Charles from the 1985 album The Spirit of Christmas.
Great take on the J. Fred Coots classic by the great Ray Charles. The whole Spirit of Christmas album is great really. The title track was made famous-ish by its appearance in the 1989 film Christmas Vacation.
31 Days of Christmas: “Merry Christmas Baby” by Chuck Berry from the 1988 compilation The Chess Box.
The b-side to Chuck’s 1958 holiday hit “Run Rudolph Run,” which I featured last year, this track is a nice change of pace from that Christmas classic. I’ve always loved the bluesy feel of this one, a slowed down, stripped down track, kinda atypical from what Mr. Berry was producing at the time. Go no further than “Run Rudolph Run” to see what I mean.
Also: “It’s me, your cousin! Marvin Berry!”
Julie London - I’d Like You For Christmas
Oh hah. I was going to play this on Sunday as part of my “31 Days of Christmas” thing but my pal beat me to it.
So I’ll just reblog instead.
31 Days of Christmas: “Santa’s Messin’ with the Kid” from Eddie C. Campbell from the 1991 compilation Blue Yule: Christmas Blues and R&B Classics
While researching this song, I learned that Eddie first jammed with his idol Muddy Waters when he was only 12 years old. 12! At 12, I still trying trying to convince myself that the vehicle Voltron was just as cool as the lions Voltron. Clearly, I was clueless.
"Santa’s Messin’ with the Kid" originally appeared on Eddie’s 1977 debut album King of the Jungle, issued by Mr. Blues Records.
31 Days of Christmas: “How I Hate to See Christmas Come Around” by Jimmy Witherspoon from the 1995 compilation Swing Time Christmas.
Originally released in 1947 by Supreme Records, this bummer blues holiday track has become one of my all-time favorites. I know it sounds cruel but I love how desolate Jimmy sounds. He can’t get a loan, hitting up the pawn shop to sell his radio, no turkey, no cranberries, yikes. He actually dreads Christmas coming around. But then again, if I only had 15 cents in my bank account, I probably wouldn’t be looking forward to Christmas either.
31 Days of Christmas: “Christmas Comes But Once a Year” by Albert King from the 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville from Stax Records.