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It’s that time of year! We sit down with Bill to talk about this year’s edition of his world-famous Christmas music mix Xmas Jollies 2015, which you can stream EXCLUSIVELY from us here.

We also discuss how Bill’s extensive hip-hop archives ended up at Cornell University, despite the wishes of his pal Lyor Cohen; why you’ll soon see his photos at the Smithsonian; and the story of how a noted civil rights activist was outed as an FBI spy.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  1. The Mills Brothers, “You Don’t Have to Be a Santa Claus”
  2. Jimmy Giuffre with the Bob Brookmeyer Quintet, “Santa Claus Blues”
  3. Little Johnny Taylor, “Please Come Home for Christmas”
  4. Johnnie Taylor, “Who’s Making Love”
  5. Charles Brown, “Please Come Home For Christmas”
  6. Sam Manning with the Melodettes and Felix Crazy Cats, “Looking For My Santa Claus”
  7. Sonny Rollins, “Without A Song”
  8. Jimmy Giuffre with the Bob Brookmeyer Quintet, “Santa Claus Blues”
  9. Prince Buster, “Wreck A Pum Pum”
  10. Sugar Boy Crawford and His Canecutters, “White Christmas”
  11. James “Sugar Boy” Crawford, “Jock-a-Mo”
  12. The Dixie Cups, “Iko Iko”
  13. Fay Lovsky, “Christmas Was a Friend of Mine”
  14. Brian Auger f/Julie Driscoll, “Flesh Failures”
  15. The Wailers, “Christmas is Here [Sound the Trumpet]”
  16. The Wailers, “Love and Affection”
  17. Season’s Greetings from Kool DJ AJ
  18. Ornette Coleman: “Music seems to be a very good source of light,” from an interview with Alan Light
  19. Ornette Coleman, “Peace”
  20. Ornette Coleman, “Free Jazz - Parts 1 & 2”
  21. Kid Cholesterol, “Christmas at Holly’s”
  22. U2, “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)”
  23. Kurtis Blow, “Christmas Rappin’”
  24. Kid Cholesterol, “Christmas at Holly’s”
  25. Rev. Run: “Everything is Santa Claus”
  26. Freddy Fender, “It’s Christmas Time in the Valley”
  27. Sara Moulton on Being Mrs. Bill Adler at Christmastime
  28. Bobby Charles, “Lonesome Christmas”
  29. Jimmy Smith & Wes Montgomery, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”
  30. Johnny Lytle, “A Child is Born”
  31. Conjunto Quisqueya, “Palos Navideños”
  32. Grupo Exterminador, “El Baile de Santa Clos”

Show notes:

  1. Bill Adler’s tribute to DJ AJ
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