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Every Christmas since 2013, we’ve sat down with Bill—who is the former head of PR at Def Jam, among numerous other accomplishments—to talk about his world-famous Xmas Jollies mix. Bill spends the whole year scouring record stores, flea markets, the internet, and everywhere in between to find the perfect batch of great holiday music, and then shares it with his select mailing list, and with us. Now, we talk to him about some of this year’s selections.

You can hear Bill’s mix in its entirety at our Soundcloud page.

Tracks featured in this episode:

  2. Milk Street Radio, “John Carter Cash Remembers the Food and Music of Johnny Cash and June Carter”
  3. Paul Tripp, “I’ve Got a Date With Santa”
  4. Tubby the Tuba - Peter Pan Records (Full LP version)
  5. Paul Tripp, “I Got a Date With Santa”
  6. Aretha Franklin, “Blue Holiday”
  7. Aretha Franklin, “Nobody Like You”
  8. Aretha Franklin, “Unforgettable”
  9. Aretha Franklin, “How I Got Over”
  10. Aretha Franklin, “Remarks by Reverend C.L. Franklin - Live at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, Los Angeles, January 14, 1972”
  11. 1947 HITS ARCHIVE: Merry Christmas Baby - Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers (Charles Brown, voc) (#3 R&B hit)
  12. Chuck Berry, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  13. Mari Jones with Johnny Moore’s 3 Blazers, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  14. Kenny Burrell, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  15. Mae West, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  16. Otis Redding, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  17. Elvis Presley, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  18. Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  19. Rod Stewart f/CeeLo Green & Trombone Shorty, “Merry Christmas Baby”
  20. John Legend, “Merry Christmas Baby/Give Love on Christmas Day”
  21. Pepe the King Prawn - Merry Christmas Baby
  22. Big John Greer, “Wait Till After Christmas”
  23. John Greer, “We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo”
  24. Rikarena, “Fuego Con To”
  25. Rikarena, “Fuego Con To”
  26. Fab 5, “Welcome Home”
  27. John L, “Green Christmas”
  28. Jimmy Donley, “Santa Don’t Pass Me By”
  29. Evan Johns & His H-Bombs, “Please Mr. Santa Claus”
  30. Denise LaSalle, “Santa Claus Got the Christmas Blues”
  31. Denise LaSalle, “Lick It Before You Stick It”
  32. The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (1933) - Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies (HQ)
  33. Mighty Terror, “Santa Clause Don’t Have No Wife”
  34. Mighty Terror, “Santa Clause Don’t Have No Wife”
  35. Mighty Terror, “Santa Clause Don’t Have No Wife”
  36. Robert Parker, “A Letter to Santa,”
  37. Robert Parker, “Barefootin’”
  38. The Sensational Nightingales, “Mother Mary and Joseph”
  39. Tex Ritter, “Merry Christmas Polka”
  40. Tex Ritter, “Merry Christmas Polka”
  41. Allen Toussaint, “Silent Night, Holy Night”
  42. Ernie K-Doe, “Here Come The Girls”
  43. Marty Lee Hoenes w/ Donnie Iris and the Cruisers, “Silent Night”
  44. Kristi Johnson, “Is This Gonna Last”
  45. Terry Allen & Guy Clark, “Xmas on the Isthmus”
  46. Kimmie Rhodes, “Big Ol’ Train”
  47. Beastie Boys, “Car Thief”
  48. Beastie Boys, “Fight For Your Right”

Show notes:

  1. Fab 5, “Welcome Home” music video
  2. The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives (1933) - Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies (HQ)
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