December 22nd, 1999 ~ Said the night wind to the little lamb, "Please Christmas don't be late!" Yuletide cheer, wondering winterlands and Santaclaustrophobia: music both sacred and secular for the season. With favorites from John Prine, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Toots & the Maytals, and Judy Garland. Also not-Saint Nick speaks with the late Charles Brown in one of his last stage appearances singing "Merry Christmas, Baby!"

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  • Open Bed: Jingle Bells New Birth Brass Band
    A New Orleans Christmas, NYNO
  • Jingle Bells (Greetings from Esquivel) Esquivel
    Merry Xmas, Bar/None
  • What Will Santa Claus Say When He Finds Everybody Swinging? Louis Prima
    Yule B' Swingin', Hip-O
  • Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus George Jones & Tammy Wynette
    Christmas Party With Eddie G., Columbia/Legacy
  • Merry Christmas from the Family Robert Earl Keen
    Gringo Honeymoon, Sugar Hill
  • Be-Bop Santa Claus Babs Gonzalez
    Hipster Holiday, Rhino
  • Santa Claus Is Back In Town Elvis Presley
    The Complete '50s Masters, RCA
  • Christmas Morning Detroit Jr.
    Christmas Party With Eddie G., Columbia/Legacy
  • Instrumental: Skallelujah Joe Ferry
    I've Gotcha Covered Vol.2, Shanachie
  • Happy Christmas Toots & the Maytals
    Natty & Nice, Rhino
  • I See Mary and Joseph Joseph Spence
    Bahamian Guitarist, Arhoolie
  • Christmas Island Bob Atcher & the Dinning Sisters
    Christmas Cocktails 2, Capitol
  • Breaking Up Christmas Norman Edmonds & friends
    Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder
  • The Rebel Jesus/Skyline Jig Jackson Browne & the Chieftains
    The Bells of Dublin, RCA
  • Instrumental: I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Grappelli & Menuhin
    Very Best of Grappelli & Menuhin, Angel
  • SEGMENT: Charles Brown
  • We Free Kings Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    We Free Kings, Mercury
  • Go Tell It On A Mountain Zion Harmonizers
    A Creole Christmas, Epic
  • Jingle Bells Hollyridge Strings
    Christmas Cocktails, Capitol
  • Swingin' Them Jingle Bells Fats Waller
    Fractions Fingering - The Early Years, Part 3 - 1936, RCA Victor
  • (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag Kay
    Christmas Cocktails, Capitol
  • Christmas & New Years Blues Tampa Red
    The Bluebird Recordings 1934-1936, RCA
  • Christmas in Prison John Prine
    Sweet Revenge, Atlantic
  • Instrumental: Holiday for Strings Eddie Bush
    Legends of Ukelele, Rhino
  • Aguinaldo Jibaro Familia Colon
    Folkmasters, Folkways
  • Blue Xmas (To Whom It may Concern) Miles Davis & Bob Dorough
    Jingle Bell Jazz, Columbia
  • Christmas Man Blues Chippie Hill
    When Women Sang the Blues, Arhoolie
  • You're All I Want for Christmas The Persuasions
    You're All I Want for Christmas, Bullseye Blues
  • I Don't Want You Just for Christmas Nathan and the Zydeco Cha Chas
    Must Be Santa, Rounder
  • Instrumental: Dance of the Fairy Plum Martha Argerich & Nicolas Economou
    The Nutcracker, Deutsche Grammophone
  • Pretty Paper Willie Nelson
    Pretty Paper, Columbia
  • White Christmas Otis Redding
    Otis! The Definitive Otis Redding, Atlantic
  • Sherburne (While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks by Night) Sacred Harp Singers
    Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder
  • God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen Paquito D'Rivera
    Jingle Bell Jazz, Columbia
  • Cherry Tree Carol Pentangle
    Solomon's Seal, Castle
  • Silent Night Dr. John
    Plays Mac Rabennack, Clean Cuts
  • Eggnog The Twang
    Yule Train, Metaphor
  • End Bed: conclusion of Mummer's Play
    Songs of Christmas from the Alan Lomax Collection, Rounder