An easy to read list of the Juke Box tracks

 

 

JUKE BOX - DECEMBER 2014

 

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1950 - CHRISTMAS BOOGIE - SUGAR CHILE ROBINSON

The tiny pre-teen boogie singer and pianist, who was a bill topping star at the turn of the decade. Check him out on Youtube!!

 

2.    1951- MR.SANTA'S BOOGIE - MARSHALL BROTHERS

Another R&B boogie goodie from the early 50s.

 

3.    1952 - CHRISTMAS MORNING - TITUS TURNER

An early track from the many faceted singer/songwriter who had some success in the mid to late 50s and early 60s.

 

4.    1953- HEY SANTA CLAUS - MOONGLOWS

This month's first doo wopper comes from, arguably, Alan Freed's favourite group.

 

5.    1954- DIG THAT CRAZY SANTA CLAUS - OSCAR MCLOLLIE & THE HONEY JUMPERS

Noted R&B outfit with another seasonal song about Santa.

 

6.    1955 - ROCK AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE - BIG BUD

Big Bud (anyone know some info about him?) was rockin' round that tree a few years before the next singer on the juke box.

 

7.    1956 - I'M GONNA LASSOO SANTA CLAUS - BRENDA LEE

The first release from the 11 year old singer who went on to such fame in the pop and country fields.

 

8.    1957 - MERRY CHRISTMAS - CAMEOS

Another seasonal slice of doo wop from the Cameo Records act (wonder how they chose their name?)

 

9.    1958 - SANTA CLAUS MEET THE PURPLE PEOPLE EATER - SHEB WOOLEY

The title says it all. Another novelty from the 'Rawhide' regular.

 

10. 1959 - SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN - HARMONY GRITS

The renamed Original Drifters make the old favourite their own (as they annoyingly say on TV talent shows!)

 

11. 1960 - RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER - MELODEERS

Unique take on the oldie was a US minor hit from 1960.

 

12. 1960 MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS BABY - DODIE STEVENS

The 'Pink Shoelaces' teen had fallen out with Dooley by Christmas, and borrowed a tune made famous by the Tune Weavers to send him a message.

 

TRIBUTES

DAVE APPELL - DINNER WITH DRAC

Producer/songwriter and bandleader, whose group, The Applejacks, backed countless Cameo hitmakers and later produced a string of hits by Tony Orlando & Dawn. This is his band's own version of the John Zacherle hit that he produced and his band played on.

 

JIMMY RUFFIN - WHAT BECAME OF THE BROKEN HEARTED (ACAPELLA)

Rather than play a more obscure goodie as a tribute (as I usually do), I thought that his acapella rendering of his big hit seemed more suitable.

 

 


 

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