JUKE BOX - DECEMBER 2014
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.
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.