Three under the tree, revisited

As promised, here’s the recap of all the songs posted in our “Three under the tree” series. The tunes will remain available for the rest of the year, then will come down on or about Jan. 1.

Thanks to all who visited. We set all kinds of records as we listened to all kinds of Christmas records.

Thanks especially to those who left comments or sent e-mails. It was a pleasure fulfilling requests and tailoring some posts to Christmas wishes.

I think we might do it again next year. Until then, if you missed it …

Vol. 1: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Jackson 5; “Snoopy’s Christmas,” the Royal Guardsmen; “Happy Xmas (War is Over),” John Lennon, Yoko Ono, the Plastic Ono Band and the Harlem Community Choir.

Vol. 2: “Soul Santa,” Brook Benton; “Back Door Santa,” Clarence Carter; “Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy,” the Tractors with Buck Owens.

Vol. 3: “Christmas is the Time to Say I Love You,” Billy Squier; “2000 Miles,” the Pretenders; “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” Barenaked Ladies.

Vol. 4: “Winter Wonderland,” Arthur Lyman; “Feliz Navidad,” Robert Greenidge; “O Come All Ye Faithful,” unknown artist from “Christmas in the Caribbean.”

Vol. 5: “Joy to the World,” “Medley: Hark, the Herald Angels Sing/O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Silent Night, Holy Night,” all by John Fahey.

Vol. 6: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Gary Chapman; “Feliz Navidad,” Los Straitjackets; “Gettin’ in the Mood (for Christmas),” the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Vol. 7: “This Christmas,” Donny Hathaway; “You’re All I Want for Christmas,” the Salsoul Orchestra; “Christmas Blues,” the Ramsey Lewis Trio.

Vol. 8: “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “There Was a Star,” the Staple Singers; “Born in Bethlehem,” the Blind Boys of Alabama with Mavis Staples.

Vol. 9: “Let It Snow,” Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; “Winter Wonderland,” Steve Goodman; “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews.

Vol. 10: “Come On Santa, Let’s Have a Ball,” “Santa’s Doing the Horizontal Twist” and “I Know What You Want for Christmas,” all by Kay Martin and Her Body Guards.

Vol. 11: “O Holy Night,” Irma Thomas; “Ave Maria,” Stevie Wonder; “Silent Night,” the Staple Singers.

Vol. 12: “Santa Claus is Back in Town,” “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag” and “Angels We Have Heard on High,” all by the Brian Setzer Orchestra.

Vol. 13: “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” the Ramsey Lewis Trio; “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” McCoy Tyner; “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” Tori Amos.

Vol. 14: “My Gift to You,” “Our First Christmas” and “Remember Why (It’s Christmas),” all by Alexander O’Neal.

Vol. 15: “Run Rudolph Run,” Dave Edmunds; “Sock it to Me, Santa,” Bob Seger and the Last Heard; “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Los Straitjackets.

Vol. 16: “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear,” Luther Kent; “Let It Snow,” the Dixie Cups; “Merry Christmas Baby,” Dr. John.

Vol. 17: “The Little Drummer Boy,” the Salsoul Orchestra; “Frosty the Snowman,” Shirley Alston; “I Want a Casting Couch for Christmas,” Kay Martin and Her Body Guards.

Vol. 18: “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” Jimmy Smith; “Merry Christmas Baby,” Lionel Hampton and His Orchestra; “The Christmas Song,” the Kaz Jazz Quartet.

Vol. 19: “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” Angela Strehli; “Merry Christmas Darling,” the Fabulous Thunderbirds; “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Lou Ann Barton.

Vol. 20: “Christmas Wish (Sides 1 and 2),” NRBQ; “Rockin’ Little Christmas,” Carlene Carter.

Vol. 21: “Twelve Days of Christmas,” Bob and Doug McKenzie; “Santa Claus and His Old Lady,” Cheech and Chong; “Good King Wenceslas,” Mojo Nixon and the Toadliquors.

Vol. 22: “What Will Santa Claus Say (When He Finds Everybody Swingin’?), Louis Prima and His New Orleans Gang; “Jingle Bells,” Duke Ellington; “Winter Wonderland,” Alexander O’Neal.

Vol. 23: “Halleujah! It’s Christmas,” “It’s Christmas and I Miss You” and “O, Holy Night,” all by .38 Special.

Vol. 24: “Carol of the Bells,” Nancy Wilson; “Santa Claus Got Stuck in My Chimney,” Ella Fitzgerald; “This Christmas,” Patti LaBelle.

Vol. 25: “The 12 Days of Christmas,” Harry Belafonte, the Philadelphia Brass Ensemble and unknown artists from “Christmas Party Dancing.”

Vol. 26: “Santa Claus is Comin’ (In a Boogie-Woogie Choo-Choo Train,” the Tractors; “Mary’s Boy Child,” Harry Belafonte; “White Christmas,” Allen Toussaint.

Vol. 27: “Jingle Bells,” Luis Villegas; “Yuletide Zeppelin” and “Yuletide Zeppelin II,” Mojochronic; “Beautiful Dream (Holidays Are Coming),” Melanie Thornton.

Vol. 28: “Linus and Lucy (Hark, the Holler remix),” Pocketknife; “Christmas Time is Here,” Steve Vai; “You Shook Me All Noel,” dj BC.

Vol. 29: “Christmas Medley,” the Salsoul Orchestra; “Cool Yule” and “’Zat You, Santa Claus?” Louis Armstrong and the Commanders.

Vol. 30: “The Night Before Christmas,” Louis Armstrong.

If you’re wondering what I found under my tree on Christmas morning, this was one of the highlights.

It’s part of a clip featuring Tom Jones and Joe Cocker duetting on “Delta Lady” and backed by the Grease Band, from the legendary “This is Tom Jones” variety show that aired on ABC-TV from 1969 to 1971. This show aired on Feb. 19, 1970.


It’s from the three-disc DVD set “This is Tom Jones,” 2007.

(And there’s a second set due out in February.)

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One response to “Three under the tree, revisited

  1. Good to see your post mentioning “Winter Wonderland” performed by Steve Goodman. He often doesn’t get his due. You might be interested in my new 800-page biography, “Steve Goodman: Facing the Music.” Please know that the book’s first printing just sold out, all 5,000 copies, and the publisher has authorized a second printing that will be out in late February. To sign up to be notified about the availability of the second printing, visit my Internet site (below) and click on the “online store” page. Just trying to spread word about the book. Feel free to do the same!

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