Mark Lamarr’s Rhythm & Blues Christmas

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 15 Nov 2010

"There's nary a duffer among the 25 tracks...doused in the good-time party spirit." - 4/5  RECORD COLLECTOR

"For fans of 50s R&B — whether you dig holiday music at all, even a little bit — this one is essential. Be sure to dig Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “Happy New Year." - MUSOSCRIBE

"Mark has added a handful of lesser-known names to bring about an excellent balance of music." - BLUES AND SOUL MAGAZINE


CAT No: FVCD079UPC TEXT: 5055311000794

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With Shake, Rattle And Roll, The Beginners Guide To Reggae and Alternative ’60s under his belt, Mark Lamarr’s current Radio 2 slots are the self-explanatory Shake, Rattle And Roll and God’s Jukebox, an eclectic mix of hip hop, funk, country and gospel. Mark is also regularly called upon to present a radio show on Christmas Day and it is the R&B, blues, doo wop and jazz element of that show that is reflected in this selection of favourites drawn from his own collection.

The Ravens’ “White Christmas” and Mabel Scott’s “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus” reached #9 and #12 respectively on the R&B chart over the 1948 Christmas holiday period; Felix Gross’s “Love For Christmas” and The Oriole’s “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” both peaked at #9 a year later; and “Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues)”, which featured Little Esther and Mel Walker singing with the Johnny Otis Orchestra, was a #6 hit in 1950. The remainder of Mark’s selection is a mixture of familiar names (The Moonglows, Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon, Lightnin’ Hopkins and Louis Armstrong, among others) and a smattering of less well known artists, all conspiring to make your seasonal holiday a Rhythm & Blues Christmas to remember.



  1. Hey, Santa Claus (The Moonglows)
  2. Christmas Date Boogie (Big Joe Turner (as Joe Turner))
  3. Mr Santa's Boogie (The Marshall Brothers)
  4. Sleigh Ride (Lloyd Glenn)
  5. Christmas Morning (Titus Turner)
  6. I Want A Present For Christmas (J B Summers & Doc Bagby's Orchestra)
  7. How I Hate To See Xmas Come Around (Jimmy Witherspoon)
  8. White Christmas (The Ravens)
  9. Christmas Blues (Larry Darnell)
  10. I Want A Man (Thelma Cooper)
  11. Bring That Cadillac Back (Harry Crafton)
  12. Happy New Year (Lightnin' Hopkins)
  13. Love For Christmas (Felix Gross)
  14. Cool Yule (Louis Armstrong)
  15. Empty Stocking Blues (Floyd Dixon)
  16. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (Mabel Scott with Maxwell Davis & His Orchestra)
  17. Christmas In Heaven (Billy Ward & His Dominoes)
  18. Christmas Boogie (Sugar Chile Robinson)
  19. Sonny Boy's Christmas Blues (Sonny Boy Williamson)
  20. Merry Christmas Baby (Lionel Hampton & His Orchestra)
  21. It's Christmas Time (The Five Keys)
  22. Far Away Blues (Xmas Blues) (Johnny Otis Orchestra with Little Esther and Mel Walker)
  23. Lonely Christmas (The Moonglows)
  24. Christmas Blues (Gatemouth Moore)
  25. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? (The Orioles)