Rockin’ N’ Rollin With Santa Claus

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 31 Oct 2011


"It's a real treasure trove of vintage, indie label jive, boogie-woogie and doo wop."  4/5 RECORD COLLECTOR



CAT No: FVCD103UPC TEXT: 5055311001036

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Until recently the presenter of God’s Jukebox, Mark Lamarr has previously hosted The Beginners Guide To Reggae, Alternative ’60s and Shake, Rattle And Roll – all for BBC radio. These shows have allowed Mark to indulge his deep knowledge of – and wild enthusiasm for – such disparate musical genres as gospel, country, funk, hip hop and sixties garage. He has now compiled a sequel to Mark Lamarr’s Rhythm & Blues Christmas (FVCD079).

Regularly called on to present a radio show over the Christmas holiday (he did just that on Christmas Eve last year), Mark has built up a diverse collection of seasonal platters, from which he has selected 25 fine examples. Spanning the years 1950 to 1960, Rockin’ N’ Rollin’ With Santa Claus is predominantly obscure fare, with Mark eschewing hits in favour of less familiar sides. Big names include Patti Page and Elvis Presley, while music historians may recognise The Falcons (at various times pre-fame home to soul men Eddie Floyd, Mack Rice and Wilson Pickett) and The Penguins (of “Earth Angel” fame), while eagle-eyed chart-watchers may recognise Ron Holden & The Thunderbirds, who had a #7 Pop hit with “Love You So” in 1960.

But the majority of tracks here were cut for small indie labels by local heroes, who would now be consigned to the back pages, were it not for rock ’n’ roll and R&B champions like Mark. So this Christmas, by all means dust off Spector’s A Christmas Gift For You for its annual outing, but give Slade, Jona Lewie, Chris Rea, Wizzard and good ole Bing a break, and get in the festive mood with the likes of Detroit Junior, Jimmy Butler, Cathy Sharpe and John Greer.



  1. Christmas Day (Detroit Junior)
  2. Rock’n Roll Santa (Little Joey Farr)
  3. Sleigh Bell Rock (Three Aces & A Joker)
  4. Merry Christmas (The Cameos)
  5. Christmas In Jail (The Youngsters)
  6. Trim Your Tree (Jimmy Butler)
  7. I Want A Man For Christmas (Joan Shaw)
  8. Snow Man Rock (Big Bud)
  9. Rockin’ N’ Rollin’ With Santa Claus (The Hepsters)
  10. Swingin’ Santa (Sandy Baron)
  11. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (The Shantons)
  12. Jingle Bells (Toni Harper)
  13. Who Said There Ain’t No Santa Claus? (Ron Holden & The Thunderbirds)
  14. Santa Done Got Hip (The Marquees)
  15. Rockin’ Santa Claus (The Moods)
  16. North Pole Rock (Cathy Sharpe)
  17. Boogie Woogie Santa Claus (Patti Page)
  18. Jingle Bell Hop (Jackson Trio)
  19. We Wanna See Santa Do The Mambo (John Greer)
  20. Jingle Jangle (The Penguins)
  21. Jingle Rock (Tommy Lee & The Orbits)
  22. Rock Around The Christmas Tree (Big Bud)
  23. Good Morning Blues (Dee Dee Ford)
  24. Can This Be Christmas (The Falcons)
  25. Santa Claus Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)