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Songs of the Season: Christmas 2007

Happy holidays from all of us at WFIU! This week on Afterglow we celebrate the season with our annual "Songs of the Season: Christmas" program.

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Bing Crosby's "Happy Holiday" is featured on this album, with Christmas songs with the Andrews Sisters.

This week on Afterglow it’s our annual “Songs of the Season: Christmas” program, with more music from the new Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra CD Carol of the Bells, as well as recordings by Nat King Cole, Al Hibbler, Peggy Lee, Dianne Reeves, and many more.

Happy holidays from all of us at WFIU!

Music Heard On This Episode

Happy Holiday
Bing Crosby — A Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (Decca, 1942)
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Happy Holiday
Bing Crosby — A Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (Decca, 1942)

Notes: Written by Irving Berlin.

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Christmas Is Coming at Last-
Rhythm Kings — The Dawn of Doo-Wop (Proper, 1950)
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Adestes Fidelis
Bing Crosby — Swingin' Songs for Santa (Collectors' Choice)

Notes: Radio broadcast.

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Christ Child's Lullaby
Dianne Reeves — Christmas Time Is Here (Blue Note, 2004)
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Christmas Time Is Here
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)
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Joy to the World
Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra — Carol of the Bells (Owl, 2007)

Notes: Everett Greene on vocals.

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The Christmas Waltz
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (Capitol/EMI, 1960)

Notes: Jule Styne-Sammy Cahn song.

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Jingle Bells
Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra — Carol of the Bells (Owl, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Mistletoe and Holly
Frank Sinatra — A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (Capitol)
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Every Day Is Christmas
Joe Bushkin — Columbia Jazz Piano Moods Sessions (Mosaic, 1950)
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The Christmas Spell
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (Capitol/EMI)
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Bing Crosby/Andrews Sisters — A Merry Christmas With Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters (Decca, 1943)
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White Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald — Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas (Verve, 1960)
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I'll Be Home for Christmas
Johnny Coles/Frank Wess — An Uptown Christmas (Uptown, 1985)
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What Child Is This?
Oscar Peterson — An Oscar Peterson Christmas (TelArc, 1995)
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Silver Bells
Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald — Swingin' Songs for Santa (Collectors' Choice)
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Carol of the Bells
Buselli-Wallarab Orchestra — Carol of the Bells (Owl, 2007)

Notes: New release.

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Ring a Merry Bell
June Christy — This Time of Year (Capitol, 1961)
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Ring Those Christmas Bells
Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians — Christmas Cocktails (UltraLounge, 1959)
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Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
Nat King Cole — The Magic of Christmas (Capitol, 1961)
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There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays
Joe Pass — Six-String Santa (Laserlight, 1992)
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Silent Night
Al Hibbler — A Traditional Jazz Christmas (GRP/Decca, 1956)
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Greensleeves
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)
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O Holy Night
Nat King Cole — The Magic of Christmas (Capitol, 1961)
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Santa Claus Is On His Way
Sammy Kaye/Three Kadets — The Original Big Band Christmas (Direct Source)
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Please Come Home for Christmas
Charles Brown — Please Come Home for Christmas (King, 1961)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Dexter Gordon — God Rest Ye Merry, Jazzmen (Columbia, 1981)
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David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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