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Songs of the Season: Christmas 2006

This week on Afterglow it's "Songs of the Season: Christmas" with holiday music from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Nat King Cole, Shorty Rogers, and more!

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Nat King Cole Christmas

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Celebrate the holidays with Nat King Cole and a host of other popular-song performers.

This week on Afterglow it’s “Songs of the Season: Christmas.”

We’ll hear holiday music from Bill Charlap, Dianne Reeves, Nat King Cole, Shorty Rogers, and a whole set of songs from Peggy Lee, as well as a rare broadcast duet of Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald singing “White Christmas.”

You can read about the history of American Christmas celebrations here, see a display of vintage Christmas cards here , and look at oldtime Christmas lights here .

Music Heard On This Episode

Happy Holiday
Jo Stafford — Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather (Corinthian)
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Happy Holiday
Jo Stafford — Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather (Corinthian)
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A Nutty Marche
Shorty Rogers — The Swingin' Nutcracker (RCA, 1960)
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I'd Like You for Christmas
Julie London — Christmas Cocktails (Ultra-Lounge, 1957)

Notes: Originally a Liberty single.

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Christmas Time Is Here (vocal version)
Vince Guaraldi — A Charlie Brown Christmas (Fantasy, 1965)
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(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays
Perry Como — Nipper's Greatest Christmas Hits (RCA, 1959)
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I'll Be Home for Christmas
Frank Wess/Johnny Coles — An Uptown Christmas (Uptown, 1985)
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The Secret of Christmas
Ella Fitzgerald — Have Yourself a Jazzy Little Christmas (Verve)
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Silver Bells
Bob Hope/Marilyn Maxwell — The Lemon Drop Kid
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Angels We Have Heard on High/Joy to the World
Joe Pass — Six-String Santa (Laserlight, 1992)
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Christmas Party
Hoagy Carmichael/Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra — Johnny Appleseed Suite (HoagyCarmichael Archives/ATM at Indiana University, 1990)

Notes: An edited version of a piece from Carmichael's commercially unrecorded suite, combining elements of a 1962 Carmichael piano rendition and a 1990 ISO performance.

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I Saw Three Ships
Nat King Cole — The Christmas Song (EMI/Capitol, 1961)
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Christ Child's Lullaby
Dianne Reeves — Christmas Time Is Here (Blue Note, 2004)
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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
Claudio Roditi/Don Sickler — An Uptown Christmas (Uptown, 1985)
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The First Noel
Bill Charlap — NPR Jazz Christmas II (NPR, 2002)
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Christmas Carousel
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (EMI/Capitol)
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A Christmas Spell
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (EMI/Capitol)
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The Christmas Waltz
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (EMI/Capitol)
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It's Christmas Time Again
Peggy Lee — Christmas With Peggy Lee (EMI/Capitol)
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Let's Give a Christmas Present to Santa Claus
Rosemary Clooney — Songs From White Christmas and Other Yuletide Favorites (Columbia/Legacy, 1954)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Dean Martin — Making Spirits Bright (Capitol, 1960)
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Everybody's Waitin' for the Man With the Bag
Kay Starr — Yule B' Swingin' (Hip-O)
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The Merriest
June Christy — This Time of Year (EMI/Capitol, 1961)
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White Christmas
Bing Crosby/Ella Fitzgerald — Swingin' Songs for Santa (Collectors' Choice Music)
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Sleighride
Jo Stafford — Happy Holidays: I Love the Winter Weather (Corinthian)
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A Child Is Born
Organissimo (Big O Records, 2004)
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Peace
Norah Jones
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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Ramsey Lewis — Sound of Christmas (Chess, 1960)
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The Little Christmas Tree
Nat King Cole — Christmas For Kids (Capitol, 1950)
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Silent Night
Joe Locke/Marian McPartland — NPR Jazz Christmas (NPR, 1997)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Frank Sinatra — Columbia Years 1943-52 (Columbia/Legacy, 1946)
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