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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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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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