December 22, 2011

On The Twelfth Day of Christmas

Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas? – Staple Singers

CD cover We'll Get OverHo, Ho, Ho… well, I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tour through the Foliot Christmas Music Library. Picking 12 tunes to share with you was difficult, but fun. My final selection for this season is “Who Took the Merry Out Of Christmas?” by the Staple Singers.

Initially singing locally at churches and appearing on a weekly radio show, the Staples scored a hit in 1956 with “Uncloudy Day”. By the mid-1960s The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops Staples’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the civil rights movement in the United States.

The group signed to Stax Records in 1968, where the label paired the vocal group with legendary producer Steve Cropper and studio house-band Booker T. and the MGs., and this track is taken from their second Stax release, 1970’s We’ll Get Over, where it charted in the Top 5.

So I thought it would be an appropriate end of the 12 day run to remind everyone to keep the Merry in your Christmas, regardless of what holiday you actually celebrate. Peace, Joy and Happiness to you all.

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The 12 Days of Christmas Music

  1. Call Collect on Christmas – James King Band
  2. Christmas Day – Oscar Jordan Band>
  3. Baby It’s Cold Outside – Leon Redbone and Zooey Deschanel
  4. Good King Wenceslas – The Skydiggers
  5. Merry Christmas, Baby – Charles Brown
  6. Must Be Santa – Brave Combo
  7. Croonin’ On Christmas Eve – Jaymz Bee
  8. Go Tell It On The Mountain – Kirk Franklin And The Family
  9. Please Come Home For Christmas – James Brown
  10. Jingle Bells – Carlos Del Junco & Rich Greenspoon
  11. Santa’s Secret – Johnny Guarnieri With Slam Stewart
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