In a matter of a few clicks it went from Big Daddy Cane to Jimmy Smith. After that it was all over the place. First, browsing through early hip hop Christmas stuff at Electric Adolescence, there was Kane, Roxanne Shante, and MC Shan's "Cold Chillin’ Christmas", I have no idea if that is the real Roxanne or not. It could be Ray's Famous Roxanne or the Original Ray's Roxanne. I don't know. The song is early rap so it's got it's share of corn, but it samples Booker T and the MG's "Hip Hug Her", pretty effectively for the period. So, detour.
It made me want to go look for some more MG's stuff, and that's how I ran into a couple Christmas songs by them, "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town". That in turn made me want to hear Jimmy Smith's versions of the same two songs. Looking for those, I ran into his version of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen", a swinging take if ever there was one. And that's how you end up with this raggedy ass mish mash.
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Jimmy Smith - Jingle Bells mp3 at Panic Stream
Jimmy Smith - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3 at Review Stalker
Jimmy Smith - God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman mp3 at Panic Stream
This started it:
Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, and MC Shan – Cold Chillin’ Christmas mp3 at Electric Adolescence
Booker T and the MGs - Hip Hug Her mp3 at Self Starter Foundation
Booker T and the MGs - Time Is Tight mp3 at LZ Center
Booker T and the MGs - Hang 'em High mp3 at LZ Center
Booker T and the MGs - Jingle Bells mp3 at The Rising Storm
Booker T and the MGs - Santa Claus is Coming to Town mp3 at The Rising Storm