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Options December 22, 2007: Holiday Spectacular - Includes interviews with Chris Butler of The Waitresses, Brenda Lee, Joey Spampinato, Frank Lee Sprague & more!

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Artist Track
Vince Guaralid Trio  Christmas Is Coming   Options
George Jones & Tammy Wynette  Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus   Options
Jeff Davison introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Big Star  Jesus Christ   Options
NRBQ  Jolly Old St. Nicholas   Options
Paul & Paula  Holiday For Teens   Options
Rev. J. M. Davis  Did You Spend Christmas In Jail?   Options
Billy Richards & Paul Soles  We're A Couple Of Misfits   Options
Joey Spampinato  INTERVIEW   Options
NRBQ  Christmas Wish   Options
Billy May  Dance Of The Sugarplum Faries   Options
Juniper Shelley  INTERVIEW/Roudolph The Red Noded Reindeer   Options
Ventures, The  Frosty the Snowman   Options
Brian Hyland  It's Christmas Time Once Again   Options
Mills Brothers, The  Santa Claus Is Comin To Town   Options
Brenda Lee  INTERVIEW   Options
Brenda Lee  Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree   Options
Funk Brothers, The  Winter Wonderland   Options
Redd Foxx  The Christmas Song   Options
James Brown  Merry Christmas, I Love You   Options
Dave The Spazz introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Mike Love  Santa's Goin' To Kokomo   Options
Charlie Rich  Santa And The Kids   Options
Four Seasons, The  Santa Claus Is Comin To Town   Options
Louis Prima  What Will Santa Claus Say When He Finds Everybody Swinging?   Options
Sonny Boy Williamson  Santa Claus   Options
Frank Lee Sprague  INTERVIEW   Options
Frank Lee Sprague  O Christmas Tree   Options
Avalanches, The  Winter Wonderland   Options
Clarence Carter  Backdoor Santa   Options
Mike Lupica introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Law, The  What Did Santa Claus Bring You For Christmas?   Options
Les Baxter  Santa Claus' Party   Options
Smithereens, The  Christmas All Over The World   Options
Soulful Strings  Jingle Bells   Options
Chris Butler  INTERVIEW   Options
Waitresses, The  Christmas Wrapping   Options
Bing & Lindsay Crosby  I'd Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus   Options
Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sistsers  Jingle Bells   Options
Kay Starr  The Man With The Bag   Options
Gaylord introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Candy Pants  The Happiest Time Of The Year   Options
Davis Sisters  Christmas Boogie   Options
Baby Washington  White Christmas   Options
Solomon Burke  Christmas Presents   Options
REX introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Rex Gwiazdor  Mad Man Michaels   Options
Marquees, The  Christmas In The Congo   Options
Eddie Cole  Santa Claus Is Comin To Town   Options
Phast Phreddie Patterson introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Blues Magoos  Jingle Bells   Options
Ventures, The  Sleigh Ride   Options
Scott Schinder Introduces his all time favorite holiday song:   
Turtles, The  Santa And The Sidewalk Surfers   Options
Bill Doggett  Winter Wonderland   Options
Joe Poovey  Santa's Helper   Options
Augie Rios  Donde Esta Santa Claus   Options
Wipper Brothers, The  Home Visit From Santa   Options

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Listener comments!

  10:10am Parq:

Sean Daily's not up yet at this hour! Woo hoo! And Merry Christmas.
  11:48am Peter K.:

Great interview with Chris Butler. But why, oh why, was Patty Donahue's name never mentioned?? I know she didn't write the Waitresses' songs, but she sure as hell SANG the sh-t out of them. A little tribute to her memory would have been appropriate, no?
  12:34pm Parq:

I noticed the omission too, Pete. Just a guess -- they don't get along any more.
  12:39pm Peter K.:

Eddie Cole! Far out! As many listeners probably guessed by listening to that track, he was Nat King Cole's brother. That's all I know about him. (Nat had another brother, Freddy, who's a pretty successful singer himself these days. Eddie is apparently long dead.) Thanks for pulling that one out of the ether, Michael.

Oh, and FYI to Parq: Patty Donahue died in 1996. That's a long time to hold a grudge, if that's what Chris Butler is doing.
  12:43pm Parq:

Did she really? Whoa. Be right back, I gotta look this up.
  12:49pm Parq:

++back++ Man, that's harsh. I'll hear their stuff in a slightly different light from now on. Thanks for cluing me in, Peter.

Michael, the show's been a dream come true. And now Rex and Ter are on deck. Sure do love the Saturday before Christmas!
  8:05pm scott:

I liked the show today, great lineup, itmade my holiday spirit meter sky rocket. Especially the whipper bros. visit form santa.
Avatar 1:31pm saianjuma1:

Most recently-written Christmas Classic: 2000 Miles by the Pretenders? (1984)
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