Click on the link here for Audio Player: Beatles – Christmas 1967
As long as we’re in a celebratory mood, you can’t have Christmas without this one – Christmas Time Is Here Again, from the Beatles Fanclub release of 1967.
A word from The Fab Four.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: KNX- Mike Roy Cooking Show – Dec. 18, 1967
But during their heyday, just about every major city in the country boasted its own chef/gastronomic personality, doling out recipes and tips on food and market specials every day, usually in the late morning, on the radio.
One such personality was Mike Roy who, along with co-host Denny Bracken, held court over one of the most popular cooking shows broadcast throughout the 1960s via KNX in Los Angeles. Roy, who had an encyclopedic knowledge of recipes and food in general, had a habit of reciting recipes from memory and came to symbolize what food preparation was all about in the 1960s.
It’s an interesting slice of Los Angeles history. Roy runs through the names of numerous landmark restaurants in L.A. at the time, most of which have long since vanished from the scene. It’s also an interesting glimpse into our eating habits of 45 years ago, and just what constituted an elegant meal in Southern California in 1967.
Needless to say, our concept of food and its preparations have certainly changed over the years.
Here is that Christmas Cooking Program from the Chef Mike Roy Program of December 18, 1967 via KNX-AM in Los Angeles.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: 15 Happy Holiday
Couldn’t have said it better myself. Jumping into Christmas in swingin’ fashion.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Ramsey Lewis Trio – Merry Christmas Baby
Continuing in our “Cool Yule” vein tonight with a contribution from The Ramsey Lewis Trio and a track from their 1961 album The Sounds Of Christmas. The immortal Merry Christmas Baby, as done in inimitable Ramsey Lewis fashion.
Works well with little or no lights on.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: kenny drew trio – season’s greetings – 05 – away in a manger
I will go out on a limb tonight and say, even though there are no notes anywhere to claim otherwise, this album could not have been recorded in 1996, since the legendary Jazz/Bop Pianist Kenny Drew had died in 1993. This album was released in 1996, but the sessions had to take place much earlier than that.
Okay, getting the disclaimer out of the way – here is a track from the delightful Christmas album Seasons Greetings with The Kenny Drew Trio, featuring Niels Henning Orsted on Bass and Ed Thigpen on Drums.
Tonight it’s Away In A Manger, done in Kenny Drew fashion.
And to all a Cool Yule.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: The Balancing Act – Green Pants and Finance – 1987
Roaring on with our non-Traditional week of Christmas Tunes. The Balancing Act were one of those under appreciated and under-noticed bands of the late 1980s that got slightly overlooked by their then-label.
Happily (for everyone), The Balancing Act have gone through a resurrection and are back together after a 22 year hiatus. I understand the new material is great and as soon as I dig up an album I will share it. But in the meantime, here is their contribution to the infamous 1987 IRS Christmas Album; Green Pants And Finance.
Certainly the sentiment is timeless.