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Thursday, 23 December 2021

A Soulful Christmas


It's time to get a wee bit soulful for Christmas.

I've spent three Christmasses away from home - two working as a waiter in North Berwick and Aviemore and one on a kibbutz in Israel. Fortunately I have never had to spend one in a trench in Vietnam. Here are Johnny & Jon with a song from one of the greatest Kent compilations A Soldier's Sad Story - Vietnam Through the Eyes of Black America 1966-73. If you don't have this already then invest some of your Christmas money on it.

Next up is the late great Sharon Jones with the Dap - Kings reminiscing about Christmas in the projects.

In the 1960's and 70's the Salem Travelers  from Chicago were known for soulful harmonies that provided commentary on the troubles of the world. Finally another  Chicago band The Emotions ask us to spare a thought for the lonely at Christmas. I bit like Mud but more tuneful.

Have a Soulful Christmas

Johnny & Jon - Christmas in Vietnam

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings -There Ain't No Chimneys in the Projects

The Salem Travelers - Merry Christmas to You

The Emotions - What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas


  1. Really enjoyed this selection. Time these got more airplay generally - there's only so much Wizzard a person can take.

  2. Puts our current woes into perspective. Never heard of any of them before.

  3. Great choices there, CC. The Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings is a festive favourite at Casa Khayem, and the others are new (to me) and very welcome addition. Thanks for posting, as always, and have a great Christmas.