A 60 Degrees Girl Group Christmas

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I have always loved Christmas music. I tend to listen to older music all year round, but when it comes to sharing music with the general public, this is the only time of year when Brenda Lee is considered cool. To combat the 60’s holiday tracks that are over-covered and overplayed, I am always searching for more obscure holiday recordings by girl groups and female vocalists that are not on radio or Spotify playlists.

60DegreesWhen I began hosting my internet radio show 60 Degrees back in 2008, it started an annual tradition of putting together a holiday program full of female 60’s singers and girl groups, interspersed with vintage commercials and sound clips from classic holiday movies and television shows. You can listen to the Halloween show here.

East Village Radio was a pirate radio station that went legit and switched to the internet, broadcasting from a storefront in New York’s Lower East Side. This first 60 Degrees holiday show debuted on December 22, 2008 and was repeated annually throughout the shows 5 year run. By 2012, the holiday programs had gained such a following that 60 Degrees was given an uninterrupted 16 hour marathon on Christmas Day.

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At the beginning of Part 2, I read a Christmas poem that I wrote about an incident from my childhood involving our tinsel-eating dog Sunshine, which has previously been posted here and also on The Good Men Project website. You can’t say I don’t recycle!

Other than my speedy vocal delivery (someone tell that guy to slow down) and some minor sound level issues, the show holds up pretty well. There are a few mis-statements that I wish I could fix:

  • I said that Maya Rudolph’s mother, the late great Minnie Riperton was not singing lead on The Gems tracks when she is.
  • I mis-pronounce the Meditation Singers as “The Mediation Singers” and would add that soul singer Laura Lee was a member of the group, having replaced Della Reese in the 1950’s.
  • Janice Orenstein sang There’s Always Tomorrow from the Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer soundtrack.

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Part 1 Flirtaitons

  1. Donde Esta Santa Claus – Toni Stante
  2. Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas  – Carla Thomas
  3. My Boyfriend’s Coming Home For Christmas  – Toni Wine
  4. Christmas Will Be Just Another Lonely Day – Brenda Lee
  5. White Christmas – Baby Washington
  6. Snowfall – Doris Day
  7. I Want A Boy For Christmas – The Del-Vetts
  8. You Better Be Good, World – Shirley Ellis
  9. Peace For Christmas  – Gigi Parker
  10. Christmas Calling  – Valerie Masters
  11. Christmas Time – Jan Bradley
  12. All I Want For Christmas Is You – Carla Thomas
  13. Christmas Is The Time To Be With Your Baby – The Orchids
  14. Christmas Time Is Here Again – The Flirtations
  15. O Holy Child – Dusty Springfield
  16. Sleigh Ride – Darlene Love wi/ The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  17. Deep in the Heart of Christmas Darlene Love wi/ The Brian Setzer Orchestra
  18. Christmastime For The Jews – Darlene Love
  19. Xmas (Baby Please Come Home) Live 2005 – Darlene Love

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  1. Wish You A Merry Christmas – Kim Weston
  2. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – The Miracles (featuring Claudette Robinson)
  3. Oh Holy Night – The Supremes (featuring Florence Ballard)
  4. Won’t Be Long Before Christmas – The Supremes
  5. Blue Christmas – The Meditation Singers
  6. Blue Holiday – Aretha Franklin
  7. Love For Christmas  -The Gems
  8. Jing Jing A Ling – Honey & The Bees
  9. Silver Bells – Rachel Sweet
  10. Close Your Mouth (It’s Christmas) – The Free Design
  11. The Christmas Song – Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66
  12. I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You – Margo Guryan
  13. Happy New Year Baby – JoAnn Campbell
  14. Happy New Year Baby – The Sisters
  15. January First – Peggy March
  16. Happy New Year – Beverley
  17. Jingle Jingle Jingle – Burl Ives
  18. There’s Always Tomorrow – Janice Orenstein
  19. Auld Lang Syne – Honey & the Bees

I’ll be uploading other episodes of 60 Degrees in the future. I hope you enjoy them. Thanks for listening!Delvettes 45

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Your Halloween 60’s Girl Group Playlist

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It’s hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I put this Halloween show together for 60 Degrees, my weekly radio show focusing on “60’s chicks and girl groups – the hidden gems, cult favorites and unreleased obscurities of the decade.” The show ran for five years (2008-2013) on East Village Radio, a storefront internet radio station in New York City. This Halloween episode was originally broadcast on October 27, 2008 and aired every Halloween for the duration of the run. As with every episode, the songs were interspersed with vintage commercials, sound effects and movie clips.

Janie JonesIn this very special episode, we’ve got soul witches, rockabilly rabble-rousers, death discs, horror movie theme songs, science fiction sirens, girls driven to madness by love and more dead boyfriends than you can shake a broomstick at. Plus a whole lot more!

UPDATE: Unfortunately due to copyright claims, parts 1 & 3 are housed on xtube as they were removed from youtube – there are links below but beware of adjacent NSFW content. 😉

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  1. Reparata & the Delrons – Panic
  2. Babs Tino – Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde
  3. Sparkle Moore – Skull & Crossbones
  4. Wanda Jackson – Riot In Cellblock 9
  5. Southern Culture On The Skids – Torture
  6. France Gall – Frankenstein
  7. The Crystals – Frankenstein Twist
  8. Hayley Mills – Jimmy Bean
  9. Claudine Clark – Walking Through A Cemetery
  10. The Sham-ettes – Hey There Big Bad Wolf

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  1. Hayley Mills – Cranberry Bog
  2. The Shangri-La’s – Give Us Your Blessing
  3. The Satisfactions – Daddy You Just Gotta Let Him In
  4. The Goodees – Condition Red
  5. The Nu-Luvs – So Soft, So Warm (Dressed In Black)
  6. The Whyte Boots (Lori Burton) – Nightmare
  7. Glenda Collins – It’s Hard To Believe It
  8. Judy Garland – Purple People Eater
  9. The Kane Triplets – Theme From Mission Impossible
  10. Tracy – Strange Love
  11. Mikki Young – Who Killed Teddy Bear?
  12. Patti Seymour – The Silencer
  13. Josie Cotton – Maneaters (Get Off The Road)

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  1. Janie Jones – Witches Brew
  2. Martha & The Vandellas – Mobile Lil The Dancing Witch
  3. Bettye Lavette – Witchcraft In The Air
  4. Erma Franklin – Abracadabra
  5. Dusty Springfield – Spooky
  6. Marie Applebee – The Boy Who Took My Heart (took my mind)
  7. The Love Chain – The Love Chain
  8. Peggy Lee – The Case of M.J.
  9. Janie Jones – Psycho
  10. The Martin Sisters – Mother Mother (I Feel Sick)
  11. Julie Budd – All’s Quiet On West 23rd St.
  12. Gayle Haness – Johnny Ander
  13. The Indigos – He’s Coming Home
  14. Cass Elliott – The Costume Ball
  15. Teacho & The Students – Chills & Fever
  16. Dusty Springfield – Haunted