January 3rd – Etta Jones – Merry Christmas Baby

There aren’t too many Christmas blues but this is the best of the bunch. There are a lot of good versions – Otis, B.B. and Elvis all had a go as did Ms Jones’ near namesake (with whom she is often, unforgivably, confused) Etta James.  Maybe we’ll play one of the others next year.

Since we’re really done with Christmas now, it seems appropriate to finish with a lyric which concentrates firmly on the, er, purely secular aspects of the holiday season…