Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Bubber Johnson - It's Christmas Time (King 4855)

It's Christmas Time

Yes, folks, hard as it is to believe, it's that time of year again...

Bubber Johnson led a varied career that included recording for Mercury with The Dreamers, and appearing in the 1952 film Red Ball Express. In 1955 he showed up at the New York offices of King Records to pitch some songs he had written to legendary A&R man Henry Glover.

Glover was so impressed with his piano playing and vocal delivery that he signed him as an artist on the spot. His confidence in Johnson's abilities soon paid off, as only his second single for the label, the self-penned Come Home, would crack the R&B top ten that November. This sweet little Christmas B-Side we have here was no doubt cut while Bubber was still riding the charts, and King obviously pulled out all the stops...

"Hang some stockings by the fireplace, cut a fruitcake aged with wine..."

I'm not too sure about the fruitcake but, hey, you get the idea - Merry Christmas, Everybody!


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