Raised Jewish, Bill Adler started making Christmas music mixtapes after he married into a Christian family. And soon the hobby turned into a passion. Every year since 1984, Adler searches for the most eclectic Christmas music from all genres and decades to produce his “Christmas Jollies” mixtape. Producer Jon Kalish has our story. Email Bill Adler at email@example.com and read his playlist below.
Christmas Jollies 2009
- Hal Kemp & His Orchestra with Skinnay Ennis, "It's Winter Again"
- Mae Questel (The Betty Boop Girl), "I Want you for Christmas"
- Professor Grampy, "Christmas Comes But Once a Year"
- Cedryl Ballou, "Waiting to See Santa Claus"
- Robertinho Y Su Arpa, "Paseo En Trineo"
- The Jaguars, "Happy Holiday"
- Aretha Franklin, "Joy to the World"
- The Staple Singers, "There was a Star"
- David Somerville, "Last Month of the Year"
- Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson, "Winter Song"
- Willie Nelson with Bobbie Nelson, "El Nino"
- Jenny Owen Youngs, "Christmas Song"
- Chris Isaak, "Christmas on TV"
- Rico Rodriguez, "We Want Peace"
- Big Tyme, "Xmas Blues"
- Jimmy Reed, "Christmas Present Blues"
- Robert Ward, "Wouldn't it be a Merry Xmas?"
- Roy Milton, "Christmas Time Blues"
- Little Johnny Taylor, "Christmas is Here Again"
- Charles Brown, "Silent Night"
- Mindy Smith, "My Holiday"
- Alan Jackson, "Honky Tonk Christmas"
- Bob Brozman and Cyril Pahinui, "Auld Lang Syne"
- Season's Greetings from Michael Jackson