Various - Death Might Be Your Santa Claus

Blues, Non Music
Various - Death Might Be Your Santa Claus
Album name:
Death Might Be Your Santa Claus
Flac vers. ZIP size:
1531 mb
Mp3 vers. ZIP size:
1687 mb
Other formats
Label: Legacy ‎– 88765415101
Type: Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Limited Edition, Numbered
Country: US
Date of released: 23 Nov 2012
Category: Blues, Non-Music
Style: Sermon, Gospel, Country Blues, Chicago Blues
4.4 ★

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Harmon Ray Xmas Blues
Piano – Eddie BoydWritten-By – Joe McCoy
A2 Reverend J. M. Gates* Did You Spend Christmas Day In Jail?
Vocals [Assisted By] – Deacon Leon Davis, His Congregation*, Sister Jordan, Sister NormanWritten-By – Reverend J.M. Gates*
A3 The Heavenly Gospel Singers* When Was Jesus Born?
Baritone Vocals – Henson Massey*Lead Vocals – Roosevelt FennoyTenor Vocals – Arthur Lee , Bob Beatty Written-By – Trad.*
A4 Reverend J. M. Gates & His Congregation* He Was Born In A Manger
Written-By – Reverend J. M. Gates*
A5 Lil McClintock Don't Think I'm Santa Claus
Guitar, Vocals – Lil McClintockWritten-By – L. McClintock*
A6 Tampa Red Christmas And New Year Blues
Piano – Henry '45' Scott*Vocals, Slide Guitar – Tampa RedWritten By – W.W. Irving
A7 Reverend J. M. Gates* Will The Coffin Be Your Santa Claus?
Vocals [Assisted By] – Deacon Leon Davis, Sister Jordan, Sister NormanWritten-By – Reverend J.M. Gates*
A8 Victoria Spivey Christmas Morning Blues
Guitar – Lonnie Johnson Piano – Porter GraingerVocals – Victoria SpiveyWritten-By – L. Johnson*
B1 Reverend J. M. Gates* Death Might Be Your Santa Claus
Written-By – Reverend J.M. Gates*
B2 Bo Carter Santa Claus
Guitar, Vocals – Bo CarterPiano – Unknown ArtistWritten-By – B. Chapman*
B3 Sonny Boy Williamson Christmas Morning Blues
Guitar – Robert Lee McCoyHarmonica, Vocals – John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson*Mandolin – Willie HatcherPiano – Speckled RedWritten-By – L. Johnson*
B4 Casey Bill & His Orchestra* Christmas Time Blues
Bass – Ransom KnowlingClarinet – Unknown ArtistGuitar – Unknown ArtistPiano – Unknown ArtistVocals, Steel Guitar – Will Weldon*Written-By – W. Weldon*
B5 Ozie Ware With Hot Five (Duke Ellington)* Santa Bring My Man Back
Clarinet – Barney BigardDrums – Sonny GreerPiano – Duke EllingtonTrumpet – Freddy JenkinsTuba – Billy Taylor*, Wellman BraudVocals – Ozie Ware (Ozie McPherson)*Written-By – P. Grainger*
B6 Bessie Smith At The Christmas Ball
Cornet – Joe Smith Piano – Fletcher HendersonTrombone – Charlie GreenVocals – Bessie SmithWritten-By – F.W. Longshaw*
B7 Butterbeans & Susie Papa Ain't No Santa Claus (Mama Ain't No Christmas Tree)
Piano – Eddie Heywood Vocals – Joe Edwards & Susie Edwards*Written-By – R. Hill*, A. Razaf*
B8 Reverend J. M. Gates Assisted By His Congregation* Will Hell Be Your Santa Claus
Written-By – Reverend J.M. Gates*

Companies, etc.

  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – Sony Music Entertainment
  • Copyright (c) – Sony Music Entertainment
  • Distributed By – Sony Music Entertainment
  • Mastered At – Battery Mastering Studios


  • Art Direction, Design – Edward ODowd
  • Engineer, Technician [Restoration] – Maria Triana
  • Liner Notes – Ashley Kahn
  • Mastered By – Mark Wilder
  • Music Consultant [Guidance And Modeling] – Eddie G.*
  • Music Consultant [Imp-ish And Elv-ish Consulting] – Michael Brooks
  • Producer – Steve Berkowitz
  • Product Manager [Project Design] – Tom Burleigh
  • Research – Didier Deutsch*


Released for Record Store Day Black Friday. Individually numbered to 5000.

Mastered at Battery Studios, NYC.
Images form the collection of John Tefteller and Blues Images (

This compilation ℗ & © 2012 Sony Music Entertainment / Distributed by Sony Music Entertainment.

Track info:
A1 - Rec. 1947 in Chicago; test pressing.
A2 - mx. 4034432-B, rec. 12/16/29 in New Orleans, La.; Okeh record #8753.
A3 - mx. 071069-1, rec. 10/1/41 at Kimball Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia; Bluebird record #B-8931.
A4 - mx. 40330-2, rec. 10/21/27 in Atlanta, Georgia; Victor record #21030; Bluebird record #B-7644.
A5 - mx. W151017, rec. 12/4/30 in Atlanta, Georgia; Columbia record #14575-D.
A6 - mx. BS-80928, rec. 10/27/34 in Chicago; Bluebird record #B-5723.
A7 - mx. 81672, rec. 10/4/27 in Atlanta, Georgia; Okeh record #8508.
A8 - mx. 81584, rec. 10/28/27; Okeh record #8517.
B1 - mx. 9866-A, rec. 11/3/26 in Atlanta, Georgia; Okeh record #8413.
B2 - mx. BS-027880, rec. 10/23/38 in San Antonio, Texas; Bluebird record #B-8147.
B3 - mx. BS-030849, rec. 12/17/38 in Aurora, Illinois; Bluebird record #B-8094.
B4 - mx. C 2051, rec. 10/28/37 in Chicago; Vocalion record #3860A.
B5 - mx. BE-48100, rec. 10/30/28; Victor record #21777-A.
B6 - mx. W141283-1, rec. 11/18/25 in New York City; Columbia record #35842.
B7 - mx. W 404294, rec. 8/13/30 in New York City; Okeh record #8950.
B8 - mx. 041286-1, rec. 8/23/39 in Atlanta, Georgia; Bluebird record #B-8301, MW M8538.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 8 87654 15101 8

Other versions

Category Artist Title (Format) Label Category Country Year
88765414352 Various Death Might Be Your Santa Claus ‎(CD, Comp, Ltd, Num) Legacy 88765414352 US 2012


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