Bill Darnell & The Smith Brothers - We Wanna See Santa Do The MamboThere’s a lot of great Christmas music released that most of the public just doesn’t hear. It doesn’t make its way to mall radio and the chances of you hearing it are pretty slim. And yet there are really fun songs, full of energy and life that’s different from the mainstream Christmas music fare.

Along with my love of classic Christmas music, I’m a fan of a lot of alternative music of the 1950’s and 60’s–lounge, exotica, easy listening, etc. And luckily for me there are places where those two meet (the original Ultra-Lounge Christmas Cocktails collections, Vol. I and II, are a good place to start). There are also some Christmas mambo collections that bring together some of the best seasonal music in this great Cuban style.

Here we have a track by sung by Bill Darnell and The Smith Brothers with the Sid Bass Orchestra from 1954. At this point, mambo had become a musical fad in the U.S. and lots of bands were getting in on the action. Originally the purview of latin band and musicians like Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Tito Puente, mambo fever spread far and wide. Here the Sid Bass orchestra takes the Latin rhythms and brings them to the North Pole.

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Billboard Magazine, Oct. 24, 1954

Here’s the track list of the 2013 ADVENTUre in Carols (with links to Amazon MP3 purchase):

  1. Deck the Halls – Terry Baxter and His Orchestra
  2. Christmas Time is Here – Martha Carson
  3. Snowy White Snow/I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm – Craig Douglas
  4. Christmas Dream – Perry Como
  5. The Christmas Song – The Hollyridge Strings
  6. (Let’s Give) A Christmas Present to Santa Claus – Rosemary Clooney
  7. Winter Wonderland – Bobby Timmons
  8. Jingle Bells – Sandler & Young
  9. And The Bells Rang – The Golddiggers
  10. Christmas Can’t Be Far Away – Nick Lowe
  11. Christmas Time in London Town – Nina and Frederik
  12. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas – Andre Kostelanetz
  13. We Wanna See Santa Do the Mambo – Bill Darnell & The Smith Brothers

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