Huey "Piano" Smith Deemed "Naughty" in 1962

[Updated] When asked for Christmas music recommendations, my go-to album is Huey “Piano” Smith and the Clowns’ Twas the Night Before Christmas, their 1962 album on Ace Records. It’s rowdier than most Christmas albums with arrangements that virtually ignore the season. Because of that, it’s simply a great R&B album with lyrics centered on Christmas, and it captures the antic sense of humor of that band.

A My Spilt Milk Christmas 2014

It has long been my contention that most people who dislike Christmas music do so because they've had the same songs be the soundtrack to their holidays for way too long. With that in mind, My Spilt Milk will widen the variety of music at your disposal during the season. The classics are classic for a reason, but that doesn't mean all the good Christmas songs were written by 1965.