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December 2022

​This year's mix includes the typical grab-bag of styles but leans heavily toward quality soul, R&B and other stuff from the 1960s. It kicks off with an poignant excerpt from the 70th and final holiday message from H.R.H. Queen Elizabeth II, delivered following the death of her husband, Prince Phillip and less than a year before her own passing. After a brief musical number from the British TV series Are You Being Served?, the party really gets started with a little-known but extraordinary song by British rocker Graham Parker and former Labelle vocalist Nona Hendryx, called "Soul Christmas."  From there we get several different holiday takes on the James Brown classic "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," as well as holiday versions of "California Dreaming," "Up Around the Bend," "Green Tambourine," and "Get Off of My Cloud." You'll also hear a number of Beatles-themed tracks and a series of rare 30-second carols composed as part of the Free Speech Movement protests organized by Mario Savio and others at the University of California at Berkeley in 1964. 

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