Leonard's Christmas Gospel Hour

Friday, December 23, 2011

Leonard Lopate plays some of his favorites for his annual Christmas gospel hour.


1.    Silent Night, Holy Night (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Silent Night: Gospel Christmas with Mahalia Jackson

2.    When Was Jesus Born (Marion Williams & Stars of Faith) Album: O Holy Night

3.    Go Tell It on the Mountain (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Apollo Sessions

4.    No Room at the Inn (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas

5.    No Room at the Inn (Marion Williams) Album: O Holy Night

6.    No Room at the Hotel (The Chosen Gospel Singers) Album: The Lifeboat

7.    Great Day in December (Swan Silvertones) Album: Saviour Pass Me Not

8.    Have You Got Room? (Edna Gallmon Cooke with Springfield Baptist Choir)

9.    God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman (Marion Williams) Album: Through Many Dangers

10.    Mary, Mary, What You Gonna Name that Pretty Little Baby? (Frances Steadman, Marion Williams) Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!

11.    The Holy Babe (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas)

12.    O Holy Night (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas

13.    Silent Night (Sister Rosetta Tharpe) Album: Complete Sister Rosetta Tharpe

14.    O Come All Ye Faithful (Mahalia Jackson) Album: Mahalia Sings Songs of Christmas

15.    Christ Is Born (Marion Williams and Alex Bradford) Album: Black Nativity, Gospel on Broadway!

16.    Joy to the World (Marion Williams) Album: If We Ever Needed the Lord Before


Leonard Lopate

Comments [9]

wschloss from Stamford, CT

Thank you Leonard! This was the best show of the 10-20 I had time to listen last year!
One thing, i don't think the above playlist matches. Trying to find the lyrics to the "counting song." I think it was two before "Hallelujah," which I don't see. Guess I'll just have to listen another 6-8 times, no problem there.
Have a great New Year!

Jan. 05 2015 05:37 PM
Tonero Wiliams from Brooklyn

Thank you Leonard for your special selection of Christmas gospel songs. I'm not a religious man, which saddens my dear mother. Put if she could have seen me jumping and whooping it up for the little baby Jesus this morning up and down my Brooklyn apt., it would have blew her mind. Have a Great New Year.

Dec. 25 2011 12:10 PM
Linda from nyc

I thought I had really ignored Christmas pretty much and wasn't missing anything then I hear Mahalia Jackson sing - thanks for reminding me that there are some things about the holiday worth keeping.

Dec. 25 2011 12:05 PM
Barry Blitstein from New York City

The hour should go on forever.

Dec. 24 2011 01:43 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Leonard, you've brought to mind "Poor Little Jesus" from the Nativity soundtrack. Thanks, I'll be playing it tonight.

Dec. 23 2011 01:52 PM
johng from Buford, Georgia

I found interest in the significance of "No room at the Inn" by the African-American community.

In my household we have a ceremony at the beginning of St. Joseph's Day, wherein the youngest child stands outside the front door with an Easter Lily and knocks on the door. The door is opened by an adult and the child asks for entrance and a place to stay. The adult tells him/her that there is no room.

The child repeats this three times, and on the third time, entrance and welcome is granted.

It never fails to stir my heart. We are Southern Italian.

God Bless.

Dec. 23 2011 01:46 PM
fuva from Harlemworld

The Chosen Gospel Singers!! HalleLUjah.

Dec. 23 2011 01:32 PM
john from office

Each year I look forward to this show. Len your a great host. Happy New year.

Dec. 23 2011 01:22 PM
Ed from Larchmont

The African American community uses song as it's central form of prayer, not an accompaniment.

Dec. 23 2011 06:09 AM

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