22/12/2014 – Leon Redbone and Dr. John-Frosty the Snowman (1990)

Unexpected duo delivered unexpected jolt of Christmas cheer



When you think about Christmas, New Orleans doesn’t spring to mind. After hearing today’s track it might start to. Malcolm John Rebennack AKA Dr. John AKA the Night Tripper is a New Orleans legend. His debut album the Gris-Gris was a psychedelic, Cajun blues masterpiece. It showcased not only his song writing prowess, but how he could re-imagine tracks by others.



It’s this re-imaging that comes into play on today’s track. In 1990 Dr. John teamed up with Leon Redbone (a dream collaboration) and covered Frosty the Snowman. What is utter genius about this track is that they keep the original charm, but add a healthy dollop of Cajun fun! In part it sounds like a joke from Scrooged, but ultimately it’s brilliant!



So on the night, before the night, before the night before Christmas why not crank this up and think of the Bayou, but covered in tinsel and baubles.













More Alt-12-Days-of-Christmas fun. On the elevenenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me eleven clips of Piper





Ten Lordz of Brooklyn





nine ravers raving





Eight Owls a drunking






Seven swinging couples





Six rappers guesting








5 Cold Beers

5 Cold Beers



Four Cool Birds





Three boozy Friends



Two songs by Love





And a Christmas card from the Partridge Family




  1. My daughters class was singing Frosty during their theater performance 🙂 Love this song and it is stuck in my head.

  2. I love this version of Frosty the Snowman. I normally don’t think of New Orleans when I think of the holidays, but I will now.

  3. I bought Redbone’s “Christmas Island” just so I could have this song. Love it!

  4. dezfaith said:

    I love this version of such a classic song. Thanks for sharing, love reading your articles 🙂

  5. Wow. Glad to know the past Christmas song. I would love to share this

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