The Midnight Special, December 30, 2023

By Marilyn Rea Beyer |

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  1. Traditional: “Midnight Special”; Leadbelly; Midnight Special; RCA Victor LPV-505
  2. Sykes, Jubilant: “Ring Dem Bells”; Jubilant Sykes; Wait For Me; Sony SK 89107
  3. Strawbs: “Ringing Down the Years”; Strawbs; Acoustic Gold; Acoustic Gold | Witchwood Media wmcd 2052
  4. Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon: Rings; Leo Kottke & Mike Gordon; Sixty Six Steps; RCA Victor 82876 68909-2
  5. Sons of the Never Wrong: Rings on Your Fingers; Sons of the Never Wrong; Church of the Never Wrong; Waterbug WBG103
  6. Rod Picott: Time to Let Go of Your Dreams; Rod Picott; Starlight Tour; Welding Rod Records 7 55491 28325
  7. Miranda Hardy: At Least I Fed the Ducks; Miranda Hardy; Reverie; 1 98004 20619 8
  8. Brian Kalinec: Living What’s Left Over for Me; Brian Kalinec; Folkstage with Brian Kalinec (2014) Disc 2; WFMT Folkstage 09-13-14 2
  9. Graham Chittenden: I Want to Be Old (Spoken); Graham Chittenden; Defeated; Macaw Studios
  10. Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow is My Turn (Aznavour / Stellman / Stephane); Rhiannon Giddens; Tomorrow is My Turn; Nonesuch 541708-2
  11. Pete Seeger: “Tomorrow is a Highway”; Pete Seeger; If I Had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle; If I had a Hammer: Songs of Hope & Struggle/Folkways SF CD 40096
  12. Judy Collins: Bells of Rhymney (Seeger/Davis); Judy Collins; Judy Collins 3 and 4; Wildflower WFL 1301-2
  13. The Nields: New Year’s Day; The Nields; Circle of Days; N/A
  14. James Keelaghan: Tomorrow is Another Day; James Keelaghan; WFMT’s The Midnight Special NYE 1997; WFMT WFMT 12.31.1997
  15. Mahalia Jackson: “Beautiful Tomorrow”; Mahalia Jackson; Apollo Sessions Vol II (1946-51); Apollo Sessions Vol II (1946-51)/Pair PCD-2-1346
  16. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – organ”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 008
  17. John Raitt, Janis Page, Eddie Foy, Ensemble: Once-a-Year Day; John Raitt, Janis Page, Eddie Foy, Ensemble; The Pajama Game (Orig. Broadway Cast); Columbia S32606
  18. Steve Goodman: “It’s New Year’s Eve”; Steve Goodman; Restrospective; Retrospective WFMT’s Folkstage
  19. Steve Goodman: Jock O’Hazeldean (trad.) w/Rich Warren intro.; Steve Goodman; Steve Goodman Retrospective; WFMT Folkstage 1974-1984
  20. James Lee Stanley: “New Year’s Song”; James Lee Stanley; Midnight Special New Year’s Eve Show – 2014; Midnight Special New Year’s Eve Show – 2014 digital download 12.20.2020
  21. Smothers Brothers: Soap; Smothers Brothers; The Smothers Brothers (Think Ethnic!); Mercury Records MG-20777
  22. The Smothers Brothers: “Chocolate” (Paulsen); The Smothers Brothers; Sibling Revelry (Best Of…); Rhino R2 75235
  23. Smothers Brothers: The Fox (trad.); Smothers Brothers; (Think Ethnic!); Mercury MG200777
  24. Steve Goodman: “Let’s Give a Party” (Carl Martin); Steve Goodman; Artistic Hair; Artistic Hair | Red Pajamas/Omnivore RPJ 001/OVCD 336
  25. Tim Grimm, Sonia, Joe Jencks, Mari Black + Cast of Jacques Brel…: Midnight Special NYE – “Midnight Madness/Auld Lang Syne/If We Only Have Love (Brel)”; Tim Grimm, Sonia, Joe Jencks, Mari Black + Cast of Jacques Brel…; New Year’s Eve on WFMT’s The Midnight Special; WFMT
  26. Phil Ochs: “When I’m Gone”; Phil Ochs; Farewells & Fantasies disc 1; Farewells & Fantasies | Elektra Traditions Rhino R2 73518
  27. Richard Dyer-Bennett: “Lonesome Valley” (Guthrie); Richard Dyer-Bennet; Richard Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 1; Richard Dyer-Bennet, Vol. 1 | Smithsonian Folkways SF CD 40078
  28. Zoe Mulford with Windborne: “Songs Stay Sung”; Zoe Mulford with Windborne; Pre-Release Download; “Songs Stay Sung” Azalea/9-4-2020
  29. William Pint & Felicia Dale: “Ring in the New Year”; Pint & Dale; When I See Winter Return; When I See Winter Return | Waterbug WBG CD 0039
  30. Howard Levy: “Morning Bells”; Howard Levy; Looking Inward; Balkan Samba 014
  31. Phil Ochs: “The Bells” (E.A. Poe/Ochs); Phil Ochs; All the News That’s Fit to Sing; All The News That’s Fit to Sing/Hannibal HNCD 4427
  32. Puppets of Castro, feat. Darryl Purpose: Life is Fleeting; Puppets of Castro, feat. Darryl Purpose; Nude Descending an Elevator; Trough Records 1 980004418942
  33. Tom Dundee: “This Fleeting Moment”; Tom Dundee; Fleeting Moment, Disc 2; Fleeting Moment, Disc 2 | Flight Records FR4445 2 of 2
  34. John Prine: “When I Get to Heaven”; John Prine; Tree of Forgiveness; Oh Boy Records OBR-046CD
  35. Michelle Held: The World Moves On; Michelle Held; The World Moves On – single; Uelandia UELAN001
  36. Chris Rawlins: Tomorrow; Chris Rawlins; Bring on the Rain; 888295865050
  37. Cherish The Ladies: Spoon River (M. Smith); Cherish The Ladies; Out and About; Green Linnet GLCD1134
  38. (Michael Smith & Bob Gibson): Bells of St. Michael’s; Michael Smith & Bob Gibson; Live at the Goodman Theatre; WFMT 1982
  39. Sierra Ferrell (feat. Billy Strings): “Bells of Every Chapel”; Sierra Ferrell (feat. Billy Strings); Long Time Coming; Sones de Mexico, Inc. 1166101288
  40. Tangerine Trousers: Cathedral Bells; Tangerine Trousers; Dressed for Success; Tangerine Trousers TT 001
  41. Ruthie Foster Big Band: “Brand New Day”; Ruthie Foster Big Band; Live at the Paramount; Live at the Paramount | Blue Corn Music BCM2001
  42. Steve Goodman: “You Better Get It While You Can”; Steve Goodman; Santa Ana Winds ( 1988/2019 Reissue); Omnivore Recordings OVCD-344
  43. Laura Love: “I Still Believe (Unplugged)”; Laura Love; She Loved Red; Laura Love 88295 68276
  44. Andrew Beyer: “The Midnight Special – cigar box slide”; Andrew Beyer; Midnight Special Collection; Midnight Special Collection AABeyer/MS 004