Texas-born blues singer and pianist Charles Brown had a long romance with Christmas songs, and some of his most successful recordings had holiday themes. After moving to Los Angeles as a young man, Brown gained a reputation for his smooth, appealing approach to the blues, and like Ray Charles, Percy Mayfield and other contemporaries, he took a little bit of the edge off traditional blues and was able to reach more mainstream audiences. He passed away in 1999, just a month after Christmas.
It was as a member of Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers that Brown first tasted Christmas success, playing on a 1947 recording of “Merry Christmas Baby” that reached #3 on Billboard’s R&B chart. His first solo holiday hit was “Please Come Home for Christmas” in 1960, which had sold over a million copies by the end of the decade. In 1961, Brown recorded his first entire album of seasonal songs. In the late 1980s, Bonnie Raitt helped create a Charles Brown comeback tour and, in 1992, they recorded a reprise of “Merry Christmas Baby. The Christmas spirit struck again in 1994 when Brown released the album Cool Christmas Blues, which included this song.
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