Merry Christmas Baby
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"Merry Christmas Baby" is an R&B Christmas standard written by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore and originally recorded in 1947 by Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, featuring the singer and pianist Charles Brown. It has been covered by many artists, including Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera, Melissa Etheridge, and Hanson. A version of the song recorded by Bonnie Raitt and Brown is included on the Christmas album A Very Special Christmas 2, released in 1992.
Johnny Moore's Three Blazers was one of the hottest blues attractions on the West Coast when their recording of "Merry Christmas Baby" reached number 3 on Billboard's R&B Juke Box chart during the Christmas season of 1947. Moore, a guitarist, was accompanied Brown and by the bassist Eddie Williams and the guitarist Oscar Moore (Johnny's brother, then a member of the King Cole Trio).
Versions of "Merru Christmas Baby" have been recorded by the following artists:
- Chuck Berry, as a single in 1958
- Mae West, for her 1960's album Wild Christmas
- Booker T. & the MGs, for their 1966 album In the Christmas Spirit
- Elvis Presley, for his 1971 album Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas
- Bruce Springsteen, for his 1987 album A Very Special Christmas
- Hanson, for their 1997 album Snowed In
- Etta James, for her 1998 album 12 Songs of Christmas
- Christina Aguilera, for her 2000 album My Kind of Christmas
- Pepe the King Prawn, for the 2006 album The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas
- Jessica Simpson, in a duet with Willie Nelson, for her 2010 album Happy Christmas
- Donna Loren, as a single and for her 2010 EP Donna Does Elvis in Hawaii, containing her renditions of four songs recorded by Elvis Presley
- CeeLo Green and Rod Stewart, with Trombone Shorty, for their 2012 albums Cee Lo's Magic Moment and Merry Christmas, Baby, respectively
- Colbie Caillat, for her 2012 album Christmas in the Sand, featuring Brad Paisley
- Kenny Burrell, for his album Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas
- Aubrey Peeples, for the album Christmas with Nashville
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