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 singer/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 this song, recorded by Bonnie Raitt and Charles 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 position #3 on Billboard's R&B Juke Box chart during the Christmas of 1947. Accompanying guitarist Moore for the recording session were bassist Eddie Williams, guitarist Oscar Moore (then of the King Cole Trio), and singer/pianist Charles Brown.
- Chuck Berry recorded the song for his 1958 single.
- Mae West recorded the song on her 1960's album Wild Christmas.
- Booker T. & the MGs recorded the song on their 1966 album In the Christmas Spirit.
- Elvis Presley recorded the song on his 1971 album Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas.
- Bruce Springsteen released his recording of the song on the 1987 album A Very Special Christmas.
- Stevie Wonder Ft. Wyclef Jean performed a live cover at the White House in 2000
- Hanson recorded the song on their 1997 album Snowed In.
- Etta James recorded the song on her 1998 album 12 Songs of Christmas.
- Christina Aguilera recorded the song for her album My Kind of Christmas (2000).
- Pepe the King Prawn recorded a cover of this song for the 2006 album The Muppets: A Green and Red Christmas.
- Jessica Simpson also recorded the song as duet with Willie Nelson on her 2010 album Happy Christmas.
- Donna Loren recorded the song for her Donna Does Elvis in Hawaii (2010), an EP of her renditions of four Elvis Presley songs.
- CeeLo Green and Rod Stewart covered the song with Trombone Shorty for their 2012 albums Cee Lo's Magic Moment and Merry Christmas, Baby, respectively.
- Colbie Caillat recorded this song on her 2012 album Christmas in the Sand also featuring Brad Paisley.
- Kenny Burrell recorded this song on his album Have Yourself a Soulful Little Christmas.
- Aubrey Peeples recorded this song for the Christmas with Nashville album.
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