Merry Christmas Baby

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This article is about the R&B Christmas song first recorded by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers. For the song by The Beach Boys, see Merry Christmas, Baby. For the New Zealand compilation album, see Merry Christmas Baby (album). For the Christmas album by Rod Stewart, see Merry Christmas, Baby (album).

"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.[1] 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).[2]

Covers[edit]

Versions of "Merru Christmas Baby" have been recorded by the following artists:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Russell, Tony (1997). The Blues: From Robert Johnson to Robert Cray. Dubai: Carlton Books. p. 13. ISBN 1-85868-255-X. 
  2. ^ Billboard Greatest R&B Christmas Hits CD booklet
  3. ^ "Donna Loren Official Website". Donnaloren.net. Retrieved 2015-08-30. 
  4. ^ "Stewart to Release Debut Christmas Album on Verve Music Group". Rodstewart.com. Retrieved 2015-08-30.