The title and lyrics for “Merry Christmas Baby” we’re written in 1947 by the great Charles Brown, who naturally was cheated out of the songwriting credits, as so often happened in those days. He was, nevertheles, the lead singer on the original hit release. Here’s his update with an assist from Bonnie Raitt on “The Tonight Show” in the early 1990’s.
Charles Brown also co-wrote and recorded another of my Christmas season faves, “Please Come Home For Christmas,” initially released in 1961.
I have no way of knowing, but perhaps as he wrote Charles recalled the bittersweet Christmas classic written and recorded in 1943 as a tribute to American forces serving far from home in World War II. Well we still have marines, soldiers and sailors serving overseas, so the song remains timely.
I realize I’ve brought a little melancholy to the holiday mood, so let’s kick the Christmas cheer back home with a hot version of this week’s title tune by Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I hope you’re with the ones you love.