Sunday, 7 December 2014

ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 7th - Charles Brown - 'Please Come Home For Christmas'

And today one of my all time Christmas favourites, what an incredible tune. It may even be THE festive song that I love most. Without a doubt up there with the very best. Lots of different versions exist, including a few alternative versions and re-recordings by Charles Brown himself, but THIS is the version to hear. I first heard this song when it was covered by Jon Bon Jovi back in the 90's. His version wasn't so good. This version is amazing.

"Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972. It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as "Bells Will Be Ringing"..."

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