Sunday, December 14, 2008

Track of the Day : Donny Hathaway - "This Christmas" (1972)




I hate christmas songs, except when Donny Hathaway is singing.
This is a 1972 track written by Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor. After he committed suicide in 1979, The Whispers wrote "A Song For Donny" using the chords and melody with new lyrics. While that one's a little cheesy for me, this one is the only Xmas song I can handle. "This Christmas" has apparently been murdered by a few Idol contestants recently, but the original's still a great track.

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Still busy and unable to blog properly here, but thanks for still dropping by!
The current craziness finishes next week and I can start to treat you with more Harold Vick, Renee Geyer, Don Burrows, East Coast and more ...

If anyone's in Sydney this afternoon, drop in for below, I'll be the sleepy looking guy on keyboards ...

12 comments:

ollobollo said...

Thanks!

cheeba said...

Ah yes, Donny's "This Cgristmas" is one of the few xmas trax I can still choke down... Damn that man was a wonderful singer

ish said...

Agreed with the sentiment... this is the only xmas song I can listen to, maybe with the sometime exception of Rotary Connection's Peace album.

avocado kid said...

fsking christmas music...

When I was a teen I worked at a shopping center...during the winter they had christmas muzak on an endless loop. Horrible.

the ambassador said...

i feel you regarding the x-mas music, but here's my solution and I think you might like it as well:
www.soulspectrum.blogspot.com

-allen

MagicSoul said...

yeah, i really love this song, thx for providing it in perfevt quality..nice xmas ; )

taro nombei said...

Hi Simon,
We're big fans of Donny too over here...
Christmas greetings from Tokyo,
TN

Simon666 said...

Thanks for the comments guys.
Dec 29th and I can STILL listen to this, which is the ultimate test :)

yga said...

Talking about Christmas songs, how about James Brown's funky Xmas album? That is surely a worthy competitor for Donny! Just listen to "Santa Claus Go Straight To The Ghetto", for example:

http://ifile.it/dwx0vo3

Radek

Simon666 said...

Another Donny Hathaway track from the "Extensions of a Man" sessions of 1973, but not included on the album :
go here

alphabet said...

Fantastic song!! Brings back plenty of great childhood memories, thanks simon

Simon666 said...

you're welcome, alphabet :)