Saturday, December 22, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of the Day-Jerry Butler

Artist:Jerry Butler
Song:O Holy Night
Album:A Soulful Oldies Christmas

This time of year I always am asked about Christmas music. There's so much of it out there people don't know what to buy. And I never know when a Christmas song will play. But I did want to recommend an R&B or jazz Christmas album before Christmas if possible. Jerry Butler is one of the all time great soul singers. He recorded O Holy Night in 1961 on Vee-Jay Records. O Holy Night is a French Christmas carol first recorded by opera singer Enrico Caruso in 1916. Butler's recording is available on several various artists CDs. This CD is from the oldies label Collectables. Sometimes they release radio station branded CDs. A Soulful Oldies Christmas is branded by Los Angeles radio station K-Earth. There is also a CD branded by Philadelphia radio station WDAS that has different songs on it. So you need to be careful. Of course Butler's recording of O Holy Night is great. Other highlights include This Christmas written and sung by Donny Hathaway, the Gamble & Huff song Christmas Ain't Christmas (Without The One You Love) by The O'Jays. White Christmas by The Drifters and What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? by the legendary doo wop group The Orioles. Others on this CD include Otis Redding, Luther Vandross, The Emotions, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, Baby Washington, Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles, The Manhattans, Isaac Hayes, The Temprees and The Staple Singers. So if you want a soulful Christmas, A Soulful Oldies Christmas could be just the ticket. Here's a video of O Holy Night by Jerry Butler.

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