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    Favorite Soul Christmas Song?

    What is your favorite soul Christmas song?

    Mine is an easy pick - Temptations Silent Night

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...s+silent+night

    Silent Night is not my favorite Christmas song (mine is Carol of the Bells)

    Honestly Silent Night probably isn't in my top 10

    But the Tempts version is perfect and second place is a distant second

    Merry Christmas everyone

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    My favorite is by the Original Drifters. The Drifters were the only group that I know of where the entire group was fired by the manager

    One of the members got into an argument with the owner of the Apollo and that prompted their manager to fire the entire group. He then hired a group on the spot called the Five Crowns and renamed them "The Drifters". That group contained Ben E King.

    This Bill Pinkey live performance sounds very much like the original recording. The guy singing Clyde Mc Phatters part sounds good too. Anyhow, it is my favorite soul Christmas song.


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    I'd hardly call that a "Soul" Christmas song. I'd call it an R&B Group Harmony song. If we can use such styled songs, I'd say my favourite so-called "Soul" Christmas song is "Merry Christmas" by The Cameos:
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    THIS would be my favourite Christmas "Soul song":

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    "Christmas Just Ain't Christmas Without The One You Love" - The O'Jays

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    What Christmas Means To Me by Stevie!!!!!!

    Also...

    Christmas Gift - Margie Joseph
    I Believe In Christmas Eve - The Miracles
    Back Door Santa - Clarence Carter
    Merry Christmas Baby - Otis Redding
    Who Took The Merry Out Of Christmas - The Staple Singers
    Soulful Christmas - James Brown

    and This Christmas by Donny Hathaway!

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    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Temptations
    This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
    Please Come Home for Christmas - Charles Brown
    Christmas Comes But Once a Year - Amos Milburn

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    Quote Originally Posted by Optimal Saint View Post
    What is your favorite soul Christmas song?

    Mine is an easy pick - Temptations Silent Night

    https://www.youtube.com/results?sear...s+silent+night

    Silent Night is not my favorite Christmas song (mine is Carol of the Bells)

    Honestly Silent Night probably isn't in my top 10

    But the Tempts version is perfect and second place is a distant second

    Merry Christmas everyone
    Good Question. My favorite for the holidays is The Supremes' "Little Bright Star". And Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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    Old Washington Post article on Silent Night

    PS - how do you get YouTube videos to embed here?
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    ...... It had to be closing time just before Christmas when, perhaps after the last set, someone turned on the recording of a deep voice reciting the start of " 'Twas the Night Before Christmas" over some twiddly organ-sounding thing.

    I rolled my eyes and started to drain the last of my drink when someone cranked up the volume.

    The song took a sharp turn. The drums kicked in with a downbeat intro, a da dum da dum, and then an electrifying preacher's voice said:

    In my mind . . .

    The guy next to me, I recall, said: "There go Dennis."

    The drums and bass and a male chorus swooped in: tenor, baritone, bass.

    Together they took an irresistible four-note walk up the scale, whoo-ooh-ooh-OOH, and then the gritty preacher's voice said:

    I want you to be free . . .

    And then they came back down the same doo-wop staircase, OOH-ooh-ooh-ooh.

    For all of our friends, I want you to listen to me . . .

    The bass was so deep and the music so loud the stool beneath me seemed to vibrate. I was transfixed, there in the dim light and cigarette haze.

    We wish you a meeeeeerrrrrrryyy Christmas...

    All the voices came together and then out of nowhere an unearthly falsetto voice appeared in the darkness of the bar.

    It was gliding, swooning, sailing over the rest of the voices. It was the first time I had any idea of what they were singing................


    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...2004Dec23.html

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