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Thread started 12/15/08 5:20pm

isthisdadawn

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Top FIVE Christmas tunes from black artists

PRINCE - Another lonely Christmas
Sounds of Blackness - Soul holiday
Patti LaBelle - Twas Christmas
Donny Hathaway - This Christmas
B2K - why'd u leave on Christmas

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Reply #1 posted 12/15/08 8:28pm

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What Christmas Means To Me: Stevie Wonder
Go Power at Christmas: James Brown
Sighs of Christmas: James Browm
MICHAEL JACKSON: Always and Forever
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Reply #2 posted 12/16/08 3:16am

SoulAlive

"This Christmas" by Donny Hathaway
"Happy Holidays To You" by the Whispers
"The Christmas Song" by Nat 'King' Cole
"Silent Night" by the Temptations
"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt
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Reply #3 posted 12/16/08 5:53am

Mach

do you mean personal top 5s?

anyway - this CD plays every day at my home throughout the Yule season mushy

it's one of my top 5 holiday Cds by a black artist

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Reply #4 posted 12/16/08 11:44am

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Say A Prayer For Christmas - The Jackson Southernaires
Jingle Bells - Booker T and The MGs
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The Impressions
Dear Santa (Bring Me A Man For Christmas) - The Weather Girls
Sleigh Ride - Alexander O'Neal

My top favorites change from year to year though. I still love all the Christmas jams.
Andy is a four letter word.
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Reply #5 posted 12/16/08 11:47am

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besides soul holiday by sounds of blackness

the only one i can think of is

"christmas won't b the same" by the jackson 5
man, he has such an amazing body of music that it's sad to see him constrict it down to the basics. he's too talented for the lineup he's doing. estelle 81
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Reply #6 posted 12/16/08 11:48am

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SoulAlive said:

"The Christmas Song" by Nat 'King' Cole
"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt


I never heard these two songs until the late 90s when I heard them on a Clear Channel R&B station geared towards white people. The black stations in my area never played those two when I was growing up (I don't know why because they are great songs) and I don't think I've heard them to this day on the black stations in my area.
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Reply #7 posted 12/16/08 11:50am

Graycap23

Frank McComb: Christmas
Prince: Another Lonely Christmas
Donny Hathaway: This Christmas
James Brown: Santa Claus Go Straight 2 the Ghetto
Boys II Men: Silent Night (acapella)
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Reply #8 posted 12/16/08 1:16pm

SoulAlive

vainandy said:

SoulAlive said:

"The Christmas Song" by Nat 'King' Cole
"Santa Baby" by Eartha Kitt


I never heard these two songs until the late 90s when I heard them on a Clear Channel R&B station geared towards white people. The black stations in my area never played those two when I was growing up (I don't know why because they are great songs) and I don't think I've heard them to this day on the black stations in my area.


Seriously? Our local R&B stations wear those songs out every year!
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Reply #9 posted 12/16/08 1:19pm

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I like the two Christmas songs SW wrote for Smokey Robinson!
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Reply #10 posted 12/16/08 1:47pm

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Marvin - I Want to Come Home for Christmas
The Temptations - Silent Night
Donny - This Christmas
Stevie - Someday at Christmas
Charles Brown - Please Come Home for Christmas
The Emotions - What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas
Boyz II Men/Brian McKnight - Let It Snow
TLC - Sleigh Ride
JB - Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
Alexander O'Neal - My Gift to You

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Reply #11 posted 12/16/08 2:15pm

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As for original tunes from black artists.

What Christmas Means To Me -- Stevie Wonder (beloved for decades, finding a wider audience every year, a modern-day classic)

This Christmas -- Donny Hathaway (like WCMTM, one of the best modern original Christmas tunes)

Another Lonely Christmas -- Prince and the Revolution

Blue Christmas (To Whom It May Concern) -- Miles Davis

Spirits Past -- Gil Scott-Heron

As for renditions by black artists:

The Christmas Song -- Nat "King" Cole

Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town -- The Jackson Five (the definitive version)

Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer -- The Temptations (often imitated and appropriated, never duplicated)

Winter Wonderland -- Shirley Horn (lovely, merry, sublime)

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen -- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles/What Child Is This -- Vanessa Williams (tie)
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Reply #12 posted 12/16/08 2:20pm

Graycap23

U guys really need 2 check out the Frank McComb Christmas joint.....very nice.
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Reply #13 posted 12/16/08 2:29pm

SCNDLS

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Mach said:

do you mean personal top 5s?

anyway - this CD plays every day at my home throughout the Yule season mushy

it's one of my top 5 holiday Cds by a black artist


I was just listening to this CD. Even the original songs are awesome. Love his rendition of My Favorite Things. mushy I miss Lutha!

Oh and Joe Williams jazzy Xmas album is another fave!

As for top 5 songs

#1 Mariah Carey (yeah, she black and she proved it with this song!) Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child

Temptations Silent Night

Nat King Cole The Xmas Song

Aretha Franklin Joy to the World

Babyface Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Honorable mention: Ella Fitzgerald Frosy the Snowman/What are you doing on New Year's Eve
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Reply #14 posted 12/16/08 2:33pm

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Definitely- Santa Claus Go Straight to the Ghetto
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Reply #15 posted 12/17/08 12:08am

SoulAlive

Timmy84 said:

Charles Brown - Please Come Home for Christmas


I forgot about that one music I also love the Eagles version.
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