Friday, December 24, 2010

Charles Brown: Please Come Home For Christmas

I am extremely late with this Christmas Eve post, so I’ll get down to our Friday First holiday tune. While the Eagles' version had a higher chart position, the original was released by Charles Brown in 1960. Brown’s single made it to the Hot 100 in December 1961 where it peaked at #76.

The song appeared on his 1961 LP “Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs” that was released on King Records. It was not Brown’s only Christmas hit. In 1947 as a member of Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, Brown lent his piano and lead vocal talents to “Merry Christmas Baby.”

The Eagles’ Version

In 1978, the Eagles released their single only version backed with “Funky New Year.” The song was an immediate hit peaking at #18 on Billboard’s Hot 100. In the UK, the song peaked at #30. The lead vocals are provided by Don Henley. Merry Christmas all.

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