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Christmas on the R&B Side

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Christmas on the R&B Side is a good title for this set of holiday tunes since it certainly leans to the R&B side of things, but also includes jazz, big band and pure pop selections, all of which gives it a refreshing and gently varied feel, and these aren’t the standard holiday songs one hears each year, either. Among the highlights here are Patti Page's “Boogie Woogie Santa Claus,” Eartha Kitt's “Nothin’ for Christmas,” Babs Gonzales' demo-sounding (but still cool) “Be-Bop Santa Claus,” Chuck Berry's “Merry Christmas Baby,” and Pearl Bailey's “Jingle Bells Cha Cha.”

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