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December 20, 2011

Otis Redding - Merry Christmas, Baby (1967)

At the age of fifteen, he dropped out of school and worked with Little Richard’s backing band, The Upsetters, in an effort to earn money for his family. By the age of seventeen he had joined The Pinetoppers, and toured the southern United States. By twenty-three, he had his big break and was signed as a solo artist, gaining popularity with both black and white audiences. Unfortunately, in 1967, at the age of twenty-six, he died in a plane crash, crippling the failing record company he was signed to.

This song was originally released in 1947 by Johnny Moore’s Three Trailblazers. It has also been covered by B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, and Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

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Otis Redding - Merry Christmas, Baby (1967)

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Lyrics:

Merry Christmas, baby
Sure did treat me nice
Merry Christmas, baby
Sure did treat me nice
You bought me a diamond ring for Christmas
I feel like I'm in paradise

I feel mighty fine, y'all
I've got music on my radio
Feel mighty fine, girl
I've got music on my radio, oh, oh, oh
I feel like I'm gonna kiss you
Standing beneath that mistletoe

Santa came down the chimney
Half past three, y'all
Left all them a-good ol’ presents
For my baby and for me- hahaha

Merry Christmas, baby
Sure did treat me nice
Ya bought me all those good ol’ presents
I’ll love you baby- rest of my life

Merry Christmas, girl
Merry, merry, merry Christmas, baby
Sure did treat me nice
Merry Christmas, baby
I said, “You sure did treat me nice”
You bought me all those lovely things, yeah
I feel like I'm in paradise

I wish you a Merry Christmas, baby
Happy New Year
Merry Christmas, honey
Everything here is beautiful

I love you, baby
For everything that you give me
I love you, honey
More, Lord, have mercy
A merry Christmas…

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