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This Christmas (Donny Hathaway) – Part 2

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In this bass lesson we’re going to look at the B section of “This Christmas” by Donny Hathaway. 

 

“This Christmas”
This Christmas Donny Hathaway vinyl.jpg
Single by Donny Hathaway
B-side“Be There”
ReleasedDecember 9, 1970
Format7-inch
Recorded1970
GenreChristmasR&Bsoul
Length3:51
LabelAtco Records
Songwriter(s)Donny Hathaway (as “Donny Pitts”) and Nadine Theresa McKinnor
Donny Hathaway singles chronology
The Ghetto – Part 1” 
(1970)
This Christmas” 
(1970)
You’ve Got a Friend” 
(1971)

This Christmas” is a song by American soul musician Donny Hathaway released in 1970 by Atco Records. The song gained renewed interest when it was included in 1991 on Atco Records’ revised edition of their 1968 Soul Christmascompilation album[1] and has since become a modern Christmas standard, with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers reporting that it was the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time.[2]

Phil Upchurch said the song was “absolutely the premiere holiday song written by an African American“. It was written by Hathaway and Nadine McKinnor.[3]

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