Donny Hathaway: 'This Christmas'

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    Embed <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no">
  • Transcript

In the spirit of the season, a favorite Christmas song — Donny Hathaway's This Christmas.

ED GORDON, host:

One note before we go: We end today's show with one of my favorite Christmas songs and one that's truly become a holiday classic, Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas."

(Soundbite of "This Christmas")

Mr. DONNY HATHAWAY: (Singing) Hang your mistletoe. I'm going to get to know you better this Christmas. And...

GORDON: The song was first recorded on a 1968 Atco Records compilation CD "Soul Christmas" and featured artists like Otis Redding and Solomon Burke. Today there's more than 100 versions of Hathaway's "This Christmas" by artists such as The Four Tops, Peabo Bryson, Diana Ross and Destiny's Child.

(Soundbite of "This Christmas")

Mr. HATHAWAY: (Singing) And this Christmas will be a very special Christmas for me.

GORDON: Thanks for joining us. That's our program today.

To listen to the show, visit NEWS & NOTES was created by NPR News and the African American Public Radio Consortium.

(Soundbite of "This Christmas")

Mr. DONNY HATHAWAY: (Singing) Presents and cards are here. My world is filled with cheer...

GORDON: I'm Ed Gordon. This is NEWS & NOTES.

Copyright © 2005 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.