Donny Hathaway: 'This Christmas'

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

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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.

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(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.

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