“The Christmas Song” Performed By King Curtis (1968)

December 9, 2010

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I have been in a instrumental smooth jazz mood lately and this particular version  of “The Christmas Song” is sounding mighty good to me right now.

It appears on a digital Holiday Collection I own entitled “The Original Soul Christmas” and many other Holiday Collections as well. Problem is,  since my version of from a digital collection I have no liner notes (ARGH — why can liner notes be added to digital lp downloads.: it would just be a simple text file and not a rocket science experiment!)  :-(.

This song was recorded in 1968. Many thanks to OSMLer Roy Simonds for providing me with the recording session date.

I am hoping that one of you Old School Music Lover readers can tell me when this was recorded so that I can put the year in my post title as I always do.

This was recorded by the uber talented Mr. Curtis Ousley, known as King Curtis,  a  Grammy Award winning tenor sax player.

Starting out in the mid-fifties as a session musician in New York in the mid  50s, he branched out into a successful solo career in the late 50s.

Curtis was murdered in 1971 as his career was expanding: he was only 37 years young at the time.

Musically Yours,

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1 Roy Simonds December 13, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Here you go….
KING CURTIS (alt), unk. flt on –1, fr. horn, pno, celeste, gtr (Duane Allman?), bs, dms, perc, strings. Arr. Arif Mardin. Prod. Tom Dowd.
New York. October 23, 1968.

68C-15484 The Christmas Song –1 Atco 6630; LP 269
68C-15485 What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve Atco 6630; LP 269

and if youd like a copy of my full King Curtis sessionography, drop me an email!

Cheers Roy


2 SonDan December 15, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Oh thank you so very much for the session deets Roy. That’s one of the best things about the internet and blogging: getting information becomes easier and easier!
Again my sincere appreciation Roy.


3 Patrick Hinely January 30, 2011 at 6:26 am

Am trying to determine which King Curtis album Joe Zawinul plays on. Thanks in advance to anyone who tells me.


4 SonDan January 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Welcome to OSML Patrick. I hope someone will see your question and be able to help you out soon.


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