Covered by literally hundreds of artists, “Merry Christmas Baby”, composed by Lou Baxter and Johnny Moore, was first performed by in 1947 by Johnny Moore’s Three Trailblazers pictured above (Californians Charles Brown, Eddie Williams and Johnny Moore). The song featured the group member, singer and classically trained pianist Charles Brown on vocals.
In 1948, frustrated by his lack of recognition and financial reward, Brown left the group for a successful solo career .(SOURCE)
“Merry Christmas Baby” appeared on his first solo LP, entitled “Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs,” released on the King label in 1961. Over the decades this song has become a classic and is synonymous with the artist Charles Brown.
Here is the only live video I have seen of Charles Brown performing his classic. I found it on that treasure trove called YouTube. :-) Unfortunately there was no source, time or location made available.
Enjoy the music and Happy Holidays,