Advent calendar: December 24—Lou Rawls, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”
Lou Rawls, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (1963)
from Merry Christmas Ho! Ho! Ho!
Few singers could follow a throughly convincing, swinging version of “Merry Christmas, Baby” with an equally committed take on this classic. None but Rawls would dare interpose a bossa nova into the middle of it. Arranger H.B. Barnum and producer David Axelrod negotiate the changes with aplomb, and Lou proves he can sing just about anything.