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Charles Brown was a Texas Blues musician who recorded the popular R&B Christmas song "Merry Christmas Baby" in 1947. "Please Come Home For Christmas" is a very melancholy Christmas song, as the singer has lost his girl and finds himself unbearably lonely over the holidays. Brown wrote it with Gene Redd, who was a New York producer that went on to guide the career of Kool & the Gang.
Many artists have covered this song, with the Eagles taking it to #18 in the US in 1978. Bon Jovi did a popular version for the charity compilation A Very Special Christmas 2, and other artists to record it include Mariah Carey, James Brown, Luther Vandross, Etta James, Harry Connick, Jr., and B.B. King.
Pat Benatar recorded the song in 1990 for the coalition troops serving in the Gulf War.
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