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Etta James - This Time of Year (When Christmas is Near) Private Music Records 1998

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Uploaded on Oct 27, 2010

"This Time of the Year" is a 1959 Christmas song with music & words by Cliff Owens & Jesse Hollis. Arrangements by pianist Cedar Walton and solos by Walton, George Bohanon on trombone and Red Holloway on tenor saxophone.

Etta James was an American singer-songwriter. Her style spanned a variety of music genres including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz and gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind" for which she wrote the lyrics. She faced a number of personal problems, including drug addiction, before making a musical resurgence in the late 1980s with the album Seven Year Itch.

James is regarded as having bridged the gap between rhythm and blues and rock and roll, and is the winner of six Grammys and 17 Blues Music Awards. She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008. Rolling Stone ranked James number 22 on their list of the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and number 62 on the list of the 100 Greatest Artists.

Little girls, little boys
Dream of words, lots of toys
This time of the year
When Christmas is near

Evergreens are snowy white
Sleigh bells ring through the night
This time of the year
When Christmas is near

Somewhere near a steeple
People kneel and pray
And choirs sing carols of Christmas day
Santa Claus, oh, is on his way

Loads of joy in on his sleigh
This time of the year
Yeah, when Christmas is near

Somewhere near a steeple
People, they kneel and pray
Oh, when choirs sing
Oh, they sing carols of Christmas day
Oh, and Santa Claus, oh, is on his way

Loads of joy on his sleigh, yeah
This time of the year
Oh, when Christmas is near

Oh oh, yeah, yeah, yeah, this time of the year
And oh, when Christmas is near
Oh, oh, Christmas is near

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