Donny Hathaway‘s iconic Christmas song “This Christmas” was released on this day in 1970.
Hathaway who was the father of R&B singer Lalah Hathaway recorded the song in the fall of 1970 and upon its release, the single saw very little success. The legendary singer died in 1979 at the age of 33 having never known that his mildly successful song would achieve legendary status.
“This Christmas” has been covered numerous times by artists including Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, and Usher but Hathaway’s version remains the most popular.
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of “This Christmas”, Rhino Records has release a new animated video of the song.