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Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas” Turns 50

Rhino Records
A new animated music video celebrates 50 years of Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas"

Sunday, December 13

Christmas songs will fill the air this week on Soulsations, with a brand new release from Hamilton star and actor/singer Leslie Odom Jr, plus engaging holiday tunes from Richard Smallwood, Mandisa and CeCe Winans.

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 50 years since the debut of perennial favorite “This Christmas” by the legendary Donny Hathaway. Rhino Records has released a new music video for the classic tune, animated by cartoonist Lonnie Milsap, that features Hathaway spreading Christmas cheer in his hometown of Chicago. “This Christmas” is the 30th most-performed holiday song of all time; We’ll showcase Hathaway’s yuletide classic in this week’s DoubleTake, followed by a jazzy version from Boney James featuring Dee Harvey.

Carla Eckels is Director of Organizational Culture at KMUW. She produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix. Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism.