Chrimble Song of the Day: “Up On The Housetop” by the Jackson 5

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It’s time for some old school Motown today with this classic from the Jackson 5, “Up On The Housetop,” circa 1970. Speaking of old, this version has nothing on the actual song. Most people are familiar with it due to Gene Autry’s version from 1953, but it was written by a gentleman named Benjamin Hanby, of New Paris, Ohio, all the way back in 1864!

According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, that vintage makes what was originally intended as a Thanksgiving song the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by “Jingle Bells,” which was written in 1857.

I doubt Mr. Hanby was around long enough to get funky with the J5! >>> http://vimeo.com/82496914

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