Merry Christmas from Big Star

December 23, 2009

Here’s a great Christmas song by an obscure but influential early-’70s rock band called Big Star. (Big Star’s nearest brush with fame is that the theme song of “That ’70s Show” is the Big Star song “In the Street.”) They hailed from Memphis and recorded for Stax Records (during a time when Stax was trying to branch out from its soul and R&B roots). Big Star featured a young singer and songwriter named Alex Chilton, who was previously lead singer for the Box Tops. (You know the Box Tops from hit songs like “The Letter,” which Chilton recorded when he was only 16.)

This is an explicitly religious Christmas song, some of whose lyrics come from “Angels From the Realms of Glory.” Enjoy!

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