We all know that classic recording of,
“White Christmas,” by Bing Crosby.
It was the number one recording of all time for many years.
But, Bing wasn’t from the south, so sorry Bing, this is all you get here.
A great rockin’ version of this song was recorded by Georgia native Sharon Jones.
Though mostly raised in Brooklyn, Jones spent her childhood summers in Augusta, Georgia, where she was born. She sang gospel in churches her whole life and spent many years leading her choir at the Universal Church of God in Brooklyn. In the 1970’s, she joined a handful of local funk bands, but was unable to crack into the recording industry. Later, she began singing in wedding bands, and worked such jobs as armored car guard for Wells Fargo and corrections officer at Rikers Island prison. In 1996, she sang back-up on a Lee Fields session that Mann was producing, after which he put her front and center, at age 40, for her first-ever recording as a front woman, “Damn It’s Hot.”
Jones and the Dap-Kings recorded their 2001 debut album, Dap Dippin’ With Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, in the Brooklyn basement, followed by a series of increasingly popular albums and 45’s, and constant, ecstatically received touring. Their sixth record, Give the People What They Want, was nominated for Best R&B Album at the 2015 Grammys, and the group’s last album, It’s a Holiday Soul Party, was released in November 2015, almost a year to the day before Jones would pass away at age 60 from pancreatic cancer.
To hear this great rendition of a classic gone Southern R & B go here: