Amid thoughts of postseason baseball and Halloween, Paul McCartney, Rolling Stone.com reports Oct. 16, is already bringing thoughts of Christmas with a new version of his holiday chestnut “Wonderful Christmastime” performed with a cappella group Straight No Chaser that will be released Oct. 29 on the EP, “Under the Influence: Holiday Edition.”
You can hear the McCartney-Straight No Chaser collaboration on Soundcloud.
"To have him on a song with us is totally unbelievable and a true honor," Straight No Chaser's Don Nottingham told Rolling Stone.
The new EP, “Under the Influence: Holiday Edition,” that will be released on Atlantic Records, features three other duets, “White Christmas” (with CeeLo Green), “Merry Christmas Baby” (with Otis Redding) and “Everyday Is Christmas” (with Colbie Baillat), plus the group singing “Home By Christmas Day,” “Nutcracker,” “Song for Santa” and “Amazing Grace.”
“Wonderful Christmastime” was originally released in 1979. The song peaked at #6 on the British music charts after an eight-week run. It reappeared on the British music charts in 2007 and 2011. It was covered in 2012 by the Shins on the Yuletide EP “Holidays Rule” that also featured Paul McCartney singing “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire).”
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