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Sharon Jones Pleads ‘Please Come Home for Christmas’ on ‘Conan’

Singer and the Dap-Kings dish out holiday blues with version of Charles Brown’s 1960 cut

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings brought the holiday blues to Conan Monday with a pining, web-exclusive rendition of “Please Come Home for Christmas.”

Jones belted the somber, mid-tempo tune with characteristic aplomb, running vocal circles around a clever arrangement by the Dap-Kings that mixed sultry guitars, gritty horns and seasonally apt orchestral chimes.

“Please Come Home for Christmas” was originally recorded in 1960 by Charles Brown (not that Christmas sad sack) and has since been covered by an array of artists including the Eagles, Bon Jovi and Kelly Clarkson. Jones and the Dap-Kings’ rendition appears on their new LP, It’s a Holiday Soul Party, which also includes grooving renditions of “White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “Silver Bells” and more.

But It’s a Holiday Soul Party isn’t just for the goyim: The LP opens with a brassy, funky cut called “8 Days (of Hanukkah),” which was given an animated clip illustrating Jones’ lyrics about frying latkes, cooking brisket, spinning dreidels and receiving a $5 check from great grandma Sel.


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