21 December: The Flirtations: Christmas Time Is Here Again

Published December 21, 2012

Earlier in the Advent Calendar we've had a song entitled 'Christmas Time Is Here'. We've even had a song called 'Christmas Time Is Here Again'. And now it's time for a tune entitled 'Christmas Time Is Here Again' - again. Performed, not by The Beatles this time, but by American girl trio The Flirtations. Generally, there are plenty of great Christmas recordings to be found by soul artists from the Sixties and Seventies, and this is one of my favourites.

Incredibly, this 1968 recording was only the B-side of The Flirtations' single 'Nothing But A Heartache', which wasn't much of a hit at the time (it has since become a Northern Soul classic). The song writing team of Bickerton/Waddington, who wrote both sides of the single, would have more commercial success a few years later with The Rubettes (of 'Sugar Baby Love' fame).

Anyway, 'Christmas Time Is Here Again' is, to my ears, super-catchy and if there had been any justice it would have been a major hit in its own right at the time. So there!

Click here to listen to 'Christmas Time Is Here Again'.

The Flirtations: Nothing But A Heartache / Christmas Time Is Here Again.