Chicago Releases Very Special Christmas Record, ‘O Christmas Three,’ On October 4

Features Dolly Parton, America, Steve Cropper, and BeBe Winans

Chicago, the legendary “rock and roll band with horns” who Billboard has called the top American rock group of all time, will release a brand new Christmas record on October 4, O Christmas Three, their 33rd record and third album of holiday music. The album features special guests Dolly Parton, America, Steve Cropper, and BeBe Winans, and was produced by veteran producer Phil Ramone, one of the most respected and prolific music producers in the recording industry (Bob Dylan, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Elton John, Paul McCartney).

“I think this Christmas album will be enjoyed by young and old alike,” trumpet player Lee Loughnane said. “It was an exciting project to put together. I hope that our fans and other people who just happen to hear the album will feel that energy,” keyboardist Robert Lamm added.

O Christmas Three track listing:
1. Wonderful Christmas Time (featuring Dolly Parton)
2. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree
3. I Saw Three Ships (featuring America)
4. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays
5. What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?
6. It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year
7. I’ll Be Home For Christmas
8. On The Last Night Of The Year
9. Merry Christmas Darling (featuring Bebe Winans)
10. Rockin’ And Rollin’ On Christmas Day (featuring Steve Cropper)
11. My Favorite Things
12. O Christmas Tree
13. Jingle Bells
14. Here Comes Santa Claus/Joy To The World

Matt Wardlaw: I’ll share the initial reaction from my girlfriend to start this one off: “NO.” I guess we won’t be playing this around the Christmas tree?

Chris Holmes:

Wardlaw: “With constant touring – they’ve never missed a year.”

Is that true?

Brian Boone: This band’s number obsession borders on the pathological.

Jeff Giles: Yeah. Jason and I have heard the horrific Chicago/Parton duet on “Wonderful Christmastime,” which we will certainly be covering this Mellowmas and emailing repeatedly to Jeff Vrabel.

Dave Lifton: Dollytoe, Chicago, and Vrabel-baiting all at once? It’s a Mellowmas Miracle!

Giles: Hallelujah! And we get Phil Ramone behind the boards in the bargain!

Springer: Plus it’s a cover of a holiday song known to inspire ritual suicide.

Lifton: Damn right.

Matt Springer: “25 or 12/24?”

Boone: “Does Anybody Really Know It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year?”

Lifton: “Saturday In The Park, Freezing My Ass Off.”

Boone: “Yule the Inspiration.”
“Hard to Say I’m Santa.”
And for New Years, “Auld Days.”

Springer: Boone wins.

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