Tuesday, December 21, 2010

christmas series #13: ray charles and betty carter

First of all, I still get creeped out by the resemblance between Jamie Foxx and Ray.

Secondly, I am super into how many Bettys there are in music. Betty Carter is another Betty in a long list of ballers. She's an incredibly talented jazz singer.

In conclusion, I know that everyone and their dawg has covered this song but it remains a personal favorite of mine during the holidays. I also think this is one of the best versions. How smooth? These two BAMFs made an album together in 1961 that included this classic duet. I don't know about you, but this album gives me reason to believe that Santa is real. BECAUSE IT'S MAGICAL AND IF IT'S MAGIC THEN SANTA IS REAL BECAUSE SANTA IS MAGIC.

It's safe to say that this album helped out with Betty Carter's popularity, although she is a really gifted vocalist. You should look up her stuff sometime. Ray, of course, never really stopped being popular but I'm still mad that an actor with two Xs in his name won an Oscar for playing him. (PERSONAL JAMIE FOXX RANT PART #322. It's why I couldn't include a picture of Jamie above side by side with the Ray one, even though that makes perfect sense.)

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" really puts me in a winter mood. Even though it's literally 80 degrees in Austin today and I saw a girl wearing a tank top and jean shorts. Hopefully Santa doesn't get confused by the warm weather and the big man still knows we are here waiting. If it's cold where you are, enjoy this slowed down and exciting version of a great song. Listen to the fire place ROAR!

Ray Charles and Betty Carter - Baby It's Cold Outside

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