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Soul Christmas

Soulful interpretations of holiday favorites, from Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Darlene Love, and more.

The 1968 Atlantic album "Soul Christmas," with tracks by Booker T. & The MG's, William Bell, and Otis Redding, will be featured on this episode.

You might expect an Afterglow Christmas special to include names like Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, and Nat King Cole, but instead, we’re going to change things up a bit and feature some singers that don’t always haunt your typical Afterglow playlist, names like Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, and Otis Redding. In this holiday special, we’ll be looking at some of the best soulful interpretations of Christmas favorites from the 1950s and 1960s, and even look at a brand new holiday song from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings.

Mark Chilla

Mark Chilla, originally from Atlanta, GA, is the Production Director at WFIU, where he also hosts Ether Game and Afterglow. He studied music theory at Indiana University and taught various music theory courses at IU and Butler University. He enjoys film, woodworking, learning new instruments and the Beatles.

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