Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas as performed by Carla Thomas (1963)

Composed by the great Steve Cropper, Carla herself and Vincent Trauth, “Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas” charted #23 US. It should have charted higher, but it was the times I guess. It is still a Holiday Classic in my book.

Known by many as the “Queen of Memphis Soul, Carla would have been only 20 or so when she made this record. She went on the leave Atlantic and be a part of the awesome Stax Artist Roster until their bankruptcy. She then stopped recording, but I think she would have given Aretha a run for her money if she had stayed in the music game.

While recording for Stax, Carla attended Howard University to get her Master’s Degree, so I guess music was not her priority. But she still continues to sing her classics today and we love her. There’s a short Carla Thomas Bio here.

BTW, Carla celebrated her 65th birthday a this past Friday (12/21).  I am sure you join me in wishing her a happy belated birthday and wishes for many more prosperous years to come. And of course we thank you for the music Miss Thomas.

Gee Whiz, It’s Christmas

Hello there, Merry Christmas, how’ve you been,
Gee, it’s so good to talk to you again,
It’s been a long, long time,
Can’t explain why you’ve crossed my mind,
I guess it’s just to wish you a Merry Christmas.

My best friend’s having a party and everbody’s going,
I know it’s gonna be alot of fun, oh, by the way, it’s snowing,
It’s been a long, long time,
Can’t explain why you’ve crossed my mind,
I guess it’s just to say,
Gee whiz, it’s Christmas.

It’s funny that I never thought to call you before,
And why didn’t I ever see you around anymore,
Another year has passed, and I can’t erase,
The memory of your smiling face,
So I had to call you up and say,
Gee whiz, it’s Christmas.

So don’t forget the party that’s just growing,
The warm fire from the fireplace will be glowing,
It’s been a long, long time,
I still can’t figure out why you’ve crossed my mind,
I guess it’s just to say,
Gee whiz, it’s Christmas.

I’m wishing you a Merry,
Have a Merry, Merry Christmas
Gee whiz ..

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