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Here comes Santa Bob
August 26, 2009 - Andy Gray
The rumors that have been swirling for a month or so have been confirmed.
Bob Dylan is releasing a Christmas album.
As a fan of Dylan and offbeat Christmas music, I can’t wait to hear it. If there were any original songs on the disc, I would assume Columbia would trumpet that, so it sounds like there’s nothing but covers here. Too bad. It would be great to see if Dylan could pen a classic to join the pantheon of Christmas classics.
Columbia Records issued a press release this morning officially announcing the project:
We at Columbia Records are happy to announce the October 13 release of Bob Dylan's brand new album of holiday songs, "Christmas In The Heart."
"Christmas In The Heart" will be the 47th album from Bob Dylan, and follows his worldwide chart-topping Together Through Life, released earlier this year. Songs performed by Dylan on this new album include, "Here Comes Santa Claus," "Winter Wonderland," "Little Drummer Boy" and "Must Be Santa."
All of Bob Dylan's U.S. royalties from sales of these recordings will be donated to Feeding America, guaranteeing that more than four million meals will be provided to more than 1.4 million people in need in this country during this year's holiday season. Bob Dylan is also donating all of his future U.S. royalties from this album to Feeding America in perpetuity.
Additionally, Bob Dylan is partnering with two international charities to provide meals during the holidays for millions in need in the United Kingdom and the developing world, and will be donating all of his future international royalties from "Christmas In The Heart" to those organizations in perpetuity. Details regarding the international partnerships will be announced next week.
Bob Dylan commented, "It's a tragedy that more than 35 million people in this country alone -- 12 million of those children -- often go to bed hungry and wake up each morning unsure of where their next meal is coming from. I join the good people of Feeding America in the hope that our efforts can bring some food security to people in need during this holiday season."
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Here's the cover for Bob Dylan's Christmas CD. (Columbia Records)