Clips & Pix: The Temptations/Silent Night

Usually, I’m not much into traditional Christmas music, but this rendition of Silent Night by The Temptations is one of the most beautiful holiday tunes I know. It truly touches me every time I listen to it.

Silent Night (original German title: Stille Nacht, Heilige Nacht) is a Christmas carol from 1818, written by Austrian church organist and composer Franz Xaver Gruber, with lyrics by Joseph Mohr, an Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer. The Temptations recorded it for their second Christmas album Give Love At Christmas released in August 1980.

I feel The Temptations are in a category by themselves. There’s simply no other vocal group I’m aware of, who can sing in perfect four or five-part vocal harmony like the legendary Motown quintet.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Bitmoji

Sources: Wikipedia, YouTube

5 thoughts on “Clips & Pix: The Temptations/Silent Night”

  1. Very nice version, thanks. Coincidentally I happened to see an article online about Silent Night’s history. I never knew it was written in German nor did I know much else about it. But the thrust of this article was that it was written on guitar. I can’t find that article so I pulled this out of Wikipedia: “The church organ had broken down so Gruber produced a melody with guitar arrangement for the poem. The two men sang Stille Nacht for the first time at Christmas Mass in St Nicholas Church while Mohr played guitar and the choir repeated the last two lines of each verse.” So next year I’m hoping to see a post from you playing guitar and singing this in German. Thanking you in advance. 🙂

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