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Holly Jolly Christmas

by

Burl Ives



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Burl Ives was a very successful stage and screen actor as well as a folk singer. He acted in the film Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, among others, and his list of songs include "A Little Bitty Tear" and "A Funny Way Of Laughin'." (thanks, Jeff - Boston, MA)
This was written by songwriter Johnny Marks, who had already written the Christmas classic "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer," a song that proved so popular the stop-motion animators at Rankin-Bass created a half-hour TV special to expand on the song. Ives was brought in for star power, to play the narrator, Sam the Snowman, and take over several songs originally slated for the character of Yukon Cornelius. One was "Silver And Gold," and this was the other. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
A version by Lady Antebellum was released as a single from their 2012 Christmas album On A Winter's Night. The trio recorded a video in Nashville, which was directed by TK McKamy. The clip follows a little boy's attempt to get his festive wish. "'A Holly Jolly Christmas' just has something kind of flirty about it," said L A's Hillary Scott. "So, when it came time to make the video, we really wanted it to feel lighthearted and fun with a sense of humor…something that just makes you smile."
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Comments (8):

"Holly Jolly Christmas" did not make Billboard's Top 100 chart; but between 1957 and 1964 he did have nine Top 100 hits, with "A Little Bitty Tear" being his biggest hit, it peaked at #9 (a "Funny Way of Laughing" was just behind it, it reached #10).
- Barry, Sauquoit, NY
Just like Luzianne Tea, Burl's rendition was THE CLEAR WINNER!
- esskayess, Dallas, TX
Burl Ives sang this song in the Rankin - Bass animated t.v. christmas special : "Rudolf , The Red - Nosed Reindeer" , while doing the voice of "Sam the Snowman" . He also sang the theme song , sang "Silver and Gold" , and narrated the story . Burl Ives is also known for his two popular songs on a 45 - speed record : "Pearly Shells" and "Little Bitty Tears" .
- Mike, Franklin County, PA
I 100% agree with you Mark in Byrdstown. It is my Fav by a mile.
- Sara, Union City, TN
For many years, Burl's music provided the ambiance for friendly card games (particularly Spades) throughout the deep South. It is also considered a time-honored method of "therapy" for mental health patients the world over.
- sonny, podunk, FL
This is the greatest Christmas song of all time.I dont care what anybody says,it is.Case closed.
- Mark, byrdstown, TN
Although I enjoys Burls version and the Rudolph special, we actually recorded Holly Jolly Christmas before Burl Ives. Check it out at www.quintosisters.com
- Chris, Albany, United States
On the big screen, Burl's performance in The Big Country, won him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.
- Ken, Commack, NY
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