Little Darlin' Christmas

A Little Darlin' Christmas

by Johnny Paycheck
     
 

While Bobby Helms had a handful of hits on the country charts during the 1950s and '60s (most notably "Fraulein" and "My Special Angel"), by a wide margin the man's best remembered song is "Jingle Bell Rock," which was released in late 1957 and has been a perennial holiday staple ever since. A Little Darlin' Christmas features Helms' biggest hit along with 11…  See more details below

Overview

While Bobby Helms had a handful of hits on the country charts during the 1950s and '60s (most notably "Fraulein" and "My Special Angel"), by a wide margin the man's best remembered song is "Jingle Bell Rock," which was released in late 1957 and has been a perennial holiday staple ever since. A Little Darlin' Christmas features Helms' biggest hit along with 11 other Yuletide-themed tunes; these tracks have bounced around on several labels over the years, and sound like the work of a journeyman country singer knocking out a Christmas album with a full measure of professionalism but without a lot of enthusiasm. Still, if you're looking for "Jingle Bell Rock" and would like some like-minded songs to go along with it, this should fill the bill, and his version of Johnny Paycheck's "The Old Year Is Gone" conjures up a fair bit of honky tonk soul. Added as a bonus on this release are four Christmas songs from Paycheck himself, from sessions for a Christmas album that was never completed. Apparently recorded during his early days for Little Darlin' Records, these tracks include Johnny's own recording of "The Old Year Is Gone" (which is significantly more effective) and suggest he could have made a satisfying hard country holiday LP if he'd had the chance to finish the project. This set makes an odd match, with Paycheck's tougher and more passionate style facing off against Helms, whose material is much more pop oriented, but then again maybe that's all part of the magic of the holiday season bringing people together.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/05/2004
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0684038981229
catalogNumber:
9812

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Johnny Paycheck   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bobby Helms   Vocals

Technical Credits

Gene Autry   Composer
Johnny Paycheck   Arranger,Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Bobby Helms   Composer
Felix Bernard   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Marks   Composer
Aubrey Mayhew   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Dick Smith   Composer
Joe Beal   Composer
Jim Boothe   Composer
Joe Poovey   Composer
Oakley Haldeman   Composer

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