IT CAME UPON THE MIDNIGHT CLEAR

Latest update on 08/12/2014

Artist: Victor Oratorio Chorus
Author: Rev. Edmund Sears/Richard Willis
Label: Victor
Year: 1914

AKA The Trinity Choir. Oldest Christmas hymn written in the US (older than We Three Kings Of Orient Are, Jingle Bells and O Little Town Of Bethlehem). Words by a Unitarianist from Massachusetts (1849), scored one year later by his friend and organist Willis.

Covers:

1915:

Carol Singers [on Edison]

1950:

Ames Brothers

1954:

Percy Faith

1956:

Alfred Deller

1957:

Burl Ives

1957:

Frank Sinatra

1958:

Johnny Mathis

1958:

Billy Vaughn

1959:

Pat Boone

1961:

Louvin Brothers

1962:

Eddy Arnold

1963:

Jackie Wilson

1967:

Ella Fitzgerald

1968:

Mahalia Jackson

1980:

Johnny Cash

1984:

Carpenters

1986:

Chet Baker

1988:

Anne Murray

1988:

Harry Nilsson

1990:

Bobby Vinton

1990:

Aaron Neville

1993:

Bruce Cockburn

2004:

Willie Nelson

2005:

Brian Wilson

2006:

Daryl Hall & John Oates

2007:

Gladys Knight

2007:

Josh Groban

2008:

Sufjan Stevens

2010:

Orla Fallon [from Ireland; the first non American in this list]

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