CAROL OF THE DRUM

Latest update on 12/12/2012

Artist: Trapp Family Singers
Author: Katherine K. Davis
Label: Decca
Year: 1953

Recorded during sessions for their albums Christmas With The Trapp Family Singers and Yuletide Songs Of Many Lands. This is the real von Trapp Family who's life story inspired musical The Sound Of Music, fleeing their native Austria via Switserland to America, while it was occupied by Nazi Germany in '38. That's their picture on this sheet music copy.

Covers:

1957:

Jack Halloran Singers [a cappella for Dot on lp Christmas Is A-Comin' (should have been a single for the '57 Christmas season); Henry Onorati, one of the producers, was Harry Simeone's go-between; the Halloran version was unsuccessfully reissued as Little Drummer Boy in the slipstream of the Simeone hit]

1958:

Harry Simeone Chorale [as Little Drummer Boy, a Christmas hit for five consecutive seasons; credited to himself and Henry Onorati]

1959:

Beverley Sisters [idem]

1959:

Johnny Cash [idem]

1960:

Marlène Dietrich

1964:

Frank Sinatra

1965:

Nana Mouskouri [as L'Enfant au tambour and in German as Johnny Tambour]

1966:

Joan Baez

1967:

Lou Rawls

1968:

Trini Lopez [as El Nino Del Tambor]

1969:

Prince Buster [as Wreck A Pum Pum]

1969:

Soul Sisters [answer song as Wreck A Buddy]

1970:

Jackson 5

1972:

Royal Scots Dragoon Guards

1973:

Will Tura

1976:

Salsoul Orch.

1977:

David Bowie & Bing Crosby

1977:

André Hazes [as Jochie Met Een Trommeltje]

1981:

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

1985:

Ray Charles

1987:

Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band

1994:

Dandy Warhols [debut single]

1995:

Tractors

1996:

John Denver [at the Vatican]

1999:

Ringo Starr [vocal: Timothy B. Schmit]

2002:

Gloria Gaynor

2003:

Blind Boys Of Alabama [with Michael Franti]

2004:

Dianne Reeves [all as Little Drummer Boy]

2006:

Sufjan Stevens

2007:

An & Jan [as Met De Kleine Trom]

2009:

Bob Dylan

2010:

Flaming Lips

2011:

Justin Bieber [as Drummer Boy]

Written already in 1941, loosely based on a Czech fairytale. In one of Martin Luther's christmas carols, children play as little drummer boys near newborn Jesus. The tune is related to Spanish song Tabolillero and to French song Le Jongleur (Middle Ages), it also somewhat reminds Ravel's Bolero (1928).

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