HARK! THE HERALD ANGELS SING

Latest update on 26/01/2018

Artist: Emile Berliner
Author: Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy/Charles Wesley
Label: Berliner Grammophon
Year: 1889

On a 5 inch in a talking toy. Christmas classic. Ds Charles Wesley, brother of the founder of the Methodist church, published the lyrics in Hymns And Sacred Poems (London, 1739) as Hark, How The Welkin Rings, Hymn For Christmas Day, adapted in 1753 by George Whitefield. Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy composed the melody (for secular use only) to commemorate 400 years of typography (in 1840) as Vaterland, in deinem Gauen, second movement of his cantata Festgesang an die Kunstler. First publication of words and music combined in 1855 by Dr. W.H. Cummings, English school head and organist.

Covers:

1906:

Westminster Choir [for Edison Bell]

1907:

Henry Burr [reissued on VA cd Voices Of Christmas Past (see also: Jingle Bells)]

1912:

Trinity Choir

1914:

Edison Quartet

1951:

Leroy Anderson

1957:

Frank Sinatra

1959:

Roger Williams

1962:

Bing Crosby

1962:

Everly Brothers

1962:

Mahalia Jackson

1963:

Nat King Cole

1967:

Bee Gees [shelved; released on cd reissue of the Horizontal album]

1969:

Ray Price

1976:

Thijs Van Leer [with Rogier Van Otterloo and Louis Van Dijk]

1984:

Boney M

1986:

Chet Baker

1989:

José Feliciano

1991:

Johnny Cash

1998:

Toten Hosen

1999:

Jewel

1999:

Natalie Cole

2005:

Brian Wilson

2006:

Sufjan Stevens

2008:

Aretha Franklin

2008:

Al Jarreau

2009:

Bob Dylan

2013:

Susan Boyle

2014:

Luther Dickinson [on An Americana Christma]

2015:

Brian Setzer Orch.

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