JINGLE BELLS

Latest update on 30/10/2017

Artist: Edison Male Quartette
Author: James Pierpont
Label: Edison
Year: 1898

James S. Pierpont, an uncle of the famous financer J.P. (James Pierpont) Morgan, wrote it in the 1850s in Medford, Massachusetts as The One-horse Open Sleigh for the choir of the local First Unitarian Church, where his father was pastor. The choir introduced the new song during a Thanksgiving day service; there was not a single reference to Christmas in the original lyrics. Due to the public's enthusiasm, the performance was renewed during that same year's Christmas celebration. In 1857 the song was copyrighted as The One Horse Open Sleigh. Two years later it was first published as Jingle Bells in Savannah, GA, where Pierpont's brother John was pastor. His Unitarian Universalist Church is locally known as 'The Jingle Bells Church'. There's a marker in front to prove it. Author James Pierpont was buried in Savannah (Laurel Grove Cemetery). The Edison Male Quartette's earliest recording is reissued on the VA-cd Voices Of Christmas Past, along with the oldest Hark The Herald Angels Sing by Henry Burr (see there and see also: Mary Had A Little Lamb). Banjoist Will Lyle cut Jingle Bells in 1889 but no copies survived.

Covers:

1902:

Haydn Quartet

1935:

Benny Goodman

1938:

King Cole Trio

1943:

Andrews Sisters [with Bing Crosby; millionseller]

1953:

Count Basie

1960:

Peggy Lee [as I Like A Sleighride]

1963:

Jim Reeves

1964:

Beach Boys [guitar in Santa's Beard]

1965:

Buck Owens

1966:

Booker T. & The MG's

1967:

Rico [reggae]

1968:

Julie Andrews

1971:

Joni Mitchell [piano part in River]

1972:

Johnny Cash

1973:

Merle Haggard

1979:

Willie Nelson

1981:

BZN

1983:

Al Green

1991:

Brave Combo

1992:

Mojo Nixon

1993:

Fats Domino

1998:

Diana Krall

2004:

Kenny Chesney

2008:

Bela Fleck

2008:

Lonely Boys

2011:

Michael Bublé

2017:

Gwen Stefani

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