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.
Westminster Choir [for Edison Bell]
Henry Burr [reissued on VA cd Voices Of Christmas Past (see also: Jingle Bells)]
Bee Gees [shelved; released on cd reissue of the Horizontal album]
Thijs Van Leer [with Rogier Van Otterloo and Louis Van Dijk]
Luther Dickinson [on An Americana Christma]