Christmas Music of 1958

By | Dec 6, 2008

1958 introduced many Christmas songs that we now consider classics. The thirteen year old Brenda Lee first released Rockin’ ’round the Christmas Tree in 1958, although it didn’t really become a big christmas hit until the 1960s.

Johnny Marks, famous for Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer also wrote Rockin’ ’round the Christmas Tree as well as putting music to the poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day. Harry Bellefonte released his version in 1958.

Chuck Berry was one of the originators of Rock and Roll. In 1958 he recorded Run Rudolph Run also written by Johnny Marks along with, this time, Marvin Brodie. This could be considered one of the first Rock and Roll Christmas songs.

Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. in early 1958 recorded the song Witch Doctor as David Seville which featured the line “Oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang” in a speed up voice. Later in the year he created Alvin and the Chipmunks who did their famous Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don’t be Late). Both of these songs reached Number 1 and was the only ones in his career. It was also the last Christmas Song to reach Number 1 on Billboard charts.

Johnny Mathis was a young 23 year old singer when he released his first Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, in 1958. The album has been released in some format just about every years since then and is one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time

It was also in 1958 that Stan Freberg released his parody Green Chri$tma$
attacking the commercialization of Christmas


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