Merle Haggard's Christmas Present

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Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
Cover to the standard edition of the album
Studio album by Merle Haggard
Released November 1973
Recorded January and July 1973, Columbia Recording Studio, Nashville, TN
Genre Country, Christmas
Label Capitol
Producer Ken Nelson, Fuzzy Owen
Merle Haggard chronology
I Love Dixie Blues
(1973)
Merle Haggard's Christmas Present
(1973)
If We Make It Through December
(1974)
Alternative Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Merle Haggard's Christmas Present is the 18th studio album by American country singer Merle Haggard, released in 1973.[2] The single, "If We Make It Through December" spent four weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart in December 1973 and January 1974, and cracked the Top 30 of the Billboard Hot 100. "If We Make It Through December" was the No. 2 song of the year on Billboard's Hot Country Singles 1974 year-end chart. [1]

The original LP release of the album carries the subtitle Something Old, Something New.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Merle Haggard unless otherwise noted.

  1. "If We Make It Through December" – 2:42
  2. "Santa Claus and Popcorn" – 2:13
  3. "Bobby Wants a Puppy Dog for Christmas" – 2:13
  4. "Daddy Won't Be Home Again for Christmas" – 3:04
  5. "Grandma's Homemade Christmas Card" – 1:50
  6. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 2:28
  7. "Silver Bells" (Jay Livingston, Ray Evans) – 3:20
  8. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) – 2:31
  9. "Silent Night" (Josef Mohr, Franz Xaver Gruber) – 2:29
  10. "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont) – 2:21

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Roy Nichols – guitar, harmonica
  • Red Lane – guitar
  • Bobby Wayne – guitar
  • Dave Kirby – guitar
  • Marcy Nichols – guitar
  • Ray Edenton – guitar
  • Jerry Shooks– guitar
  • Jimmy Capps – guitar
  • Norman Hamlet – pedal steel guitar, dobro
  • Dennis Hromek – bass
  • Joe Zinkan – bass
  • Ronnie Reno – bass
  • Henry Strzelecki – bass
  • Biff Adam – drums
  • William Harris – drums
  • Johnny Gimble – fiddle
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – piano, organ
  • Jerry Whitehurst – piano
  • Mark Yeary – piano
  • Farrell Morris – percussion
  • Bill Puett – horns

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1973 Billboard Pop albums 4

References[edit]