Harry for the Holidays

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Harry for the Holidays
Studio album by Harry Connick, Jr.
Released October 28, 2003
Recorded Capitol Studios,
Los Angeles, California,
May 13–22, 2003
Genre Christmas,
Big Band/
Orchestra
Length 1 hour 8 minutes
Label Sony/Columbia
Producer Tracey Freeman
Harry Connick, Jr. chronology
Other Hours : Connick on Piano, Volume 1
(2003)
Harry for the Holidays
(2003)
Only You
(2004)
Harry Connick, Jr.
Christmas albums chronology
When My Heart Finds Christmas
(1993)
Harry for the Holidays
(2003)
What a Night! A Christmas Album
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B- 2/13/04

Harry for the Holidays is American artist Harry Connick, Jr.'s second Christmas album, released in 2003. The album features Connick and his 16 piece Big Band and a full string section.

Harry for the Holidays was the best-selling holiday album in the United States of 2003 according to sales figures from Nielsen/SoundScan, with 687,000 copies sold in the U.S. that year.[1]

A Harry For The Holidays television special, aired on NBC December 23, 2003. The TV special was released on DVD October 19, 2004. The special features Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Marc Anthony and Kim Burrell.

Among Harry Connick, Jr.'s own compositions is a duet with country singer George Jones on "Nothing New for New Year." This was one of the highlights of the album for Connick: "George Jones is my favorite singer and I was quite surprised and honored that he said yes", Connick said in 2003. "I think he's the most soulful country singer probably of all time."

An animated TV Christmas special "The Happy Elf", aired December 2, 2005 on NBC, and was released on DVD. The special is based on Connick's original song, "The Happy Elf". When asked about the song in 2003, Connick said, "'The Happy Elf' is another kid's song that came from thinking about how cool it would be to work in Santa's [work]shop."

On November 4, 2004, Harry for the Holidays was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipments of one million copies in the U.S.[2]

DualDisc version[edit]

The album was also released as a DualDisc, with the DVD side containing both Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound mixes and high quality LPCM (better than CD) versions of the album's 16 tracks. Also included are excerpts from the above-mentioned network special; with performances of 6 songs, including his own "It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus" as well as a version of "Blue Christmas" (made famous, as Connick notes before the performance, by Elvis Presley during his 1968 comeback special). An interview with Connick and a trailer for The Happy Elf are also included.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Frosty The Snow Man"   Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins 3:34
2. "Blue Christmas"   Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson 3:23
3. "The Christmas Waltz"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 3:18
4. "I Wonder As I Wander"   traditional 3:07
5. "Silver Bells"   Ray Evans, Jay Livingston 3:58
6. "Mary's Little Boy Child"   Jester Hairston 5:10
7. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"   J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie 3:56
8. "The Happy Elf"   Connick 3:42
9. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 5:57
10. "I Come With Love"   Connick 4:43
11. "Nature Boy"   eden ahbez 3:49
12. "O Little Town of Bethlehem"   Lewis H. Redner, Phillip Brooks 3:25
13. "I'm Gonna Be The First One"   Connick 3:27
14. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor 3:47
15. "Nothin' New For New Year" (with George Jones) Connick 4:08
16. "Silent Night"   Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr 4:54

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"Nothing New For New Year"

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