Jingle Bell Rock
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|"Jingle Bell Rock"|
|Single by Bobby Helms|
|B-side||"Captain Santa Claus
(and His Reindeer Space Patrol)"
|Genre||Christmas, rock and roll, country|
|Bobby Helms singles chronology|
"Jingle Bell Rock" is a popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1958. It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas time since then. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967), and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976).
Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations man and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was a Texan writer in the advertising business.
"Jingle Bell Rock" has been performed by many, but Helms' version is the most known in the world. Its title and some of its lyrics are takeoffs on the old Christmas standard, "Jingle Bells." It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as "Rock Around the Clock," and mentions going to a "Jingle hop." An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes to the chorus from "Jingle Bells."
Despite being titled a Jingle Bell "Rock", Helms' version of the song was performed in the crossover style known as rockabilly.
Bobby Helms' original version on Decca 9-30513 from 1957, was re-recorded by him on Kapp K-719 in 1965 and yet again in 1967 on Little Darlin' LD-0038. In 1970, Helms recorded an entire album titled "Jingle Bell Rock" on Certron C-7013, releasing from the album the title track on Certron C-10021 with a picture sleeve. In yet another re-recording, Helms released a version on Ashley AS-4200 (year unknown). In 1983, Bobby Helms released his last recording of "Jingle Bell Rock" on Black Rose 82713.
Helms's original version charted at No. 13 on Billboard's Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart, a predecessor to the Hot Country Songs chart. After it was featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Jingle All the Way, the original version returned to the country charts in late 1996-early 1997, reaching a peak of No. 60.
It also crossed to the pop charts, reaching #11 in the Cashbox Top 60, week ending January 11, 1958.
|U.S. Billboard Most Played C&W By Jockeys||13|
|U.S. Billboard Best Sellers in Stores||6|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||60|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||18|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||69|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||52|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||29|
Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||37|
|US Country Airplay (Billboard)||34|
A notable cover version of the song was recorded by Bill Haley & His Comets in 1968 for United Artists records. Intended for a seasonal single release, it was not released and it was considered lost for nearly 30 years until it was finally issued in the mid-1990s.
Other artists to have covered the song include:
- Aaron Tippin
- Alvin and the Chipmunks
- Aly & AJ
- Amy Grant
- Arcade Fire
- Ashley Tisdale
- Billy Gilman
- Billy Idol
- Bobby Sherman
- Bobby Vee
- Brenda Lee
- The Brian Jonestown Massacre
- The Brian Setzer Orchestra
- The Brothers Cazimero
- Chet Atkins
- China Anne McClain
- Chris Brown
- Chubby Checker with Bobby Rydell
- Connie Talbot
- Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem
- Eddie Rabbitt
- Eddy Arnold
- Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
- The Fall
- Frankie Ford
- Gary Hoey
- Gary Lewis & the Playboys
- Geoff Moore and the Distance
- George Strait
- Geri Halliwell
- Girls Aloud
- Glee Cast
- Hall & Oates
- Herb Alpert
- Hilary Duff
- Hollyridge Strings (medley with "Jingle Bells")
- Hot Chelle Rae
- Jessica Simpson
- Jeremy Camp 
- Jillian Hall
- John Anderson
- John Roderick
- John Williams & the Boston Pops Orchestra
- Johnny Mathis
- Jonas Brothers
- Jonathan Coulton
- Julianne Hough
- k.d. lang
- Kenny G
- Kylie Minogue
- Larry Norman
- Lindsay Lohan & Mean Girls Cast
- Los Campesinos!
- Los Straitjackets
- Lou Rawls
- Ludwig Von Drake
- Lynn Anderson
- Mary Wells
- Max Bygraves
- Max Schneider, Macy Kate and Kurt Hugo Schneider
- McClain Sisters
- Megan and Liz
- Michael Bublé & Carly Rae Jepsen (medley with "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree")
- Mike Love
- Mitchel Musso
- Neil Diamond
- The Newsboys
- Piccolo Coro dell'Antoniano
- The Platters
- Point of Grace
- Ralf Mackenbach
- Randy Travis
- Rascal Flatts
- Tatsuro Yamashita
- Taylor Horn
- Teresa Brewer
- Thousand Foot Krutch
- Vanessa Hudgens
- The Ventures
- Victoria Justice
- Wayne Newton
In popular culture
- It is the opening theme from the 1987 film Lethal Weapon.
- Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem performed the song in the 1987 Christmas television special A Muppet Family Christmas.
- Helms' original recording is featured in the film Cookie (1989).
- The song was covered in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! episode "Koopa Klaus" in 1989.
- The song was featured in the 1992 film Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.
- Jingle Bell Rock is an animated Christmas special first seen in 1995 on ABC, which was produced by DIC Entertainment and featured Milton Berle as one of the voice actors.
- In the Christmas special for Sabrina, the Teenage Witch in 1996, this song is performed when Sabrina and her aunts are looking for Salem, when he's kidnapped by a little boy.
- In the 2004 Lindsay Lohan comedy Mean Girls, the song is performed by Cady Heron, Regina George, Gretchen Weiners and Karen Smith in their annual Christmas talent show.
- It was used in the 2008 Christmas episode of Chuck.
- In a season 7 episode of Two and a Half Men, Alan and Evelyn sing the song, as Charlie Harper plays the piano.
- In the fourth season Christmas episode of Glee, the song is performed by Chord Overstreet in character as Sam Evans.
- The song was featured in the closing credits of Getaway (2013).
- The song is used in the ending of the "How the Saints Save Christmas" downloadable content for Saints Row IV.
- Joseph Carleton Beal, in: Ancestry.com. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.
- Joseph Mills Carleton Beal, in: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
- Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.
- Dale V. Nobbman, Christmas Music Companion Fact Book, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000, p. 101. ISBN 978-1-57424-067-2.
- U.S. Census, 1910, State of Massachusetts, County of Norfolk, enumeration district 1083, p. 23-A, family 578.
- "Historical Sacrilege Issue", The Evening Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), 3 October 1963, p. 14.
- "George Strait Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for George Strait.
- "Aaron Tippin Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Aaron Tippin.
- "Rascal Flatts Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Rascal Flatts.
- "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Blake Shelton.
- "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Country Airplay for Blake Shelton.
- Video on YouTube
- Original Soundtrack, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Retrieved 09-16-11.
- Lyrics to Jingle Bell Rock
A version of "Jingle Bell Rock" sung by British girl band "Girls Aloud".
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