Merry Christmas (Johnny Mathis album)

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Merry Christmas
Studio album by Johnny Mathis
Released 1958
Genre Christmas music
Length 44:08
Label Columbia
Producer Mitch Miller
Johnny Mathis chronology
Swing Softly
(1958)
Merry Christmas
(1958)
Open Fire, Two Guitars
(1959)

Merry Christmas is the seventh album and first Christmas album by Johnny Mathis. Released in 1958 by Columbia Records (CL 1195/CS 8021), it was also the sixth original studio album by Mathis. This particular album had two different album covers (original cover release shown).

The album ranks highly among the many holiday albums released throughout the years due to its skillful blend of traditional Christmas carols ("Silent Night, Holy Night", "O Holy Night" and "The First Noel") with popular Christmas songs ("The Christmas Song", "White Christmas" and "Silver Bells"). As with a number of Mathis's previous albums, Percy Faith provided the album's musical direction.

In the first flush of his success, Mathis offered a safe popular music alternative to rock 'n' roll rebelliousness of Elvis Presley, also in the first flush of his success and born in the same year as Mathis. On this album, Mathis tries his hand at a Christmas song associated with Presley, "Blue Christmas".

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Track listing[edit]

  1. "Winter Wonderland" – 3:19
  2. "The Christmas Song" – 4:18
  3. "Sleigh Ride" – 2:58
  4. "Blue Christmas" – 3:02
  5. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" – 4:04
  6. "White Christmas" - 3:32
  7. "O Holy Night" – 4:35
  8. "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" – 3:58
  9. "The First Noel" – 3:49
  10. "Silver Bells" – 3:34
  11. "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" – 3:08
  12. "Silent Night, Holy Night" – 3:51

The 1998 CD reissue of the album on Legacy Recordings includes both sides of a 1961 Mathis Christmas single, "Christmas Eve" and "My Kind of Christmas", as bonus tracks.

Billboard album chart[edit]

Continuing his run of highly successful albums, this album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart in 1959, the year following its release, and peaked again at #10 in 1960 and at #12 in 1962.[1] The album also spawned a hit single, "Winter Wonderland", that peaked at #17 on the UK singles charts in 1958.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Music Billboard Album Chart Position
  2. ^ Johnny Mathis Hit Singles Billboard Singles Chart Positions

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