Merry Christmas (Johnny Mathis album)
|Studio album by Johnny Mathis|
|Johnny Mathis chronology|
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".
- "Winter Wonderland" – 3:19
- "The Christmas Song" – 4:18
- "Sleigh Ride" – 2:58
- "Blue Christmas" – 3:02
- "I'll Be Home for Christmas" – 4:04
- "White Christmas" - 3:32
- "O Holy Night" – 4:35
- "What Child Is This? (Greensleeves)" – 3:58
- "The First Noel" – 3:49
- "Silver Bells" – 3:34
- "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear" – 3:08
- "Silent Night, Holy Night" – 3:51
Billboard album chart
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. The album also spawned a hit single, "Winter Wonderland", that peaked at #17 on the UK singles charts in 1958.
Johnny Mathis Christmas albums
In the spoken patter at the outset of the Mathis/Bette Midler duet "Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" from Midler's 2006 holiday album "Cool Yule", Midler is heard describing Mathis as "the king of Christmas", a fitting title given his many holiday albums. In 2013, Mathis released his sixth original Christmas album. The six are:
|Merry Christmas||1958|
|Sounds of Christmas||1963|
|Give Me Your Love for Christmas||1969|
|Christmas Eve with Johnny Mathis||1986|
|The Christmas Album||2002|
|Sending You a Little Christmas||2013|
- All Music Billboard Album Chart Position
- Johnny Mathis Hit Singles Billboard Singles Chart Positions
- Johnny Mathis Official Website Johnny Mathis Holiday Albums listed on Discography page