Merry Christmas to You

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Merry Christmas to You
Studio album by Reba McEntire
Released 1987
Genre Country
Length 34:02
Label MCA
Producer Tony Brown
Jimmy Bowen
Reba McEntire
Reba McEntire chronology
The Last One to Know
(1987)
Merry Christmas to You
(1987)
Reba
(1988)
Alternative cover
1995 Reissue Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Merry Christmas to You, released in 1987, is the fourteenth album and first Christmas album by Reba McEntire, with most of the tunes being McEntire's renditions of very familiar traditional Christmas fare. It is currently the latest album (as of 2009) to bear McEntire's last name on the front cover. Songs from the album wouldn't chart until ten and twelve years after its release.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Away in a Manger"   James R. Murray 2:26
2. "On This Day"   Michael Patrick Heeny, David Scarlet 3:58
3. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight 3:54
4. "The Christmas Guest"   Grandpa Jones, Ramona Jones, Bill Walker 5:23
5. "Silent Night"   Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr 3:36
6. "Happy Birthday Jesus (I'll Open This One for You)"   Traditional 2:33
7. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:02
8. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 3:16
9. "A Christmas Letter"   John Greenebaum, Paul Nelson, Gene Nelson 3:11
10. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells 3:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Background Vocals: Suzie Hoskins, Leigh Reynolds, Reba McEntire
  • Drums: Steve Short
  • Bass: Roger Wills
  • Acoustic Guitar: Leigh Reynolds, Bill Cooley
  • Piano: Donny Howard
  • Steel: Donnie LaValley
  • Electric Guitar: Bill Cooley
  • Fiddle: Ricky Solomon

Musicians on "On This Day" and "Away In A Manger"[edit]

  • Drums: Matt Betton
  • Bass: Emory Gordy, Jr.
  • Electric Guitar: Billy Joe Walker, Jr., Larry Byrom
  • Acoustic Guitar: Mac McAnally
  • Keyboards: John Jarvis
  • Fiddle: Mark O'Connor
  • Steel: Thomas Brumley
  • Chimes and Vibrs: Farrell Morris
  • Vocals- Vince Gill (on "On This Day")

Other[edit]

Art Direction: Simon Levy Photography: McGuire Design: Katherine DeVault Design Styling: Ann Payne Fur: J. Jacklyn Furriers

Produced by Jimmy Bowen for Lynwood Productions and Reba McEntire for Reba McEntire Productions, except for "On This Day" and "Away In A Manger", produced by Tony Brown.

Recorded by Ron Treat. Overdubs recorded by Ron Treat, Steve Tillisch, Willie Pevear, Bob Bullock. Mixed by Bob Bullock and Steve Tillisch.

Sound Engineers: Mark J. Coddington, Tim Kish, Marty Williams, Russ Martin

Digitally recorded using the Mitsubishi X-850 32 track digital at Sound Stage Studio, Emerald Studio, 16th Ave. Sound, Backstage, and Masterfonics.

Mastered by Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics using the JVC Digital Audio Mastering System.

Digital editing by Milan Bogdan.

CD master tape prepared by Glenn Meadows at Masterfonics.

Project Coordinator: Jesse Noble

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 72
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 20

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country
1997 "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" 63
1999 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" 68
"Away in a Manger" 73

Certifications/sales[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
United States (RIAA)[2] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Reba Mc Entire – Merry Christmas to You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH