Please Come Home for Christmas

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Not to be confused with Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Charles Brown
from the album Charles Brown Sings Christmas Songs
B-side "Christmas (Comes but Once a Year)" by Amos Milburn[1]
Released 1960
Format 7-inch
Recorded September 21, 1960[2]
Genre Rhythm and blues, Christmas
Length 2:50
Label King 45-5405
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Charles Brown singles chronology
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
(1961)
"Angel Baby" (Charles Brown & Group)
(1961)
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Eagles
B-side "Funky New Year"
Released November 27, 1978
Format 7-inch
Recorded 1978 at Bayshore Recording Studios, Coconut Grove, Florida
Genre Blues rock, Christmas, pop
Length 2:57
Label Asylum 45555
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Producer(s) Bill Szymczyk
Eagles singles chronology
"Life in the Fast Lane"
(1977)
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
(1978)
"Heartache Tonight"
(1979)
"Please Come Home for Christmas"
Single by Bon Jovi
B-side "I Wish Everyday Could be Like Christmas" (4:25)
"Back Door Santa" (3:52)
Released 1995 (Japan)
Format CD single
Genre Christmas, pop
Length 2:53
Label Mercury PHCR-8343
Writer(s) Charles Brown, Gene Redd
Producer(s) Jimmy Iovine

"Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972.[3] It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as "Bells Will Be Ringing", which are the first four words of the song.

Eagles version[edit]

In 1978, the rock band Eagles covered and released the song as a holiday single. Their version peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, the first Christmas song to reach the Top 20 on that chart since Roy Orbison's "Pretty Paper" in 1963. This was the first Eagles song to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass (having replaced founding member Randy Meisner the previous year). The lineup features Don Henley (drums/vocals), Glenn Frey (piano, backing vocals), Joe Walsh (guitar, backing vocals), Schmit (bass/backing vocals), and Don Felder (lead guitar). Originally released as a vinyl 7" single, it was re-released as a CD single in 1995, reaching #15 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.

Jon Bon Jovi version[edit]

Jon Bon Jovi also covered the song on the 1992 holiday album, A Very Special Christmas 2. A promo music video that featured supermodel Cindy Crawford was made to accompany that release. In 1994 the same recording was released as a charity single in Europe, but this time instead of being credited as a solo recording by Jon Bon Jovi it was released under the band name Bon Jovi. The 1994 single release made the Top Ten in both UK and Ireland.

Other cover versions[edit]

The song has also been covered by artists in various genres including Johnny Winter, Aaron Neville, Cee Lo Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr., Christina Perri, Lady Antebellum, Toby Keith, B. B. King, Fiona Apple, Clay Walker, Martina McBride, Jesse McCartney, Josh Gracin, James Brown, Pat Benatar, The Platters, Kelly Clarkson, Melissa Manchester and Southside Johnny.

Chart performance[edit]

Charles Brown[edit]

Chart (1962) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 76

Eagles[edit]

Chart (1978) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 18
U.K. Singles Charts 30
Chart (1995) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15
Chart (2005) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs 74

Bon Jovi[edit]

Chart (1994) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart 6
UK Singles Chart 7

Gary Allan[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 70

Lee Roy Parnell[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 71

Willie Nelson[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 50

Josh Gracin[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 51

Martina McBride[edit]

Chart (2011–2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[8] 51

Kelly Clarkson[edit]

Chart (2013 TBD) Peak
position

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kelly, Red (Dec 19, 2005). "Amos Milburn - Christmas (Comes But Once A Year) (KING 5405)". The B Side. Retrieved April 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ "The Top 40 Christmas Oldies Songs and Holiday Music - #4". Oldies.about.com. 1960-09-21. Retrieved 2014-05-24. 
  3. ^ CD sleeve: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1955 - Present), 1989 Rhino Records Inc.
  4. ^ "Gary Allan Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Gary Allan.
  5. ^ "Lee Roy Parnell Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Lee Roy Parnell.
  6. ^ "Willie Nelson Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Willie Nelson.
  7. ^ "Josh Gracin Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Josh Gracin.
  8. ^ "Martina McBride Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Martina McBride.

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