Pretty Paper

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For the song, see Pretty Paper (song).
Pretty Paper
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released November 6, 1979[1]
Genre Christmas music, Country
Length 29:19
Label CBS
Producer Booker T. Jones
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Pretty Paper is a 1979 Christmas album recorded by country singer Willie Nelson. The title track had also been a hit Christmas song in 1963, when it was recorded by Roy Orbison. It was his last release in the 1970s.

Original recording[edit]

While Willie Nelson was still getting his career started, he had a writing contract, and wrote the Christmas song "Pretty Paper", which Roy Orbison recorded. That release climbed to #15 on the US charts in 1963.

Willie Nelson released his own version of "Pretty Paper" as a single in 1964. Sixteen years later, he re-recorded the song and made it the title track on his own Christmas album. Willie and his sister Bobbie Nelson recorded a version on their 1997 Christmas album, Hill Country Christmas.

There have been numerous cover versions of the song by artists including Glen Campbell (1968), Mickey Gilley (1976), Randy Travis (1986), Asleep at the Wheel (1997), Kenny Chesney (2003), Chris Isaak (2004), Reverend Horton Heat (2005), Emmy Rossum (2013) and dozens of others.

Track listing of the album[edit]

  1. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) - 2:44
  2. "Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard; Richard B. Smith) - 2:24
  3. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks) - 2:10
  4. "Jingle Bells" (James Pierpont) - 2:08
  5. "Here Comes Santa Claus" (Gene Autry; Oakley Haldeman) - 1:52
  6. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes; Jay Johnson) - 2:36
  7. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. Fred Coots; Haven Gillespie) - 2:10
  8. "Frosty the Snowman" (Steve Nelson; Jack Rollins) - 2:23
  9. "Silent Night" (Joseph Mohr; Franz Xavier Gruber) - 3:42
  10. "Little Town of Bethlehem" (Phillips Brooks; Lewis H. Redner) - 1:27
  11. "Christmas Blues (Instrumental)" (Willie Nelson; Booker T. Jones) - 3:12
  12. "Pretty Paper" (Willie Nelson) - 2:22



  1. ^ "Pretty Paper by Willie Nelson". Rate Your Music. Retrieved July 10, 2011.