Pretty Paper

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Pretty Paper
Studio album by Willie Nelson
Released November 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. His 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, Willie Nelson re-recorded the song and made it the title track on his own Christmas album.

Chris Isaak covered the song in 2004.

Track listing of 1979 Willie Nelson Album[edit]

  1. "White Christmas" (I. Berlin) - 2:44
  2. "Winter Wonderland" (F. Bernard/D. Smith) - 2:24
  3. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (J. Marks) - 2:10
  4. "Jingle Bells" (Trad. Arr. Willie Nelson) - 2:08
  5. "Here Comes Santa Claus" (G. Autry/O. Haldeman) - 1:52
  6. "Blue Christmas" (B. Hayes/J. Johnson) - 2:36
  7. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (J. F. Coots/H. Gillespie) - 2:10
  8. "Frosty the Snowman" (S. Nelson/J. Rollins) - 2:23
  9. "Silent Night" (Mohr/Gruber, Arr. Willie Nelson) - 3:42
  10. "Little Town of Bethlehem" (Trad. Arr. Willie Nelson) - 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.