Christmas (Kenny Rogers album)

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Christmas
Christmas Kenny.jpg
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Seasonal
Length 33:37
Label Liberty
Producer Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers chronology
Share Your Love
(1981)Share Your Love1981
Christmas
(1981)
Love Will Turn You Around
(1982)Love Will Turn You Around1982
Rogers' Christmas chronology
Christmas
(1981) Christmas1981
Once Upon a Christmas
(1984) Once Upon a Christmas1984
Alternative cover
1995 re-release covertitled "Christmas Wishes"
1995 re-release cover
titled "Christmas Wishes"

Christmas is the twelfth studio album and the first Christmas album by Kenny Rogers released in 1981.

Overview[edit]

The album features several songs that were already well-known at the time including "White Christmas", "When A Child is Born", "Carol of the Bells" and "My Favorite Things". Several original Christmas songs are also included, which have also now become well-known via this album.

Christmas was also the origin of Kenny's first holiday single, "Kentucky Home Made Christmas". This song was also later included on the various artists compilation "Now That's What I Call Christmas!: 36 Christmas Songs - The Signature Collection" in 2003.

The album peaked at #10 on the U.S. Country charts and #34 on the overall U.S. charts.[1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Christmas Everyday" Pete McCann 3:44
2. "Kentucky Homemade Christmas" Bill Caswel, Kin Vassy 4:16
3. "Carol of the Bells" Mykola Leontovych, Robert Manookin 2:44
4. "Kids" Mac Davis 2:44
5. "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" Bob MacGimsey 3:04
6. "Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year" Pete McCann 2:44
7. "White Christmas" Irving Berlin 2:50
8. "My Favorite Things" Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers 3:02
9. "O Holy Night" Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight 4:39
10. "When a Child Is Born" Fred Jay, Zacar 3:50

Personnel[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producer – Kenny Rogers
  • Assistant Producer – Brenda Harvey Richie
  • Engineers – Reggie Dozier (Tracks 1, 3-6, 8 & 9); Al Schmitt (Tracks 2 & 7); John Arrias (Track 10).
  • Second Engineer (Track 10) – Stephen Schmitt
  • Mixed by Reggie Dozier
  • Art Direction and Design – Bill Burks
  • Photography – Tom Gibson and Reid Miles

Re-releases[edit]

Christmas Wishes[edit]

In some quarters (including the UK and United States) the title has changed to "Christmas Wishes" and the album reissued in 1985 with an alternate track list. In other countries though, "Christmas" is still the title.

Alternate track list[edit]

  1. "White Christmas" [2:47]
  2. "Carol of the Bells" [2:43]
  3. "O Holy Night" [4:38]
  4. "Christmas Everyday" [3:42]
  5. "Kids" (CD Only) [2:42]
  6. "Kentucky Homemade Christmas" [4:14]
  7. "Christmas Is My Favorite Time of Year" [2:43]
  8. "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" [3:03]
  9. "When a Child Is Born" [3:49]
  10. "My Favorite Things" (CD Only) [2:59]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 10
U.S. Billboard 200 34
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny Rogers charted albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 September 2010.