Christmas Time Is Here

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"Christmas Time Is Here"
Song by Vince Guaraldi Trio from the album A Charlie Brown Christmas
Released December 1965 (1965-12)
Genre Jazz, Christmas music
Length 6:05 (instrumental version)
2:27 (vocal version)
Label Fantasy
Writer(s) Lee Mendelson
Composer(s) Vince Guaraldi

"Christmas Time Is Here" is a popular Christmas song written by Lee Mendelson and Vince Guaraldi for the 1965 TV special A Charlie Brown Christmas,[1] one of the first animated Christmas specials produced for network TV in the United States. Because the song became a hit, two versions were included on the album A Charlie Brown Christmas: an instrumental version by the Vince Guaraldi Trio and a vocal version by children from St. Paul's Episcopal Church in San Rafael, California.

Cover versions[edit]

The first person to record a cover version of the song was jazz guitarist Ron Escheté on the album Christmas Impressions (1982). David Benoit followed him on the album Christmastime (1983). They were followed by Patti Austin and Debby Boone (both in 1989); Mel Tormé (1992), then Rosemary Clooney, R.E.M., and Stone Temple Pilots before the turn of the century.[2] Other cover versions:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bang, Derrick (2012). Vince Guaraldi's Christmas Wish (booklet). Beverly Hills: Concord Music Group. p. 12. 
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