Christmas in Dixie
|"Christmas in Dixie"|
|Single by Alabama|
|from the album A Country Christmas|
|B-side||"Christmas Is Just a Song For Us This Year" (original)
"Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" (re-release)
|Released||December 6, 1982|
|Alabama singles chronology|
"Christmas in Dixie" is a song by American country band Alabama. It was released as a single in December 1982 from the RCA Records compilation album A Country Christmas. The Christmas song celebrates the holiday in the southern United States. The song was included on Alabama's 1985 Christmas album (titled Alabama Christmas), and has since been included on many Christmas compilations in both the country and all-genre music fields.
The song is a celebration of Christmas in the southeastern United States. Each verse begins with two references to non-Southeastern areas (New York City; California; Chicago and Detroit which is referred as "Motown") followed by two references to Southeastern cities (Memphis, Tennessee; Atlanta, Georgia; Jackson, Mississippi and Charlotte, North Carolina) and a final reference to Fort Payne, Alabama (the group's hometown).
The version released originally on A Country Christmas, as well as the version most often played on radio in the U.S., features a spoken-word Christmas greeting by each member of Alabama prior to the song's conclusion. The original single release was part of a double A-sided holiday release issued by RCA Records, paired with "Christmas Is Just a Song For Us This Year" by Louise Mandrell and R.C. Bannon. A 1997 rerelease had "Thistlehair the Christmas Bear" as its b-side.
In 2010, Allan Caswell initiated a lawsuit against ATV/Sony, who published both his song, "On The Inside" and the Alabama song "Christmas In Dixie", because he thought that it plagiarized the theme song he wrote for Prisoner, On the Inside. This action was based on ATV Sony commissioning a copyright expert to provide advice as to whether a plagiarism had taken place.
The original version spent seven weeks on the charts between late 1982 and early 1983, peaking at number 35. It re-entered the chart three times between 1997 and 2000.
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles||35|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||47|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||40|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||37|