Do You Hear What I Hear?

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"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Song by Harry Simeone
Written October 1962
Composer(s) Gloria Shayne Baker
Lyricist(s) Noël Regney

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" is a song written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker.[1] The pair, married at the time, wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis.[2] Regney had been invited by a record producer to write a Christmas song, but he was hesitant due to the commercialism of the Christmas holiday.[3] It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.[2]

Songwriting[edit]

Regney wrote the lyrics for the song, while Shayne composed the music in October 1962.[2] This was an unusual arrangement for the two writers. Usually it was Shayne who wrote the lyrics for their songs while Regney composed the music, as they did when they wrote a song based on the classic children's song "Rain Rain Go Away".[1][2]

Regney was inspired to write the lyrics "Said the night wind to the little lamb, 'Do you see what I see?'" and "Pray for peace, people everywhere" after watching babies being pushed in strollers on the sidewalks of New York City.[1] Shayne stated in an interview years later that neither could personally perform the entire song at the time they wrote it because of the emotions surrounding the Cuban Missile Crisis.[1] "Our little song broke us up. You must realize there was a threat of nuclear war at the time."[1]

Recordings, Film and TV Appearances[edit]

Original Recordings[edit]

"Do You Hear What I Hear?" was released shortly after Thanksgiving in 1962.[1] The song was originally recorded by the Harry Simeone Chorale,[1] a group which had also popularized "The Little Drummer Boy". It went on to sell more than a quarter-million copies during the 1962 Christmas holiday season.[1]

Bing Crosby made the song into a hit when he recorded his own version of it on October 21, 1963,[4] with the record being released as a single on October 26. Crosby also performed the song on a Bob Hope Christmas television special on December 13 of that year. Over the years, Crosby's recording of the song has been widely played on the radio, and has been available on numerous compilation Christmas albums and compact discs put out by Capitol Records.

Cover Versions[edit]

The song was later recorded in diverse ways by hundreds of artists including:

Use in a Medley with other songs[edit]

Appearances in Films, TV and as a Sample[edit]

Regney said that his favorite version was performed by Robert Goulet. As The New York Times noted, when the singer came to the line "Pray for peace, people everywhere," he "almost shouted the words." [44]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Noland, Claire (2008-03-15). "Pianist wrote music for holiday song". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2016-11-29. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r Fox, Margalit (2008-03-11). "Gloria Shayne Baker, Composer and Lyricist, Dies at 84". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-03-23. 
  3. ^ http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Dec2007/Feature2.asp
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography: Song Index". Bing Magazine. 31 December 2016. http://www.bingmagazine.co.uk/bingmagazine/crosbySongs.html
  5. ^ Jones, Jack. "Do You Hear What I Hear". Second Hand Songs. 1964. https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/183019
  6. ^ Fisher, Eddie. "Mary Christmas". Dot Records. 1965. http://www.allmusic.com/album/mary-christmas-mw0001263978
  7. ^ Boone, Pat. "Christmas Is A Comin' (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo)". Dot Records. 1966. https://www.discogs.com/Pat-Boone-Christmas-Is-A-Comin/release/2951463
  8. ^ The Joystrings. "Well Seasoned (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo)". Regal Zonophone. November 1966. https://www.discogs.com/Joy-Strings-Well-Seasoned/release/4194430
  9. ^ Smith, Kate. "The Kate Smith Christmas Album". RCA/Sony Music Distribution. 28 November 1966. http://www.allmusic.com/album/the-kate-smith-christmas-album-mw0000613874
  10. ^ Ames, Ed. "Christmas with Ed Ames (Vinyl, LP, Album)". RCA Victor. 1967. https://www.discogs.com/Ed-Ames-Christmas-With-Ed-Ames/release/3888020
  11. ^ Carroll, Diahann. "Discography". Diahann! http://www.diahann-carroll.com/discography/misc1.html
  12. ^ Various Artists. "Christmas Encore". Legacy/Sony Music Distribution. 15 August 1995. http://www.allmusic.com/album/christmas-encore-mw0000176602
  13. ^ Nabors, Jim. "Jim Nabors' Christmas Album" (Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo). Columbia. 1967. https://www.discogs.com/Jim-Nabors-Jim-Nabors-Christmas-Album/release/1840248
  14. ^ Perry Como with The Ray Charles Singers. "The Perry Como Christmas Album". Kokomo/RCA Victor. Mid-Late August 1968. http://www.kokomo.ca/album_21.htm
  15. ^ Goulet, Robert. "Robert Goulet's Wonderful World of Christmas". Columbia. 1968. https://www.discogs.com/Robert-Goulet-Robert-Goulets-Wonderful-World-Of-Christmas/release/3488798
  16. ^ Jackson, Mahalia. "Christmas with Mahalia". Columbia/Sony Music Distribution. 1968. http://www.allmusic.com/album/christmas-with-mahalia-columbia-mw0002348379
  17. ^ Gladys Knight & the Pips Cover of Harry Simeone Chorale's "Do You Hear What I Hear". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/cover/193975/Gladys-Knight-%26-the-Pips-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F-The-Harry-Simeone-Chorale-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F/
  18. ^ Hampton String Quartet. "Do You Hear What I Hear". YouTube: Hampton String Quartet-Topic. 25 February 2015. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=kR04NONU5IU
  19. ^ Murray, Anne. "Do You Hear What I Hear". YouTube: Anne Murray-Topic. 8 November 2014. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=AKsZT2hQwpo
  20. ^ Bob Hope & Dolores Hope. "Hopes for the Holidays". Hope Enterprises, Inc. 1993. https://www.amazon.com/Hopes-Holidays-Bob-Dolores-Hope/dp/B000MOSAEM
  21. ^ Tesh, John. "The Choirs of Christmas (CD, Album)". GTSP Records. 1994. https://www.discogs.com/John-Tesh-The-Choirs-Of-Christmas/release/8757129
  22. ^ LaBelle, Patti. "Do You Hear What I Hear...". YouTube: House of Black Music. 5 January 2017. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i5GP2BvenaQ
  23. ^ Arkenstone, David. "Enchantment: A Magical Christmas". Narada. 9 September 1997. http://www.allmusic.com/album/enchantment-a-magical-christmas-mw0000029953
  24. ^ Various. "A Punk & Ska Christmas Gone Wrong" (CD, Album, Compilation). Drive-Thru Records. 1997. https://www.discogs.com/Various-A-Punk-Ska-Christmas-Gone-Wrong/release/5236966
  25. ^ United States Air Force Symphony Orchestra. "This Is Christmas". Altissimo. 23 September 1997. http://www.allmusic.com/album/this-is-christmas!-mw0000394012
  26. ^ Anthony Way with St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. "Do You Hear What I Hear". YouTube: Maureen Ruiz. 24 December 2009. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx4GGKxmcuk
  27. ^ Choir of King's College Cambridge. "The Ultimate Carol Collection". Decca Classics. 10 November 1997. http://www.deccaclassics.com/us/cat/4588632
  28. ^ Rosie O'Donnell and Elmo Cover of Harry Simeone Chorale's "Do You Hear What I Hear". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/cover/73918/Elmo-Rosie-O%27donnell-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F-The-Harry-Simeone-Chorale-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F/
  29. ^ McBride, Martina. "White Christmas (CD, HDCD, Album)". RCA Records Label. 1999. https://www.discogs.com/Martina-McBride-White-Christmas/release/6642985
  30. ^ Linda Eder and The Broadway Gospel Choir. "Do You Hear What I Hear". Second Hand Songs. 2000. https://secondhandsongs.com/performance/507153/versions
  31. ^ Tropical Flavor Steel Drum Band. "Do You Hear What I Hear". YouTube: T.F.S.D.B.-Topic. 14 October 2015. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=i7g7GgYuiss
  32. ^ Horn, Tracy. "Various Artists - 5fm Presents The Santa Sessions". November 2002. http://www.rock.co.za/legends/2000plus/santa.html Retrieved 15 October 2013.
  33. ^ Norman, Larry. "Christmastime: The Day That a Child Appeared" (CDr, Album, Reissue). Solid Rock Records. 2003, 2014. https://www.discogs.com/Larry-Norman-ChristmastimeDay-That-A-Child-Appeared/release/7826940
  34. ^ Flyleaf. "Do You Hear What I Hear". Octone. 2005. https://www.christianrock.net/songs/Do_You_Hear_What_I_Hear__by__Flyleaf
  35. ^ Underwood, Carrie. "Carnival Ride (2 X CD, Album, Walmart Edition)". Arista. 21 October 2008. https://www.discogs.com/Carrie-Underwood-Carnival-Ride/release/6245339
  36. ^ "A Country Christmas". Toronto Public Library. 2008. Retrieved 2015-12-24. 
  37. ^ Headley, Heather. "Do You Hear What I Hear". YouTube: Heather Headley-Topic. 13 March 2014. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=rysBIoluNN0
  38. ^ Misalucha, Lani. "The Gift of Christmas". Universal Records. November 2008. http://regalo7107.com/?pid=1579829
  39. ^ Ali Slaight and Theo Tams. "Do You Hear What I Hear (File, AAC, Single)". Sony Music Canada. 10 November 2009. https://www.discogs.com/Ali-Slaight-Theo-Tams-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear/release/3126438
  40. ^ Vanessa Carlton Cover of Harry Simeone Chorale's "Do You Hear What I Hear". WhoSampled.com. http://www.whosampled.com/cover/129887/Vanessa-Carlton-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F-The-Harry-Simeone-Chorale-Do-You-Hear-What-I-Hear%3F/
  41. ^ Various. "Christmas Party with Eddie G." (CD, Album, Compilation). Strikin' It Rich/Columbia. 1990. https://www.discogs.com/Various-Christmas-Party-With-Eddie-G/release/7442919
  42. ^ Various Artists. "Broadway's Carols for a Cure, Volume 12" (2010). Rock-It Science Records. 5 December 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Broadways-Carols-Cure-Vol-2010/dp/B00R1USNII
  43. ^ "Christmas at Concordia: Journey to Bethlehem". KPBS. 9 December 2010. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2010/dec/09/christmas-concordia-journey-bethlehem/
  44. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2002/12/01/nyregion/noel-regney-songwriter-known-for-do-you-hear-what-i-hear-is-dead-at-80.html