Home for the Holidays (song)

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"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays"
Single by Perry Como
A-side "Silk Stockings"
Released 1954 (1954)
Format 78 rpm and 45 rpm singles
Recorded November 16, 1954
Genre Easy listening, pop
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Al Stillman (lyrics), Robert Allen (music)

"(There's No Place Like) Home for the Holidays" is a popular song, commonly associated with the Christmas and holiday season.

The music was composed by Robert Allen, while the lyrics were written by Al Stillman.[1] The song was published during 1954.

Perry Como version[edit]

The best-known recordings were made by Perry Como, who recorded the song twice. The first recording, done on November 16, 1954, was released as a single for Christmas, 1954, by RCA Records.[2] The flip side was "Silk Stockings" (which scored in the Cash Box magazine top 50). "Home for the Holidays" reached number eight on the Billboard magazine chart in the United States. The next Christmas it was released again, with "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" as the flip side.[3] The same recorded version was released in the United Kingdom by HMV,[4] with the flip side "Tina Marie". This recording has appeared on many compilation albums over the years and remains a Christmas radio regular.

Como's second recording of the song, in stereo and with a different musical arrangement, was made on July 15, 1959. It was released as a 33 rpm single,[5] with flip side "Winter Wonderland" in the U.S.A., and as a 45 rpm single by HMV in the UK.[6] This 1959 version was also included on the album Season's Greetings from Perry Como and has appeared on many compilations.

Other recorded versions[edit]

The Carpenters recorded a popular version that was eventually released on their 1984 album An Old-Fashioned Christmas.

During January 2000, a Garth Brooks version from his album Garth Brooks and the Magic of Christmas maximized at number 63 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[7]

During 2002, Barry Manilow recorded the song for his second Christmas-themed album, A Christmas Gift of Love.

On November 30, 2011, T-Mobile announced a surprise event at the Woodfield Mall.[8] On December 1, 2011, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon directed about six surprise singing and dancing mall performances of "Home for the Holidays" by Carly Foulkes and 100 Chicago-area women in magenta dresses. The performances were later edited into a music video with the hope that it would go viral.[9][10] The full video that was posted on YouTube has a run time of 3:48 and it was presented in a 60-second national television commercial starting on December 12. The video was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott's RSA Films.[11] The musical director was Paul Mirkovich.[12]

The song was also remade as a duet between Cyndi Lauper and Norah Jones during 2011 for an exclusive iTunes release. The 1-track single was available to download on November 1 and did well on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, maximizing at number 12 and at number 22 on the Adult Contemporary Radio Airplay Chart in the U.S.

The song was featured in a 2016 holiday Apple Music television commercial titled "Frankie's Holiday", featuring Brad Garrett.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107858594093/
  2. ^ Catalog number 20-5950-B on 78 rpm and 47-5950-B on 45 rpm
  3. ^ RCA 20-6321-A and 47-6321-A
  4. ^ Catalog number POP-103
  5. ^ RCA catalog # VP-2066
  6. ^ Catalog number RCA-1215
  7. ^ "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays (song by Garth Brooks) Music VF, US & UK successes charts". www.musicvf.com. 
  8. ^ T-Mobile USA (2011-11-30). "@TMobile status". Twitter. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  9. ^ Bishop, Todd (2011-12-07). "Video: T-Mobile stages holiday musical in middle of a mall". Geekwire. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  10. ^ Baar, Aaron (2011-12-08). "Magenta Meets New Directions For T-Mobile". Media Post News. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  11. ^ McGlynn, Tim (2011-12-09). "Schaumburg High School students in T-Mobile ad". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2011-12-10. 
  12. ^ "T-Mobile's Home For The Holidays Surprise". CastTV. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2011-12-10.