I Wish I Was Santa Claus

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I Wish I Was Santa Claus
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 26, 2004
GenreCountry, Christmas
Length30:55
LabelSmith Music Group
ProducerMerle Haggard, Lou Bradley
Merle Haggard chronology
Haggard Like Never Before
(2003)
I Wish I Was Santa Claus
(2004)
Unforgettable
(2004)

I Wish I Was Santa Claus is the fifty-sixth studio album by American country music singer and songwriter Merle Haggard. It was released on October 26, 2004 on the Smith Music Group label.

Reception[edit]

The AllMusic review states "It sounds pretty much as you'd expect, especially given the cover art, but this collision of Bakersfield country music and traditional Christmas material has a certain charm..."[1]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "El Niño" (Moore, Willie Nelson) – 2:36
  2. "I Wish I Were Santa Claus" (McDonald) – 2:33
  3. "Christmas in Cabo San Lucas" (Colosio, Dyer, Joss, Williams) – 3:15
  4. "White Christmas" (Irving Berlin) – 3:18
  5. "Jingle Bells" (James Lord Pierpont) – 2:16
  6. "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (John Frederick Coots, Haven Gillespie) – 2:15
  7. "Blue Christmas" (Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson) – 2:46
  8. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" (Kent Gannon, James Gannon, Buck Ram) – 2:58
  9. "Santa Claus & Popcorn" (Haggard) – 2:06
  10. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (Johnny Marks) – 2:34
  11. "Silver Bells" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 3:37
  12. "If We Make It Through December" (Haggard) – 2:41

Personnel[edit]

  • Merle Haggard – vocals, guitar
  • Don Markham – horn, trumpet, background vocals
  • April Anderson – background vocals
  • Theresa Lane Haggard – background vocals
  • Johnnie Barber – drums
  • Doug Colosio – piano, background vocals
  • Scott Joss – fiddle, guitar, background vocals
  • Abe Manuel, Jr. – guitar
  • Joe Manuel – guitar
  • Randy Mason – guitar
  • Norman Stevens – guitar, background vocals
  • Kevin Williams – bass, background vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ "I Wish I Was Santa Claus > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved March 17, 2015.