Jingle Bell Rock

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"Jingle Bell Rock"
Single Bobby Helms-Jingle Bell Rock cover.jpg
Single by Bobby Helms
B-side "Captain Santa Claus
(and His Reindeer Space Patrol)"
Released 1957 (1957)
Format 7-inch
Recorded October 1957
Genre Christmas, rock and roll,[1] country[2]
Length 2:12
Label Decca 9-30513
Songwriter(s) Joe Beal
Jim Boothe
Bobby Helms singles chronology
"My Special Angel"
(1957)
"Jingle Bell Rock"
(1957)
"Just a Little Lonesome"
(1958)

"My Special Angel"
(1957)
"Jingle Bell Rock"
(1957)
"Just a Little Lonesome"
(1958)

"Jingle Bell Rock" is an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957 (after it was recorded in October 1957). It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976). Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations professional and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was an American writer in the advertising business.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Helms recordings[edit]

"Jingle Bell Rock" has been performed by many, but Helms' version is the best known. The song's title and some of its lyrics are an extension of the old Christmas standard, "Jingle Bells." It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as "Rock Around the Clock," and mentions going to a "Jingle hop." An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes of the chorus of "Jingle Bells." Backup singers were the Anita Kerr Quartet.[9]

Helms' original version, on Decca 9-30513 from October 1957, was re-recorded by him on Kapp K-719 in 1965, and yet again in 1967 on Little Darlin' LD-0038. In 1970, Helms recorded an entire album titled Jingle Bell Rock on Certron C-7013, releasing the title track on Certron C-10021, with a picture sleeve. He again recorded the song for Gusto Records, it was subsequently released on their “Power Pak” Label. In yet another re-recording, Helms released a version on Ashley AS-4200 (year unknown). In 1983, Helms released his last recording of "Jingle Bell Rock" on Black Rose 82713.

Chart and sales performance[edit]

Helms' original version charted at No. 13 on Billboard's Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart, a predecessor to the Hot Country Songs chart. It also crossed to the pop charts, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart, and at No. 11 on Cashbox magazine's Top 60 on the week ending January 11, 1958.

After the song was featured on the soundtrack album to the 1996 film Jingle All the Way, the original Bobby Helms version returned to the Billboard country singles charts in late 1996 and early 1997, reaching a peak of No. 60.

The Helms version entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week ending December 24, 2016,[10] eventually reaching a peak of No. 29 two weeks later.[11]

As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track of Helms' original Decca recording stand at 780,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing it ninth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history.[12]

Bobby Helms[edit]

Chart (1957) Peak
position
US Best Sellers In Stores (Billboard)[citation needed] 6
US Most Played C&W By Jockeys (Billboard)[citation needed] 13
Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[13] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[14] 60
Chart (2001-2017) Peak
position
Slovenia (SloTop50)[15] 16
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 63
US Billboard Hot 100[17] 29
US Holiday 100 (Billboard)[18] 2
US Holiday Airplay (Billboard)[19] 1

George Strait[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[20] 69

Aaron Tippin[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[21] 52

Rascal Flatts[edit]

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[22] 29

Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[23] 37
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[24] 34

Hall & Oates version[edit]

Hall & Oates released a version in 1983 as a non-album single which peaked at number 30 on the Hot 100 Recurrents chart in 2005, it also reached number 6 on the Billboard's Holiday Airplay chart on December 13, 2008 and number 24 on the Hot Holiday Songs chart on December 10, 2011.[25][26][27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ KSANDER, YAËL (December 31, 2007). "Mr Jingle Bell Rock". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Pacella, Megan (November 16, 2012). "No. 12: Bobby Helms, 'Jingle Bell Rock' – Top 50 Country Christmas Songs". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ Joseph Carleton Beal, in: Ancestry.com. Biography & Genealogy Master Index (BGMI) [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.
  4. ^ Joseph Mills Carleton Beal, in: Ancestry.com. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917–1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.
  5. ^ Ancestry.com. Social Security Death Index [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2009.
  6. ^ Dale V. Nobbman, Christmas Music Companion Fact Book, Hal Leonard Corporation, 2000, p. 101. ISBN 978-1-57424-067-2.
  7. ^ U.S. Census, 1910, State of Massachusetts, County of Norfolk, enumeration district 1083, p. 23-A, family 578.
  8. ^ "Historical Sacrilege Issue", The Evening Standard (Uniontown, Pennsylvania), 3 October 1963, p. 14.
  9. ^ https://sonichits.com/artist/Bobby_Helms_%26_The_Anita_Kerr_Singers
  10. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  11. ^ "Music: Top 100 Songs | Billboard Hot 100 Chart". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2016-01-03.
  12. ^ Billboard Staff (November 25, 2016). "What Are the Top-Selling Holiday Songs?". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2016.
  13. ^ "Bobby Helms Chart History (Adult Contemporary)". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  14. ^ "Bobby Helms Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  15. ^ "SloTop50 – Slovenian official singles chart". slotop50.si. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  16. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved December 30, 2017.
  17. ^ "Bobby Helms Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  18. ^ "Billboard - Artists - Bobby Helms - Holiday 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  19. ^ "Billboard - Artists - Bobby Helms - Holiday Airplay". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  20. ^ "George Strait Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  21. ^ "Aaron Tippin Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  22. ^ "Rascal Flatts Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  23. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard.
  24. ^ "Blake Shelton Chart History (Country Airplay)". Billboard.
  25. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates chart history for Hot 100 Recurrents". Billboard. Retrieved May 30, 2017.
  26. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  27. ^ "Daryl Hall & John Oates - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26.

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