Little Altar Boy
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|"Little Altar Boy"|
|Single by The Carpenters|
|from the album An Old-Fashioned Christmas|
|B-side||"Do You Hear What I Hear?"|
|Writer(s)||Howlett Peter Smith|
|The Carpenters singles chronology|
"Little Altar Boy" is a song by the popular group The Carpenters. Its B-side was "Do You Hear What I Hear", a song released on the An Old-Fashioned Christmas album in 1984. This single was a promotional single for the album and did not receive any chart status. There was no music video shot for this song.
The song is about a man, who has done wrong, and goes to church for the purpose of asking the alter boy, to pray for him for his past sins and to ask for forgiveness by wanting to become holy as him.
"Little Altar Boy" was written in 1961, and first recorded that year by vocalist Vic Dana for his album This Is Vic Dana. Released as a single, it reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In an introspective moment, Dana performs this quiet song in the 1962 musical-comedy film Don't Knock the Twist.
Little Altar Boy was written by Howlett P. Smith who recently changed the title to, "Little Holy Child", due to the situation in the Catholic Church as it pertains to priests and altar boys.