Little Saint Nick
|"Little Saint Nick"|
|Single by The Beach Boys|
|B-side||"The Lord's Prayer"|
|Released||December 9, 1963|
|Recorded||October 20, 1963|
|The Beach Boys singles chronology|
"Little Saint Nick" is a Christmas song written by Brian Wilson and Mike Love, originally for the American rock band the Beach Boys. It was first released as a single on December 9, 1963, and peaked at number 3 on Billboard magazine's special seasonal weekly Christmas Singles chart. The B-side is an a cappella cover of "The Lord's Prayer".
The song borrows its rhythm and structure from the group's 1963 song "Little Deuce Coupe", released as a single half a year earlier.
The single also reached number 69 on the regular weekly sales chart surveyed by Cashbox magazine. Despite a media-hushed Christmas in mourning for recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy, the single went into the Top Tens of Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, Milwaukee, Vancouver and Washington, D.C., and the Top Twenties of San Francisco, Seattle, Minneapolis, Houston, Miami, and Springfield, Massachusetts. Eventually, over several more Christmases, it was credited as an unofficial (non-RIAA audited) million-seller.
"Little Saint Nick" reappeared on The Beach Boys' Christmas Album in 1964, with the stereo pressings of the album containing a mix minus the overdubbed sleigh bells from the original single mix (which can be heard on mono copies of the album). Another version of the song, utilizing the melody from the All Summer Long song "Drive-In", was recorded during the album sessions but remained unreleased until a 1991 CD reissue.
Brian Wilson solo version
In 2005, the song was re-recorded by Brian Wilson for his solo Christmas collection, What I Really Want for Christmas.
The song has been covered several times, including versions by:
- 1965: Hollyridge Strings (Christmas Favorites)
- 1979: Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem (John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together)
- 1997: Hanson (Snowed In)
- 2001: Sugar Ray (MTV: TRL Christmas)
- 2004: McFly (EastEnders Christmas Party)
- 2007: 1910 Fruitgum Company (Bubblegum Christmas)
- 2007: Captain & Tennille (The Secret of Christmas)
- 2008: Overboard (Tidings)
- 2008: Straight No Chaser (Holiday Spirits)
- 2011: She & Him (A Very She & Him Christmas)
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