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Merry Christmas Darling

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"Merry Christmas Darling"
Merry Christmas Darling.jpg
Picture sleeve for the 1970 U.S. vinyl single
Single by the Carpenters
B-side "Mr. Guder"
Released November 20, 1970
Format 7-inch single
Recorded Autumn 1970
Genre Christmas
Length 3:05
Label A&M
Songwriter(s) Frank Pooler, Richard Carpenter
Producer(s) Jack Daugherty
the Carpenters singles chronology
"We've Only Just Begun"
"Merry Christmas Darling"
"For All We Know"

"We've Only Just Begun"
"Merry Christmas Darling"
"For All We Know"

"Merry Christmas Darling" is a Christmas song by the Carpenters (music by Richard Carpenter, lyrics by Frank Pooler), and originally recorded in 1970.[1] It was first available on a 7-inch single that year (A&M Records 1236), and was later re-issued in 1974 (A&M 1648) and again in 1977 (A&M 1991). The single went to number one on Billboard's Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did so again in 1971 and 1973.

In 1978, the Carpenters issued their Christmas Portrait album, which contained a new version of "Merry Christmas Darling". The original 1970 mix continued to be used for all single releases, however. The major difference between the 1970 and 1978 versions is a newly recorded vocal by Karen Carpenter on the latter. Richard Carpenter himself calls the original recording one of his sister's very best. The original single version of the song can be found on the compilation albums From the Top and The Essential Collection: 1965–1997.

The single went to number one on Billboard magazine's Christmas singles chart in 1970 (and did again in 1971 and 1973) and peaked at number 41 in Cashbox.[2]

Chart Peak
UK Singles Chart 45
US Cashbox Top 100 Singles 41
US Billboard Christmas Singles 1


Other versions[edit]

The song was sung by actress Lea Michele for the second season Christmas episode of the hit TV series, Glee, entitled "A Very Glee Christmas", in 2010.[3] This version was released as part of the series' first Christmas album.

The song has also been recorded by Natalie Cole, Amy Grant, Glenn Medeiros, Kimberley Locke, Vanessa L. Williams, Phil Vassar, Boyz II Men, Leslie Odom Jr., Kyle Vincent, Keali'i Reichel, Briana Cash, Christina Perri, Deana Carter, Jane Monheit, and Chicago, as well as Filipino rock singer Kitchie Nadal, Filipino pop balladeer Rico J. Puno, Filipino the voice, the singer's singer Jed Madela and Filipino pop crooner Richard Poon.

A Karen Carpenter soundalike recorded "Merry Christmas Allah" for radio personality Bob Rivers' fifth Christmas comedy album White Trash Christmas (2002).


  1. ^ Fontenot, Robert. "Carpenters (the Band) Songs, Music, and History". Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel. The Comparison Book (2015), p. 80
  3. ^ "A Very Glee Christmas". Retrieved 2016-10-03.

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