Merry Christmas to You

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For the Sidewalk Prophets album, see Merry Christmas to You (Sidewalk Prophets album). For the Mariah Carey album, see Merry Christmas II You.
Merry Christmas to You
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Studio album by Reba McEntire
Released November 27, 1987
Genre Country
Length 34:02
Label MCA
Producer
Reba McEntire chronology
The Last One to Know
(1987)
Merry Christmas to You
(1987)
Reba
(1988)
Alternative cover
1995 Reissue Cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Merry Christmas to You, released on November 27, 1987, is the fourteenth album and first Christmas album by Reba McEntire, with most of the tunes being McEntire's renditions of very familiar traditional Christmas fare. It is currently the latest album to bear McEntire's last name on the front cover. Songs from the album wouldn't chart until ten and twelve years after its release.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Away in a Manger"   James R. Murray 2:26
2. "On This Day"   Michael Patrick Heeny, David Scarlet 4:03
3. "O Holy Night"   Adolphe Adam, John Sullivan Dwight 3:54
4. "The Christmas Guest"   Grandpa Jones, Ramona Jones, Bill Walker 5:23
5. "Silent Night"   Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr 3:36
6. "Happy Birthday Jesus (I'll Open This One for You)"   Traditional 2:33
7. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 3:02
8. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 3:16
9. "A Christmas Letter"   John Greenebaum, Paul Nelson, Gene Nelson 3:11
10. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Tormé, Bob Wells 3:26

Personnel[edit]

  • Reba McEntire - lead and background vocals, producer
  • Suzie Hoskins - background vocals
  • Leigh Reynolds - background vocals
  • Steve Short - drums
  • Roger Wills - bass
  • Leigh Reynolds -acoustic guitar
  • Bill Cooley - acoustic guitar, electric guitar
  • Donny Howard - piano
  • Donnie LaValley - steel guitar
  • Ricky Solomon - fiddle
  • Matt Betton - drums (tracks 1, 2)
  • Bass Guitar: Emory Gordy, Jr. - bass (tracks 1, 2)
  • Electric Guitar: Billy Joe Walker Jr. - electric guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • Larry Byrom - electric guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • Mac McAnally - acoustic guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • John Barlow Jarvis - keyboards (tracks 1, 2)
  • Mark O'Connor - fiddle (tracks 1, 2)
  • Tom Brumley - steel guitar (tracks 1, 2)
  • Farrell Morris - chimes, vibraphone (tracks 1, 2)
  • Vince Gill - background vocals (track 2)
  • Simon Levy - art direction
  • McGuire - photography
  • Katherine DeVault - design
  • Ann Payne - styling
  • J. Jacklyn Furriers - fur
  • Jimmy Bowen - producer
  • Tony Brown - producer (tracks 1, 2)
  • Ron Treat - recording, overdubs
  • Steve Tillisch - overdubs, mixing
  • Willie Pevear - overdubs
  • Bob Bullock - overdubs, mixing
  • Mark J. Coddington - engineer
  • Tim Kish - engineer
  • Marty Williams - engineer
  • Russ Martin - engineer
  • Glenn Meadows - mastering
  • Milan Bogdan - digital editing
  • Jesse Noble - project coordinator

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart (1987) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[2] 72
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums[2] 20

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions
US Country[3]
1997 "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)" 63
1999 "I'll Be Home for Christmas" 68
"Away in a Manger" 73

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[4] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b "Reba McEntire | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links | AllMusic". AllMusic. 
  3. ^ "Reba McEntire - Chart history | Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 7 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Reba Mc Entire – Merry Christmas to You". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH