Old Toy Trains
|"Old Toy Trains"|
|Single by Roger Miller|
|Roger Miller singles chronology|
"Old Toy Trains" (sometimes titled "Little Toy Trains") is a Christmas song written and originally recorded by Roger Miller. It was released in late 1967 as a single for Smash Records. It was translated in French (title "Petit garçon") by Graeme Allwright in 1968.
An uncredited review in Billboard gave Roger Miller's original version a positive review, saying that "Miller has composed one of his most moving and touching ballads for all ages which he performs to perfection."
Raffi recorded the song for his 1983 album Raffi's Christmas Album.
The Statler Brothers recorded the song for their 1985 album Christmas Present.
Scott Miller recorded the song for his 2010 EP Christmas Gift.
Violinist André Rieu performed the song with vocalist Kimmy Skota on his 2012 DVD Home for the Holidays.
Nick Lowe recorded the song for his 2013 Christmas album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family.
|Single by Garou and Ryan|
|Songwriter(s)||Roger Miller (music)
Graeme Allwright (French lyrics)
|Producer(s)||Dominique Blanc Francard|
|Garou singles chronology|
|Ryan singles chronology|
The tune has been popular in other languages, notably it was translated to French and recorded in 1968 just one year after the English version by the New Zealand / French singer songwriter Graeme Allwright as "Petit Garçon" (meaning "little boy") in French.
It was covered in French by Greek singer Nana Mouskouri in 1972 as one of the tracks of her album Pour les enfants.
In 2014, the song was adopted as the official tune for the annual French charity event Téléthon 2014. The Canadian French singer Garou that year's main campaign sponsor (parrain) recorded Graeme Allwright's French version "Petit garçon" with Ryan, a young French singer for official release. The song was included in Garou's new album It's Magic released 1 December 2014 in France. During the Téléthon, Garou sang it live accompanied by Hélène Ségara and tennisman and singer Yannick Noah.
- Toby Keith version
|U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks||57|
- Garou & Ryan version as "Petit garçon"
- "Disks spin into Yule with new wrapping". Billboard. 79 (45): 11. November 11, 1967.
- "Christmas Spotlight". Billboard. 79 (47): 12. November 25, 1967.
- "A Country Christmas 2000 review". About.com. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
- Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. pp. 219–220. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
- Bessman, Jim (December 7, 2002). "Words & Music". Billboard. 114 (49): 68.
- Téléthon 2014 - Garou dévoile le single "Petit garçon", enregistré avec Ryan (in French)
- "Lescharts.com – Garou & Ryan – Petit Garçon" (in French). Les classement single.