Once Upon a Christmas (Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton album)

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Once Upon A Christmas
Studio album by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
Released December 22, 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Christmas music
Length 35:35 (original)
32:10 (alternate)
Label RCA
Producer David Foster, Kenny Rogers[1]
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Once Upon a Christmas is a 1984 Christmas album by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers.


The album was accompanied by a Christmas television special titled Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember, which originally aired on CBS on December 2, 1984 and has been rerun numerous times, though never issued on home video or DVD despite public demand (bootleg copies have been produced in large quantities). A single, "The Greatest Gift of All" (#53 Country, #81 Pop, and #40 Adult Contemporary) was released from the album. In the United Kingdom, "Christmas Without You" was issued as the single. This album became one of the biggest Christmas albums of the 1980s and still sells today, with "A Christmas to Remember" played by U.S. radio stations and satellite radio during the Christmas holiday season. In the UK the BBC gives airplay to several of the tracks across its network during the Christmas period. In 1989, it was certified Double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer Length
1. "I Believe in Santa Claus"   Kenny & Dolly 3:31
2. "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride"   Dolly 3:44
3. "Christmas Without You"   Kenny & Dolly 3:54
4. "The Christmas Song"   Kenny 3:25
5. "A Christmas to Remember"   Kenny & Dolly 3:42
6. "With Bells On"   Kenny & Dolly 2:44
7. "Silent Night"   Kenny 3:18
8. "The Greatest Gift of All"   Kenny & Dolly 3:46
9. "White Christmas"   Dolly 3:06
10. "Once Upon a Christmas"   Kenny & Dolly 4:25

Alternate version[edit]

In 1997, the album was released on the BMG Special Products label with a slightly altered track listing. The song order had been slightly rearranged and two songs had been omitted ("The Christmas Song" and "Silent Night"). However, Parton's 1982 recording "Hard Candy Christmas" was added, making it a total of nine tracks.

Alternate track listing[edit]

No. Title Performer Length
1. "I Believe in Santa Claus"   Kenny & Dolly 3:29
2. "Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride"   Dolly 3:42
3. "With Bells On"   Kenny & Dolly 2:41
4. "Christmas Without You"   Kenny & Dolly 3:52
5. "White Christmas"   Dolly 3:04
6. "A Christmas to Remember"   Kenny & Dolly 3:40
7. "Hard Candy Christmas"   Dolly 3:38
8. "The Greatest Gift of All"   Kenny & Dolly 3:44
9. "Once Upon a Christmas"   Kenny & Dolly 4:20


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 12
U.S. Billboard 200 31
U.S. Billboard Top Holiday Albums 4
Chart (2015) Peak
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[3] 31


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