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

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Once Upon a Christmas
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 29, 1984
GenreChristmas music
Length35:35 (original)
32:10 (alternate)
LabelRCA Records
ProducerDavid Foster, Kenny Rogers[1]
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Dolly Parton chronology
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Real Love
Singles from Once Upon a Christmas
  1. "Medley: Winter Wonderland / Sleigh Ride"
    Released: November 1984
  2. "The Christmas Song"
    Released: November 1984
  3. "The Greatest Gift of All"
    Released: November 1984
  4. "Christmas Without You"
    Released: November 1985
  5. "I Believe in Santa Claus"
    Released: November 1987

Once Upon a Christmas is a collaborative studio album by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. It was released on October 29, 1984, by RCA Records.


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, DVD or Blu-ray despite public demand (bootleg copies have been produced in large quantities, however). A single, "The Greatest Gift of All" (No. 53 Country, No. 81 Pop, and No. 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] As of November 2017, the album has sold 1,012,500 copies in the Soundscan era (which started collating sales figures in 1991).[3]

Track listing[edit]

1."I Believe in Santa Claus"Kenny & Dolly3:31
2."Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride"Dolly3:44
3."Christmas Without You"Kenny & Dolly3:54
4."The Christmas Song"Kenny3:25
5."A Christmas to Remember"Kenny & Dolly3:42
6."With Bells On"Kenny & Dolly2:44
7."Silent Night"Kenny3:18
8."The Greatest Gift of All"Kenny & Dolly3:46
9."White Christmas"Dolly3:06
10."Once Upon a Christmas"Kenny & Dolly4:25

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 a total of nine tracks.

Alternate track listing[edit]

1."I Believe in Santa Claus"Kenny & Dolly3:29
2."Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride"Dolly3:42
3."With Bells On"Kenny & Dolly2:41
4."Christmas Without You"Kenny & Dolly3:52
5."White Christmas"Dolly3:04
6."A Christmas to Remember"Kenny & Dolly3:40
7."Hard Candy Christmas"Dolly3:38
8."The Greatest Gift of All"Kenny & Dolly3:44
9."Once Upon a Christmas"Kenny & Dolly4:20



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)[4] 31


  1. ^ Once Upon a Christmas at AllMusic. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  2. ^ "American album certifications – Rogers, Kenny and Dolly Parton – Once Upon a Christmas". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  3. ^ Bjorke, Matt (November 26, 2017). "Top Country Catalog Sales Chart: November 26, 2017". Roughstock. Retrieved December 16, 2017.
  4. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Canadian Albums)". Billboard.

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