The Christmas Spirit

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The Christmas Spirit
Studio album by Johnny Cash
Released November 14, 1963
Recorded August 14, 1959 - September 17, 1963
Length 38:20
Label Columbia
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The Christmas Spirit is the first Christmas album and seventeenth album by country singer Johnny Cash, released on Columbia Records in November 1963. It contains four original Christmas songs written by Cash and eight tracks originally penned by other artists, including "Blue Christmas" (at this point best known through the version recorded by Cash's former Sun Records labelmate Elvis Presley), "Silent Night" and "Little Drummer Boy".

Professional ratings
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Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Christmas Spirit" (incorporates "O Little Town of Bethlehem") Cash 5:03
2. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day"   Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Jean Baptiste Calkin 2:30
3. "Blue Christmas"   Bill Hayes, Jay Johnston 2:25
4. "The Gifts They Gave"   Cash 3:34
5. "Here Was a Man"   Johnny Bond, Tex Ritter 2:44
6. "Christmas As I Knew It"   June Carter, Jan Howard 3:41
7. "Silent Night"   Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr 3:29
8. "The Little Drummer Boy"   Katherine Davis, Henri Onerati, Harry Simeone 2:34
9. "Ringing the Bells for Jim"   Carter, Howard 2:47
10. "We Are the Shepherds"   Cash 3:13
11. "Who Kept the Sheep"   Cash, Carter 1:58
12. "Ballad of the Harp Weaver"   Vincent Millay 4:22
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Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1963 Holiday Albums 7

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1959 "The Little Drummer Boy" Country Singles 24
1959 "The Little Drummer Boy" Country Singles 63

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