, by What a Night! A Christmas Album American singer, pianist and bandleader Harry Connick, Jr., was released on November 4, 2008., being his third Christmas album, since 1993's [6 ] and 2003's When My Heart Finds Christmas . The album consists of new recordings of Christmas classics, and new songs written by Connick. Harry for the Holidays [7 ]
The first public mentioning of recording the album, came in an interview in
The Times-Picayune in June 2008. [8 ]
The album was first called
Christmas Day, but the title was changed in September 2008, to What a Night! A Christmas Album.
The track "Song for the Hopeful", is a duet with
Kim Burrell. The song was written by Connick for the 2008 television film . Living Proof Burell is also featured on "Let There Be Peace On Earth". [9 ]
Connick has three daughters with his wife
Jill Goodacre, and their middle daughter Sarah Kate, sings a duet with him on the track " Winter Wonderland". [10 ]
When the track list was first announced, the songs "Christmas Time is Here" and "Trinity", was part of the album. In early October, those two tracks were replaced with two new tracks: "
Christmas Day", and an instrumental version of Tchaikovsky's " Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy". [10 ]
Track listing [ edit ]
It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year" ( Edward Pola, George Wyle) - 3:28 "What a Night!" (
Harry Connick, Jr.) - 3:24 "
Christmas Day" ( Connick) - 3:24 "
Holly Jolly Christmas" ( Johnny Marks) - 4:05 "
Please Come Home for Christmas" ( Charles Brown, Gene Redd) - 4:26 "
O Come All Ye Faithful" (traditional) - 4:15 "
Dance Of The Sugarplum Fairies" ( Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky) - 2:46 "Let There Be Peace On Earth" (Sy Miller, Jill Jackson) - 3:30 – feat.
Kim Burrell "
Winter Wonderland" (Felix Bernard, Richard B. Smith) - 3:50 – feat. Sarah Kate Connick "
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas" ( Meredith Willson) - 3:30 "Santariffic" (
Connick) - 3:58 – feat. Lucien Barbarin "
Jingle Bells" ( James Lord Pierpont) - 5:28 "Zat You Santa Claus" (Jack Fox) - 3:40
We Three Kings" (Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr.) - 4:45 "Song for the Hopeful" (
Connick) - 4:35 – feat. Kim Burrell
iTunes bonus track [ edit ]
Auld Lang Syne" (traditional) - 2:16 (album only) Digital Booklet (album only)
Barnes & Noble Exclusive Version [ edit ]
Deck the Halls" (traditional) - 2:57 "Christmas Time is Here" (
Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson) - 5:06 "
O Christmas Tree" (traditional) - 3:22
Disc 2 (DVD)
Holiday interview with Harry
(It Must Have Been) Ol’ Santa Claus" [*] "
I Pray on Christmas" [*] "
The Happy Elf" * [*]
[ ^ *] also found on the DVD Harry for the Holidays
Personnel [ edit ]
Arrangement by Harry Connick, Jr.
A Holiday Celebration Tour 2008, is a concert tour with his
big band to support the album. The tour was confirmed by the official Harry Connick, Jr. website in September 2008.
One of their stops included the annual lighting of the
Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree.
Tour dates [ edit ]
November 18, 2008
Palace Theatre [13 ]
November 19, 2008
Taft Theatre [13 ]
November 20, 2008
Ohio Theatre [13 ]
November 21, 2008
Charleston, West Virginia
Clay Center [13 ]
November 22, 2008
State Theatre [13 ]
November 28, 2008
New York, New York
City Center Theatre [13 ]
November 29, 2008
December 4, 2008
Newark, New Jersey
New Jersey Performing Arts Center [13 ]
December 5, 2008
Atlantic City, New Jersey
Borgata Event Center [13 ]
December 7, 2008
St. Louis, Missouri
Fox Theatre [13 ]
December 9, 2008
Orpheum Theatre [13 ]
December 10, 2008
Chicago Theatre [13 ]
December 11, 2008
December 12, 2008
Riverside Theater [13 ]
December 14, 2008
Ryman Auditorium [13 ]
December 16, 2008
Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre [13 ]
December 17, 2008
Durham, North Carolina
United States Durham Performing Arts Center
December 19, 2008
Colonial Theatre [13 ]
December 20, 2008
December 21, 2008
References [ edit ]
^ Allmusic review
^ Metromix review
^ Windsor Star review
^ Mercury News review
^ Eye Weekly review
^ What a Night! A Christmas Album, Amazon.com
^ Harry Connick, Jr/What a Night! A Christmas Album, elusivedisc.com
^ Harry Connick Jr.'s new Lifetime movie raises money for breast cancer research, The Times-Picayune, June 22, 2008
^ What a Night! A Christmas Album, Barnes & Noble
^ a b Harry Connick, Jr. Celebrates the Holidays With Seasonal Favorites and New Songs on 'What A Night! - A Christmas Album', The Earth Times, October 6, 2008
^ 'Twilight' soundtrack opens at No. 1, Variety, November 12, 2008
^ Top Holiday Albums, Billboard.com, December 24, 2008
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Harry Connick, Jr. – Tour Dates & Info". A Holiday Celebration Tour 2008. harryconnickjr.com . Retrieved . 2008-10-26
External links [ edit ]