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To Wish You a Merry Christmas

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To Wish You a Merry Christmas
The 1962 reissue LP cover.
Studio album by
GenreVocal, Christmas
LabelRCA Victor
ProducerEd Welker
Harry Belafonte chronology
Belafonte Sings of the Caribbean
To Wish You a Merry Christmas
Belafonte Sings the Blues
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]

To Wish You a Merry Christmas is an album by Harry Belafonte Recorded May 27, 31, June 1, 3 and 8 of 1958 in Hollywood. Conducted by Bob Corman. Millard Thomas and Laurindo Almeida, guitarists. Produced and directed by Ed Welker.

Track listing

Original LP

To Wish You a Merry Christmas was originally released in 1958 as RCA Victor catalog number LPM/LSP-1887. The original LP cover featured an illustration of the Three Wise Men and a listing of the songs in front.
Side 1:

  1. "A Star in the East" - 4:15
  2. "The Gifts They Gave" - 3:58
  3. "The Son of Mary" - 3:21
  4. "The Twelve Days of Christmas" - 3:49
  5. "Where the Little Jesus Sleeps" - 2:05
  6. "Medley: The Joys of Christmas; Oh Little Town of Bethlehem; Deck the Halls; The First Noël" - 5:25

Side 2:

  1. "Mary, Mary" - 3:21
  2. "Jehova the Lord Will Provide" - 2:57
  3. "Silent Night" - 3:35
  4. "Christmas Is Coming" - 1:38
  5. "Medley: We Wish You a Merry Christmas; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; O Come All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World" - 4:29
  6. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - 3:03

Re-release 1

The album was repackaged in 1962 as RCA Victor catalog number LPM/LSP-2626 with a different cover (with Belafonte's picture this time) and adding an additional song, "Mary's Boy Child", to Side 2. The credits are also slightly different, listing conductor Bob Corman, as Robert De Cormier.
Side 1: identical to the 1958 release.
Side 2:

  1. "Mary's Boy Child" - 4:20
  2. "Silent Night" - 3:35
  3. "Christmas Is Coming" - 2:56
  4. "Mary, Mary" - 3:34
  5. "Jehova the Lord Will Provide" - 2:57
  6. "Medley: We Wish You a Merry Christmas; God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen; O Come All Ye Faithful; Joy to the World" - 4:26
  7. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" - 3:01

Re-release 2

In 1976, the songs were repackaged again, under the title Belafonte's Christmas, from RCA Records Canada, catalog number KNLI-0166 [1]. The tracks are identical to the 1962 release, except that sides 1 and 2 have been switched (i.e. the first song of the album is now "Mary's Boy Child"). A completely different picture of Belafonte is used on the cover.

Re-release 3

In 2001, RCA reissued the album on CD as Harry Belafonte Christmas, with five bonus tracks added:

  1. "Goin' Down Jordan" - 3:53
  2. "Amen" - 3:06
  3. "Glory Manger" - 4:39
  4. "The Baby Boy" - 3:25
  5. "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" - 2:45



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "To Wish You a Merry Christmas". Retrieved 14 July 2013.
This page was last edited on 8 December 2019, at 20:19
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