Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree

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Johnny Marks' was a write of plenty of memorable Christmas songs but his 3 most famous works are undoubtedly 'Rudolf The Red-Noses Reindeer' (1949), 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' (1958) and 'A Holly Jolly Christmas' (1965). His 1958 composition 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' was first recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 and despite dozens of covers by other artists since then it is her recording that remains the people's favourite. Curiously it took a couple of years for Lee's jaunty number to catch the imagination but it has slowly become one of the biggest selling Christmas singles of all time. And all this from a 13 year old with a soaring voice that belied her tender years. That is just part of the magic though as Mark's lyrics are a lively mix of innocence and exuberance together with language such as 'Christmas party hop' that gives it a genuine sense of old world charm.

Though barely a teenager Brenda Lee had already recorded 2 previous Christmas songs prior to the Christmas song which would forge her legend. 'I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus' and 'Christy Christmas' were released two years earlier in 1956 and although near forgotten today are well worth tracking down. 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' hinted at Lee's rockabilly side which was beginning to flourish by the time her first Christmas album, 'Merry Christmas from Brenda Lee', came out in 1964. Given the success of Lee's interpretation of 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' it was a bit of a surprise that it took other artists so long to jump on the bandwagon but jump they eventually did.

In all there have been over 30 notable version of Johnny Marks song from a huge variety of artists including Bill Haley and The Comets (1968), the Partridge Family (1971), Hanson (1997), Green Day (2000), Miley Cyrus (2007) and Chicago (2011). By far the most popular of these covers was a UK charity single in 1987 that featured singer Kim Wilde and comedian Mel Brookes. Given the participants and the charity (Comic Relief) it was no surprise that Mel & Kim's version of 'Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree' was a jolly affair that included some spoken word parts that set up the japery that was about to follow. The song sold well on its release and remains an integral part of Christmas playlists throughout the UK today.

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