Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Countdown To Christmas 2013: Favorite Christmas Songs #22

#22-Bobby Helms-Jingle Bell Rock

"Jingle Bell Rock" has been performed by many, but Helms' version is the most known in the world. Its title and some of its lyrics are takeoffs on the old Christmas standard, "Jingle Bells." It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as "Rock Around the Clock," and mentions going to a "Jingle hop." An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes to the chorus from "Jingle Bells."
Despite being titled a Jingle Bell "Rock", Helms' version of the song was performed in the crossover style known as rockabilly.

Helms's original version charted at number 13 on Billboard's Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart, a predecessor to Hot Country Songs. After it was featured on the soundtrack to the 1996 film Jingle All The Way, the original version returned to the country charts in late 1996-early 1997, reaching a peak of number 60.

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Anthony Nadeau

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