“A Holly Jolly Christmas” – Performed by Burl Ives (1964)

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Burle Ives – A Holly Jolly Christmas (Charted 1964 #13 Pop Single & 2005 #32 Hot Digital Song)

Next to “Goober Peas” (goodness how delicious – eatin’ goober peas) this is one of my favorite Burl Ives’ songs — but that’s another blog post for another time (LOL).

This, of course, is the original version of the second beloved holiday classic to be written by Songwriters Hall of Famer Johnny Marks. Of course the first he wrote was “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reinderr” and he also composed “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,”  “When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter,” and “Silver and Gold”.

In addition to the single release charting twice — almost forty decades apart —  the song also appeared on the 1965 LP of the same name (pictured above). On the MCA label, the  LP charted #32 Pop.

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (1909–1995)Academy Award winning American actor, writer and acclaimed folk music singer.

Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives (1909–1995) Academy Award winning American actor, writer and acclaimed folk music singer.

A Holly Jolly Christmas Composed by Johnny Marks

Have a holly jolly Christmas
It’s the best time of the year
Well I don’t know if there’ll be snow
But have a cup of cheer

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Ho ho the mistletoe
Hung where you can see
Somebody waits for you
Kiss her once for me

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh bygolly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Say hello to friends you know
And everyone you meet

Have a holly jolly Christmas
And in case you didn’t hear
Oh by golly have a holly jolly Christmas
This year

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