15.Jingle Bell Rock - The Anita Kerr Singers / Bobby Helms
16.Jingle Bells - Chet Atkins
17.Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee
18.Silver Bells - Ronnie Milsap
19.O Come All Ye Faithful - George Jones
20.Silent Night - Jim Reeves
Includes liner notes by Charles McCardell.
This is part of Time Life's "Classic Country" series.
Liner Note Author: Charles McCardell.
Director: Suzanne Manlove.
Arrangers: D.F. Potter; Big Joe Maher.
This collection easily lives up to its name by featuring a stellar lineup of musicians performing time-honored holiday songs. Tammy Wynette sets the mood with a gorgeous rendition of "White Christmas," followed by Elvis Presley's signature take on "Blue Christmas." Dolly Parton sings achingly of a "Hard Candy Christmas," while Willie Nelson contributes his own classic tune, "Pretty Paper." Willie's dear friend Johnny Cash lends his unmistakable baritone voice to an excellent 1959 version of "The Little Drummer Boy," in which the Man in Black leaves the "a-rum-pa-pa-pum" refrain to his back-up singers. Elsewhere, Emmylou Harris saunters through "Christmas Time's A-Comin'," and Buck Owens offers up his humorous "Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy." Although many of these recordings were made before 1980, country of the late '80s and early '90s is represented by artists such as Randy Travis, Dwight Yoakam, and the Judds.