Also a minor chart hit for Lloyd Price and Erma Franklin in 1964 (Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles at No. Traditional French carol known as Les Anges dans nos campagnes translated to English in 1862 by James Chadwick. 21 on the Billboard Christian Songs chart in January 2004. The most popular version of the song for years was actually by Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians, Lombardo charting in the Music Vendor Christmas list of 1963 (a Decca re-release) . Other hit versions in 1949 included duets by Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Jordan, Don Cornell & Laura Leslie (with the Sammy Kaye Orchestra), and Homer & Jethro with June Carter. An updated version released by The Impressions in 1969, reaching No. 51 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in early 1994 from unsolicited airplay, as a partial Christmas single from the band's album Cheap Seats. 28 on the same Billboard chart in late 1994 and early 1995. Written in 1944 by Frank Loesser and featured in the 1949 film Neptune's Daughter starring Esther Williams. Later recorded by Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Orchestra (1991).1 on Billboard's Most Played Juke Box (Country & Western) Records chart), by bandleader Hugo Winterhalter and his Orchestra (No.
Both instrumental and vocal versions were recorded by Guaraldi. Other hit versions were by Norman Luboff (1958), Mitch Miller (1958), Mormon Tabernacle Choir (1959), Robert Rheims (1960), The Kingston Trio 1960, Harry Simeone (1962), Chet Atkins (1963), Joan Baez (1966), Charlie Byrd (1967), Living Strings (1967), The Philadelphia Brass Ensemble (1967), Bob Ralston (1967), Smokey Robinson & the Miracles (1970), John Denver (1975), Mannheim Steamroller (1984), Alison Moyet (1987), Anne Murray (1988), John Tesh (1992), Westwind Ensemble (1996), Eden's Bridge (1998), Kenny Loggins (1998), Chip Davis (1998), Michael Crawford (1999), Point of Grace (1999), Charlotte Church (2000), and Esteban (2000). 8 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart in December 1964, and released with the B-side "The Bell That Couldn't Jingle" (which also charted on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart for one week in 1964, peaking at No. "Dearest Santa" was also issued with the hit song "Mr.Over 150 versions of this standard have appeared in Christmas LPs since 1946. 1 on Billboard's Records Most Played by Disk Jockeys chart in December 1948 and January 1949. First a hit in December 1949 and January 1950 in three separate recordings by country singer Tubb (No. In January 2006, Chris Tomlin also had a hit version on the Christian Songs chart, peaking at No. Lombardo first performed the song on radio in 1929, then recorded it in 1939 and again in 1947. 73 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in January 1999. In March 1962, a version by Ray Charles & Betty Carter peaked at No. A version by country music trio Lady Antebellum made the pop charts in 2008. sampled the original version by Clarence Carter for their 1987 hit, "Christmas in Hollis" (which was also included on A Very Special Christmas). Paul Evans, Bobby Helms, Herb Alpert, Anita Kerr, and Bacharach each recorded the song as well, but only Bobby Vinton's version charted, reaching No. While the song has no lyrical relation to Christmas, its inclusion in the 1945 film of the same name has made it a popular choice for various artists' holiday albums.It first appeared on two 1987 various artist holiday compilation albums: A Very Special Christmas and Christmas Rap, with the former album to benefit the Special Olympics.The track samples the 1968 soul tune "Back Door Santa" by Clarence Carter.