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"Jingle Bell Rock" is an American popular Christmas song first released by Bobby Helms in 1957 (after it was recorded in October 1957). It has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas season since then. "Jingle Bell Rock" was composed by Joseph Carleton Beal (1900–1967) and James Ross Boothe (1917–1976). Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations professional and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was an American writer in the advertising business.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

"Jingle Bell Rock"
Single Bobby Helms-Jingle Bell Rock cover.jpg
Single by Bobby Helms
B-side
  • "Captain Santa Claus
  • (and His Reindeer Space Patrol)"
Released1957 (1957)
Format7-inch
RecordedOctober 1957
GenreChristmas, rock and roll,[1] country[2]
Length2:12
LabelDecca 9-30513
Songwriter(s)Joe Beal, Jim Boothe
Bobby Helms singles chronology
"My Special Angel"
(1957)
"Jingle Bell Rock"
(1957)
"Just a Little Lonesome"
(1958)

Contents

Helms recordingsEdit

"Jingle Bell Rock" has been performed by many, but Helms' version is the best known.[9] The song's title and some of its lyrics are an extension of 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 of the chorus of "Jingle Bells". Backup singers were the Anita Kerr Quartet.[10]

Helms' original version, on Decca 9-30513 from October 1957, was re-recorded by him on Kapp K-719 in 1965, and yet again in 1967 on Little Darlin' LD-0038. In 1970, Helms recorded an entire album titled Jingle Bell Rock on Certron C-7013, releasing the title track on Certron C-10021, with a picture sleeve. He again recorded the song for Gusto Records, it was subsequently released on their "Power Pak" label. In yet another re-recording, Helms released a version on Ashley AS-4200 (year unknown). In 1983, Helms released his last recording of "Jingle Bell Rock" on Black Rose 82713.

Chart and sales performanceEdit

Helms' original version charted at No. 13 on Billboard's Most Played C&W by Jockeys chart, a predecessor to the Hot Country Songs chart. It also crossed to the pop charts, peaking at No. 6 on the Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart, and at No. 11 on Cashbox magazine's Top 60 on the week ending January 11, 1958.

After the song was featured on the soundtrack album to the 1996 film Jingle All the Way, the original Bobby Helms version returned to the Billboard country singles charts in late 1996 and early 1997, reaching a peak of No. 60.

The Helms version entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week ending December 24, 2016,[11] eventually reaching a peak of No. 29 two weeks later.[12]

As of November 25, 2016, total sales of the digital track of Helms' original Decca recording stand at 780,000 downloads according to Nielsen SoundScan, placing it ninth on the list of all-time best-selling Christmas/holiday digital singles in SoundScan history.[13]

Bobby HelmsEdit

Chart (1957) Peak
position
US Best Sellers in Stores (Billboard)[citation needed] 6
US Most Played C&W by Jockeys (Billboard)[citation needed] 13
Chart (1996–1997) Peak
position
US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)[14] 18
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[15] 60
Chart (2001–2019) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[16] 57
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[17] 39
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[18] 11
Czech Republic (Singles Digitál Top 100)[19] 21
Denmark (Tracklisten)[20] 17
France (SNEP)[21] 101
Germany (Official German Charts)[22] 40
Hungary (Stream Top 40)[23] 5
Ireland (IRMA)[24] 29
Italy (FIMI)[25] 26
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[26] 79
Norway (VG-lista)[27] 32
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[28] 93
Slovakia (Singles Digitál Top 100)[29] 8
Slovenia (SloTop50)[30] 16
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[31] 49
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[32] 8
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[33] 17
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[34] 41
US Billboard Hot 100[35]
[36]
8

George StraitEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[37] 69

Aaron TippinEdit

Chart (2002) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[38] 52

Rascal FlattsEdit

Chart (2008–09) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[39] 29

Blake Shelton and Miranda LambertEdit

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[40] 37
US Country Airplay (Billboard)[41] 34

Hall & Oates versionEdit

Hall & Oates released a version in 1983 as a non-album single which peaked at number 30 on the Hot 100 Recurrents chart in 2005, it also reached number 6 on the Billboard's Holiday Airplay chart on December 13, 2008 and number 24 on the Hot Holiday Songs chart on December 10, 2011.[42][43][43]

Max Bygraves UK versionEdit

Max Bygraves released a version in 1959 with the Eric Rogers Orchestra which peaked at number 7 in the UK Top 30, released on Decca: F11176 [44]

Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell versionEdit

Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell released a version in 1962 which reached number 40 on the UK chart, issued on Cameo Parkway C205.[45]

ReferencesEdit

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