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Christmas Day Music Byte

Like yesterday, there will be no snarky post on this wonderful day. We hope that all of you have a warm and comforting Christmas Day. See you all very soon.

“Merry Christmas, Darling” by The Carpenters was written by Richard Carpenter & Frank Pooler and originally recorded in 1970. At the time, it was only available on a 7″ single from A&M Records (1236) and later in 1974 reissued as A&M 1648 and in 1977 as A&M 1991. The single went to number one on Billboard’s Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did again in 1971 and 1973.

In 1978, The Carpenters issued their Christmas Portrait album, which contained a new remix of “Merry Christmas Darling”. However, the single versions of “Merry Christmas Darling” were of the original 1970 mix, and none of the singles had the newer 1978 mix. The original mix seems to be heard much more frequently these days. The major difference between it and the newer version is a newly recorded 1978 vocal by Karen Carpenter. Richard Carpenter himself calls the original recording one of his sister’s very best. The song has also been covered by Kimberley Locke, Vanessa L. Williams, and most recently Kyle Vincent.

Billboard magazine did not display Christmas singles on the Hot 100 in 1970. This song just missed the top 40 in Cash Box.

“Merry Christmas Darling” is the only Carpenters’ song that has been included on albums that feature songs by many different artists. i.e. Now That’s What I Call Christmas!. Every other Carpenters’ song can only be found on Carpenters’ albums.

Please enjoy this video clip of Karen Carpenter and her wonderfully comforting voice.