The season 3 winners of The Sing-Off have struck a serious chord with their holiday album, PTXmas, which is currently No. 3 on the iTunes albums chart. Just to show you how late-’90s this version is, it originally appeared on Rosie O’Donnell’s charity album A Rosie Christmas. Listen to YOUR ultimate holiday playlist here. Come, we told you — parum-pum-pum-pum! Without a gift for the Infant, the little drummer boy played his drum with approval from Jesus's mother, Mary, recalling, "I played my best for him" and "He smiled at me". This arrangement is the one commonly sung today. Simeone recorded the song a third and final time in 1981 (3:08 play time), for an album, again titled, The Little Drummer Boy, on the budget Holiday Records label. (How else is she going to lead the Three Kings to the manger? The Twelve Days of Christmas Classics is on! [2] However, the recording was not released as a single that year. — and vote for your favorite below: Whether singing about shooting a man just to watch him die or the drummer boy who played for the baby Jesus, the Man in Black brings his deep-voiced cool. Their version was credited solely to Davis and published by Belwin-Mills. In the lyrics, the singer relates how, as a poor young boy, he was summoned by the Magi to the Nativity of Jesus. One of the better known cover versions of the song is sung by Spanish singer. For other uses, see, Anonymous, "20th Fox set with 1st Disk Releases. GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images, 'The Little Drummer Boy': You choose the best version -- POLL. A Punjabi version was recorded under the name "Drummer Boy - Kich Ke" in 2014 by Canadian YouTube personality Jus Reign for his, A Finnish version of the song, entitled "Pieni Rumpali" (meaning "Little Drummer"), was recorded by Ville Tuomi for the second, This page was last edited on 29 November 2020, at 02:54. Updated December 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM EST, Credit: Joan Jett brings her gritty guitars and, of course, a steady rock drum line to the Christmas standard. Apparently, rockers love “The Little Drummer Boy.” But the Detroit legend strikes a balance between rock and gospel with his passionate vocals and the full chorus singing with him. Come back to us, Lauryn! This version is EVERYTHING. [5], In 1957 it was recorded, with a slightly altered arrangement by Jack Halloran for his Jack Halloran Singers on their Dot Records album Christmas Is A-Comin'. © Copyright 2020 Meredith Corporation. UPDATE: The polls are closed, and we have our winners! [11] This version (3:18 play time) was recorded in stereo, had a slightly slower tempo, and contained different-sounding cymbals. [2][7][8] It was released as a single in 1958[7], and later on the album, Sing We Now of Christmas. The popularity of "The Little Drummer Boy" can be seen by the number of cover versions (a total of over 220 versions in seven languages are known) and live performances in all kinds of music genres: This article is about the Christmas song. "The Little Drummer Boy" (originally known as "Carol of the Drum") is a popular Christmas song written by the American classical music composer and teacher Katherine Kennicott Davis in 1941. How the 'Little Drummer Boy' Christmas Carol Came to Be. For the 1968 stop-motion animated film, see, "Little Drummer Boy" redirects here. Listen to our top six, vote for your favorite, and let us know why you made your pick in the comments below. ", these initials then deleted and replaced with "C.R.W. this link is to an external site that may or may not meet accessibility guidelines. In response to this, Dot producer Henry Onorati, who left Dot to become the new head of 20th Century Fox Records in 1958[6], introduced the song to Harry Simeone. 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Robinson", a name under which Davis sometimes published. Our favorite six covers run the gamut from rock and roll to hip-hop, and one version even bridged the generational gap at a very divisive time in pop culture. [2] Simeone and Onorati claimed and received joint composition credits with Davis[2], although the two did not actually compose, write, or arrange it. [7][8] Halloran never received a writing credit for the song, something his family disagrees with.[7][8][9]. ", Estrella, E. (8 February 2019). ), Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band (1987). A big part of that is their a cappella version of “The Little Drummer Boy,” which has racked up more than 17 million views on YouTube so far. [1] First recorded in 1951 by the Trapp Family Singers, the song was further popularized by a 1958 recording by the Harry Simeone Chorale; the Simeone version was re-released successfully for several years and the song has been recorded many times since.[2]. The album and the song were an enormous success[10], with the single scoring in the top 40 of the U.S. music charts from 1958 to 1962. Retrieved from. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Make your case in the comments below! 10 funny mockumentaries to remind us about the absurdity of life, Family-friendly Halloween films for boos big and small, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,”, top 25 most-performed Christmas songs of all time. See for yourself below: How did you pick your favorite? And hurry up: Voting closes daily at midnight ET. EW is putting the best versions of the most-covered Christmas songs up to a daily vote to compile the ultimate holiday playlist. The White Christmas actor/singer died five weeks after filming, leaving behind this wonderful gift. The only difference between Simeone's version and Halloran's version, was that Simeone's contained finger cymbals, and had been retitled The Little Drummer Boy. This cover is just as cool as everything else the former Fugees singer did in her heyday. Learn how and when to remove this template message, We Wish you a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year, Not So Silent Night...Christmas with REO Speedwagon, Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 2, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), "Harry Simeone Populariser of 'The Little Drummer Boy, "Image of original manuscript in Wellesley College Library", "The Little Drummer Boy by The Harry Simeone Chorale Songfacts",,, "Jimi Hendrix Chart Histor: Hot Canadian Digital Song Sales – "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, "Bing Crosby & David Bowie - The Little Drummer Boy / Peace on Earth", "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town/Little Drummer Boy | Björn Again Album | Yahoo! Entertainment Weekly is a registered trademark of Meredith Corporation All Rights Reserved. If you love rock and roll, this is your version. When 20th Century Fox Records contracted with Simeone to make a Christmas album, Simeone hired many of the same singers that had sung in Halloran's version and made a near-identical recording with his newly created Harry Simeone Chorale. Who would have thought that a 1941 carol about giving the gift of drumming to an infant would become a mainstream hit that still resonates today?