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Jingle bells

COVERED BY ELVIS

Jingle Bells ( Sleigh Ride Party )


recording date elvis: 1959/1960 ? ; informal
first release:


originally by: Will Lyle

recording date: june 1889
originally written by: James S. Pierpont

first vocal recording: Edison Male Quartette
catalognumber: 2218
label: edison
format: brown wax cylinder




Pierpoint wrote the number as "The One-Horse Open Sleigh" in order to cheer up the local Sunday-school evening meeting. Will Lyle was a banjo player and made history on 30 October, 1889 by recording the very first Christmas record, his instrumental version of "Jingle Bells." Sadly, no copy of his recording survives. In 1898 the first vocal recording of the number was made and issued on an Edison brown wax cylinder, number 2218, entitled "Sleigh Ride Party," and attributed to the Edison Male Quartette.
Elvis can be heard playing a snatch of the song on piano prior to "I Asked The Lord."


Sleigh Ride Party
performed by:
Will Lyle

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Jingle Bells
performed by:
Elvis Presley

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