We still have a few days before Christmas, but there’s no denying the jovial feel of the season. This is obviously true as we listen to Christmas songs played on the radio almost everywhere. Although there have been a lot of new Christmas tunes that we are hearing right now, the old ones still resonate deeply with many of us. And, we still prefer listening to classic Christmas songs like “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “Rudolf, theRed-Nosed Reindeer,” “Silent Night,” and “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree, ” among others. In this article, we’ll try to explore the background of the song “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” by Brenda Lee. But before anything else, let us delight ourselves with Lee’s marvelous rendition of the song first.
Some Fascinating Facts of the Song
A very prolific Christmas songwriter by the name Johnny Marks penned the song “Rockin’Around the Christmas Tree.” It aired for the first time in 1958 with Brenda Lee’s vocals. Lee was only 13 years old at the time of the recording. Initially, the song did not chart. It was only after two years when the tune began to be recognized. Thanks to Lee’s growing influence, “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” became an instant Christmas classic.
While the song is intended for Christmas, its recording took place on the month of July. During an interview with the Chicago Tribune in 2006, Lee shared how therecording session for this song was with Nashville producer Owen Bradley.
“Owen had the studio all freezing cold with the air conditioning, and he had a Christmas tree all set up to kind of get in the mood just a little bit. We had a lot of fun.”
After Brenda Lee, numerous artists grabbed the chance to record their respective cover of the song. Among the country music singers who covered the song were LeAnn Rimes, Alabama, and Toby Keith. In 2004, Kelly Clarkson performed the song on the TV series American Dreams where she played the role of Lee.
Ten years later, Lee revealed to NPR the correct direction to rock around the Christmas tree. Do you know which direction that is? It’s South according to Lee.