13 December: Jackie DeShannon: Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?

Published December 13, 2012

Children's voices on pop records - always a tricky subject. Here's an example where I personally wish there was some way I could remove them.

Originally from the James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service, 'Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?' was a John Barry/Hal David composition recorded by Jackie DeShannon in 1969. It's a lovely recording in every respect - the song itself, the arrangement, the production, DeShannons lead vocals - except for the children's choir that warbles itself through the choruses. Bad choice. I can't help wondering if this is why this recording failed to become a hit at the time, and doesn't seem to have become a Christmas classic after the fact either. You be the judge.

Listen to the song here.

Jackie DeShannon: Do You Know How Christmas Trees Are Grown?

ADVENT CALENDAR 2012