06 December: Jim Reeves: Merry Christmas Polka

Published December 06, 2017

As someone who's listened to a lot of Christmas music over the past decade or so, I've lost count on how many times I've heard various versions of the most familiar chestnuts: White Christmas, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Christmas Song, and so on. These songs have lived on over the decades.

Certain tunes, however, enjoyed a considerably shorter life-span. Take, for instance, Merry Christmas Polka. First recorded, it seems, by The Andrews Sisters in 1949, at first it inspired a number of additional versions, among them Jim Reeves' 1963 recording, featured on his Twelve Songs Of Christmas album. But it soon disappeared from the shortlist of Christmas song candidates. The tune is cheerful and hummable enough, but I guess that the polka just was regarded as too old-hat and quaint once the 1960s got going for real, and so this song seemed irrevocably trapped in a world that didn't exist anymore.

Listen here.

Twelve Songs Of Christmas album by Jim Reeves.