Jingle Bell Rock

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Jingle Bell Rock (Joseph Carleton Beal, James Ross Boothe) — 1957

According to Wikipedia:

Beal was a Massachusetts-born public relations man and longtime resident of South Ocean Avenue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Boothe was a Texas writer in the advertising business.

Regarding the Helms recording, Wikipedia says:

“Jingle Bell Rock” has been performed by many, but Helms’ version is the most known in the world. Its title and some of its lyrics are takeoffs on the old Christmas standard, “Jingle Bells.” It makes brief references to other popular songs of the 1950s, such as “Rock Around the Clock,” and mentions going to a “Jingle hop.” An electric guitar played by Hank Garland can be heard playing the first notes to the chorus from the aforementioned “Jingle Bells.”

Bobby Helms 1957

From the biography at AllMusic, by John Bush:

Though his name is unfamiliar to most, Bobby Helms rules the airwaves every year around December 25th. His single “Jingle Bell Rock” first became a hit in 1957, and it reappeared on the charts four of the following five years to become an all-time Christmas classic. Before he was pigeonholed, though, Helms had a successful country career with two number one hits to his credit. [read more]

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The Ventures 1965

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Wayne Newton 1966

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