"A Holly Jolly Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and most famously performed by Burl Ives. It was the title song of the Quinto Sisters' first album Holly Jolly Christmas, recorded in June 1964. The song was featured in the 1964 Christmas special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, in which Burl Ives voiced the narrator, Sam the Snowman. The song was re-recorded by Ives for his 1965 holiday album, Have a Holly Jolly Christmas. This version of the song has a somewhat slower arrangement than the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer version. The song's enduring popularity is evidenced by its reaching #30 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in 1998 and #5 on the Holiday 100 chart in 2011.
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