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Pop Rewind: Johnny Mathis “O Holy Night”

Though now over 150 years old, the carol “O Holy Night” remains an all-time favorite during the holidays. Originally composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 as an adaptation of a French poem by Placide Cappeau, it was first adapted for English by John Sullivan Dwight in 1855. Since then, as is common with so many traditional carols, “O Holy Night” has endured numerous versions, revisions and additional verses to the point that it is difficult to keep track of who wrote what version of the song. The original first verse, however, remains the most recognized, along with that unmistakable beautiful melody.

“O Holy Night” has been recorded hundreds of times, and no particular musical artist has a claim on the best-selling version of it. I’ve chosen Johnny Mathis’ 1958 recording of it because it is one of my personal favorite versions.

Merry Christmas, everyone. And if you happen to celebrate a different holiday this time of year, may the season likewise be filled with goodness.


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About the Author


Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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