Please Come Home for Christmas

"Bells Will Be Ringing" 

Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972. It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as “Bells Will Be Ringing”, which are the first four words of the song.

In 1978, the rock band Eagles covered and released the song as a single. Their version of the song peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, and was the first song of theirs to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass (having replaced founding member Randy Meisner the previous year). The lineup features Don Henley (drums/vocals), Glenn Frey (piano, backing vocals), Joe Walsh (guitar, backing vocals), Tim Schmit (bass/backing vocals), and Don Felder (lead guitar). Originally released as a vinyl 7” single, it was re-released in the 1990s as a CD single.

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Carol of the Bells

Libera Libera in Ireland 

This track features on our Christmas DVD and CD Angels Sing: Christmas in Ireland. To buy both visit http://www.libera.org.uk/shop

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