Title - 'A Merry 'Hee-Haw' Christmas'
Artist - Buck Owens & The Buckaroos
For those not in the know, Buck Owens & The Buckaroos were untouchable in the 1960s! Their classic Bakersfield brand of country sent hit after hit up the charts, even Christmas tunes weren’t safe from the Buckaroos magic!
Buck and His Buckaroos recorded two classic Christmas albums for Capitol, first Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos in 1965 and three years later, Christmas Shopping in 1968.
Not only did both albums make the Billboard Christmas Album Chart (Christmas With charted multiple times — #12 in 1965, and #23 in both 1966 and 1967, and #31 for Christmas Shopping on) - but they both threw off charting singles as well.
'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him)' drawn from Christmas With Buck Owens And His Buckaroos proved to be so popular a holiday favorite, it charted twice, hitting #2 in 1965 and two years later in December ’67 revisiting the charts and making it to #18.
In 1968, it was the title track of the second classic Christmas offering, Christmas Shopping that made it to #5.
Going back to the holiday well in 1970, Capitol cashed in again with a double LP distillation of the two albums called A Merry "Hee Haw" Christmas, which would chart at #34.
For that compilation, two songs were omitted, one from each original album, and they’ve been reinstated for Omnivore’s reissue. 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy' and 'It’s Not What You Give' were left off the Christmas Shopping disc, while 'Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked a Lot Like Him)' was lost from the Christmas With album — a curious omission since it was the most successful Christmas single ever offered by Buck!
Making its CD and digital debut November 13th, 2020 via Omnivore Recordings, A Merry “Hee Haw” Christmas is now augmented with four bonus tracks. 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy,' 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him)' and two Toys For Tots public service announcements, originally issued on a 1972 Capitol promotional single now round out the program.
Newly remastered from the original analog master tapes by Grammy® Award-winning engineer, Michael Graves, these holiday favorites sparkle and shine like never before.
1. 'Christmas Shopping'
2. 'Christmas Time Is Near'
3. 'The Jolly Christmas Polka'
4. 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy'
5. 'Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours'
6. 'Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas'
7. 'One Of Everything You Got'
8. 'Home On Christmas Day'
9. 'Christmas Schottische'
10. 'A Very Merry Christmas'
11. 'It's Not What You Give'
12. 'Tomorrow Is Christmas Day'
13. 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him)'
14. 'Blue Christmas Lights'
15. 'Christmas Ain't Christmas'
16. 'Jingle Bells'
17. 'All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You'
18. 'Santa's Gonna Come In A Stagecoach'
19. 'Christmas Time's A Comin''
20. 'Blue Christmas Tree'
21. 'Here Comes Santa Claus Again'
22. 'Christmas Morning'
21. 'It's Christmas Time For Everyone But Me'
22. 'Because It's Christmas Time'
23. Toys For Tots (Version 1)
24. Toys For Tots (Version 2)
Produced by Grammy® Nominated- and Award-winning producers, Patrick Milligan and Cheryl Pawelski with estate approval, this quite joyous, and at times playfully raucous, album opens up the spirt of the Holidays with the rambunctious 'Christmas Shopping,' the low key 'Christmas Time Is Near,' the frenetic sounds of 'The Jolly Christmas Polka,' and then we get Hawaiian ambiance of 'All I Want For Christmas Is My Daddy,' the slow poke 'Merry Christmas From Our House To Yours,' and then the perky twanging of both 'Good Old Fashioned Country Christmas' and 'One Of Everything You Got.'
Up next is the upbeat and foot-tappin' 'Home On Christmas Day' which is followed by that quaint, old school, traditional feel of 'Christmas Schottische,' the harmonious 'A Very Merry Christmas,' the ballad 'It's Not What You Give,' the twanging guitar flourish of 'Tomorrow Is Christmas Day,' and then fun 'Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy (Daddy Looked A Lot Like Him),' the lonesome plea of 'Blue Christmas Lights,' the ballad 'Christmas Ain't Christmas' and then drum-led, "Hawaii Five 0"-esque intro to 'Jingle Bells' is brought forth.
Next up is the Islands sway of 'All I Want For Christmas Dear Is You,' which is backed by the foot-tappin', country hipsway of 'Santa's Gonna Come In A Stagecoach,' the upbeat 'Christmas Time's A Comin',' the slow waltz of 'Blue Christmas Tree,' before this chock full of real, honest to God goodness comes to a close, with the cheerful 'Here Comes Santa Claus Again,' the melodious, jingle bells-imbued 'Christmas Morning,' the lonesome, yearning ballad 'It's Christmas Time For Everyone But Me,' the joyful 'Because It's Christmas Time,' ending on two Toys For Tots radio spots.
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