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“Jingle Bell Rock” by Bobby Helms

“Jingle Bell Rock” is Americas favorite holiday song. It was first released by Bobby Helms in 1957. Helms was a country singer born in Bloomington, Indiana in 1933. His music career all started as a country duo with his brother Freddy. Later on, he was asked to sing background vocals for an Ernest Tubb which allowed him to earn a recording contract of his own. This song was released just two days before Christmas in 1957. It has been covered by many artists but Helms’ version has been the best known. It rose to number six on the pop charts and has received frequent airplay in the United States during every Christmas. Helms’ version has been used in several TV shows, including The Wonder Years, Chuck, House M.D., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Simpsons, and more.

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