Country Christmas

Country Christmas is the eighth solo studio album and first Christmas album by American country music singer-songwriter Loretta Lynn. It was released on October 17, 1966 by Decca Records.[1] Lynn would not release another Christmas album until 2016’s White Christmas Blue, fifty years later.

For the 1992 Johnny Cash album of the same title, see Country Christmas (Johnny Cash album).
1966 studio album by Loretta Lynn
Country Christmas
Studio album by

Released October 17, 1966
Recorded July 7–15, 1966
Studio Bradley’s Barn (Mount Juliet)
Genre Country
Length 26:39
Label Decca
Producer Owen Bradley
Loretta Lynn chronology
You Ain’t Woman Enough
(1966)
Country Christmas
(1966)
Don’t Come Home a Drinkin’ (With Lovin’ on Your Mind)
(1967)
Singles from Country Christmas
  1. “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”
    Released: November 1966

The album includes four original compositions by Lynn, along with popular holiday songs, including “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town“, “White Christmas“, and “Frosty the Snowman“.

In 2005, MCA Records reissued the album on CD as a part of their 20th Century Masters series, under the title The Christmas Collection: The Best of Loretta Lynn, with modified cover art.

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AllMusic [2]

In the issue dated October 29, 1966, Billboard published a review of the album, which said, “The album’s beautiful songs include “Country Christmas”, “Away in a Manger” — all great programming material for country music stations, and this will create high sales. The “Manger” tune deserves a single. Possibly her best effort to date.”[3]

The album did not appear on any music charts.

The only single, “To Heck with Ole Santa Claus”, was released in November 1966[4] and did not chart.

Recording sessions for the album took place on July 7, 13, and 15, 1966, at Bradley’s Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.[5]

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