Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

By Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca.

Published: 20 Oct 2015 Updated: 08 Dec 2020Visits: 91Code: UL589

INSTRUMENTS: Holiday Main: Any Others: Ukulele
Subjects: Songwriting • Rock • Holiday

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Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca. Despite her mature-sounding voice, Lee recorded this song when she was only thirteen years old. The song's declaration of a rock and roll sound notwithstanding, its instrumentation also fits the country music genre, which Brenda Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. The recording features Grady Martin's ringing guitar and Boots Randolph's swinging solo sax break. The song is written in the key of A-flat major.

Despite her mature-sounding voice, Lee recorded this song when she was only thirteen years old. The song's declaration of a rock and roll sound notwithstanding, its instrumentation also fits the country music genre, which Brenda Lee more fully embraced as her career evolved. The recording features Grady Martin's ringing guitar and Boots Randolph's swinging solo sax break. The song is written in the key of A-flat major.

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree…

"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" is a Christmas song written by Johnny Marks and recorded by Brenda Lee in 1958 on Decca.

My performance here is in the key of C, an easy ukulele key. With a Basie Ending thrown in for fun.

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