Perry Como "First Christmas" Special Release

O, Little Town of Bethlehem

Words and Music by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner
Recorded in part 1950 ~ medley "The First Christmas"
Included as part of the medley within Perry's recording of "The First Christmas", believed
to have been recorded at the Manhattan Center, New York City ( not confirmed ). Story adapted by
John A. Richards  Recording Time 7:00 ( approx. ) Told and Sung by Perry Como and recorded as
Part 1 and Part 2 ~ Perry Como tells the Complete Story of the First Christmas and Sings beloved
Christmas songs With Chorus & Orchestra under the direction of Mitchell Ayres
1959 Lyrics
First Christmas - a special release for the nation's disc jockies
Notes: ~ This popular Christmas carol was written by Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner in 1868. Brooks,
pastor of the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia, visited Jerusalem and Bethlehem in December 1865.
Three years later the impressions of Bethlehem remained clear in his mind. In early December 1868, Brooks
wrote a five-stanza poem (modern hymnals omit the third stanza) about Bethlehem. He asked his church
organist and Sunday school superintendent, Lewis Redner, to write music to the poem. Redner wrote the
music on the night of December 26-27, 1868. That Sunday morning (the 27th), "O Little Town of Bethlehem"
was sung for the first time by a chorus composed of six Sunday school teachers and thirty-six children.
Originally, Brooks called his Christmas carol "St. Louis" - a different spelling of Lewis Redner's first name.

The Shepherds hurry to the manger, fall on their knees before the baby, and they worship him! For He is Christ the Lord!

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