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Little Drummer Boy

  There appears to be a bit of controversy surrounding who wrote the Christmas song about a boy who plays his drum for the Christ Child.    Jack Halloran supposedly did the recording and choral arrangement of the song in 1957, according to his daughter.  Dawn Halloran alleged the record label, Dot Records, failed to put out the song in time for the 1957 Christmas holiday.  Therefore, according to Dawn, Harry Simeone, together with composers Katherine K. Davis and Henry Onorati, received composing credit instead of her father.    The original title of the song, based on an old Czech carol, was titled "Carol Of The Drums", but was later changed to "Little Drummer Boy".    Enjoy the music!

12/10/2008 3:48PM
Little Drummer Boy
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