"Mary´s Boy Child" (Saxophone Cover)
Christmas Song / Weihnachtslied
Mary’s Boy Child ist ein von Jester Joseph Hairston im Jahr 1956 komponiertes, vielfach gecovertes Weihnachtslied, das als einziges in zwei Versionen zum Millionenseller wurde. Die erste erfolgreiche Fassung stammt von Harry Belafonte (1956), die zweite von Boney M. (1978).
"Mary's Boy Child" is a 1956 Christmas song, written by Jester Hairston. It is widely performed as a Christmas carol.
The song had its genesis when Hairston was sharing a room with a friend. The friend asked him to write a song for a birthday party. Hairston wrote the song with a calypso rhythm because the people at the party would be mainly West Indians. The song's original title was "He Pone and Chocolate Tea", pone being a type of corn bread. It was never recorded in this form.
Some time later Walter Schumann, at the time conducting Schumann's Hollywood Choir, asked Hairston to write a new Christmas song for his choir. Hairston remembered the calypso rhythm from his old song and wrote new lyrics for it.
Harry Belafonte heard the song being performed by the choir and sought permission to record it.
It was recorded in 1956 for his album An Evening with Belafonte.
In 1962, the full-length version was also added to a re-issue of Belafonte's previously released album To Wish You a Merry Christmas.