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Carol of the Drum 1st in 1951

Written by
Composition date
1941
Language
English
ISWC
T-072.411.933-8
Comments
Loosely based on a Czech carol, Katherine K. Davis first wrote and published 'Carol of the Drum' under the pseudonym of C.R.W. Robertson in 1941. The original manuscript is on display in Wellesley College, Massachusetts, where Davis once was a scholar.

Harry Onorati, the arranger for The Jack Halloran Singers' 1957 version, received a songwriting credit for his contribution. Onorati later shared the song with Harry Simeone, who recorded a version titled 'The Little Drummer Boy' using the same arrangement, which was released in December 1958. Simeone also received a songwriting credit. The title 'The Little Drummer Boy' has been most commonly used since then, and the Onorati/Simeone arrangement remains very popular.
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EMI MILLS MUSIC INC
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written by English

Title Performer Release date Info
1952 First recording on July 23, 1951
First release
November 1957
December 1958 Hit song
More famous than the original
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November 1982 Sampled by Bing Crosby with David Bowie [sampled] with the London Symphony Orchestra
Hit song
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October 25, 1994
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The Little Drumnmer Boy Kofi [Kofi Asamoah] 1994 Unverified
July 1995
October 10, 1995
October 23, 1995
1995
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September 17, 1996
October 15, 1996
October 29, 1996
October 1996
November 5, 1996 Medley
The Little Drummer Boy Myron November 19, 1996 Unverified
1996
1996
October 7, 1997
November 11, 1997
November 1997
1997
Carol of the Drum The Canadian Brass [Artist On Site] 1997 Unverified
August 25, 1998
October 26, 1998
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1998 A cappella
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October 19, 1999
November 2, 1999
November 10, 1999
November 1999
November 1999 A cappella
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September 12, 2000
October 24, 2000
Little Drum N' Bass Boy The Falcon Project November 14, 2000 Unverified
December 20, 2000
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October 23, 2001
November 9, 2001
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July 3, 2002 Released more than 10 years after its recording
October 29, 2002
November 1, 2002
November 14, 2002
November 27, 2002
November 2002
December 2, 2002
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October 21, 2003
October 2003 A cappella
November 17, 2003
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October 4, 2004
October 19, 2004
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November 2004
December 25, 2004
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2004 A cappella
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2004 Editor's cover song pick
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September 27, 2005
September 27, 2005
October 4, 2005
October 11, 2005
October 18, 2005
October 2005
November 15, 2005
2005 Live
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2005 Live
September 26, 2006
September 26, 2006
October 3, 2006
October 16, 2006
October 21, 2006
November 8, 2006
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November 28, 2006
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December 25, 2007
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2007 Live
Mash-up
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2007 Live
August 26, 2008
September 30, 2008
September 2008
October 7, 2008
October 14, 2008
October 28, 2008
October 28, 2008
November 18, 2008
November 26, 2008
November 2008
Little Drummer Boy Billy Paul Williams December 8, 2008 Unverified
December 21, 2008
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September 29, 2009
September 30, 2009
October 6, 2009
October 6, 2009
October 8, 2009
October 11, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 27, 2009
November 4, 2009
November 13, 2009 Mash-up
November 15, 2009
November 17, 2009
November 23, 2009
November 26, 2009
December 1, 2009
December 8, 2009
December 22, 2009
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2009 Medley
September 28, 2010
September 28, 2010
October 12, 2010
October 19, 2010
November 2, 2010
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November 2, 2010 Medley
November 16, 2010 Medley
November 18, 2010
November 22, 2010
November 25, 2010
November 2010
December 5, 2010 Acoustic
December 7, 2010
December 25, 2010
December 2010
December 2010
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2010 A cappella
Little Drummer Boy Deep Blue Something 2010 Unverified
January 7, 2011
October 3, 2011
October 4, 2011
The Little Drummer Boy The Wiggles feat. Anúna October 18, 2011 Unverified
November 1, 2011
November 7, 2011
November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011
November 15, 2011
November 18, 2011
November 21, 2011
November 22, 2011
November 28, 2011
November 28, 2011
November 2011
November 2011 A cappella
November 2011
December 5, 2011
December 13, 2011
December 18, 2011
December 21, 2011
December 25, 2011
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Carol of the Drum The Grumpy Grampas 2011 Unverified
September 26, 2012
October 9, 2012
October 22, 2012
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October 30, 2012
October 30, 2012
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November 19, 2012
November 26, 2012
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November 19, 2013
November 19, 2013
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November 23, 2013 Live
November 2013
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December 5, 2013
December 10, 2013
December 23, 2013 Version from TV talent show
A cappella
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September 2014
October 7, 2014
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October 27, 2014
October 28, 2014
October 28, 2014
November 7, 2014
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November 26, 2014
November 28, 2014
November 29, 2014
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December 1, 2014
December 1, 2014
December 1, 2014 Medley
December 2, 2014
December 8, 2014
December 10, 2014
December 14, 2014
December 16, 2014
December 17, 2014
December 17, 2014
December 21, 2014
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2014 Acoustic
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Little Drummer Boy Michéal Castaldo 2014 Unverified
September 25, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 16, 2015
October 19, 2015
October 20, 2015
October 30, 2015
October 31, 2015
November 1, 2015
November 6, 2015 Charity
November 13, 2015
November 13, 2015
November 24, 2015
November 25, 2015
November 27, 2015
November 27, 2015
December 1, 2015
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November 2017 A cappella
December 1, 2017
December 1, 2017
December 2, 2017
December 5, 2017
December 8, 2017 Acoustic
December 11, 2017
December 14, 2017
December 15, 2017
December 18, 2017
2017
The Little Drummer Boy The Ball Brothers 2017 Unverified
October 5, 2018
October 12, 2018 Acoustic
October 19, 2018
October 26, 2018
October 26, 2018
November 1, 2018
November 1, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018
November 16, 2018
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November 25, 2018
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October 4, 2019
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November 15, 2019
November 15, 2019
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November 22, 2019 Uses samples from David Bowie/Bing Crosby
November 2019
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November 2019
December 5, 2019
December 15, 2019
September 25, 2020
October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020
October 23, 2020
October 30, 2020
November 6, 2020
November 6, 2020
November 12, 2020
November 20, 2020
November 24, 2020
December 4, 2020
December 12, 2020

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i Little Drummer Boy The Airmen of Note 2005 Unverified
i September 26, 2006 Editor's cover song pick
Mash-up
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i April 3, 2012 Medley
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i Drummer Boy Calypso Pirates 2014 Unverified
i March 18, 2015
i October 9, 2015 Live
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i November 6, 2020
i November 13, 2020
i December 18, 2020 Live

written by Czech

Title Performer Release date Info
November 8, 2010 First release

written by English New rap verses

written by unknown author(s) English

written by French

Title Performer Release date Info
December 1960 First release
1965
L'enfant au tambour César et les Romains December 1967 Unverified
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November 1, 1975
1990 Mash-up
October 31, 2000
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L'enfant au tambour David Charest 2005 Unverified
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L'enfant au tambour Alain Morisod - Sweet People 2009 Unverified
October 18, 2010
2011
October 22, 2013
November 4, 2014
December 1, 2014 Medley
November 17, 2017
December 8, 2017
L'enfant au tambour Lee-Anne Viens 2017 Unverified
August 17, 2018
October 25, 2019

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