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Carol of the Drum 1st in 1951

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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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2001
1993
December 25, 2011
November 2014
October 19, 1999
2014
2012
November 24, 2016
November 9, 2018
1987
2005
September 17, 1996
November 2013
1988
October 1996
2013
October 1964
September 26, 2006
December 1, 2009
November 23, 2013 Live
2007
December 15, 2019
1980
November 1963
November 13, 2015
December 1, 2016
October 1981
2000
2014
2009
October 17, 2014
December 4, 2001
2011
2002
1992
December 1, 2016
1998
October 29, 2013
1982
December 21, 2008
December 1, 2014
December 23, 2013 Version from TV talent show
A cappella
December 10, 2016
October 25, 1994
2004
1994
2007
October 11, 2005
Little Drummer Boy Billy Paul Williams December 8, 2008 Unverified
October 1962
November 22, 2019 Uses samples from David Bowie/Bing Crosby
1992
1998
2001
October 13, 2009
1987
1995
1981
1964
December 1, 2014
1991
2013
December 1, 2017
2005
December 2002
November 2004
October 4, 2005
2010
October 1965
1981
2008
October 23, 2020
1998
October 5, 1993
October 11, 2009
November 10, 1999
September 25, 2020
November 12, 2013
October 10, 1995
1983
November 2012
November 2011
October 3, 2006
November 19, 2012
2012
November 1970
2000
2004
November 2, 1999
2004
August 25, 1998
2006
2011
2011
2010
December 11, 2017
October 8, 2013
2010
November 7, 2014
2007
October 16, 2006
November 22, 2013
December 15, 2017
November 15, 2019
2001
December 2, 2017
October 29, 1996
October 1975
2014
2002
2002
2010
1986
2011
November 22, 2010
January 8, 2017
December 16, 2016
2009
2014 Acoustic
November 1982 Sampled by Bing Crosby with David Bowie [sampled] with the London Symphony Orchestra
Hit song
Mash-up
2003
2001
2006
October 19, 2018
December 18, 2011
1995
1999
December 21, 2014
December 8, 2017 Acoustic
Little Drummer Boy Deep Blue Something 2010 Unverified
November 12, 2020
2003
November 22, 2014
October 20, 2015
2004 Editor's cover song pick
2001
2007
2004
October 26, 1998
1991
December 22, 1990
November 22, 2011
2002
October 11, 2019
October 7, 2008
October 4, 2004
October 21, 2014
October 2003 A cappella
1970
November 1965
2011
1986
2008
2012
2008
October 14, 2007
November 14, 2002
November 16, 2018
November 2013
November 1980
1996
1978
December 25, 2010
1998
October 21, 2006
December 5, 2010 Acoustic
October 21, 2016
September 30, 2008
October 6, 2009
1996
December 2010
December 8, 2014
October 22, 2013
December 11, 2016
December 2001
1972
November 2006
1984
August 1964
2012
November 26, 2008
December 1, 2014 Medley
1989
2001
2007 Live
Mash-up
October 14, 2016
December 19, 2016
1973
November 15, 2011
1993
December 3, 2012
1990
November 15, 2011
November 2006
September 14, 2007
December 5, 2017
September 2014
October 2, 1981
1993
September 30, 2009
November 13, 2015
1975
1966
November 21, 2006
November 24, 2015
November 21, 2011
November 27, 2015
December 1, 2015
2004 A cappella
November 24, 2020
October 21, 2003
2017
1979
December 7, 2010
October 28, 2016
October 28, 2016
October 15, 1970
November 1, 2015
December 10, 2012
2006
November 15, 2016
December 13, 2011
2001
October 31, 2015
October 16, 2007
August 10, 2016
November 16, 2016
2008
November 2019
November 1997
2012
October 28, 2016
2005
December 5, 2011
December 4, 2020
2008
December 22, 2014
November 2004
October 5, 2018
November 26, 2014
2011
November 1965
2005
1972
November 1966
2014
1981
1981
November 28, 2011
November 7, 2011
1995
December 2002
November 1990
November 11, 2016
October 1959
December 1970
October 4, 1963
1976
2009
September 6, 2016
November 6, 2020
September 26, 2012
November 19, 2013
2010
September 30, 2013
2011
2006
1970
October 3, 2011
October 9, 2007
2010
December 2, 2016
November 1, 2011
December 25, 2016
1999
2015
October 16, 2015
2010
August 14, 2017
September 25, 2015
September 27, 2005
2011
December 1, 2017
1986
2010
November 1, 1994
The Little Drumnmer Boy Kofi [Kofi Asamoah] 1994 Unverified
October 28, 2016
September 10, 2016
December 4, 2012
October 21, 2016
1999
October 16, 2015
2014
1966
November 6, 2020
October 9, 2012
2000
December 18, 2012
2006
November 21, 2014
1965
November 25, 2015
December 5, 2013
September 12, 2000
November 1967
November 1999
November 1, 2002
2015
October 8, 2009
November 22, 2017
October 14, 2008
November 21, 2017
November 16, 2018
2014
November 1, 2018
November 2, 2010 Medley
2013
December 5, 2019
2005
October 6, 2009
November 28, 2006
October 26, 2018
2004
November 2002
November 15, 2005
October 31, 2012
December 14, 2017
October 15, 2013
November 20, 2020
November 25, 2018
2004
October 23, 2020
September 28, 2010
November 15, 2011
2006
October 28, 2014
December 8, 2009
October 27, 2014
September 27, 2005
November 26, 2009
October 1970
February 1959
Little Drummer Boy Michéal Castaldo 2014 Unverified
October 2005
December 24, 2018
1999
October 16, 2015
October 4, 2019
1999
November 1, 2019
December 2, 2002
November 1999 A cappella
December 8, 2018
The Little Drummer Boy Myron November 19, 1996 Unverified
1972
October 25, 1994
November 20, 2007
December 5, 2016
September 16, 1992
December 12, 2020
1978
1989
September 26, 2006
2007
December 23, 2018
October 2004
November 15, 2011
November 8, 2006
October 7, 1997
1972
November 22, 2018
December 2010
October 1, 2001
November 5, 2007
November 28, 2011
October 30, 2020
November 16, 2010 Medley
November 29, 2014
1994
1980
October 1965
October 29, 2002
1998
October 1965
November 19, 2013
1966
August 1968
November 1966
October 7, 2014
October 28, 2016
2005 Live
1975
December 10, 2014
2010
2005
November 2010
September 28, 2010
November 27, 2015
December 18, 2015
November 15, 2009
2010
December 16, 2014
2007 Live
August 26, 2008
2010 A cappella
October 19, 2010
1985
December 1985
2003
1962
November 1969
December 1, 2018
1993
December 25, 2004
October 28, 2008
November 4, 2009
2013
October 22, 2012
October 18, 2005
2007
1999
October 30, 2012
2000
October 27, 2009
November 11, 1997
December 1968
2008
1971
2003
2000
November 2011 A cappella
1984
November 13, 2009 Mash-up
1981
1978
November 18, 2010
November 6, 2015 Charity
2002
November 2019
December 2014
2000
December 15, 2012
2005 Live
2009
2004
October 22, 2013
November 22, 2019
2002
December 22, 2009
November 23, 2009
2011
November 17, 2017
December 4, 2020
December 2, 2014
November 2019
October 30, 2015
2004
1998
1993
2011
2011
November 2008
1990
1991
October 1966
November 15, 2019
December 24, 2018
December 1967
December 23, 2015
October 12, 2018 Acoustic
1982
1992
November 21, 2006
October 13, 2017
October 28, 2013
September 2008
1991
October 19, 2015
November 11, 2013
1998
2009
November 2011
October 4, 1965
1962
1991
1999
October 28, 2008
December 25, 2007
The Little Drummer Boy The Ball Brothers 2017 Unverified
November 2, 2012
January 1959
October 23, 2020
1998
2003
1986
January 7, 2011
October 15, 1996
1970
November 25, 2014
1966
2010
Carol of the Drum The Canadian Brass [Artist On Site] 1997 Unverified
October 1968
2000
1994
October 23, 2001
1964
December 11, 2015
November 26, 2012
April 1959
Little Drum N' Bass Boy The Falcon Project November 14, 2000 Unverified
July 3, 2002 Released more than 10 years after its recording
July 1995
October 23, 1995
December 25, 2007
1990
2008
November 25, 2010
Carol of the Drum The Grumpy Grampas 2011 Unverified
December 1958 Hit song
More famous than the original
November 18, 2008
2009 Medley
November 1957
2006
1980
October 30, 2012
1960
October 1966
October 28, 2014
November 18, 2011
1993
1977
September 1966
December 1, 2018
1999
1994
November 1963
1960
December 21, 2016
October 23, 2012
November 2, 2010
November 2, 2010
1964
December 18, 2017
December 17, 2018
November 1, 2018
1990
October 1962
October 1976
November 9, 2001
1964
November 1965
2004
October 1970
October 13, 2017
2002
1952 First recording on July 23, 1951
First release
November 27, 2002
December 20, 2000
The Little Drummer Boy The Wiggles feat. Anúna October 18, 2011 Unverified
November 17, 2009
December 1979
December 17, 2014
December 17, 2014
2008
October 16, 2007
October 4, 2011
2012
2012
2001
1997
2004
December 1972
1993
October 29, 2013
2002
1998
2010
1990
October 11, 2014
December 14, 2014
November 5, 1996 Medley
2004
1976
1966
2004
2002
2010
1998 A cappella
November 2017 A cappella
November 28, 2014
November 22, 2013
October 1966
September 29, 2009
November 16, 2018
1988
November 17, 2003
October 19, 2004
October 26, 2018
October 12, 2010
December 21, 2011
October 24, 2000
December 10, 2013
1999

written by instrumental

Title Performer Release date Info
i November 15, 2010
i November 18, 2013
i October 8, 2002
i November 25, 2008
i 1999
i 2004
i 2009
i 2007
i 1984
i 1967
i 1996
i 2007
i November 23, 2010
i 1996
i December 2017
i 1963
i November 22, 2010
i 2011
i December 2008
i November 2015
i 1999
i 2010
i 1963
i November 27, 2020
i 1998
i September 30, 2004
i October 2012
i 2003
i 2002
i 2001
i 2002
i 2005
i November 25, 2010
i 2005
i November 2019
i December 15, 2014
i 2012
i October 31, 2006
i 2001
i 1999
i November 26, 2015
i December 6, 2017
i Drummer Boy Calypso Pirates 2014 Unverified
i 2014
i 1994
i December 10, 2010
i 2005 Acoustic
i November 29, 2013
i November 1961
i November 20, 2011
i October 22, 2002
i 2003
i 2010
i 2011
i 2011
i 2005
i December 12, 2014 Acoustic
i 2002
i 2006
i October 15, 2015
i 2004
i 2010
i 2000
i November 22, 2011
i November 30, 2015
i August 1998
i 2004
i 2004
i November 2008
i October 3, 2012
i 2008
i 1989
i 2011
i 1988
i 2009
i September 23, 1997
i September 25, 2001
i 2006
i 1983
i 1994
i November 13, 2012
i 2014
i November 3, 2014
i November 24, 2017
i 2006
i October 19, 2018
i 1992
i 2007
i 2010
i 2003
i November 1969
i October 29, 2010
i 1965
i 2014
i 2001
i 2012
i March 18, 2015
i 2011
i 1992
i 1994
i 1998
i September 26, 2006 Editor's cover song pick
Mash-up
i 2003
i 1988
i October 1967
i December 2011
i 2005
i 2004
i October 10, 1995
i September 2009
i June 2005
i November 13, 2020
i November 11, 2018
i 1972
i October 1959
i 1962
i November 14, 2012 Editor's cover song pick
Vocalise version
i November 6, 2015
i 1995
i 2007
i 1995
i 2018
i 1999
i October 2004
i 1968
i September 23, 1997
i 2018
i 2003
i November 15, 1995
i 2016
i December 18, 2020 Live
i December 2005
i November 2012
i November 2012
i November 2006
i 2009
i 1994
i 2004
i November 2003
i October 28, 2016
i August 2020
i 1991
i 1999
i 1999
i 2015
i 2009
i December 1, 2007
i 1992
i 2005
i 1964
i 2002
i 2008
i 1994
i December 23, 2016
i 2008
i 2015
i 2003
i 2010
i 1971
i November 25, 2016
i 2011
i 1993
i November 4, 2016
i 2007
i October 9, 2015 Live
i 1966
i 1994
i 2013
i November 2009
i 2016
i 2001
i November 2008
i 1991
i 1995
i 2011
i September 30, 2018 Acoustic
i 1989
i 1999
i 2010
i 2001
i 2011
i 2010
i 2005
i 2008
i 1993
i 1991
i 1995
i 2011
i October 8, 2002
i 2007
i January 22, 2008
i September 1988
i November 22, 2013
i 2011
i 2010
i 2011
i 2015
i 1970
i October 24, 2016
i 2006
i 1996
i 2000
i October 14, 1997
i September 15, 2010
i 1967
i October 21, 2016
i November 18, 2008
i 2019
i October 28, 2016
i 2007
i 2002
i June 2003
i November 21, 2018
i September 16, 2016
i 1990
i November 24, 2017
i 2018
i 1996
i 1965
i September 30, 2011
i 1987
i 1996
i October 14, 2008
i 2008
i 2004
i 1999
i December 12, 2014
i 2005
i 1982
i 2004
i 2002
i 2008
i October 1995
i 1967
i 2006
i 2010
i 1994
i June 2012
i 1967
i December 15, 2014
i 2000
i 1992
i October 8, 2013
i 2017
i December 8, 2015
i 1998
i 1997
i November 22, 2010
i November 6, 2007
i November 14, 2011
i October 2018
i May 1971
i October 23, 2015
i 2004
i November 6, 2020
i December 7, 2004
i October 2013
i 1995
i 2003
i October 13, 2017
i 2010
i 2012
i 2005
i Little Drummer Boy The Airmen of Note 2005 Unverified
i 2010
i December 25, 2018
i 1994
i November 29, 2013
i 2001
i August 2011
i November 22, 2012
i 1985
i November 18, 2016
i 1996
i November 6, 2015
i 1986
i 2010
i August 24, 2018
i 1996
i 1978
i October 13, 2009
i December 22, 2014
i November 1, 2013
i October 27, 2017
i 1964
i November 1968
i 1988
i 1995
i 1965
i 1972
i 2014
i November 7, 2012
i October 28, 2014
i November 1, 2018
i 2008
i 2007
i 2012
i September 6, 2016
i 2003
i 2008
i 1992
i 2010
i December 3, 2017
i 2008
i 2010
i 1974
i 2010
i November 27, 2017
i 2012 Medley
i October 2011
i August 9, 2018
i 2005
i 2004
i 2010 Acoustic
i September 24, 2002
i 1985
i 2008
i 1995
i 1998
i 2011
i 2003
i April 3, 2012 Medley
i 2011
i 1984
i 1998

written by French

Title Performer Release date Info
L'enfant au tambour Alain Morisod - Sweet People 2009 Unverified
2008
L'enfant au tambour César et les Romains December 1967 Unverified
L'enfant au tambour David Charest 2005 Unverified
October 18, 2010
December 1, 2014 Medley
1967
2006
1990 Mash-up
August 17, 2018
November 4, 2014
L'enfant au tambour Lee-Anne Viens 2017 Unverified
December 1960 First release
November 17, 2017
December 8, 2017
2002
October 22, 2013
1965
2011
2008
November 2009
October 25, 2019
November 1, 1975
1973
October 31, 2000
1967

written by English New rap verses

written by unknown author(s) English

written by Czech

Title Performer Release date Info
November 8, 2010 First release

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