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"Merry Christmas, Darling" by The Carpenters was written by Richard Carpenter & Frank Pooler and originally recorded in 1970. At the time, it was first available on a 7" single from A&M Records (1236) and later in 1974 reissued as A&M 1648 and in 1977 as A&M 1991. The single went to number one on Billboard's Christmas singles chart in 1970, and did again in 1971 and 1973.

In 1978, The Carpenters issued their Christmas Portrait album, which contained a new remix of "Merry Christmas Darling". The original 1970 mix continued to be used for all single releases, however. The major difference between it and the 1978 version is a newly recorded vocal by Karen Carpenter on the latter. Richard Carpenter himself calls the original recording one of his sister's very best. The song has also been covered by Kimberley Locke, Vanessa L. Williams, Amy Grant, Boys II Men, Kyle Vincent and most recently Glee (TV series).

Billboard magazine did not display Christmas singles on the Hot 100 in 1970. This song just missed the top 40 in Cash Box.

"Merry Christmas Darling" is the only Carpenters' song that has been included on albums that feature songs by many different artists. i.e. Now That's What I Call Christmas!. The first appearance of the song on a various artist compilation is the 1972 CBS Special Products LP compilation Christmas Is....Memorable Songs of Christmas.[1] Every other Carpenters' song can only be found on Carpenters' albums.

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Label:  A&M
Release Date:  November 20, 1970
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