Ding Dong; Ding Dong was a 1974 holiday season offering from George Harrison from his new 1974 album Dark Horse.
Many music critics panned the single, calling it “repetitive and dull” or “a raspy stab at ‘Auld Lang Syne.'”
The record topped out at #36 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and a couple of notches lower in the UK at #38.
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DING DONG; DING DONG
In the UK, the single was the first release from Harrison’s Dark Horse album on December 6th, 1974, with the non-album track I Don’t Care Anymore on the B-side.
Apple Records issued the single in the picture sleeve above, with the song lyrics printed on an off-white background (below).
In the U.S, where Dark Horse had already been issued in advance of the album, Ding Dong; Ding Dong was coupled with the instrumental Hari’s on Tour (Express) and released two days before Christmas, as Apple 1879.
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THE BEATLES SECOND CHRISTMAS RECORD (1964)
THE BEATLES THIRD CHRISTMAS RECORD (1965)
THE BEATLES FOURTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1966)
THE BEATLES FIFTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1967)
THE BEATLES SIXTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1968)
THE BEATLES SEVENTH CHRISTMAS RECORD (1969)
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Track #1 WHITE CHRISTMAS / Darlene Love
Track #2 FROSTY THE SNOWMAN / The Ronettes
Track #3 THE BELLS OF ST. MARY’S / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
Track #4 SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN / The Crystals
Track #5 SLEIGH RIDE / The Ronettes
Track #6 MARSHMELLOW WORLD / Darlene Love
Track #7 I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS / The Ronettes
Track #8 RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER / The Crystals
Track #9 WINTER WONDERLAND / Darlene Love
Track #10 PARADE OF THE WOODEN SOLDIERS / The Crystals
Track #11 CHRISTMAS (Baby Please Come Home) / Darlene Love
Track #12 HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS / Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans
Track #13 SILENT NIGHT / Phil Spector and Artists
Song Source: The Music Vault of HouseoftheHits, Inc.
Record Sleeve Graphics: Courtesy of 45cat