|Harry for the Holidays|
|Studio album by|
|Released||October 28, 2003|
Los Angeles, California,
May 13–22, 2003
|Harry Connick Jr. chronology|
|Harry Connick Jr. |
Christmas albums chronology
|Entertainment Weekly||B- 2/13/04|
A Harry For The Holidays television special, aired on NBC December 23, 2003. The TV special was released on DVD October 19, 2004. The special features Whoopi Goldberg, Nathan Lane, Marc Anthony and Kim Burrell.
Among Harry Connick Jr.'s own compositions is a duet with country singer George Jones on "Nothing New for New Year." This was one of the highlights of the album for Connick: "George Jones is my favorite singer and I was quite surprised and honored that he said yes", Connick said in 2003. "I think he's the most soulful country singer probably of all time."
An animated TV Christmas special "The Happy Elf", aired December 2, 2005 on NBC, and was released on DVD. The special is based on Connick's original song, "The Happy Elf". When asked about the song in 2003, Connick said, "'The Happy Elf' is another kid's song that came from thinking about how cool it would be to work in Santa's [work]shop."
The album was also released as a DualDisc, with the DVD side containing both Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound mixes and high quality LPCM (better than CD) versions of the album's 16 tracks. Also included are excerpts from the above-mentioned network special; with performances of 6 songs, including his own "It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus" as well as a version of "Blue Christmas" (made famous, as Connick notes before the performance, by Elvis Presley during his 1968 comeback special). An interview with Connick and a trailer for The Happy Elf are also included.
|1.||"Frosty The Snow Man"||Steve Nelson, Jack Rollins||3:34|
|2.||"Blue Christmas"||Billy Hayes, Jay W. Johnson||3:23|
|3.||"The Christmas Waltz"||Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne||3:18|
|4.||"I Wonder As I Wander"||traditional||3:07|
|5.||"Silver Bells"||Ray Evans, Jay Livingston||3:58|
|6.||"Mary's Little Boy Child"||Jester Hairston||5:10|
|7.||"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"||J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie||3:56|
|8.||"The Happy Elf"||Connick||3:42|
|9.||"I'll Be Home for Christmas"||Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram||5:57|
|10.||"I Come With Love"||Connick||4:43|
|11.||"Nature Boy"||eden ahbez||3:49|
|12.||"O Little Town of Bethlehem"||Lewis H. Redner, Phillip Brooks||3:25|
|13.||"I'm Gonna Be The First One"||Connick||3:27|
|14.||"This Christmas"||Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor||3:47|
|15.||"Nothin' New For New Year" (with George Jones)||Connick||4:08|
|16.||"Silent Night"||Franz Gruber, Josef Mohr||4:54|
- Harry Connick Jr. – Piano & vocals
- Ned Goold – Alto Sax
- James Greene – Alto Sax
- Jerry Weldon – Tenor Sax
- Mike Karn – Tenor Sax
- Dave Schumacher – Baritone Sax
- Roger Ingram – Trumpet
- Derrick Gardner – Trumpet
- Leroy Jones – Trumpet
- Joe Magnarelli – Trumpet
- Mark Mullins – Trombone
- Craig Klein – Trombone
- John Allred – Trombone
- Joe Barati – Bass Trombone
- Neal Caine – Bass
- Arthur Latin II – drums
- Lucien Barbarin – percussion
- 70-piece orchestra
- "Nothing New For New Year"
- George Jones – Vocal
- Harry Connick Jr. – Vocal, Piano, Bass, and Drums
- Paul Franklin – Pedal steel
- Biff Watson – Guitar
- 2004 Top Jazz Albums, peak position # 1
- 2004 The Billboard 200, peak position # 12
- 2004 Top Internet Albums, peak position # 27
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,100,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- "Chart Watch Extra: Bring On Christmas!". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2009-12-11. Retrieved 2009-12-14.
- "RIAA Searchable Database – Gold & Platinum Certifications". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2010-12-14.
- "Holiday Cheer". Billboard. November 3, 2007. p. 32. Retrieved October 9, 2019.
- "American album certifications – Harry Connick Jr – Harry For the Holidays". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.