"Please Come Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song, released in 1960, by the American blues singer and pianist Charles Brown. Hitting Billboard’s Hot 100 chart in December 1961, the tune Brown co-wrote with Gene Redd peaked at position #76. It appeared on the Christmas Singles chart for nine seasons, hitting #1 in 1972. It includes a number of characteristics of Christmas music, such as multiple references in the lyrics to the Christmas season and Christmas traditions, and the use of a Church bell type sound, created using a piano, at the start of the song. It is sometimes referred to as "Bells Will Be Ringing".
In 1978, the rock band Eagles covered and released the song as a single. Their version of the song peaked at #18 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts, and was the first song of theirs to feature Timothy B. Schmit on bass(having replaced founding member Randy Meisner the previous year). The lineup features Don Henley (drums/vocals), Glenn Frey (piano, backing vocals), Joe Walsh (guitar, backing vocals), Timothy B. Schmit (bass/backing vocals), and Don Felder (lead guitar). Originally released as a vinyl 7" single, it was re-released in the 1990s as a CD single.
Jon Bon Jovi version
Jon Bon Jovi also covered the song on the 1992 holiday album, A Very Special Christmas 2. A promo music video that featured supermodel Cindy Crawford was made to accompany that release. In 1994 the same recording was released as a charity single in Europe, but this time instead of being credited as a solo recording by Jon Bon Jovi it was released under the band name Bon Jovi. The 1994 single release made the Top Ten in both UK and Ireland.
Other cover versions
The song has also been covered by artists in various genres including Aaron Neville, Cee Lo Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Willie Nelson, Harry Connick, Jr., Christina Perri, Lady Antebellum, Tobey Keith, B. B. King, Fiona Apple, Martina McBride, Jesse McCartney, Josh Gracin, James Brown, Pat Benatar, and The Platters.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||76|
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|U.K. Singles Charts||30|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Songs||74|
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