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The first Noel

Postby colonel snow » Sat May 04, 2019 12:33 pm

The original version was recorded with the title "The first Nowell" in 1902 by Tally Ho Male Quartet on Edison-Bell cylinder 6629.

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Re: The first Noel

Postby Suspicious Minds » Mon Jul 08, 2019 6:38 pm

‘The First Noel’ (aka ‘The First Noël’ or ‘The First Nowell’) is a traditional English Christmas carol, from Cornwall, probably dating back to the early modern times (16th-17th century), though it might even be older.

The oldest print appears in Carols Ancient and Modern (1823) and Gilbert and Sandys Carols (1833), edited by William Sandys.

For the lyrics, as published in Gilbert and Sandys Carols, please visit: https://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.c ... nowell.htm

Its hymn arrangement, as it is mostly performed today, was composed by John Stainer and published in Carols, New and Old (1871).


More info: ... first-noel

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Here’s a list of other recordings from


1903: Westminster Choir [also on Edison]
1907: Elda May
1910: Invincible Quartet
1914: Lyric Quartet
1916: Carol Singers [on Edison Blue Amberol]
1925: Mark Andrews [pipe organ solo]
1930s: Kings College Choir
1944: Dick Haymes [as The First Noel]
1949: Bing Crosby [idem]
1956: Alfred Deller
1957: Frank Sinatra
1962: Robert Shaw
1963: Nat King Cole
1966: Joan Baez
1967: Ella Fitzgerald
1971: Elvis Presley
1979: Emmylou Harris
1987: Air Supply
1991: Johnny Cash
1991: Crash Test Dummies
1998: N'Sync
2002: Hall & Oates
2003: Whitney Houston
2006: Sarah McLachlan
2007: Toby Keith [most as The First Noel]
2009: Bob Dylan
2010: Susan Boyle
2010: Annie Lennox
2012: Lady Antebellum
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