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Bobby Helms

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Though his name is unfamiliar to most, Bobby Helms rules the airwaves every year around December 25th. His single "Jingle Bell Rock" first became a hit in 1957, and it reappeared on the charts four of the following five years to become an all-time Christmas classic. Before he was pigeonholed, though, Helms had a successful country career with two number one hits to his credit. Born on August 15, 1933, in Bloomington, IN, Helms first performed on his father Fred's Monroe County Jamboree, singing while brother Freddie played guitar. The Helms Brothers, as they were billed, became a regional attraction. Bobby later cut a single called "Tennessee Rock and Roll," but then returned to Bloomington to appear on the Hayloft Frolic television show. While on the program, he was encouraged to go to Nashville to sing background vocals on an Ernest Tubb session. Tubb recommended him to Decca Records, and the label signed him in 1956. His debut single, "Fraulein," initially flopped in January 1957 but then hit number one on the country chart in April. (The song also hit the pop Top 40 in July of 1957.) In October, Helms released another number one, "My Special Angel," which stayed four weeks at the top and crossed over to number seven pop. Helms' next recording was "Jingle Bell Rock"; though Decca released it only two days before Christmas 1957, the single still peaked at number six on the pop chart. Two 1958 singles -- "Just a Little Lonesome" and "Jacqueline" -- hit the country Top Ten but flopped elsewhere, though a reissue of "Jingle Bell Rock" made the pop Top 40. The country single "Lonely River Rhine" hit the Top 20 in 1960, but subsequent new material from Helms had little success. (Decca reissued his Christmas hit each year from 1960 to 1962 with diminishing returns.) Helms toured throughout the '60s and recorded two albums for Kapp in 1966, I'm the Man and Sorry My Name Isn't Fred -- a nod either to brother Freddie or father Fred. Two years later, he released All New Just for You on the Little Darlin' label. Several singles placed modestly on the country charts during 1967-1968, including "He Thought He'd Die Laughing" and "So Long." The 1970 Certron single "Mary Goes 'Round" was his last hit, but Helms recorded Pop-a-Billy for MCA as late as 1983. ~ John Bush
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Albums by
Bobby Helms

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    10 songs

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    This Song's For You

    12 songs

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    Jingle Bell Rock

    5 songs

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    Jingle Bell Rock [Single]

    10 songs

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    Somebody Wrong Is Looking Right

    14 songs

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    The Fool and the Angel

    14 songs

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    Jacqueline

    27 songs

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    My Special Angel - The Best of Bobby Helms

    30 songs

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    The Very Best Of

    16 songs

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    Yesterdays Lovin

    12 songs

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    Fraulein: The Classic Years

    1 song

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    My Special Angel

    11 songs

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    The Best of Bobby Helms

    10 songs

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    Bobby Helms Country

    12 songs

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    Pop-A-Billy

    10 songs

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    My Special Angel

    12 songs

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    All New Just for You

    12 songs

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    I'm the Man

    12 songs

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    Sorry My Name Isn't Fred

    12 songs

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    Someone Was Already There

    12 songs

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    To My Special Angel

    9 songs

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    Jingle Bell Rock


Top Songs by
Bobby Helms

  1.   Song
    Popularity
  2.   Jingle Bell Rock
  3.   My Special Angel
  4.   I Wanna Go to Santa Claus Land
  5.   Fraulein
  6.   Winter Wonderland
  7.   Freedom Lovin' Juy
  8.   Once in a Lifetime
  9.   Your Cheatin' Heart
  10.   Beauty in the Night
  11.   Christmas Time in My Home Town
  12.   Captain Santa Claus and His Reindeer Space Partol
  13.   I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  14.   Apartment Number Nine
  15.   Touch of Heaven
  16.   You're the One
  17.   Sowin' Teardrops
  18.   Playting
  19.   Mary Goes Round
  20.   It Keeps Right on a Hurtin'
  21.   No Other Baby
  22.   I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
  23.   I'm Gonna Love the Devil out of You
  24.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  25.   I Know One
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Bobby Helms

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    Top 33 Christmas Songs

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    Top Christmas Hits

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    Yuletide Classics

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    Kids Christmas

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    Holiday Party

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    Cocktail Madness

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    Rock The Halls

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    You'll Shoot Your Eye Out

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    Holiday Deep Dive

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    The Wolf's Christmas Classics

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    Jeff & Jenn's Christmas Channel

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    Vintage Love Songs

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    Mix 94.9's Christmas Mixer

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    '50s Hits

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    '50s Deep Dive

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    Big Dave's Christmas Favorites

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    Eclectic Holiday


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