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Bobby Helms

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Biography

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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Top Tracks

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    Popularity
  2.   Jingle Bell Rock
  3.   My Special Angel
  4.   Fraulein
  5.   I Wanna Go to Santa Claus Land
  6.   Captain Santa Claus
  7.   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
  8.   Come Home To My Heart
  9.   Jingle Bell Rock (From "Home Alone 2")
  10.   Teach Me
  11.   You're the One
  12.   Someone For Everyone
  13.   Then Came You
  14.   No Other Baby
  15.   Silver Bells
  16.   Yesterday's Champagne
  17.   Just Between Old Sweethearts
  18.   Captain Santa Claus and His Reindeer Space Partol
  19.   I'm Leaving Now (Long Gone Daddy)
  20.   Someone Was Already There
  21.   Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
  22.   One Deep Love
  23.   How Can You Divide a Little Child
  24.   I Need to Know Now
  25.   Schoolboy Crush
  26.   Lonely River Rhine
  27.   To My Sorrow
  28.   I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus
  29.   Winter Wonderland
  30.   White Christmas
  31.   (Got A) Heartsick Feeling
  32.   Living in the Shadows of the Past
  33.   Christmas Time in My Home Town
  34.   Tennessee Rock 'N' Roll
  35.   Guess We Thought the World Would End
  36.   The Magic Song
  37.   Jingle Bell Rock by The Anita Kerr Singers
  38.   My Greatest Weakness
  39.   A Hundred Hearts
  40.   Far Away Heart
  41.   Jingle Bell Rock!
  42.   Here Comes Santa Claus
  43.   Love Me Lady
  44.   Fallen Heart
  45.   I Made Her Bad
  46.   You're No Longer The Woman
  47.   Just a Little Lonesome
  48.   The Magic Song
  49.   Plaything
  50.   If I Only Knew
  51.   Jacqueline
  52.   Love Me Tender (From "Lethal Weapon")
  53.   Jingle Bells Rock
  54.   Captain Santa Claus and His Reindeer
  55.   Jaqueline
  56.   Am I That Easy to Forget
  57.   Long Tall Sally by Little Richard
  58.   Jingle Bell Rock
  59.   April Fool
  60.   The Best Man
  61.   Troubles Wall to Wall
  62.   This Song's for You
  63.   Somebody Wrong Is Looking Right
  64.   Have This Love on Me
  65.   Sugar Moon
  66.   Plaything
  67.   Freedom Lovin' Guy
  68.   Once in a Lifetime
  69.   Let Me Be the One
  70.   My Lucky Day
  71.   You're No Longer Mine
  72.   I Want to Be With You
  73.   Borrowed Dreams
  74.   A Fool Such as I
  75.   Sowin' Teardrops
  76.   I Don't Owe You Nothing
  77.   The Fool and the Angel
  78.   Soon It Can Be Told
  79.   Miss Memory
  80.   I Guess I'll Miss the Prom
  81.   Jacqueline
  82.   Love My Lady
  83.   If I Only Knew
  84.   Just a Little Lonesome
  85.   Most of the Time
  86.   I've Never Seen Anyone
  87.   Hangin' Around
  88.   Yesterday's Lovin'
  89.   Sad Eyed Baby
  90.   Hurry Baby
  91.   New River Train
  92.   My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You
  93.   Standing at the End of My World
  94.   Tonight's the Night
  95.   Winter Wonderland
  96.   The Old Year Is Gone
  97.   I Can't Take It Like You Can
  98.   Lilly White
  99.   Silver Bells
  100.   You're My Special Angel
  101.   Move A Little Farther Along
  102.   Jingle Bells
  103.   Cherokee Boogie
  104.   Dance With Me
  105.   Forget About Him
  106.   I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  107.   Cold Winds Blow
  108.   Stop the World and Let Me Off
  109.   Freulein
  110.   Southern Belle
  111.   Lay Me Down Look
  112.   What a Friend We Have in Jesus
  113.   I Just Want To Be Alone
  114.   I Love My Lady
  115.   You're Mine, You
  116.   You Are My Special Angel
  117.   Mary Goes Round
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