Oh Holy Night

December 18th Celebrates The Song Called Oh Holy Night

Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about a Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season called, “Oh Holy Night,” but who wrote this infamous tune?

“O Holy Night” is a well-known Christmas carol composed by Adolphe Adam in 1847 to the French poem, by a wine merchant and poet, Placide Cappeau.

In Roquemaure at the end of the year 1843, the church organ was recently renovated. To celebrate the event, the parish priest asked Cappeau, native from this town, to write a Christmas poem. Cappeau did it, although being a professed anticlerical and atheist.

Soon after, Adam wrote the music. The song was premiered in Roquemaure in 1847 by the opera singer Emily Laurey.

Today’s YouTube presentation brought to you by user name xChristmas Lyricsx brings to you this delightful Christmas classic for your enjoyment.

This carol has the distinction of being the first song ever to be played live on a radio broadcast.

On December 24, 1906 a Canadian inventor, Reginald Fessenden, broadcast one of the first ever AM radio programs, and the first ever to feature entertainment and music for a general audience, from his Brant Rock, Massachusetts station.

In a 2006 poll of over 37,000 listeners, the British classical music radio station Classic FM voted this carol as the UK’s Christmas favorite.

The carol entered the UK singles chart for the first time in 2012 with a version by the children of Ladywell Primary School in Motherwell, Scotland. Proceeds from their single went to meningitis charities and it was recorded in memory of a 6-year-old classmate who died from the illness.

Who would ever know that this song was written by an atheist?

Or that it was a French poem at one time, by far it’s a favorite around the holidays to hear, and at the same time it has such healing powers when you hear it.

Written & Designed by JD Mitchell
jdmitchelldesigns@gmail.com

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