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Up on a Housetop

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Benjamin Hanby

Benjamin Hanby (arr. Jeff Simmons)

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General Info

Year: 1864 / 1998
Duration: c. 1:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Arrangers Publishing Company
Cost: Score and Parts - $70.00   |   Score Only - $7.50


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Program Notes

Up on the House Top is a Christmas song written by Benjamin Hanby in 1864 in the town of New Paris, Ohio. It has been recorded by a multitude of singers, most notably Gene Autry in 1953.

According to William Studwell in The Christmas Carol Reader, Up on the House Top was the second-oldest secular Christmas song, outdone only by Jingle Bells, which was written in 1857 (although the latter was originally intended as a Thanksgiving song). It is also considered the first Yuletide song to focus primarily on Santa Claus. In fact, according to Readers Digest Merry Christmas Song Book, Hanby was the first to offer up the idea that Santa and his sleigh land on the roof of homes.

- Program Note from Wikipedia


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