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Mary's boy child

First line:
Long time ago in Bethlehem
author of text

Many choral musicians around the world remember Jester Hairston fondly. Descended from plantation slaves, he rose from rural poverty in North Carolina to become a widely recognized songwriter, arranger (mainly of spirituals), singer, choral director, and film actor. He wrote Mary’s boy child in 1956, and it immediately became a No 1 hit in a recording by Harry Belafonte. The relaxed gracefulness of its melody and aptly unadorned retelling of the Christmas story in its lyric have gained it a lasting place in the repertoire.

from notes by Collegium Records © 2008


Rutter: A Christmas Festival
COLCD133Download only


Track 13 on COLCD133 [4'24] Download only

Track-specific metadata for COLCD133 track 13

Recording date
1 April 2008
Recording venue
Cadogan Hall, London, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Simon Eadon
Recording engineer
Will Brown & Andrew Mellor
Hyperion usage
  1. Rutter: A Christmas Festival (COLCD133)
    Disc 1 Track 13
    Release date: October 2008
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