Something for the weekend. A powerful rendition of O Holy Night by Tennessee Ernie Ford and Gordon MacRae. The poem on which the hymn is based was written in 1847 by Placide Chappeau de Roquemaure at the request of his parish priest. Chappeau asked his friend Adolphe Adam, a French composer, to set it to music. In 1855 Unitarian minister John Sullivan Dwight created an English version of the carol which has been immensely popular in America ever since. In 1906 the carol was the second piece of music to be broadcast on radio.