The song was listed as a medley of “Mary’s Boy Child” and “Oh My Lord”. In the book 1000 UK #1 Hits by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh, Boney M. member Marcia Barrett said: “I always thought of Boney M. as being put together by a spiritual force and we liked doing spiritual songs. When we did Mary’s Boy Child, we added a bit spontaneously at the end. As it worked, we left it in.”
Release Date: November 27, 1978
Songwriter/s: Jester Hairston – Frank Farian – Fred Jay – Lorin
Label: Hansa Records (FRG) – Sire Records (USA) – Atlantic Records (AUS/UK)
UK – 1
US – 85
In the UK the song topped the Official Charts Company selling over 1.89 million copies until November 2015, It became the band’s second single to become of UK’s all time best selling singles. In the US, it peaked at number 85 on the Billboard Hot 100.
Artist’s age on Release Date: The band was active for 3 years when they released this song.
Cover Versions: Rivers of Babylon (remix) – Christmas Mega Mix – Glee – The Ecletics – very few amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.