Carol Hall didn't have the holidays in mind when she wrote "Hard Candy Christmas" for the Broadway production, "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas". She has Dolly Parton to thank for making it a hit song.
Parton was cast as Ms. Mona in the movie version of "Whorehouse", which also saw co-star Burt Reynolds climb the country charts with "Let's do Something Cheap & Superficial", which was clearly golden throat territory.
Parton's version of "Hard Candy Christmas" was released to radio & record stores in the fall of 1982. Six years later, she sang the song on Bob Hope's annual Christmas show. Hope does the voiceover intro: