Thanks to the king of rock and roll Elvis’ Christmas Album of 1957, “Blue Christmas” became a rock and roll Christmas standard. The tune had been around since 1948 and was popularized by others (for example, Russ Morgan, Hugo Winterhalter, Ernest Tubb, and Billy Eckstine), but Elvis rocked it with a blues touch. The song, written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, tells of a man lonely from unrequited love at Christmastime.
In general, the reviewers did not receive the album well, because they felt Elvis had somehow changed the spirit of Christmas. Much of the brouhaha revolved around the rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas” rather than the gospel tunes that were really close to Elvis’ heart. Over the years, fans made it the best-selling Christmas album in the U.S., receiving RIAA Diamond status (i.e., more than 10,000,000 units sold). Elvis laughed all the way to the bank – if anyone ever done such a thing. Out of pure joy, Elvis decorated his recently purchased mansion, Graceland, into a rock n’ roll Christmas wonderland. His Frostee-Glow white nylon artificial tree came with red ornaments and twinkle lights; the revolving base played Christmas carols. It became known as the Presley tree.
Here are the lyrics to “Blue Christmas” by Elvis Presley:
“I’ll have a blue Christmas without you
I’ll be so blue just thinking about you
Decorations of red on a green Christmas tree
Wont be the same dear, if you’re not here with me
And when those blue snowflakes start falling
That’s when those blue memories start calling
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white
But I’ll have a blue, blue blue blue Christmas
You’ll be doin’ all right, with your Christmas of white,
But I’ll have a blue, blue Christmas”
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