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Blue Christmas

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(Hayes & Johnson)

Information:
Blue Christmas was written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson. In 1949 there were three big hits with the song. Russ Morgan (Decca 24766) and Hugo Winterhalter (Columbia 38635) had pop hits, reaching #11 and #21 on Billboard’s Best-Selling Singles chart, respectively. Ernest Tubb had a #2 country hit with blue Christmas (Decca 46186). In 1950 Billy Eckstein made a popular recording of the song (MGM 10796).

Elvis recorded Blue Christmas on September 5, 1957, at Radio Recorders. Take #3 was chosen for release. It wasn’t until seven years later that Blue Christmas was released as a single, reaching the top of Billboard’s special Christmas Singles chart. Elvis sang the song in his 1968 TV special, Elvis. Blue Christmas was replaced in the 1969 repeat of the show with Tiger Man.

Lyrics:

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
Won't be the same dear, if you're not here with me
 
And when those blue snowflakes start fallin'
That's when those blue memories start callin'
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, blue, blue Christmas
 
Where it was released:
First released on the album Elvis' Christmas Album »

Singles:
-
Blue Christmas / Blue Christmas (RCA H07W-0808) November 1957. Promotional release for disc jockey. This single was used to promote the LP Elvis' Christmas Album.
- Blue Christmas / Wooden Heart (RCA 447-0720) November 1964. Standard original Gold Series release »
- Blue Christmas / Santa Claus is Back in Town (RCA 447-0647) November 1965. Original Gold Series release. This record has already been released a number of times throughout the years. 

EPs:
- Elvis Sings Christmas Songs (1957)
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LPs:
- Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957)
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- Elvis – NBC TV Special (1968) »

- Elvis Christmas Album (1964)
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- Elvis Christmas Album (1970) »
- Elvis Christmas Album (1975) »
-
Elvis – A Legendary Performer, Volume 2 (1976) »

- The Elvis Presley Story (1977) »
– Pickwick Pack (1978) »
- Elvis: Memories (1978) »
- Elvis! His Greatest Hits (1979) »
– Elvis Aron Presley (1980) »
– Elvis NBC TV Special (1981) »

- Memories of Christmas (1982)
- Blue Christmas (1992)
- The King of Rock'n'Roll - The Complete 50's Masters (1992)
- If Everyday Was Like Christmas (1994)
- Elvis Aron Presley (1998)
- A Golden Celebration (1998)
- Tiger Man (1998)
- Memories of the '68 Comeback Special (1998)
- Burbank '68 (1999) - FTD »
- It's Christmas Time (1999)
- White Christmas (2000)
- I'll Be Home For Christmas (2001)
- The Christmas Songs (2001) - Greenhill
- Spring Tours '77 (2002) - FTD
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- Dinner At Eight (2002) - FTD
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- Christmas Peace (2003)
- Dragonheart (2003) - FTD
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- Let Yourself Go (2006) - FTD »

-
A Minnesota Moment (2010) - FTD »
- Chicago Stadium (2010) - FTD
»
- Elvis' Christmas Album (2014) - FTD »
– Elvis in Alabama (2015) - FTD »
– NBC-TV Special (2016) - FTD »
– Spirit of Jackson, MS (2016) - FTD »
– His Songs of Praise, Volume 2 (2017) - FTD »
– The Bicentennial Show (2017) - FTD »

Bootleg Releases
- Standing Room Only, Volume 3 (1980) – Eagle Records Corp.
- Susie Q (1985) - Astra

- Elvis Rocks And The Girls Roll (1986) – Pink and Black
- The Burbank Sessions, Volume 1 (1987) - Laurel

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