Elvis Presleys’ Chrismas Songs (by Jeff Schrembs 2011 All Rights Reserved)


Elvis and Christmas go together like….Elvis and Christmas.

Elvis truly was a man self made and who “surprised” so many who tried to box him into a category whether it was his beautiful rendition of Peace In The Valley on the Ed Sullivan Show or his affinity for Opera to his success that his Christmas Album/Songs achieved initially in 1957 and continuing each and every year thereafter.

It is estimated that over (13) thirteen Elvis’ Christmas records and Elvis’ Christmas Album entitled “The Wonderful World Of Christmas” (released in the 1970s) is the highest selling Christmas Album of all time (i.e. estimated to be over 10 million), and Elvis’ first Christmas Album entitled “Elvis Christmas Album” sold (approximately) (3) three million records and was released in October of 1957. 

 In summary Elvis’ Christmas Albums have sold approximately (13) thirteen million records which needs to be put in context as the US population was a fraction of what it is now.
In spite of these achievements a decision was made a few years ago to take Elvis’ Christmas recordings and turn them into “duets”.

I believe that if they decided to release Elvis’ Original Christmas Album(s), in their entirety, and then as an “additional CD” of the “duets” that it would have been more appropriate and tasteful. At the time I shared my (personal) disdain for the “Elvis Christmas Duets” not because I didn’t like/respect/appreciate the talents of the “duet singers” but because if Elvis had wanted to record duets during his lifetime….he would have.

Secondly, the recordings of Elvis during his lifetime (with some exceptions which angered Elvis to no end) were (a) just like Elvis wanted them to be and (b) were beautiful and wonderful as “stand alone songs”.
I equate it to, with no disrespect to each of the artists who contributed to the “duet”, taking the worlds greatest artwork (i.e. painting, sculpture, drawings, etc.) and asking other “artists” to add to what is already a masterpiece. No one would support that and yet by attempting to change Elvis’ versions of these songs actually (in my opinion) diluted their brillance.

Now that the Thanksgiving feast is over (is anyone else still full?) it is time to bring out the Christmas Tunes which include, of course, those by Elvis. Whether it is the bluesy “”Merry Merry Christmas Baby” to the heartfelt “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to the Elvis standard “Blue Christmas”. Elvis left his mark on Christmas Classics such as “The First Noel” and “White Christmas”.

Here are the details from Elvis’ Christmas Albums:

ELVIS CHRISTMAS ALBUM

Side One

Track  Date Recorded   Song Title                                        Song Writer(s)                             Run Time
1.              9/7/57               Santa Claus Is Back In Town          Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller                 2:22
2.             9/6/57               White Christmas                               Irving Berlin                                               2:23
3.             9/6/57               Here Comes Santa Claus Gene        Autry and Oakley Haldeman                   1:54
4.             9/7/57               I’ll Be Home for Christmas               Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent    1:53
5.             9/5/57               Blue Christmas                                  Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson                          2:07
6.             9/7/57            Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)   Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius    1:54

Side Two

Track       Date Recorded       Song Title                                Song Writer(s)                          Run   Time 

 1.       9/7/57        O Little Town of Bethlehem                          Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner        2:35
2.        9/6/57         Silent Night                                                       Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber              2:23
3.        1/13/57       (There’ll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)     Thomas A. Dorsey                                 3:22      
4.        1/12/57       I Believe                   Ervin Drake, Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl, Al Stillman          2:05
5.       1/13/57       Take My Hand, Precious Lord                       Thomas A. Dorsey                                     3:16
6.      1/19/57        It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)               Stuart Hamblen                                       3:53

 THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF CHRISTMAS – Camden/Pickwick Reissue

Side One

Track       Date Recorded       Song Title                        Song Writer(s)                          Run   Time 
 
1.          9/5/57                       Blue Christmas                      Bill Hayes and Jay Johnson                    2:07
2.          9/6/57                       Silent Night                           Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber             2:23
3.          9/6/57                       White Christmas                   Irving Berlin                                             2:23
4.          9/7/57          Santa Claus Is Back In Town       Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller                    2:22
5.          9/7/57         I’ll Be Home for Christmas           Buck Ram, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent       1:53

Side Two

Track       Date Recorded       Song Title                                Song Writer(s)                          Run   Time 
1.            6/10/66       *If Every Day Was Like Christmas         Red West                                                    2:42
2.            9/6/57           Here Comes Santa Claus          Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman                        1:54
3.            9/7/57          O Little Town of Bethlehem      Phillips Brooks and Lewis H. Redner                    2:35
4.         9/7/57          Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)      Aaron Schroeder and Claude DeMetruis    1:54
5.           1/15/69       *Mama Liked the Roses                         John Christopher                                           2:47

* Denotes that “If Every Day Was Like Christmas” was recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, and “Mama Liked The Roses” at American Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.

From me, and www.ElvisCollector.info, we want to wish you and your loved ones a; healthy, blessed, happy, memorable, wonderful, joyful Christmas. For in this season it is not the number of presents under the tree, or the lack of, but sharing the details of the birth of Jesus and giving (i.e. time, of self, from our heart, wisdom, etc.) of ourselves.

Take care and may God bless you.

Jeff Schrembs

www.ElvisCollector.info

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  1. Elvis is definitely the best singer of all time, and it his proved with his ability to sing so many different genres of songs and master them. His heart was truly into Christmas, and it is showed in his amazing talent to sing every single song from the heart. That’s one of the many reasons why Elvis’s music is great because the songs were sang from his heart. My favorite Christmas song by Elvis is “If I Get Home On Christmas Day”

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