The Christmas Album

@RasmaSandra (11274)
Riga, Latvia
May 23, 2017 12:37pm CST
With those of you living in places where it is hot or where it is spring and the weather is becoming hotter and hotter it is just as well that Elvis’ fourth album was recorded as a Christmas album. Perhaps this will make you feel cooler as you listen to Elvis singing Christmas songs. The album was titled Elvis’ Christmas Album and became his first Christmas album. It was released on October 15, 1957. The album made it on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart and stayed there for four weeks. Fans were surely listening to this album all Christmas long. The two singles from this album were “Peace In the Valley” and “Blue Christmas”. The original album included eight Christmas songs and four gospel songs. Elvis sang traditional Christmas songs and included two new ones as well. The songs were “Santa Bring My Baby Back (to Me)” and the other selected by Elvis to open the album was a bluesy rock number titled “Santa Claus Is Back In Town”. Two songs on this album “Silent Night” and “O Little Town of Bethlehem” were arranged by Elvis. What is interesting about this album is that most everyone knows the song “White Christmas” was always associated with singer Bing Crosby. Well the composer Irving Berlin was actually disappointed to learn that his song was to be sung by Elvis and included on his Christmas album. He actually told his staff in New York to phone radio stations across the states to demand that the song would not be broadcast and most Canadian radio stations refused to play Elvis’ Christmas album. As you see Elvis had not become King yet. To me it remains a mystery as to what all the excitement was all about because not only did Elvis do justice to the Christmas songs he sang there were also lovely gospel songs. I have included “Blue Christmas” here. Let me know what you think. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis%27_Christmas_Album
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• Pamplona, Spain
23 May
I like most of his Songs and that was one of them. I can´t hear it on here because of the Computer set up. I would have to look for it on youtube so no problem thanks anyway.
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@Kandae11 (23468)
23 May
That is a true classic. I love Elvis Presley's voice.
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@JediYoda (1744)
• Samoa
23 May
That's a good Christmas Album recording and I heared that album before.
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@JohnRoberts (36067)
• Los Angeles, California
23 May
People like Berlin only perceived Elvis as a swivel hipped singer doing songs they didn't understand. But Elvis possessed a true voice and became considered a fine gospel singer.
@RasmaSandra (11274)
• Riga, Latvia
24 May
When I hear him sing How Great Thou Art I get all choked up and tears come sprouting out @JohnRoberts
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