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Blue Christmas
The Pretenders
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Holiday - EP
Year 2008
Genre Rock
Language English
Source Downloadable song
Release 2008
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"Blue Christmas" is a song by The Pretenders which was Originally recorded in 1950 by Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley recorded this song in 1957 for his Elvis' Christmas Album. It wasn't released as a single until 1964, when in the US it was backed with "Wooden Heart" from Elvis' soundtrack to his film G.I. Blues, but from 1965 and on, it was backed with "Santa Claus Is Back In Town." (thanks, Jeff - Boston, MA)

In the UK, the single was also released in 1964, but with Elvis' version of "White Christmas" on the flip, making for a very colorful and seasonal single. (thanks, Phil - Crickhowell, Wales)

Elvis' first public performance of this was during his 1968 television special, (Singer Presents) 'Elvis'. (thanks, Eileen)

This has been covered by Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, The Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, Smash Mouth, Brooks and Dunn, Vince Gill, Face to Face, Bette Midler, Harry Conick Jr., Shakin' Stevens, Bill Haley and the Comets, Eilert Pilarm, Mary Margaret O'Hara, Misfits, Freddy Fender, Collective Soul, and... Porky Pig. (thanks, Brett - Edmonton, Canada)

In late 2008 Martina McBride recorded an electronically-produced duet with Elvis of this song. It became Presley's first entry on the Adult Contemporary tally since "The Elvis Medley" peaked at #31 in 1982.