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"Blue Christmas" is a Christmas song written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson. The heart-broken tale of unrequited love during the holidays had long been considered a Christmas staple of country music, having been recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1948. In 1957, Elvis Presley effectively made "Blue Christmas" a steadfast rock-and-roll holiday classic by recording it in his signature style. The song has since been recorded by a host of rock and country artists alike, as well as those of other genres. The song was also featured in the children's Christmas special, The Year Without a Santa Claus. More recently, the song has been covered by Céline Dion as well as the indie band Bright Eyes and Billy Idol in his 2006 Christmas album Happy Holidays.

Elvis Presley's famous recording of the song appeared on his 1957 LP Elvis' Christmas Album. It was also released as a single. Ernest Tubb's version of the song included an extra verse not used by Elvis' later version.

In 2009, Elvis' version was used in a TV commercial for Verizon Wireless.


Beach Boys version

"Blue Christmas"
Single by The Beach Boys
from the album The Beach Boys' Christmas Album
Format Vinyl
Recorded Unknown
Genre Pop music
Length 4 min 41 sec for both songs
Label Capitol Records
Producer Brian Wilson
The Beach Boys singles chronology
"Dance, Dance, Dance"/"The Warmth of the Sun"
"The Man with All the Toys"/"Blue Christmas"
"Do You Wanna Dance?"/"Please Let Me Wonder"

The song was covered by the American pop band The Beach Boys. The song was released as the B-side of the "The Man with All the Toys" single on November 16, 1964; it charted at #3 in the U.S. Christmas charts but did not chart in the U.K. The song was also released on the bands 1964 album The Beach Boys' Christmas Album on the same day. The song featured Brian Wilson on lead vocals.



Other versions

The following artists have recorded covers of "Blue Christmas":

A cover also appeared in the 1974 Rankin-Bass special The Year Without a Santa Claus.


See also


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