Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Featuring Duets With Contemporary Country Music Stars
When Elvis Presley Christmas Duets was released Elvis had been dead for 31 years but that was not holding him back. In 2008 this new Christmas music album caused a sensation.
Packed with Christmas songs recorded by The King of Rock'n'Roll and contemporary country artists some of whom who were probably not even born when he died, it was definitely something for Elvis Presley fans to enjoy.
On this page, learn more about this album including how it faired on the Billboard Charts when it was released, watch some of the music videos featuring Elvis and his modern singing partners and participate in a debate about whether or not you think it is okay for modern technology to play with original music recordings. Be sure to let us know what you think.
Who Sang on the Album?
Duets included a virtual who's who from today's country recording artists:
- Carrie Underwood
- Martina McBride
- Gretchen Wilson
- Sarah Evans
- LeAnn Rimes,
- Karen Fairchild and Kimberly Schlapman from Little Big Town
The Jordanaires, who sang back-up on the early recordings, re-did their parts. "It's done in very good taste," the group's Gordon Stoker said. "We're doing the same background we did originally on the recordings in 1957."
"There has been tremendous excitement from the many artists contributing their voices to these Elvis Christmas classics," says Joe Galante, Chairman of Sony BMG.
How Did They Do It?
To create these musical duets, Sony had to use some pretty advanced technology. The songs that are on the recording were originally one track mono recordings done by Elvis in 1957 and 1971 and include I'll Be Home For Christmas, Santa Claus Is Back In Town, Silver Bells and of course, Blue Christmas.
The songs are now recorded on multi-track with Elvis on one track and his voice dropped to allow room for the new voice. The recording was made in the RCA Studio B in Nashville where Elvis recorded his 1971 Christmas session.
This result was a brand-new recording for Elvis fans but one that also managed to record and preserve more of his great music for all time.
Elvis' Owns The Top-Selling Christmas Album Ever
Elvis is amongst the biggest-selling artists of holiday music every year, having sold over 25 million copies in the U.S., even though he only recorded about 20 Christmas songs. His Christmas albums show up on the holiday charts every year and his 1957 album, called Elvis' Christmas Album, is the top-selling holiday album ever with 9 million copies sold.
Elvis Presley Continued to Break and Make Records
This time, Elvis was breaking records with a highly unusual Christmas recording.
On October 14, 2008, Sony BMG Music Entertainment and Elvis Presley Enterprises Inc., released an Elvis Presley Christmas album called Elvis Presley Christmas Duets. It was the very first duet album for Elvis and also the first CD of its type ever produced. That is, the first duets album ever created and released posthumously.
Elvis Presley Duets Track List
Track List for Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Shouldn't Elvis have a say about who he sings with?
Are you wary when they fiddle with original recordings? Fans tend to be of two minds. Some think they should leave the original recordings alone while others think that a song and an artist can be enhanced by revision and renewed popularity.
In Elvis' case, remember when they redid the little known song 'A Little Less Conversation?' Now it is well recognized everywhere you go.
What do you think? Are they messing with a good thing?
The Making of Elvis Presley Christmas Duets - A video hosted by Priscilla Presley and featuring many of the artists involved in this project.
Unbelievable! Truly amazing! Better than I would have guessed possible! Watch the video, The Making of Elvis Presley Christmas Duets, hosted by Priscilla Presley and featuring many of the artists involved in this project. Prepare to be totally astounded! If you visit just one of these videos, make it this one! For the complete video, visit this clip The Making of Elvis Presley Christmas Duets rather than clicking on the YouTube video box shown below.
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets Video For 'If I Get Home on Christmas Day'
If I Get Home on Christmas Day is one of the songs on this album which features only Elvis and so the video is filled with footage of Elvis at various points in his life. It is wonderful. I did not know that I was such a big Elvis fan until I started watching these videos!
Sara Evans and Elvis Presley Sing Silent Night
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets Video With LeAnn Rimes Singing 'Here Comes Santa Claus' - An interesting selection of Elvis video clips set to the new version of
The Time-Life Elvis Presley Collection: Christmas
Time-Life has put together some pretty amazing boxed sets including this one which features Elvis' Christmas music. It includes 21 of what are considered his best holiday songs from between the 1950s and 1970s. They even managed to find one track that had not been released before.
The set comes with a 20-page booklet that includes an essay by Charles K. Wolfe, photographs that are not very well known, and more.
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Who would have guessed it? Thirty-one years after he is gone, Elvis is still releasing new music! - What do you think of Elvis' Christmas album?
small dog lady on December 27, 2010:
nice lens! Very complete and very interesting!
calendarsblog on December 11, 2010:
lensrolled this right back to my elvis calendars lens :)
tandemonimom lm on September 15, 2010:
This is cool - I didn't realize people were making new duets with Elvis's voice!
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on September 10, 2010:
Wow, now this is an album I need! LOL Elvis with some of my favorite current artists! Awesome!
KimGiancaterino on September 08, 2010:
I still love Elvis Presley's Christmas songs, and those teddy bears are just too cute!
MatCauthon on April 05, 2010:
Yep. I think Elvis and Michael will continue to release new albums in the future. It would seem that their songs never fade.
Ilovemusicgirl on March 21, 2010:
Elvis was the king!! I have lensrolled back to my blue suede shoes lens. Thanks for the lensroll :)
Mary Beth Granger from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA on October 01, 2009:
Love the sound of the Silent Night duet! Beautiful!
Jennifer Sullivan from Chicago, IL on October 01, 2009:
I had no idea about this album, fascinating!
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on August 29, 2009:
Elvis never gets old. I love the idea of the duets! Lensrolling to my Elvis Gifts lens!
Charlyjl on January 19, 2009:
This is a great lens. Now I have to get the CD to listen to it. 5*!
Teacher Adez7 on January 08, 2009:
Very nice, and blessed as well! :)
Snozzle on January 01, 2009:
Hadn't heard of Elvis' duets before. Must check if it's available here in the UK. I have reservations about this though and prefer to hear Elvis in original recordings. I guess it's all about money, which is a shame really. A 5 star lens though.Mike.
The Party Animal from Partytown USA on January 01, 2009:
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Marelisa on December 20, 2008:
What a great lens; now I want to go out and get an Elvis Christmas CD :-) Have a great holiday!
MargoPArrowsmith on December 19, 2008:
I thought Elvis would have said a pink Cadellac! Very well done 5* lens!
ChristopherScot1 on December 18, 2008:
Great lens and thanks for stopping by my lens for the A Month of Hope Challenge!
anonymous on December 17, 2008:
I may be in two minds about what has been done, but there is no doubt that this was great vision on your part Brenda to make this lens, so well done!
ElizabethJeanAl on December 16, 2008:
As a teenager, I loved watching the Elvis movies on TV. Boy could he sing! Entertaining trip down memory lane.ThanksLizzy
Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on December 09, 2008:
A SquidAngel Blessing for the "King" and you, Brenda! Fabulous lens!
Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on December 09, 2008:
Blessed! I LOVE Elvis Christmas! Blue Christmas to you, Brenda!
Karicor on December 08, 2008:
I rather like the idea of keeping Elvis and his music fresh and popular with new generations. SquidAngel Blessings for the King! ^:)^
anonymous on November 28, 2008:
The following are the Final Billboard positions for week ending 30th November:Top 200 Albums - 'Christmas Duets' up to 25 from 56.Top Country Albums - 'Christmas Duets' up to 5 from 12.Top Holiday Albums - 'Christmas Duets' up from 5 from 12.Top Pop Catalog Albums - 'It's Christmas Time' up from 27 to 3.Top Country Catalog Albums - 'Elvis Christmas' remains at No.3. 'Elvis' 30 No.1 Hits' down from 7 - 8. It is also No.15 in Canada.
anonymous on October 23, 2008:
The following is taken from Fred Bronson's 'Chart Beat' Column in this weeks Billboard Magazine:HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS: Elvis Presley is back on Top Country Albums with his highest-charting set in six years. "Christmas Duets" (RCA) is new at No. 13. It's Presley's best performance since "Elvis: 30 #1 Hits" spent three weeks at No. 1 in October 2002.On The Billboard 200, "Christmas Duets" enters at No. 61. It's the third Presley album to debut this year, the same number as last year, and it's the highest-charting Presley album since "Elvis: Viva Las Vegas" rolled the dice at No. 54 in September 2007.It is also No.5 on the Billboard Top Holiday Albums Chart.
rockycha on October 11, 2008:
An absolute wealth of information and gift suggestions! Great lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel today :)
Sherry Venegas from La Verne, CA on September 11, 2008:
I believe Natalie Cole recorded over and with her Dad's voice a few years ago. And thanks for visiting my lens.
harryfielder on September 09, 2008:
I was sixteen when Elvis sang Heartbreak Hotel and 37 when he died. I still play his songs on CD and on my guitar. The King is dead, Long live the King.
Joan4 on September 03, 2008:
Elvis was so talented -- it is not surprising that his music lives on and on and on! Great lens!
religions7 on August 07, 2008:
Sounds like one album I'd definitely like to hear - who cares whether it's really original? I love Christmas songs, and I love the voice of Elvis. Just hope they do it so it sounds good :)