Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
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.
In 2008, Elvis Presley Christmas Duets was Number 3 on the U.S. Top Country Albums chart.
"We are so pleased that these accomplished artists are collaborating with Elvis in this unique way to make exciting new versions of his Christmas songs. I am sure Elvis would be proud to have worked with them."
~~ Priscilla Presley
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
Which of the tracks do you think sounds the most interesting?
"It's amazing what they can do," Stoker said. "Elvis sounds great. The recordings sound as if they were done yesterday."
~~ Gordon Stoker of The Jordanaires
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?
Yes, they are messing with a good thing and they should leave the original recordings alone.
In 2008, Elvis Presley Christmas Duets reached Number 17 on the U.S. Billboard Chart 200.
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.
Blue Christmas With Martina McBride Reached Number 36 on the U.S. Country Music Chart.
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!
I'll Be Home For Christmas With Carrie Underwood Reached Number 54 on the U.S. Country Music Chart.
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
Are you going to buy the Elvis Presley Christmas Duets CD?
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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