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Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

Updated on October 1, 2014
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets | Source
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets
Elvis Presley Christmas Duets | Source

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.

Click here to order your copy of Elvis Presley Christmas Duets from Amazon.

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
  • Wynonna
  • 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

Elvis Presley Duets Track List
Elvis Presley Duets Track List | Source

Track List for Elvis Presley Christmas Duets

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"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?

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

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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.

© 2008 Treasures By Brenda

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?

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      small dog lady 7 years ago

      nice lens! Very complete and very interesting!

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      calendarsblog 7 years ago

      lensrolled this right back to my elvis calendars lens :)

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      This is cool - I didn't realize people were making new duets with Elvis's voice!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 7 years ago from United States

      Wow, now this is an album I need! LOL Elvis with some of my favorite current artists! Awesome!

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      I still love Elvis Presley's Christmas songs, and those teddy bears are just too cute!

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      MatCauthon 7 years ago

      Yep. I think Elvis and Michael will continue to release new albums in the future. It would seem that their songs never fade.

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      Ilovemusicgirl 7 years ago

      Elvis was the king!! I have lensrolled back to my blue suede shoes lens. Thanks for the lensroll :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 8 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love the sound of the Silent Night duet! Beautiful!

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

      I had no idea about this album, fascinating!

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      Susan Deppner 8 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Elvis never gets old. I love the idea of the duets! Lensrolling to my Elvis Gifts lens!

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      Charlyjl 9 years ago

      This is a great lens. Now I have to get the CD to listen to it. 5*!

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      Teacher Adez7 9 years ago

      Very nice, and blessed as well! :)

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      Snozzle 9 years ago

      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.

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      thepartyanimal2 9 years ago

      Yahoo you are a winner in The Squidoo Home for The Holidays Lens Contest So Go Grab your badge.

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      Marelisa 9 years ago

      What a great lens; now I want to go out and get an Elvis Christmas CD :-) Have a great holiday!

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      MargoPArrowsmith 9 years ago

      I thought Elvis would have said a pink Cadellac! Very well done 5* lens!

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      ChristopherScot1 9 years ago

      Great lens and thanks for stopping by my lens for the A Month of Hope Challenge!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      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!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      As a teenager, I loved watching the Elvis movies on TV. Boy could he sing! Entertaining trip down memory lane.ThanksLizzy

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      Achim Thiemermann 9 years ago from Austin, Texas

      A SquidAngel Blessing for the "King" and you, Brenda! Fabulous lens!

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Blessed! I LOVE Elvis Christmas! Blue Christmas to you, Brenda!

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      Karicor 9 years ago

      I rather like the idea of keeping Elvis and his music fresh and popular with new generations. SquidAngel Blessings for the King! ^:)^

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      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.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      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.

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      rockycha 9 years ago

      An absolute wealth of information and gift suggestions! Great lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel today :)

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      Sherry Venegas 9 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I believe Natalie Cole recorded over and with her Dad's voice a few years ago. And thanks for visiting my lens.

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      harryfielder 9 years ago

      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.

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Elvis was so talented -- it is not surprising that his music lives on and on and on! Great lens!

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      religions7 9 years ago

      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 :)