Friday, 5 December 2014

ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 5th - Elvis Presley - Blue Christmas

A more familiar one today. I LOVE this song. I was going to feature The King's uber-cool version of Winter Wonderland from his second Xmas album, but who can deny the genius of this? Taken from Elvis' Christmas Album, the fourth album by Elvis Presley on RCA Victor Records, released in October 1957, and recorded at Radio Recorders in Hollywood. It has been reissued in numerous different formats since its first release. It spent four weeks at #1 on the Billboard Top Pop Albums chart, and was the first of two Christmas-themed albums Presley would record, the other being Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas, released in the early 1970s.

According to the latest certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America, Elvis' Christmas Album has shipped at least 13 million copies in the United States (three million copies of the original 1957 release on RCA Victor Records, plus ten million copies of a "budget" edition first released by RCA Camden in 1970 and then by Pickwick Records in 1975). It is the first Presley title to attain Diamond certification by the RIAA, and is also the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of all time in the United States.