January 20

Elvis Presley’s Lonely Heart Sings “Blue Christmas” on the Holiday

If you feel the same loneliness Elvis Presley had during the holiday season, then “Blue Christmas” is the perfect song for you. Initially sung by Doye O’Dell, the King of Rock and Roll made a heartfelt rendition of the classic hit.

Meaning Behind The Song

Before Elvis Presley popularized “Blue Christmas,” it was actually written by Billy Hayes & Jay W. Johnson. It was originally recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948. However, it didn’t receive any recognition. 

After Doye released his version, many other artists decided to cover the song, ironically making it land on the Billboard chart. Ernest Tubb‘s cover, to be exact, peaked at no.1 in the chart. Elvis, however, is credited for solidifying the song’s reputation as a rock and roll holiday classic.

Although the song’s title might conjure up images of a depressing holiday season, “Blue Christmas” has more meaning than simply feeling low at this time of year. It looks at themes like heartbreak, loneliness, and yearning for a far-off love. The song’s lyrics vividly depict a person experiencing Christmas without a loved one and feeling the loss of their presence. 

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The holidays may be a bittersweet time of year for many people. Even while it’s a time for family gatherings and celebrations, it may also serve as a reminder of loved ones who are far away or of those who are no longer with us. It gives comfort to many people who are lonely during the festive season. That’s probably the reason why many love it. 

“Blue Christmas” has won the hearts of generations and grown to become a beloved holiday classic. Whether performed with the enthusiasm that Elvis Presley songs are known for or the genuine emotion of Doye O’Dell, the song never fails to move listeners.

You can listen to Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” right now by clicking the video below. 


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