Hearing Elvis Presley sing “Blue Christmas” is always a Christmas season treat. This year, that treat will receive extra sweetness in a new animated video.
The video is on Presley’s official YouTube channel, which has 1.87 million subscribers. The two-plus-minute song receives an animated touch as “The King” sweetly croons about having a “blue Christmas without you.”
Feeling a little down right now? Let Presley offer something to pick yourself up.
Meanwhile, Presley’s rendition, recorded in 1957, was not released commercially until seven years later in 1964. The song was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson.
Here Are A Few Facts About Elvis Presley
The career of Elvis Presley spans many different art forms: albums, films, television appearances and specials, and live concerts.
Let’s look at a few facts about Presley:
- He starred in 33 successful films and made history with his television appearances and specials and knew great acclaim through his many, often record-breaking, live concert performances on tour and in Las Vegas.
- Conversely, his global record sales top more than one billion, more than any other artist. His American sales have earned him gold, platinum, or multi-platinum awards.
- Among his many achievements were 14 Grammy nominations (three wins) from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences.
- Without any of the special privileges, his celebrity status might have afforded him, Elvis honorably served his country in the U.S. Army.
Obviously, his talent, good looks, sensuality, charisma, and good humor endeared him to millions.
The humility and human kindness he demonstrated throughout his life stand out, too. Presley is viewed as one of the most important figures of 20th-century popular culture.
While what it means to be an influencer might have changed between the ’50s and now, the intent is still the same.
Presley is proof that influencers have power to change people’s minds.
For example, in 1956, Presley went on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS. It was at this time that the polio vaccine was just starting to be distributed. Teens were not quick to jump on getting the vaccine. Only .6 percent of them did at the time. Presley then got the shot on live television right before his performance.
Compliance went up 80 percent. People listened to more than just Presley’s music. They listened to him as an influence. With modern-day celebrities, this certainly hasn’t changed.
Elvis Makes A Comeback Special Come Alive In 1968
In 1968, Presley decides to turn his attention away from making movies and back to performing.
He does a television special for NBC simply called “Elvis.”
The show is commonly referred to as the ’68 Comeback Special is a televised concert on NBC. It marks Presley’s return to live performances.
According to Rolling Stone, Elvis was hardly nervous. Drummer D.J. Fontana reveals that doing the show made Elvis nervous. It was his first time in the public eye for a long time.
Conversely, one of his sit-down performances shows him singing “That’s All Right,” Presley’s debut single that he recorded in 1954.
Also, the special ends with Presley performing “If I Can Dream,” which displays his range as a vocalist. This song speaks directly to the times in a year where the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy and Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King happened.
Here is Presley performing “If I Can Dream.”