About the song

If you are a fan of Elvis Presley and Martina McBride, you might have seen their amazing duet of “Blue Christmas”, a classic holiday song about missing someone. But did you know that this duet was made possible by a digital editing technique that blended footage from different eras? In this blog post, we will explore the history of this song and how it became a country throwback with a modern twist.

“Blue Christmas” was written by Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson in 1948, and was first recorded by Doye O’Dell that year. The song was later covered by many artists, including Ernest Tubb, Bing Crosby, The Beach Boys and more. However, the most famous version of the song was recorded by Elvis Presley for his 1957 LP Elvis’ Christmas Album. The song became a hit and a staple of the Christmas music genre.

In 1968, Elvis Presley performed “Blue Christmas” live for his TV special Elvis, also known as the ’68 Comeback Special. This was a landmark event in his career, as it marked his return to live performance after years of making movies. The special featured Elvis in various settings, including a black leather suit, a gospel choir and a casual jam session with his band. The live version of “Blue Christmas” was included in the album Elvis Sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas in 1971.

Fast forward to 2008, when country star Martina McBride released her second Christmas album White Christmas. The album featured a duet with Elvis Presley on “Blue Christmas”, which was made possible by using a digital editing technique that inserted McBride into the footage of Elvis’ 1968 performance. McBride even dressed up in a period style and used a microphone from Presley’s era to make it look more authentic. The result was a charming country throwback that blended the voices of two great singers across time.

The duet was also made into a music video, which was released on YouTube in October 2009. The video has since gained over 49 million views and received positive feedback from fans of both artists. The video shows Elvis performing the song live in front of an audience, while Martina joins him through the magic of technology. The video also features some scenes of snow and Christmas decorations to create a festive mood.

We hope you enjoyed this blog post and learned something new about this song and how it came to be. Have a merry Christmas and a happy new year!