Hello, Vixens!!! Welcome back to the countdown!!!
Courtesy of: The City Sage (original source unknown)
Today’s pick was an easy choice. My Christmas season is not complete until I hear this song by Elvis Presley himself. Let’s be real-there was not a piece of music the King sang that I did not like. His delivery was always impeccable with just the right amount of emotion in his velvety smooth voice. Combine that with the heavy bass line and the fantastic back-up singers and you have one heck of a song.
But as much as I love Elvis’ Blue Christmas, I remembered another version of this song that I love, too. It is by an artist who died on his 79th birthday in April. Another country music star who had that heavy-drinking-fast-living-outlaw persona but that started from his past as a convict while he was in his late teens and early 20’s. While in jail he realized that all he would get for a life of petty crimes and robberies were those steel bars, so he began to turn his life around, especially after seeing Johnny Cash’s San Quentin concert in 1959.
Courtesy of: Elvis.com
This artist’s version of Blue Christmas is acoustic and his voice is much edgier than the King’s, bit it still works. Maybe because I’m a fan, maybe because I am sorry he is gone, maybe a little of both. The last time I saw him perform was on the 2014 Grammy Awards. where he sang with his buddies Kris (sa-woon) Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Some of his hits include “If We Make It Through December“, “Silver Wings“, “That’s The Way Love Goes” and “Bar Room Buddies“, a duet with Clint Eastwood from the movie “Bronco Billy”. However, he will probably best be remembered as an “Okie from Muskogee“.
Merle Haggard: Blue Christmas.
Merle Haggard Courtesy of: ABC News (original source unknown)
P.S. I found this on YouTube the other day, and I still have not stopped laughing. I am not a big fan of Porky Pig’s, but his performance.of this song is just too funny!!! Enjoy!!!
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What are some of your favorite Christmas songs?
Until next time, fellow Vixens, happy listening!!!