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Merry Christmas Baby

Merry Christmas Baby

Released:Nov. 9, 1971

“Merry Christmas Baby” was as unlikely as it was welcome in the antiseptically “wonderful world of Christmas,” a five-minute-plus blues jam on the 1948 Charles Brown classic in which Elvis gnashed, wailed, and generally carried on in a way that seemed utterly out of place (except it was Elvis) amid all the conventional Christmas pieties. The single was edited down to a manageable three minutes and fifteen seconds and was put out mainly to service radio and jukeboxes. It failed to chart or sell much, but it made a musical impact at the time – and continues to. It also aptly concluded a year in which the theme of at least two Elvises was sustained, with five singles and three albums representing contemporary Elvis product and three budget albums and one four-LP box set amply standing in for the past.

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  • Merry Christmas Baby (Single Edit)

    Lou Baxter/Johnny Moore. Recorded May 15, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs. Organ: Glen Spreen. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar solo: Eddie Hinton, Drums & Percussion: Larry Londin, Percuission: Farrell Morris. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Imperials
  • O Come All Ye Faithful

    Recorded May 16, 1971 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan, Kenneth Buttrey. Piano: David Briggs. Organ: Glen Spreen. Organ, Harmonica & Percussion: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Drums & Percussion: Larry Londin, Percussion: Farrell Morris. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Imperials

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