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Merry Christmas Baby

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Basic Stats

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Written by: Lou Baxter, Johnny Moore

Recorded: May 16, 1971, RCA Studio B, Nashville
Released master is take 1.

Single:w/ "O Come, All Ye Faithful", 74-0572, November 9, 1971
w/ "Santa Claus is Back in Town", PB-14237, November 1985. Pressed on green vinyl.

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
Didn't chart

1st LP release: Elvis Sings The Wonderful World of Christmas - October 20, 1971
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My Spin

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"Merry Christmas Baby" may be Elvis' finest blues recording ever, a slow, sexy take on Charles Brown's original R&B seasonal hit, that turns into a full-fledged jam session with Elvis shouting out to the musicians between lines ("Dig it James", "Wake up Putt!"). Needless to say, this tune stood out from the mellow sleepy songs that filled up the rest of the Wonderful World of Christmas album, and for some reason, doesn't get any airplay around the holidays. That's a dirty shame, too, since the non-Elvis-fans out there are missing out on a treat, and some strong evidence that our boy could belt out the blues, even in his later days!

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Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)

In "Merry Christmas Baby" we encounter not only the finest recorded performance of these seven days but one of the greatest Presley performances committed to disc. It is a Blues, and once again his natural feel for this difficult medium is apparent. The Blues is a simple harmonic structure. This simplicity means almost any singer can sing, but only a handful can perform, the Blues. It is clear that Presley was one of this handful. It is a tragedy he never recorded a Blues album.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music, 1979

R&B Christmas standard, with Elvis having fun with his musicians and some sizzling licks by James Burton.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982

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"Merry Christmas Baby" Lyrics and Downloads

Merry, merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
I said merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
Gave me a diamond ring for Christmas
Now I'm living in paradise

Well I'm feeling might fine
Got good music on my radio
Well, I'm feeling might fine
Got good music on my radio
Well, I want to kiss you baby
While you're standing beneath the mistletoe

I said, merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas baby
You sure did treat me nice
Yes, you did, yes, you did
Yes, you did, yes, you did
I said merry, merry Christmas baby
Sure did treat me nice
Gave me diamond ring for Christmas
Now I'm puttin' it through Al's mic
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What's YOUR Spin on "Merry Christmas Baby"?
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Yea! A Christmas Blues Classic!

Nay! Not Feelin' Mighty Fine!

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