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Classic Rewind: Wynonna – ‘Blue Christmas’

7 responses to “Classic Rewind: Wynonna – ‘Blue Christmas’

  1. pwdennis December 7, 2010 at 6:55 am

    Not bad – better than the Elvis version but not as good as the Ernest Tubb original

    • bob December 7, 2010 at 8:42 am

      Blue Christmas was written by Jay Johnson and Billy Hayes and according to http://www.secondhandsongs.com was originally recorded by Doye O’Dell in 1948 and then by Ernest Tubb in 1949. http://www.answers.com mentions that O’Dell cut many novelty songs, including “Give Me Texas,” “Bath Tub Blues,” “Lookin’ Poor But Feelin’ Rich,” and “Blue Christmas.” Maybe the O’Dell version was only released in a limited area. I don’t suggest that it was better than Tubb’s since I never heard of O’Dell til this morning.

      • pwdennis December 8, 2010 at 1:37 pm

        Doye O’Dell was a pretty good singer plus appeared in some movies. FOr more information on him check

        http://doyeodell.com/

        I knew that Doye had recorded “Blue Christmas” but did not know that he had released it as a single . There was a CD of his material issued by the German Cattle label, but it is out of print

      • Ken Johnson December 8, 2010 at 5:28 pm

        During the 1948 holiday season there were at least three versions of “Blue Christmas” released.

        The aforementioned Doye O’Dell recording for Exclusive Records (No. 65X)

        Jesse Rogers released a version for Victor (20-3243)

        and Riley Shepard had a single on the Regent label (2003)

        There may have been additional versions that year too.

  2. J.R. Journey December 7, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    News to me guys. Like most people, I always thought ‘Blue Christmas’ was an Elvis original cut. Thanks for clearing it up.

    And I also think Wynonna does an excellent job here.

  3. Leeann Ward December 10, 2010 at 10:26 am

    I grew up thinking that it was an Elvis original, but I learned otherwise from Paul a couple of years ago at The9513.

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