Originally recorded in 1950 by Ernest Tubb, Elvis Presley recorded "Blue Christmas" in 1957 for his Elvis' Christmas Album. It has since been covered by such stars as Ringo Starr, Celine Dion, The Beach Boys, Sheryl Crow, Smash Mouth, Vince Gill, Bette Midler, and Harry Conick Jr.
Presley received only a C in music in eighth grade. When his music teacher told him he had no aptitude for singing, he brought in his guitar and sang a recent hit, "Keep Them Cold Icy Fingers Off Me", to prove otherwise. A classmate later recalled that the teacher "agreed that Elvis was right when he said that she didn't appreciate his kind of singing."