This moment has been captured on a deluxe 5 CD set titled “Young Man with the Big Beat-The Complete ’56 Elvis Presley Recordings”. It was in this year that Elvis crossed the country exposing the public to black music and his signature upper-lip sneer and gyrating hips. He took the nation by storm, recording his staple songs “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Hound Dog”.
Written in 1948 by the song writing team of Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson, this song of unrequited love during the holiday season has become a marker and iconic song throughout music history.
The song was originally recorded by Doye O’Dell and popularized by country singer Ernest Tubb and also by Hugo Winterhalter and his orchestra. Russ Morgan and the Morganaires also did a version that got airplay.