If Every Day Was Like Christmas
|"If Every Day Was Like Christmas"|
|Single by Elvis Presley|
|from the album Elvis' Christmas Album (1970)|
|Released||November 15, 1966|
|Recorded||June 10, 1966|
|Elvis Presley singles chronology|
The song was released on November 15, 1966 as an RCA Victor 45 single, 47-8950, backed with "How Would You Like To Be" from the movie It Happened at the World's Fair. The track was recorded on June 10, 1966 at RCA Studio B in Nashville. Elvis Presley's lead vocals were added on June 12. Background vocals were provided by Millie Kirkham, The Jordanaires, and The Imperials Quartet on backing vocals. The song was written by Red West.
The song was included on the 1970 RCA Camden reissue of Elvis' Christmas Album collection, which was re-released by Pickwick Records in 1975 and by RCA in 1985. The album was certified Diamond by the RIAA in 2011 with sales of over 10 million copies.
- Guitar: Harold Bradley, Scotty Moore, Chip Young.
- Bass: Bob Moore.
- Drums: D.J. Fontana.
- Drums & Timpani: Buddy Harman.
- Piano: David Briggs.
- Organ: Henry Slaughter.
- Steel Guitar: Pete Drake.
- Saxophone: Rufus Long.
- Backing Vocals: Millie Kirkham, June Page, Dolores Edgin, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
The single reached No. 2 on the Billboard "Best Bets For Christmas" survey in 1966, and returned to the chart in 1967, spending a total of eight weeks in the chart. In the United Kingdom, the song reached No. 9 in the UK Singles Chart in December 1966.