The melody for "Love Me Tender" is based on "Aura Lee", a ballad written in 1861 by W.W. Fosdick and Geo R. Poulton. RCA Records received over 1 million pre-orders for "Love Me Tender", making it the first single to ship as a gold record before it was released.
"Heartbreak Hotel" was Elvis' first #1 hit on the US Billboard pop charts and also earned him his first gold record. Bill Clinton's first US presidential campaign received a much-needed boost when he played this song on the saxophone as a guest on The Arsenio Hall Show.
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.