This Kid’s Cover of Elvis’ “Blue Christmas” Is So Good It’s Creepy


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There are some stories that just don’t work on the radio, because they have to be seen to be believed.

For example, when David Thibault delivered his eerily pitch-perfect cover of Elvis Presley’s “Blue Christmas” on CKOI Quebec this week, radio listeners probably had no idea that the person delivering the track was a gangly 16-year old strumming along on his guitar. In fact, listeners who just tuned in probably thought the French-Canadian radio show was playing a recording of The King himself.

The video of the radio appearance, though, shows how truly jaw-droppingly incongruous it is to watch Elvis’ voice come out of a youngster’s mouth, complete with stunned radio station staff gawking as the teen let loose and tapped into his inner Elvis.

Watch the video above and then check out The King’s version below:

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Many ETA's (Elvis Tribute Artists) commit the mistake of using one of a million vocal mannerisms from the Elvis cannon  and use it on a song  they happen to be channeling  without realizing, or caring, that   the Elvis original either had another mannerism, or had no mannerism at all.  Not on this case. Here, the 16 year old kid delivers what Presley intended, at age 22, when he recorded this for his first Christmas album.  Obviously, what is amazing about this performance is the dichotomy presented to the viewer as one hears such a mature voice coming out of the vocal chords of someone so  young. Fantastic, albeit eerie....