This carol is one of 61 on the playlist of “Carol Story,” a 10-minute play that tells the story of Christ solely through lyrics of Christmas songs as dialogue. Learn More.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem" is the fulfillment of prophecy proclaimed in Micah 5:1-2. This eloquent recording by Elvis Presley, backed up by his compatriots The Jordanaires, is from his simple beginnings and reflect his deep, yet embattled faith in Christ.
Elvis was poster-child for conflicted Believers, especially those in performing arts.
He was among the first of countless recording artists -- such as Sam Cooke and Whitney Houston -- who began singing in church and, in many cases started their musical careers recording gospel, worship and praise songs, but who later passed away because of dubious life choices.
Before the glitz and worldly temptations led to "Blue Christmas" and its ilk, Presley's pure baritone resonated in gospel selections. Even backstage before concert, Elvis and his posse would warm up with songs of the gospel genre. He occasionally included some onstage.
His interpretation here presents the crispness of the night, the peace on earth, the calm before the storm of activity.
We cannot tell #CarolStory without the lyrics which introduce new characters and setting in which to act the events of travelling to Bethlehem to see this thing that had been fulfilled.
BACKGROUND -- How the play came about: "Carol Story" The Script
Songs of "Carol Story"
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