Christmas Interlude #9 – Seasons Greetings From Elvis

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Below is a photo of Elvis’ original Christmas Album, which came out in 1957. Since then the album has been re-released in various versions with different covers.  After hearing Elvis’ version of his ‘White Christmas’,  composer Irving Berlin wanted it banned from radio play considering it a “profane parody of his cherished yuletide standard.”  Most radio stations ignored Berlin’s plea. Ironically, Elvis’ version was based on The Drifters (with Clyde McPhatter) 1954 version of  ‘White Christmas’, which was hit on R&B radio stations of the day and did not cause any complaints from Berlin who I am sure did not listen to black radio stations (1). 

A 1958 rerelease of the original album with a different cover.

45 RPM sleeve from the early 1970’s 

Elvis 45 cover

45 RPM sleeve from 1965 

Santa Claus is Back in Town was written by the legendary team of Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller.

Source: (1) Wikipedia

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