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 

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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

Christmas Interlude #7 Christmas Greetings from the Stars

Joan Crawford was just twenty years old when these Christmas publicity photos were taken in 1925. In two of the three photos Joan does not look very happy. Maybe she got wire hangers for Christmas. 

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Holiday cheer from Bette Davis. The photo is by Cecil Beaton.

The Santa’s I came across never looked as cute as Janet Leigh here wishing all a happy holiday.

Nice and Cozy with Ann-Margret for the Holidays.

Fortunately actress Julie Adams got away from ‘The Creature from the Black Lagoon” long enough to pose for this holiday treat. Rock’ around the Christmas tree, Julie.

Now why didn’t my wife get all dressed up like Kim Novak is here when we decorated our tree?

Of course Marilyn’s outfit is another way to go.

Joey Heatherson brightens up Perry Como’s Christmas 

….and Season’s Greeting from Barbara Stanwyck.