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 1957 - "EIGHT" ELVIS Songs That Changed our Xmas World!..it would be a BLUE XMAS Without them...., +New+ Latest ELVIS XMAS TOTAL SALES ESTIMATES
 
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post Dec 30 2010, 08:34 AM
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It sure would be a Blue Christmas without them.....love the thread Rex!!

Elvis' version of White Christmas blows all of the other versions out of the water....were these people deef ?? (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)


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post Dec 30 2010, 10:38 AM
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QUOTE (colonel snow @ Dec 29 2010, 09:09 PM) *
Did Irvin Berlin refuse the royalties he got from Elvis' sales for White Christmas? I think he got more than from other performers except Bing Crosby.colonel snow. I guess the info on royalty cheques is personal information, but it would be nice to have the info on these payments for Elvis released songs, that are over 50 years old now. Thanks Colonel Snow..


Thankyou also PHYLLIS and CHRIS...

1957 - October



15th October: ELVIS' CHRISTMAS ALBUM is released. Going Number 1 on......
*Some Radio Station DJs are fired for playing WHITE CHRISTMAS
(Sells 200,000 in its first Xmas Season... Over the next decade... reaches 1,500,000 sales)


(IMG:http://www.elvis-tkc.com/forums/uploads/1260996939/gallery_21960_55_8859.jpg)

16th October: Elvis sings Christmas Songs EP released (No.#1 on EP charts) selling 500,000 copies this season



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December 1958 Volume 2 is released, RCA don't promote it, it doesn't chart, and sales very low!







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post Dec 30 2010, 05:18 PM
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ELVIS 1957 “XMAS OUTRAGE”

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Elvis' personal Xmas Album, which he had with him in Germany,

and was shipped back in his personal trunk (later framed-see below also)


When Dick Wittinghill received requests to play songs from Elvis' 1957 Christmas album, he refused saying that "it's like having Tempest Storm give Christmas gifts to my kids."

Al Pritty, on playing a song over the air, was fired for it because, according to the station manager, the album was in extremely bad taste.

Almost all Canadian radio stations banned the album.

Others dared to play the album. Allen Brooks was one and many people liked it, especially Santa Claus Is Back In Town.

The song is outrageous to begin with, and Elvis plays it to its fullest potential in a brilliant and flaring performance.

No one thought Christmas could be like this.



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post Dec 30 2010, 11:02 PM
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Letter confirming this is Elvis' own Album... EPE sold it at the Vegas "Guernseys" Elvis Auction in 1999


Elvis Presley - Elvis' Christmas Album (1957) (by Brian W. Fairbanks)

One of the few rock and roll Christmas albums I can stomach. Elvis' Christmas Album was recorded in the heat of summer 1957 and was regarded as an act of blasphemy upon its release later in the year

How dare this duck tailed R 'n' R with his pink Cadillacs and sexually suggestive performing style...this pelvis thrusting pied piper of indecency...this...this...multi-millionaire juvenile delinquent, record "White Christmas"?

Even the song's composer. Irving Berlin, was upset and asked radio stations not to play Presley's version.

There are moments on this disc when the King seems to playfully mock the sentiments of some of these songs as if to taunt his critics, but for the most part he sounds sincere and never fails to be anything but superb.

He breathes startling new life into "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" and makes "I'll Be Home for Christmas" his own. "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" is delightful, and "Santa Claus is Back in Town" is as raunchy in its way as his recording of "One Night"

The album is padded out with four sublime gospel recordings originally released on the Peace in the Valley EP that break the light hearted mood a bit, but also place the focus on the season's true meaning.

This is a true classic........



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1957

7th September:
*O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM recorded in 4 takes:

*SANTA BRING MY BABY BACK (to me).. in 9 Takes:



*SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN recorded in 7 Takes:
(was written by Leiber & Stoller as the session was progressing ~ with the Bluesy line putting...
“Santa in a Big Black Cadillac, Sending Him Down Your Chimney Tonight” had great Elvis Humour..)


*I'LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS is completed after 15 Takes:




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post Dec 31 2010, 03:29 PM
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INTERVIEW with LEIBER & STOLLER

You and Jerry wrote a holiday song for Elvis, "Santa Claus is Back in Town."

We were at the session.

We wrote it in the hallway between takes on something else. [laughs]

They needed another holiday song. It was spur of the moment.

GOLDMINE: It's one of the more pure blues songs Elvis recorded.

Yeah, and it's a little risque.

Obviously RCA Victor didn't catch on to the fact that "Santa Claus is coming down your chimney tonight" didn't really refer to a chimney. laughs]









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1959 RCA XMAS PROGRAMMING






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Elvis recorded BLUE XMAS On the ... 5th September 1957
Then White Xmas & Silent night on .. 6th September 1957 (along with Here Comes Santa Claus)
next ..Bethlehem, Santa bring my baby.. Santa C. is back in town & I'll be home for Xmas -on the 7th September 57.

This photo is taken in LA around the time of this session (dated SEPTEMBER 1957)

(IMG:http://www.elvis-tkc.com/forums/uploads/1293812467/gallery_21960_16_912563.jpg)


With thanks to ERIK LORENTZEN for the use of it.



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4th JANUARY 1964 "Gold Award" for the 1957 CHRISTMAS ALBUM

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RIAA details, and Estimated Averages for Elvis Extended Play EPs
(Including XMAS EP's)


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Billboard 2nd and 9th December 1957 Trade Publishing Advert


Elvis - US EP's (1956~1958)

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Key
year of release
year of latest certification
title
riaa shipment


1956 Elvis Presley - 250,000
1956 Elvis Presley (double EP)
1956 Heartbreak Hotel - 250,000
1956 Elvis Presley - 250,000
1956 Anyway You Want Me
1956 The Real Elvis - 500,000
1956 Elvis Vol One - 1,000,000
1956 Elvis Vol Two - 250,000
1956 Love Me Tender - 500,000

1957 Strictly Elvis
1957 Peace in the Valley - 500,000
1957 Just For You
1957 Loving You - 250,000
1957 Loving You Vol Two - 500,000
1957 Jailhouse Rock - 1,000,000
1957 Elvis Sings Christmas Songs - 500,000
1958 King Creole Vol One - 500,000
1958 King Creole Vol Two - 500,000
1958 Elvis Sails
1958 Christmas With Elvis (no Billboard Charting in 1958 ~ probably very low sales!)

In 1957 Elvis had so many releases out Singles, and EPs, really fitting in AN "ELVIS XMAS SINGLE" was impossible

In 1958 However, Elvis had 1 & 2 with both King Creole EPs.... Looking at other Xmas releases...

Elvis would have easily made the Top 10 with something like Blue Xmas ~ Santa Claus is back in Town... he would have got the Radio Plays, and Juke Box space for the single.

RCA and the Colonel don't even promote the 1957 Xmas album in 1958... like it was almost forgotten with Elvis in the Army!




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post Jan 22 2011, 10:19 AM
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QUOTE
Key
year of release
year of latest certification
title
(number of tracks/r=tracks on remaster)
US chart peak
RIAA shipment
soundscan total since 1991 - courtesy of Hanboo
( )number of units in set
weeks on catalogue chart since 1982


Christmas Albums

1 - 1957 ~ 1999 Elvis' Christmas Album (12)
- 1 - 3,000,000 (Album 1 has 8 xmas songs + 4 gospel)

2 - 1970 ~ 2004 Elvis' Christmas Album (10)
- 9,000,000 - 1,020,000 28wks (re-issue of Album 1 inc: 8 xmas songs & 2 new ones)

3 - 1971 ~ 1999 Elvis Sings the Wonderful World of Christmas (11)
- 3,000,000(Album 3 is 11 new xmas tracks)

4 - 1982 ~ 1991 Memories of Christmas (8)
- 500,000 (Album 4 - 4 songs each from Albums 2 and 3)

5 - 1992 ~ 1999 Blue Christmas (8)
- 500,000 106,000 10wks (Album 5 - 4 songs from Album 1 and 4 from Album 3.)

6 - 1994 ~ 2002 If Everyday Was Like Christmas (24)
- 94 - 1,000,000 15wks (Album 6 - No's from the previous albums+4 new ones)

7 - 1999 ~ 2005 It's Christmas Time (10)
- 2,000,000 947,000 43wks (Album 7 - re-issue of Album 2)

8 - 2001 ~ White Christmas (25) 15wks
none yet! - re-issue of Albums 1 and 3 (+ the 2 new songs on Album 2).

9 - 2003 ~ Christmas Peace (40)
- 175 (2CD) none yet! - re-issue of album 6 (omitting 4 new songs) +20 gospel songs


The 1957 album has been endlessly recycled and is basically albums 1,2 and 7 - giving a total shipment of 14,000,000.

2 more albums that didn't chart and are compiled from tracks on Albums 2 and 3

10 - 1984 none Merry Christmas (10)
11 - 1989 none Christmas Classics (9)


There are yet more Christmas albums on non-RCA albums. Around 26 Christmas albums all based around a couple of dozen tracks.

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Sales estimate for this section


Low Estimate = 21,350,000

High Estimate = 25,350,000


last updated 2007 !


Special thanks to "Basil" at UKMIX Forums.com


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QUOTE (REX @ Dec 30 2010, 10:38 AM) *
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December 1958 Volume 2 is released, RCA don't promote it, it doesn't chart, and sales very low!



When released in Canada - Granny bought this for Mom & Dad as a joke given all the hype about his 'bad' influence

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thanks for posting Rex (IMG:style_emoticons/default/thanks.gif)


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QUOTE (REX @ Jan 3 2011, 04:30 PM) *
Elvis recorded BLUE XMAS On the ... 5th September 1957
Then White Xmas & Silent night on .. 6th September 1957 (along with Here Comes Santa Claus)
next ..Bethlehem, Santa bring my baby.. Santa C. is back in town & I'll be home for Xmas -on the 7th September 57.

This photo is taken in LA around the time of this session (dated SEPTEMBER 1957)

(IMG:http://www.elvis-tkc.com/forums/uploads/1293812467/gallery_21960_16_912563.jpg)


With thanks to ERIK LORENTZEN for the use of it.

Nice photo, new to me! (IMG:style_emoticons/default/notworthy2.gif)
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