Elvis' Christmas Album
It has been reissued in numerous different formats since its first release. The publication Music Vendor listed Elvis Christmas Album on their singles charts for two weeks in December 1957 – January 1958, with a position of #49. According to the latest certifications by the Recording Industry Association of America and it is the first Presley title to attain Diamond certification by the RIAA, and is the best-selling Christmas/holiday album of all time in the United States. The album has sold 15 million copies worldwide, the two album sides divided into a program of secular Christmas songs on side one, with two traditional Christmas carols and the gospel numbers on side two. Those included two spirituals by innovator Thomas A. Dorsey, Peace in the Valley and Take My Hand, coincidentally, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra released the previous month by that other 1950s singing icon, divided into a secular and a traditional side. While most of the songs selected were traditional Christmas fare, such as White Christmas and Silent Night, two new songs by regular suppliers of material for Presley were commissioned.
One was Santa Bring My Baby Back and the other, was a rock and roll number, Santa Claus Is Back in Town, written by Jerry Leiber. Elvis had asked the pair to come up with another Christmas song during sessions for the album, within a few minutes, they had the song written, Silent Night and O Little Town of Bethlehem were arranged by Elvis Presley. While most US radio stations ignored Berlins request, at least one disc jockey was fired for playing a song from the album, unlike Elvis recording, their version attracted virtually no adverse reaction, and certainly no reported opposition from Irving Berlin. Part of the reason that The Drifters version of White Christmas was less controversial was because that version was played only on radio stations. Elvis Presleys version brought greater attention to The Drifters version which gained prominence with its inclusion in the 1990 movie Home Alone, original 1957 copies of Elvis Christmas Album were issued with a red booklet-like album cover featuring promotional photos from Elvis third movie Jailhouse Rock.
Original copies with the gold sticker intact on the shrink wrap have proven to be among the most valuable of Elvis albums, adding to its already high value are limited red vinyl albums and album covers with gold print down the spine. Record labels for all original 1957 pressings are black with all-silver print, the famous His Masters Voice dog logo at the top of label, and LONG 33 1⁄3 PLAY at the bottom. The other new composition on the album, Bring My Baby Back to Me was paired with Santa Claus Is Back In Town, the single reached number seven on the UK Singles Chart in November 1957. Santa Claus Is Back In Town/Blue Christmas was a 1965 single release for the US market, Blue Christmas would re-enter the Christmas or Holiday Singles chart many times in the years that follow. Two different EPs, Elvis Sings Christmas Songs, EPA4108 in December 1957, the former topped the newly established Billboard EP Chart, while the latter failed to chart. Elvis Christmas Album was reissued two years after its first release, replacing the cover of the original with a close-up of Elvis as he posed against an outdoor.
The album continued to reach the charts each year until 1962
That's the Way It Is (Elvis Presley album)
Elvis, Thats the Way It Is is an album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records, LSP4445, in November 1970. It consists of eight tracks recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville. It accompanied the release of the documentary film of the same name. It was certified Gold on June 28,1973 by the Recording Industry Association of America, the track You Dont Have to Say You Love Me had been released as the advance single on October 6, its b-side, Patch It Up, appears in a live version here. The Next Step Is Love had previously released as a b-side in July 1970. Its b-side How the Web Was Woven was taken from this album, a rehearsal version of the latter song was featured in the 1970 documentary Elvis, Thats the Way It Is. On June 11,2000, a three-disc Special Edition was released and it contained the full album remastered, along with added bonus studio tracks recorded around the same time. The set includes the full August 12,1970 midnight show from The International Hotel, in 2008, the collectors label Follow That Dream released a two-disc special edition of the album, with a 20-page booklet.
This edition contains the original album plus bonus tracks and outtakes. In 2009, the Follow That Dream label released The Wonder of You which contains the concert from August 13,1970. Some concert footage from that date was used in the documentary, on July 6,2012, Follow That Dream released a two-disc LP special edition of the album. This edition offers highlights from the 2-CD Follow That Dream release and it contains 21 tracks and features different takes of the songs
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health.
Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition.
The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relatives
It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, itself heavily influenced by blues and blues and country music. Rock music drew strongly on a number of genres such as electric blues and folk. Musically, rock has centered on the guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass guitar. Typically, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse-chorus form, like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political in emphasis. Punk was an influence into the 1980s on the subsequent development of subgenres, including new wave, post-punk. From the 1990s alternative rock began to rock music and break through into the mainstream in the form of grunge, Britpop. Similarly, 1970s punk culture spawned the visually distinctive goth and emo subcultures and this trio of instruments has often been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments, particularly keyboards such as the piano, Hammond organ and synthesizers.
The basic rock instrumentation was adapted from the blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed a rock band or rock group, Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four. Melodies are often derived from older musical modes, including the Dorian and Mixolydian, harmonies range from the common triad to parallel fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock, because of its complex history and tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources, including the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music and rhythm, as a result, it has been seen as articulating the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions and roll usually implies an identification of male sexuality, according to Simon Frith rock was something more than pop, something more than rock and roll.
Rock musicians combined an emphasis on skill and technique with the concept of art as artistic expression, original. The foundations of music are in rock and roll, which originated in the United States during the late 1940s and early 1950s. Its immediate origins lay in a melding of various musical genres of the time, including rhythm and blues and gospel music, with country. In 1951, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed began playing rhythm and blues music for a multi-racial audience, debate surrounds which record should be considered the first rock and roll record. Other artists with rock and roll hits included Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis
Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
Elvis Country is the eleventh studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records (LSP4460 in January 1971. Recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, it reached number 12 on the Billboard 200 and it peaked at number six in the United Kingdom, selling over one million copies worldwide. It was certified Gold on December 1,1977 by the Recording Industry Association of America, the bulk of the album came from five days of recording sessions in June 1970 which yielded 35 usable tracks. Presley performed every track live, recording his part in the same take as the band. Eight tracks from the session were released two months earlier in November 1970 on the Thats the Way It Is album. During the sessions and producer Felton Jarvis realized they had several songs in hand. Needing two more tracks, Elvis returned to the same studio in September where he recorded Snowbird. Nearly every style of music is represented, honky tonk, Western swing, countrypolitan. Snippets of the song I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago act as a bridge between each track.
After this album, Presley would return to his practice of recording a seemingly random batch of songs on each trip to the recording studio. The June 14,2004, compact disc reissue included six tracks from the same sessions. Three of them had previously released on the LP Love Letters from Elvis. The others were the B-side Where Did They Go, and the unabridged version of I Was Born About Ten Thousand Years Ago released on Elvis Now. In late 2011, RCA Legacy announced a 2-CD Legacy Edition set of the Elvis Country album, both albums originated from the same recording sessions
Love Letters from Elvis
Love Letters from Elvis is the twelfth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, released in 1971. The album was made up of leftovers from Elvis marathon June 1970 recording sessions in Nashville, most of the other 35 songs recorded during those sessions had been used in Elvis 1970 albums Thats the Way It Is and Elvis Country. Wanting to squeeze out an album from the sessions, RCA records had producer Felton Jarvis mix, overdub. The songs title track was an instance of Presley re-recording a past hit in the studio. Got My Mojo Working is edited down from a jam session, Presleys version incorporates lyrics from Hands Off. Three songs from album were released on singles. The single Life / Only Believe was released in March 1971 and it was Elviss lowest chart position for a single since Almost in Love had reached #95 in late 1968. Heart Of Rome was placed on the B-side of the non-album track Im Leavin released as a single in August 1971 it reached #23 in the UK and #83 in Australia
Elvis Presley on film and television
Although not chosen for the part, he signed a contract with Paramount producer Hal Wallis on April 25 that allowed him to make films with other studios. His feature debut was in Love Me Tender for 20th Century Fox, loving You, Jailhouse Rock and King Creole were dramatic storylines written around Presley in the role of a musical entertainer. He would state that King Creole was his favorite of all his films, flaming Star and Wild in the Country were rarities in his career, non-musicals focused on dramatic storylines. Presley became bitter that his hopes for dramatic roles were not coming to fruition and he began to complain about the deteriorating quality of the films and his belief that his managers objectives were more monetary than anything else. At the expiration of all contracts, he returned to live entertaining. The two concert documentaries Elvis, Thats the Way It Is in 1970 and Elvis on Tour in 1972 were the theatrical releases for Presley. The Best American Noir of the Century, last train to Memphis, The Rise of Elvis Presley.
Boston, MA, Little and Company, careless Love, The Unmaking of Elvis Presley. Boston, MA, Little and Company, Elvis Day by Day, The Definitive Record of His Life and Music. Elvis Presley, A Live in Music, The Complete Recording Sessions, new York, NY, St. Martins Press. Fantasy Femmes of 60s Cinema, Interviews with 20 Actresses from Biker, hollywood Surf and Beach Movies The First Wave, 1959–1969. The Agency, William Morris and the Hidden History of Show Business, Elvis Presley, Silver Screen Icon, A Collection of Movie Posters
Suspicious Minds is an American song written and first recorded by American songwriter Mark James. After James recording failed commercially, the song was handed to Elvis Presley by producer Chips Moman, becoming a one song in 1969. Suspicious Minds was widely regarded as the single that returned Presleys career success and it was his eighteenth and last number-one single in the United States. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it No.91 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, session guitarist Reggie Young played on both the James and Presley versions. The song is about a mistrusting and dysfunctional relationship, and the need of the characters to overcome their issues in order to maintain it. Written in 1968 by Mark James, who was co-writer of Always on My Mind, Chips Moman had asked James to come to Memphis to write songs for American Sound Studio. At the time, James was residing in Houston, James had written three songs that became number one hits in the Southern United States. American Sound Studio was gaining a reputation in the industry as the Box Tops had just recorded The Letter there so James relocated to Memphis.
James said that one night, he was fooling around on his Fender guitar and using his Hammond organ pedals for a bass line. James at the time was married to his first wife, but still had feelings for his childhood sweetheart, Jamess wife had suspicions of his feelings. James felt it was a time for him and that all three were caught in this trap that they could not walk out of. At the recording session, James sang the vocals. The horns and vocals of the Holladay Sisters were overdubbed, after the tape was mixed and Moman flew to New York, where Jamess manager had contacts with Scepter Records. The label loved the song and put it out, but Scepter did not have the money to new artists. Later that year, Don Crews, Momans partner, told James that Presley had booked their studio to record what would become the From Elvis in Memphis album, Crews kept asking James if he had any songs that would be right for Presley. James felt Presley needed a mature rock n roll song to bring him back as Tom Jones was a hot artist at the time and James thought of Suspicious Minds and James began urging others to get Presley to hear it.
Even though Jamess recording had not been successful, upon reviewing the song Presley decided he could turn it into a hit. Marty Lacker, a friend of Elvis, suggested he record at the studio
Cultural depictions of Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley has inspired artistic and cultural works since he entered the national consciousness. From that point, interest in his personal and public life has never stopped, some scholars have even studied many aspects of his profound cultural influence. Billboard historian Joel Whitburn declared Presley the #1 act of the Rock era, the following lists cover various media which include items of historic interest, enduring works of high art, and recent representations in popular culture. Only people and works with Wikipedia articles are included, for purposes of classification, popular culture music is a separate section from operas and oratorios. Television covers live action series, TV movies and North American animation but not Japanese anime, another 21 copies are said to exist. V) Double Elvis,1963, sold at Sothebys in May 2012 for US$37.1 million above, vi) Triple Elvis,1963, sold at Christiess in November 2014 for US$81.9 million. Vii) Eight Elvises,1963, sold privately, in December 2008, taylor, St.
Hugh Jackman, who provides the speaking and singing voice of the character, did his own Elvis impersonation for the films soundtrack. Heartbreak Hotel, Elvis is kidnapped by a fans son Independence Day, upon escaping the Mother Ship, all three sequel films in the franchise have featured Presleys songs and/or images. Stitch regularly impersonates Elvis in the TV series of the same name, nick performs Are You Lonesome Tonight. The Golden Girls, The Presidents Coming, the Colonel gets furious when he finds out Richie was going behind his back has Elvis point a gun at him. Bill & Teds Excellent Video Game Adventures, Elvis is one of sixteen historical dudes who can be rescued, the SNES game Waynes World Elvis appears as a level boss. Elvis died three days before Groucho Marx, Groucho fans blamed Elviss death for Grouchos death not getting as much publicity and Groucho were next door neighbors in Beverly Hills, California. In 2006, Elviss teddy bear Mabel, made in 1909 by Steiff, was on display at a museum near Wookey Hole Caves when an Doberman destroyed it.
The insurance company had insisted that the teddy bears be protected by guard dogs, other than Presley, no musician merited a separate episode, which comprised four women among a list of political leaders, heads of state and actors. In 2006, the Atlantic Magazine ranked him the 66th most influential American ever, no other individual involved in entertainment, other than Walt Disney, ranked higher. In 2008, the MIT-launched Pantheon programme, which maps cultural production, only the Reverend Martin Luther King, a Nobel Peace prize winner, outranks him among all persons born in the United States of America. In 2010, LIFE Magazine ranked him #96 in their list of the 100 people who changed the world, only Charles Chaplin and Louis Armstrong ranked higher among entertainers. In 2014, the Smithsonian Magazine issued a listing of the 100 most significant Americans of all time, no other entertainer is listed separately
Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas
Elvis sings The Wonderful World Of Christmas is a 1971 album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, and Elvis second and final Christmas album. The album was released in October 1971, followed by the single from the album Merry Christmas Baby / O Come All Ye Faithful released in November 1971. This album was a top seller and topped the Billboard Holiday Albums Chart and it did not have the commercial appeal of Elvis’ first Christmas album. Over the years, it has become a perennial favorite and it was certified Gold on November 4,1977, Platinum on December 1,1977, 2x Platinum on May 20,1988 and 3x Platinum on July 15,1999 by the RIAA. Presley is accompanied on most of the songs by The Imperials Quartet, on pressings, the song Blue Christmas, which was recorded on June 27,1968, was added to the track listing. The song had previously released on the 1968 album, Elvis. Elvis sings The Wonderful World of Christmas at Discogs