Monday, April 01, 2024

Record #0673: Santa Claus Is Back in Town / Blue Christmas – ELVIS PRESLEY


RCA 447-0647 (original) USA, November 1965
Words & Music by:  Side AJerry Leiber, Mike Stoller; Side B – Billy Hayes, Jay Johnson
Musicians: Elvis Presley (vocals and guitar), Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass), Dudley Brooks (piano), D.J. Fontana (drums), the Jordanaires (backup vocals), Millie Kirkham (backup vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Steve Sholes at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA; Side A - on 7. September 1957; Side B – on 5. September 1957
Highest chart positions: US #4

Initially I thought this was a re-issue, as it’s on RCA’s “Gold Standard” series, but “Santa Claus Is Back in Town” had not been released as a single before this, so technically this is an original single release. The flip was released as a single in 1964. Both songs were originally released on “Elvis’ Christmas Album” on 15. October 1957.

“Blue Christmas” needed only 3 takes to finish; the 7th take of was used for side A.

List price:  Very Good+ is $6, Near Mint is $12. Picture sleeve is listed VG+ $15, NM $30.

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