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When it comes to Elvis collecting I have written about the “in’s and out’s” for decades. I encourage you to seek out my blogs and to visit www.ElvisCollector.info. However, when it comes to Elvis and Christmas (his favorite holiday) the two go together like…Elvis and Christmas.
There are a few collectibles, pertaining to Elvis and Christmas, that every collector should have as these were issued during his lifetime (i.e. January 8, 1935 through August 16, 1977).
The first is to own each of his Christmas Albums and by the magic of this blog…here they are.
1957 Elvis ´Christmas album LOC-1035 / usa
us 200 #1 uk #2 germany #-—
This is the original u.s. Christmas album released in November 1957. it is surely the ultimate Elvis package which rca-victor ever produced in the united states. it was only available until October 1959, when the record was released in a single pocket sleeve with a different cover.(see also lpm-1951 pictured below). it´s also the last album released before elvis left for the u.s. army. this album re-entered different charts around the world many times.
1959 Elvis ´Christmas album LPM-1958 / usa
reissue of his 1957 Christmas album with different cover.
1970 Elvis ´Christmas album
us #2*** uk #7 germany #—–
***billboard Christmas album charts.
In the 1970´s billboard would not note Christmas albums on their hot 200 charts. This album includes 8 songs from his 1957 Christmas album (loc-1035) plus 2 newer recordings. (“if everyday was like Christmas” and ” mama liked the roses” recorded in 1967 and 1969 respectively). it re-entered the holiday or album charts many times again, in several different countries. IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS ELVIS ´MOST SUCCESSFUL ALBUM (Christmas or otherwise).
1970 Elvis ´ Christmas album cas-2426 / usa (reissue 1975)
reissue on the Pickwick record label by arrangement with rca
1971 Elvis sings the wonderful world of Christmas anl1-1936 / usa (reissue mid 1970´s)
***holiday album charts
In the 1970´s billboard didn´t include Christmas albums in their regular hot 200 album charts. this album entered the holiday album charts many times in the following years and reached twice #1 in 1972 and 1973 respectively. by 2009 it had sold 3 million copies worldwide.
Elvis recorded this album earlier in 1971 at rca´s studios in Nashville.