December 20 - 25 Greatest Christmas Give-A-Ways

The Dutch Elvis Corner shop released a new three panel Christmas CD a give-a-way entitled "Christmas With Elvis" with all purchase in their shop in Utrecht in The Netherlands or their webshop. The CD contains "Silent Night", "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem" and a 1957 radio commercial.

The French Elvis My Happiness fan club announced a new give-a-way CD entitled "All Shook Up" with every purchase of 50 Euro or more in their store or webshop. 

The 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone magazine has announced the results to find the top 25 greatest Christmas albums of all time. Elvis Presley is listed at #2 with his 1957 "Elvis' Christmas Album". 

From Rolling Stone:
Want to know how revolutionary Elvis was in Fifties America? Irving Berlin, the author of "White Christmas," was so scandalized by Elvis's 1957 version of the song that he tried to get it banned from radio. Sorry, Irv. Instead, Elvis' Christmas Album topped the Billboard charts for a month and went on to sell nearly 20 million copies in various editions. It's a wonderful mix of lighthearted rock & roll ("Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me"), reverent versions of traditional favorites ("O Little Town of Bethlehem") and nods to his country and gospel roots ("Take My Hand, Precious Lord"). The classic, of course, is "Blue Christmas." But on every song, Elvis ingeniously adds a suggestive thrust to a lilywhite genre while slightly purifying his own bad-boy image by showing he could warm your hearth as well as roast your chestnuts.

Pinkie Elizabeth Fishman Died

Mrs. Pinkie Elizabeth Smith Fishman 77 of Pascagoula, MS passed away Thursday, December 20, 2012. Born August 25, 1935 in Taylorsville, MS to the late Thomas and Amanda Smith, she had been a resident of Pascagoula for over 50 years. She had dated Elvis Presley for a time, before she met and married the love her life Herbert “Herb” Fishman. He often joked that he had stolen her away from Elvis.

"There were women there seven days a week for months and months trying to meet him and nobody ever got to," said her son, Jared Fishman. "She went right past them." Elvis took a liking to the petite blonde with high cheekbones. It would not be her last visit to Graceland. The singer and Smith were both 21, but he was already famous. His lifestyle was a little too fast for Pinkie, Jared Fishman said, so they did not date too long. A few years ago, Pinkie’s health began to fail. She developed Alzheimer's and died at the age of 77.

(Source: ElvisShop / Elvis My Happiness / Rolling Stone / ElvisMatters / GulfLife)

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