November 05 - Rock And Roll Christmas Charts

The Deep Blue label has announced a new 2CD "Elvis: It's A Rock & Roll Christmas", due November 13, 2015. This set contains a combination of Christmas songs, gospels and regular hits. CD 1 is the original Elvis’ Christmas Album from 1957, CD 2 is a selection of 25 well-known songs. The track list and title of this release is identical to the 2013 Go Entertain label CD.

US Charts

The "It's Christmas Time" compilation rises from #7 to #5 while "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" remains steady at #8 on the Billboard Holiday Albums Chart for the week ending November 14, 2015.

The "It's Christmas Time" CD is also a re-entry on the Top Catalog Album Chart at 33.

The CD "Merry Christmas, Love Elvis" rises from #24 to #14 and the "Heart And Soul" compilation rises from #16 to #15 on the Country Catalog Album Chart.

The new "If I Can Dream" is a new entry on the Classical Albums chart at #17.

George Barris Died

George Barris, the car designer who created the iconic 1966 Batmobile for the Batman television series and also customised cars and tour buses for Elvis, has died. He was 89. "Sorry to have to post that my father, legendary kustom car king George Barris, has moved to the bigger garage in the sky," his son Brett Barris wrote.

Barris customised cars and buses for television shows, movies, and celebrities such as Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley including Elvis' famous Stutz Blackhawk.  He was also a pioneer in designing small, plastic models of those cars.
The models popularised his wildly imaginative vehicles all the more when they were assembled by millions of American youngsters in the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

Elvis' Birthday Celebration Schedule of Events Announced

The 2016 Elvis Birthday Celebration is January 7-10, 2016, at Graceland, and includes the Elvis Birthday Proclamation Ceremony, The Auction at Graceland, the Official Graceland Insiders Reception, Fan Club Presidents' Event, Club Elvis and more. This is the logo for 2016.

The special guests this year are June Juanico and Glenn Derringer. June Juanico, a former beauty queen and an Elvis fan from Biloxi, Mississippi, dated Elvis in 1955 and 1956. Elvis took three weeks of vacation with June in 1956 after having recorded "Hound Dog" and "Don't Be Cruel" at RCA Studios in New York. She met Elvis for the first time at one of his concerts in Biloxi in 1955, when he was on the verge of super stardom.

Pianist Glenn Derringer performed on the same Dorsey Brothers Stage Show in 1956 where Elvis made his TV debut. He's a music industry icon with more than four decades of unprecedented experience in the business.

(Source: Elvis The Man And His Music / FECC / Brian Quinn / Elvis Memories)

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