Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town 

Modified: February 22, 2017

         Release: RCA Victor 447-0647 Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (45)
              Artist: Elvis Presley
Release Date: 10/26/1965

gss 2X400 Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

447 0647 cover side1 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 cover side2 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Cover: 1965. Gold Standard picture sleeve.

447 0647 1965 side1 r wlp small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1965 side2 r wlp small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: White label, NOT FOR SALE. NOT FOR SALE on one line. Matrix numbers above time. On side 1, Hibo Music, Pub. Inc. Hooked single and double quotes.1
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--1S / H2PW-5532--1S (Rockaway pressing ?)2

447 0647 side1 wlp var small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 side2 wlp var small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: White label, NOT FOR SALE. NOT FOR SALE on one line. Matrix numbers above time. On side 1, Hibo Music, Pub. Inc. Straight single and double quotes.3
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--2S / H2PW-5532--2S (unknown pressing?)3

Disc: White label, NOT FOR SALE. Tight font. NOT FOR SALE on two lines. Matrix numbers below catalog number. On side 1, Hibo Music, Pub. Inc.5
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--?S / H2PW-5532--?S (Hollywood pressing)

447 0647 side1 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1965 side2 i small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1965. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on side. Both sides with recorded date on left side. On side 1, Hibo Music, Pub. Inc. On side 2, title on one line and credits on two lines.6
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--1S A1 / H2PW-5532--1S A3 (Rockaway pressing)7
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--1S A2 / H2PW-5532--1S A1 (Rockaway pressing)

447 0647 1965 side1 h small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1965 side2 h small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1965. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on side. Both sides without recorded date on left side. On side 1, Hibo Music, Pub. Inc. On side 2, title on two lines with SANTA CLAUS IS BACK on one line and IN TOWN on another with credits on three lines.8
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--?S / H2PW-5532--?S (Hollywood pressing)

Very early pressings, incorrectly list Hibo Music, Pub. Inc. as the publisher for Blue Christmas. Later releases from the black label, dog on side onward correctly lists Bibo Music, Pub. Inc. as the music publisher.

447 0647 1965 side2 cor small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1965 side1 cor small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1965. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on side. Both sides with recorded date on left side. On side 1, Bibo Music, Pub. Inc. On side 2, title on two lines with SANTA CLAUS on one line and IS BACK IN TOWN on another with credits on three lines.9
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--2S / H2PW-5532--1S (unknown pressing)7

447 0647 1965 side1 cor i small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1965 side2 cor i small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1965. Gold Standard. Black label, dog on side. On side1 without recorded date on left side and on side2 with recorded date. On side 1, Bibo Music, Pub. Inc. On side 2, title on one line and credits on two lines.11
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--3S B1 / H2PW-5532--2S C2 (Indianapolis pressing)

447 0647 side2 1968 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 side1 1968 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1968. Gold Standard. Orange label. Does not include (from the RCA Victor album LPM-1951 "Elvis Christmas Album") on both sides. SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN on two lines.
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--8S A1D / H2PW-5532--7S (Rockaway pressing)
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--9S B / H2PW-5532--7S A1E (Rockaway pressing)

447 0647 1971 side1 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1971 side2 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 1970. Gold Standard. Red label. Includes (from the RCA Victor album LPM-1951 "Elvis Christmas Album") on both sides. SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN on one line.
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--3S B6? / H2PW-5532--2S A3 (Indianapolis pressing)

447 0647 cover side1 1977 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 cover side2 1977 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Cover: 11/1977. Picture sleeve.

447 0647 1977 side2 gstop small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 1977 side1 gstop small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 11/1977. Gold Standard. Black label, dog near top. Gold Standard on top in white.
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--3S B6? / H2PW-5532--2S A5 (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--3S B6? / H2PW-5532--2S A6 (Indianapolis pressing)

447 0647 side2 1977 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)447 0647 side1 1977 small Blue Christmas / Santa Clause Is Back In Town (Elvis Presley)

Disc: 11/1977. Gold Standard. Black label, dog near top. Gold Standard on side.
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--3S D2 / H2PW-5532--5S B3 (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--11 A1 / H2PW-5532--11 A1 (machine stamped) (Indianapolis pressing)
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--12 A7 / H2PW-5532--12 B1 (Indianapolis pressing)7
Matrix numbers: H2PW-5525--12 A7 / H2PW-5532--13 A2 (Indianapolis pressing)

  1. Images from the collection of DarylR.
  2. eBay reference 150908944516 (September 28, 2012)
  3. eBay reference 222108707409 (June 19, 2016)
  4. eBay reference 222108707409 (June 19, 2016)
  5. Jerry Osborne and Bruce hamilton, Presleyana I (Chicago: O'Sullivan Woodside & Company, 1980), p. 23.
  6. Image of side 2 from the collection of Roberto.
  7. Matrix numbers from the collection of Roberto.
  8. eBay reference 160872005964 (September 1, 2012)
  9. Images from the collection of Roberto.
  10. Matrix numbers from the collection of Roberto.
  11. eBay reference 280938216080 (August 15, 2012)
  12. Matrix numbers from the collection of Roberto.