Elvis’ “White Christmas” Banned from American Radio
Here are a couple of Christmas-related questions that were sent in...
Q: I recall you mentioning Elvis Presley's version of WHITE CHRISTMAS was banned somewhere.
A: Back in 1957, Al Priddy, a deejay on KEX in Portland, Oregon was fired for playing Elvis Presley's version of "White Christmas;" and, many American radio stations banned Elvis' Christmas album because they were shocked that "Elvis the Pelvis" was singing religious songs.
Q: A friend told me The Hollies were named after Buddy Holly.
A: It's been said The Hollies named themselves after their hero Buddy Holly but it's not been proven; another basis for the name, according to band associates, came from Christmas holly that guitarist Graham Nash had around his house during Christmastime.
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