On This Day September 8th in Rock & Roll History

On this day September 8, 1971 the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences presents Elvis Presley with the Bing Crosby Award. Besides Crosby the only other recipients of this prestigious award have been Frank Sinatra, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, and Irving Berlin. Crosby’s best known record is “White Christmas.” Elvis’ best known Christmas record is “Blue Christmas.” Released on Decca Records in 1942, “White Christmas” has sold over 100 million copies. Perhaps that’s why a copy is worth no more than $20.00. “Blue Christmas” was released on RCA in 1957 but at that time only promo copies sent to radio stations were issued, each worth up to $3,000.00 today.

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