Right now I'm listening to "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" on the radio. And the reason for it being played is me. You see, at my work I have a colleague who has a daily radio show where the listeners can celebrate friends and family by wishing a song.
Needless to say, Elvis is often requested, and my colleague who knows what my musical preferences are, often asks me for advice. "They want to hear a Christmas song with Elvis, which one should I pick?" was today's question.
I just love the story of how "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" was written by Leiber and Stoller while the recording session for Elvis' Christmas Album was actually going on. It's also a great song and one of the highlights of the album, so it was a simple choice. (Although I first thought of "The First Noel"...not!)
So you see, I have some power over what Elvis music is being played on the radio and I try to use it wisely. It's a great chance of letting people know there is more to Elvis than "Hound Dog", "Love Me Tender" and the laughing version of "Are You Lonesome Tonight".
That's why the listeners have made the acquaintance of "Make Me Know It", "T-R-O-U-B-L-E" and "She Thinks I Still Care", amongst others. Any requests?