Big E in Person at the North Pole 1977

Oh sure, you know Rudolph and Frosty and Charlie Brown Christmas; The Grinch, Christmas Story, and Mister Magoo.

But do you recall the more obscure classics of Yule?

I’m talking stuff like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964), The Year Without A Santa Claus (1974), Fred Claus (2007), and Prep & Landing (2009).

These productions feature takes on Santa Claus that vary widely from the stuff his publicist concocted for The Night Before Christmas and all of those Coca-Cola ads.

Big E and the Santa Man: A Rock & Roll Christmas Fantasy perhaps could take a rightful place among this latter set of behind-the-scenes glimpses at the real goings-on at the North Pole, should it ever become a TV special.

What’s the matter? Could it be that some of you are not acquainted with the tale of Big E and the Santa Man?

Well, fortunately for you, Phil Arnold’s new book covers that very story. Fellow Elvis Presley fans among you might already know Phil as the ElvisBlog master, an Elvis International Magazine contributing editor and writer, and the foreword author of Elvis: The Early Years.



The story begins in the fall of 1977 as Big E, a mysterious rock ‘n’ roll singer who has left his former life, makes his way North through the Arctic to meet the most imitated legend in history, Santa Claus.

[Incidentally, the 1978 movie Superman borrows from this part of Big E’s tale a bit when young Clark Kent is drawn inexplicably North through the Arctic where he witnesses the creation of the Fortress of Solitude – probably not far from Santa’s place.]

Mr. and Mrs. Claus take in Big E, providing him food, shelter, and best of all, no questions. In return, Big E begins to coach a group of elves who have formed a rock ‘n’ roll band.

Meanwhile, forces are conspiring to ensure no children receive their presents that year.

Christmas 1977 is actually the first Christmas I can remember (I was 2-years-old). Little did I know the extraordinary efforts that Santa and Big E in their hot rod sleigh had to go through to bring me my gifts.

Until now.

You, too, can finally read the previously unreleased story of Big E and the Santa Man. Check it out over at ElvisBlog.

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from author Phil Arnold.

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