I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Wizzard
Song Title: I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Date of release: December 1973
Description: ” I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday ” is by Wizzard, the British glam rock band formed in the 1970s by Roy Wood. Roy was a former member of The Move, the British rock band of the 1960s. He was a co-founder of the 1970s English rock band Electric Light Orchestra along with Jeff Lynne with drummer Bev Bevan.
The song was written and produced by Roy Wood and recorded in August 1973 at Phonogram Studios, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, London.
Roy recalled how the song came about in an interview with the website birminghammail.co.uk in 2013 ” I hadn’t deliberately sat down to write a Christmas song. But the more I think about it; I reflect that over the years there have only been novelty records out at Christmas “. Roy added, “There are nothing rock and roll about Christmas at all “.
Roy sat and wrote the chorus first, once the lyrics had come together he set about creating the melody. The process took a couple of months to get right. He put a click track down with just a cowbell using a quarter-inch tape. He then played the arrangement on acoustic guitars, then double-tracked that. When he’d finished, Roy had the basis for the song.
The sound of the cash till at the beginning of the song was a late addition, Roy tried a sound effects record but couldn’t find what he was looking for, so he hired an old metal cash register, Roy pushed the buttons while bass player Rick Price dropped in coins.
Along with the cash register sound effect at the beginning, sleigh bells were added to the end of the song with Roy shaking them until he was too tired to continue.
Lead vocals on ” I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday ” was by Roy with backing vocals performed by twelve first-year pupils of the Stockland Green Bilateral School ( now just Stockland Green School ). The school is situated in the Stockland Green area of Birmingham, in the West Midlands, United Kingdom.
The school children sang ” When the snowman brings the snow ” for the chorus line, because of a copyright act that came into force in 1996, each member of the choir could receive payments of several hundred pounds for their part in the hit Christmas song.
Roy had made arrangements for the pupils to sing on the BBC music show Top of the Pops. However, they couldn’t appear due to not being in Equity ( the UK trade union for professional performers and creative practitioners ) and so their place was taken by children from a local Italia Conti acting school.
A basic track was recorded in August 1973, the engineer Steve Brown decorated the studio with Christmas decorations with the air conditioning is turned down to its coldest setting to give a winter feel. The studio got so cold that the band had to play the song wearing scarves and overcoats.
The song’s release was put back due to Wizzard manager Don Arden. He’d been doing a deal with Warner Brothers behind their record label’s EMI’s back to have the record released on the rival label. EMI wanted the song for their Harvest label, and so the release date was put back.
Once the song was released, it entered the UK Singles Chart on the 8th of December 1973 and reached a peak of number four. It spent five weeks in the Top Ten and a total of nine weeks on the UK chart.
” I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday ” entered the Irish chart on the 20th of December 1973 and reached number six; it spent four weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 4
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Ireland 6
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