Merry Xmas Everybody Slade
Song Title: Merry Xmas Everybody
Date of release: 7th of December 1973
Description: ” Merry Xmas Everybody ” is by Slade, the English 1970’s Glam Rock band from the United Kingdom. The song was written by band members Noddy Holder and Jim Lea.
The song was produced by Chas Chandler ( Bryan James “Chas” Chandler ). Chas was an English musician and record producer; he also managed Slade and Jimmy Hendrix.
” Merry Xmas Everybody ” was recorded in July 1973 and released by record label Polydor ( part of Universal Music Group ) on the 7th of December that same year.
Slade, known as a ” working class group ” had success before with two Number Ones ” Cum On Feel The Noize ” and ” Skweeze Me Pleeze Me “. Even though they were one of the most popular bands in the United Kingdom, they were taking a risk by releasing a Christmas record. Before their song took the charts by storm, the Christmas singles market had flattened out with festive songs just not selling.
Slade’s lead singer Noddy Holder recalls in 1000 UK Number Ones by Jon Kutner and Spencer Leigh ” It was obviously a risk, but we had enough confidence in the song to know that it was going to do well “.
The song was put together from previous material they had written but never recorded. Jim Lea came up with a melody while showering; his mother-in-law had suggested to Jim that they should write a song that would be played every year like Bing Crosby’s ” White Christmas “.
Noddy had a song that he’d written back in 1967 but was binned by the other members called ” Buy Me A Rocking Chair “. Noddy used the melody of the song for the chorus with Jim then taking the song and adding a new tune for the verse. After a night’s drinking Noddy retired to his mother’s house and worked through the night writing the lyrics, after one draft he’d completed it.
Noddy told the British newspaper the Daily Mail in an interview about the creation of the song ” We’d decided to write a Christmas song and I wanted to make it reflect a British family Christmas. Economically, the country was up the creek. The miners had been on strike, along with the grave-diggers, the bakers and almost everybody else. I think people wanted something to cheer them up – and so did I. That’s why I came up with the line ‘Look to the future now, it’s only just begun’. Once I got the line, ‘Does your Granny always tell you that the old ones are the best’, I knew I’d got a right cracker on my hands “.
Along with the other members of Slade, they set about recording ” Merry Xmas Everybody ” in the hot summer month of July at a studio in New York during their east coast US tour.
The song took Slade five days to finish. However, the band disliked the initial fully completed version of the song, so they rerecorded it with the chorus being sung in a corridor outside of the studio which provided the echo they wanted.
” Merry Xmas Everybody ” was a huge commercial success for Slade. The advanced orders were in the region of half a million, on the first day of release 300,000 copies were sold in the United Kingdom.
Slade went straight in at Number One on the 15th of December in the UK making it their third song to enter the UK Singles Chart at the top in 1973; it was their sixth Number One ( and last ) of their career.
The song became the fastest selling single in the UK at the time, due to demand their record label, Polydor, had to use their pressing plant in France to keep up with the demand for the single. Eventually, the song achieved selling over a million copies.
Noddy Holder calls ” Merry Xmas Everybody ” his pension scheme, his royalties from this song alone are somewhere in the region of £250,000 per year.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 1
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Belgian Singles Chart 3, Dutch Singles Chart 3, Finnish Singles Chart 19, French Singles Chart 28, German Singles Chart 4, Irish Singles Chart 1, Norwegian Singles Chart 4
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Slade