” Step into Christmas ” is by Elton John ( Reginald Kenneth Dwight ), the English singer, composer and pianist.
The single was released on the 23rd of November 1973 under the record labels DJM in the United Kingdom and MCA in the United States. Both labels are now part of the Universal Music Group.
The song was written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, the English lyricist, poet and singer. Although best known for his work with Elton John, Bernie Taupin has also worked with other recording artists including Alice Cooper, Marianne Faithfull, Rod Stewart, Colin Blunstone, Olivia Newton-John and Starship, for which he co-wrote their hit single ” We Built This City “.
” Step into Christmas ” was recorded on the 11th of November 1973 at the Morgan Studios, Willesden, north-west London, United Kingdom. The studios, which had England’s first twenty-four track tape machine, have played host to a variety of artists including The Kinks, Donovan, Paul Simon, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Joan Armatrading, Cat Stevens, Paul McCartney, Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart and Black Sabbath.
The song was produced by Gus Dudgeon, who was an English record producer. He started in the music business during the mid-60s, working as an engineer with Decca. Although best known for his work on many of Elton John’s biggest hits, he has also worked with the likes of David Bowie, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Kiki Dee, The Moody Blues, Lindisfarne, Cliff Richard and The Strawbs. He was killed, along with his wife Sheila, in a car crash on the 21st of July 2002.
The accompanying music video for ” Step into Christmas ” has recently been unearthed in the archives of a British TV network, after lost for years.
The video is a recording of Elton John’s performance on The Gilbert O’Sullivan Show shown on British broadcaster ITV. Gilbert O’Sullivan is an Irish-English singer and songwriter. He has had six UK chart-topping singles, he is best known for ” Clare “, which topped the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in 1972.
The video clip also features Davey Johnstone playing the guitar, Dee Murray on bass, along with Nigel Olsson on drums. It also features a rare appearance from Bernie Taupin, who also joins in playing the tubular bells.
” Step into Christmas ” has been a commercial success for Elton John. In the United States, the single peaked at number fifty-six on the Cash Box Top 100 and topped the Billboard Christmas Singles Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK singles chart on the 8th of December 1973 and reached number eleven. It spent three weeks in the Top Twenty and thirty-one weeks in the Top 100.
In Germany, it peaked at number ninety-one and ninety-two in Sweden.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 11
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