” Wonderful Christmastime ” is by Paul McCartney ( Sir James Paul McCartney, MBE ), the English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer and former Beatle.
The song was written and produced by Paul. It was released on the 16th of November 1979 by record labels Parlophone ( Warner Music Group ) in the UK and on the 26th of November by Columbia ( Sony Music Entertainment ) in the United States.
The song was recorded during Paul’s sessions for his second solo album and the first album since Wings formed. The album has a cult following amongst fans with the experimental use of synthesisers, a new direction for the former Beatle.
The vocals for the single are by Paul; he also plays the guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, drums and percussion. He wrote the song during July and based it on a riff he played on an analogue synthesizer Sequential Circuits Prophet-5. It was manufactured by Sequential Circuits from 1978 to 1984 with about 6,000 being made.
The Sequential Circuits Prophet-5 synthesiser was also used by leading artists including ABBA’s Benny Andersson, Phil Collins, Human League, Jean-Michel Jarre and Pink Floyd.
None of the members of Paul’s band Wings features on ” Wonderful Christmastime “, they do however appear in the accompanying music video.
The video was directed by Russell Mulcahy. The Australian film director worked on videos in the 1970s for some of the biggest acts at the time including The Sex Pistols, XTC, The Vapors and ” Video Killed the Radio Star ” by The Buggles, which was the first pop music video played on MTV in 1981 when the channel launched.
The video for the single was filmed on location at the Fountain Inn in Ashurst, West Sussex, England. The Inn is a public house built-in the 1500s with English Heritage ( the registered charity that manages the National Heritage Collection of Historic Buildings and Monuments ) listing the Fountain Inn as a Grade II for its importance as an architectural and historical building.
In an interview with music paper NME in 2012, Paul recalled the making of the video ” We went out to some pub somewhere, and so that was a laugh… we just run out of the pub occasionally, filmed a bit, and then went back into the pub. So that was quite a nice evening!”
” Wonderful Christmastime ” has been a commercial success for Paul. In the United States the song reached number eighty-three on the Cash Box Top 100 Singles Chart and number ninety-four on the Record World Singles Chart, it never made it onto the Billboard Hot 100 Chart there. The song reached number ten for two weeks on the Billboard Christmas Singles Chart in December 1984.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 1st of December 1979 and reached number six. It spent three weeks in the Top Ten and a total of sixteen weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 6
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Netherlands 16, Belgium 28, Sweden 13, Norway 7, Ireland 8
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