I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday

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"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
Single by Wizzard
from the album Wizzard Brew
B-side "Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)"
Released December 1973
Format 7" single
Recorded August 1973, Phonogram Studios, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, London
Genre Glam rock, Christmas
Length 4:48
Label Harvest, Warner Bros. Records
Writer(s) Roy Wood
Producer(s) Roy Wood
Wizzard singles chronology
"Angel Fingers"
(1973)
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
(1973)
"Rock 'N' Roll Winter (Loony's Tune)"
(1974)

"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is a popular Christmas song by British glam rock band Wizzard. It was first released in December 1973. Despite the song's strong, long-lasting popularity, it has reached no higher than number four on the UK Singles Chart, a position it occupied for four consecutive weeks from December 1973 to January 1974.[1][2] As with most Wizzard songs, it was written and produced by Roy Wood — formerly of The Move and a founding member of ELO. The song was famously beaten to the 1973 Christmas Number 1 spot by Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" which remained at the top of the charts for five weeks, from December 1973 to January 1974.

Roy Wood sings lead vocals. The backing vocals for the single are by "The Suedettes", augmented by the choir of Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year.[3] The original sleeve of the single credits "Miss Snob and Class 3C" with "Additional noises". The basic track for the single was recorded in August 1973, so to create a wintry feeling engineer Steve Brown decorated the studio with Christmas decorations and turned the air conditioning down to its coldest setting. Wood wore a woollen hat found in lost property. The schoolchildren were brought down from the Midlands to London by bus during the autumn half-term to add their contributions.[4]

At the time of the singles' release, Wizzard's contract with EMI was close to expiration. Promotional copies were pressed by Warner Brothers, with whom the band had just signed for future releases. Only then was it discovered that EMI were legally entitled to the track after all, so the Warner Bros. Records pressings were halted and the record appeared on the Harvest label, but with the same picture sleeve.[4]

Although Wood had arranged for the members of the Stockland Green School choir to sing at the Top of the Pops television recording, their place was taken by children provided by a local London stage school.

Music video[edit]

The video shows the band dressed up in winter-themed studio and are then joined by a group of children who play instruments and join in with the singing.

Re-releases[edit]

With the failure of its first release to top the UK Singles Chart in 1973 - it was kept from number one by Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" - it was re-recorded with children from Kempsey Primary School in Worcester,then re-issued in 1981 (reaching number 41 on the UK Singles Chart), and then again in 1984, this time with an additional extended 12-inch version, and getting as far as number 23.

As downloads as well as physical sales became eligible for the weekly Top 75, from January 2007 onwards, and with the help of additional exposure thanks to an Argos television advertisement, the song charted again in November and December 2007, this time reaching number 16, despite the absence of any physical release. In the week of 13 December 2008, the song peaked at number 31. In the week of 14 December 2009, it peaked at number 45. In the week of 11 December 2010, it peaked at number 46. In the week of 12 December 2011, it peaked at number 28 (its highest position since December 2007). In the week of 16 December 2012, it charted at number 29. In 2013 it reached number 31 in the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Year Song Chart position
UK[5] IRL
1973 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"[C] 4 6
1981 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-issue) 41 32
1984 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)[E] 23 36
2007 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 16 42
2008 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 31 42
2009 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 45 23
2010 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 46 28
2011 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 28 30
2012 "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry) 29 37
"–" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.
  • A^ Vocal backing by The Suedettes
  • B^ Vocal backing:The Suedettes and the Bleach Boys
  • C^ Wizzard featuring vocal backing by The Suedettes plus The Stockland Green Bilateral School First Year Choir with additional noises by Miss Snob and Class 3C
  • D^ Credited to Roy Wood's Wizzard
  • E^ Re-entry of re-issue with 12" re-recording

The Big Reunion version[edit]

"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
Single by Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X
Released 15 December 2013
Format Digital download
Recorded 2013
London, England
Genre Christmas
Length 4:48
Label Universal
Writer(s) Roy Wood
Producer(s) Cutfather
Five chronology
"Rock the
Party
"
(2001)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas"
(2013)
911 chronology
"2 Hearts 1 Love"
(2013)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
Atomic Kitten chronology
"Cradle"
(2005)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
B*Witched chronology
"Jump Down"
(2000)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
Blue chronology
"Break My Heart"
(2013)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
"Broken" / "Ayo"
(2014)
Honeyz chronology
"I Don't Know"
(2001)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
Liberty X chronology
"X"
(2006)
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"
(2013)
Music video
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" on YouTube

Background and release[edit]

On 23 October 2013, it was announced that the six 1990s and early 2000s pop bands who reunited for the ITV2 series The Big Reunion - Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Honeyz and Liberty X-would be releasing a cover version of "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday", with all proceeds split between six Text Santa charities: Age UK, Barnardo's, BeatBullying, the British Heart Foundation, CLIC Sargent and Help the Hospices.[6] The recording of the charity single, which was produced by Danish producer and songwriter Cutfather (The Saturdays and One Direction), was the subject of a behind-the-scenes documentary broadcast on ITV2 on 12 December 2013.[6] The song was released on 15 December 2013.

Music video[edit]

The official music video for the Big Reunion version of the song was uploaded to YouTube on 2 December 2013.[7]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 82
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 32
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 13

Other cover versions[edit]

"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" has since been covered by many artists including:

The song was also spoofed in 2000 when it was re-released as "I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Christmas" by The Wombles with Roy Wood.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The four consecutive weeks include one for which no new chart was published; when this occurs, it is the usual practice to repeat the previous week's chart to fill the gap. The same two records - "I Love You Love Me Love" and "You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me" - intervened between the Slade and Wizzard discs both before and after the "gap" week.
  2. ^ Last.fm Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
  3. ^ It has been claimed that the choir's participation was arranged by pianist Bill Hunt, who may have been brother-in-law of the school's maths teacher.[citation needed] But a familial connection has been disputed, since Hunt's mother is claimed to have lived in nearby Queens Road, also within the ward of Stockland Green.[citation needed]
  4. ^ a b Van der Kiste, John (2012). Roy Wood: The Move, Wizzard and beyond. KDP.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 608. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  6. ^ a b "The Big Reunion cast announce Christmas single in aid of Text Santa". itv.com. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Chart Track: Week 51, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
  9. ^ "Archive Chart". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  10. ^ "December 2013/ Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart.

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