I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
|"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"|
|Single by Wizzard|
|B-side||"Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)"|
|Studio||Phonogram Studios, Stanhope Place, Marble Arch, London|
|Genre||Glam rock, Christmas|
|Label||Harvest, Warner Bros. Records|
|Wizzard singles chronology|
"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" is a Christmas song recorded by British glam rock band Wizzard. It was first released in December 1973 and, as with most Wizzard songs, was written and produced by the band's frontman Roy Wood — formerly of The Move and a founding member of ELO. 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. The song was 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 School First Year. 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.
At the time of the single's 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. This song is virtually never played in the United States, as can be seen in the Internet article titled 7 British Christmas Songs that Somehow Never Made it Big in the U.S.
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.
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.
As it was kept from number one by Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" it was decided to re-release the single in 1981. It was found that the original tapes had been lost, so the song was re-recorded by the band and a new choir, from Kempsey Primary School in Worcester, was used. It is this version that has been used since. The single reached number 41 on the UK Singles Chart, and was released again in 1984, this time with an additional extended 12-inch version, getting as far as number 23.
As downloads became eligible for the weekly Top 75 from January 2007 onwards, and with exposure thanks to an Argos television advertisement, the song charted again in November and December 2007, this time reaching number 16. 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). It has appeared in the British top 40 every Christmas since.
|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|
|2013||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||31||–|
|2014||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||35||68|
|2015||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||27||49|
|2016||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||23||60|
|2017||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||15||29|
|2018||"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (re-entry)||12||?|
|"–" 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 Beach 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
|"I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday"|
|Single by Five, 911, Atomic Kitten, B*Witched, Blue, Honeyz and Liberty X|
|Released||15 December 2013|
|Five singles chronology|
|911 singles chronology|
|Atomic Kitten singles chronology|
|B*Witched singles chronology|
|Blue singles chronology|
|Honeyz singles chronology|
|Liberty X singles chronology|
Background and release
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, Blue, 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. 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. The song was released on 15 December 2013.
|Scotland (Official Charts Company)||32|
|UK Singles (Official Charts Company)||13|
Other cover versions
- Roy Wood Big Band in 1995, (UK #58)
- The song was also re-recorded again in 2000 & released as a medley with Wombling Merry Christmas as a novelty record when it was re-released as "I Wish It Could Be a Wombling Christmas Everyday" by The Wombles with Roy Wood. This version reached the UK Top 40, peaking at #22.
- Nick Lowe in 2013, on his holiday album Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family and its live 2015 follow-up album The Quality Holiday Revue Live.
- 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.
- Last.fm Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
- 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. 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.
- Van der Kiste, John (2012). Roy Wood: The Move, Wizzard and beyond. KDP.
- "Missing tapes and mystery choirs: The making of a Christmas classic". BBC. 25 December 2013.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 608. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- "Wizzard | full Official Chart history". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
- "IRMA – Irish Charts". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
- "The Big Reunion cast announce Christmas single in aid of Text Santa". itv.com. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013.
- "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". YouTube. Retrieved 4 December 2013.
- "Chart Track: Week 51, 2013". Irish Singles Chart.
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.