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Monday, 18 November 2013

Roy Wood: The story behind I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day

A new version of I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday is being touted as the tinsel No 1 as Roy Wood prepares to mark the 40th anniversary of the hit with a special gig at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.



Roy Wood at home and (inset) performing with Wizzard in 1973
Roy Wood at home and (inset) performing with Wizzard in 1973
By Roy Wood
It's May 1973 and I’m sitting in the kitchen of my house in Worcestershire  In the corner of the room in this stately pile, Gothersley Hall in Stourton, stands a jukebox that’s rarely played. It’s full of old original label rock and roll records I’ve collected over the years. Very rock and roll. But I rarely play them. I know them all so well that they’re lodged in my head. I want to hear something new.
On the farmhouse kitchen table there’s a scrap of paper. Look over my shoulder, and you’ll catch a glance of a rough idea that’s half-formed. “Well I wish it could be Christmas every day...”
Be honest, who doesn’t? Even in the merry month of May.
Read on...

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