If there’s one Yuletide anthem that always brings glad tidings, then it’s glam-rock legends Wizzard’s I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday. First released in time for Christmas 1973, this evergreen smash sits in the category of Christmas songs that should have topped the singles chart, but it’s become so synonymous with Santa that it’s impossible to envisage the festive season without hearing it barrelling out of sound systems up and down the land.
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“A real rock’n’roll Christmas song”
With a wonderful irony, I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday wasn’t even recorded during the winter. It was taped in late summer – a time when Christmas wouldn’t normally be on the agenda. However, Wizzard frontman Roy Wood began thinking about the festivities when he was inspired by an off-the-cuff remark made by one of his bandmates.
“I’d been doing really boring big-band gigs on the ballroom circuit, so when Roy offered me a job in Wizzard I was just knocked out,” saxophonist Mike Burney told Q magazine in 1996. “I used to say to him, ‘Roy, being in this band, it’s like Christmas every day.’ And, as far as I know, Roy picked up on that as a song title.”
Not only did Wood have a workable title, but the former The Move/Electric Light Orchestra mainstay wasted little time in making the idea of what he called “a real rock’n’roll Christmas song” a reality. Within days he was at work in the studio.