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Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)
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Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who'd be a turkey at Christmas)
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Elton John, Gary Glitter, Rod Stewart - White Christmas
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Step Into Christmas With Elton John

Factfile - Elton John
  • Best known for his 1973 single Step Into Christmas which had Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas) on the b-side.
  • The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Christmas Singles chart. In a UK radio survey for 2010-2012, Step Into Christmas was 16th on the list of most played Christmas songs.
  • In 2005 he curated charity album, Elton John's Christmas Party which included a new song, Calling It Christmas, on which he duetted with Joss Stone.

Elton John has a recording career that stretches back to the early 70's but in all that time he has never recorded a full length Christmas album. His Christmas output has been threadbare but has proven to have incredible staying power all the same. His major festive contribution is 'Step Into Christmas' which might not be the best Christmas song ever written but its fly-by-the-seat-of-its-pants attitude has certainly won it plenty of fans over the years. It had only moderate chart success on its release in 1973 (the same year Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day and Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody' came out) which is surprising given that Elton John was in his hugely popular 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' phase at the time. John wrote the song with long-time collaborator Bernie Taupin and they had designs on recreating the signature Phil Spector sound made famous on his 1963 Christmas collection ‘A Christmas Gift for You from Phil Spector’. The result was hardly a wall of sound but 'Step Into Christmas' does have a chaotic disposition that is infectious. The original single also included another Christmas song on the b-side called 'Ho, Ho, Ho (Who'd Be a Turkey at Christmas)'. This little heard number is a happy go lucky singalong that could easily sate the drunken hoards on the run in to the big day.

It would be 10 years before Elton John would sing about Christmas again but this time it would be in a far less conventional way as 'Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)'s theme of a marriage on the rocks was really not for consumption as we downed our eggnog. Or maybe it was intended for those of a scrooge like disposition. Two years later in 2005 John curated a charity album called 'Elton John's Christmas Party' which had his 'Step Into Christmas' and a whole host of generally well known Christmas songs. There was a new song called 'Calling It Christmas' with the main man singing a emotional duet with the hot new talent of the time Joss Stone. Rich with religious undertones this was certainly one for romantics. There were also a few curveballs on the 21-track compilation such as the surprising straight laced (and slightly out of tune) Flaming Lips offering 'A Change at Christmas (Say It Isn't So)' and an ultra-rare Pet Shop Boys gift called 'It Doesn't Often Snow At Christmas'.

2005 would also see Elton record a song with Gary Barlow and Rick Astley for the Billy Elliott musical. Although ironic in its tone ‘Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher’ was a particularly robust rebuttal of the former British Prime Minister’s time in office but even in the wake of her death it has remained (not without controversy mind you) an intrinsic part of the very successful stage show.

Step into Christmas, let's join together, We can watch the snow fall forever and ever, Eat, drink and be merry come along with me, Step into Christmas, the admission's free
Elton John, Step Into Christmas
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Elton John Christmas Party
Elton John Cold As Christmas
Elton John Merry Christmas Maggie Thatcher
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