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The Greatest Christmas Song Elvis Never Sang

Of the smallish list of perennial Christmas songs that you cannot avoid each December the inclusion of English glam rock act Mud's 'Lonely This Christmas' is perhaps the most puzzling of them all. Since its release in 1974 Christmas parties the world over have hummed to the debate about this old Elvis song and why Mud's cover has curiously got all the attention. A misguided hum as it turns out because Elvis never actually recorded 'Lonely This Christmas'; it wasn't his song at all. The trap (did you get caught?) was laid when Mud's lead singer Les Grey decided he would put on his best Elvis impression while singing the Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn penned tune. So good was his mimicry (right down to the spoken word soliloquy) of the Memphis crooner that 'Lonely This Christmas' has ridden on his coattails ever since. That's not to say that Mud didn't do a very good job, and their 'Tiger Feet' was one of the biggest sellers in 1974 so they were popular, but one would wonder if they had decided to sing it in the style of the Chipmunks would it have been half as popular. But this Mud track continues to stick and has sold way beyond the million mark it achieved over Christmas 1974. It reached the number one spot in the UK charts that year but it has reappeared on several occasions since, each time securing a high chart berth.


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