STORY OF SONG
If it’s marketed right, it could be number 1! In an interview with The Observer Music, Shakin’ Stevens said about the song: “It was written for me by a guy called Bob Heatlie. As soon as we heard it, we thought, “If it’s marketed right, it could be number 1. I’m very, very proud to be associated with a number 1 classic Christmas song, up there with your Bings and your Lennons and Slades. It’s very difficult to get a Christmas number 1 with traditional lyrics. The radio stations have a “sleigh list” and they only start playing them two and a half weeks before Christmas.
Release Date: November 25, 1985
Songwriter/s: Bob Heatlie
UK – 1
Ireland – 3
Poland – 16
The song topped the charts in the UK in Christmas and became Stevens’ fourth number 1 single in the Official Charts Company. It reached number 3 in Ireland, number 16 in Poland and peaked at number 50 in Australia. The song re-entered the charts in 2016 and peaked at number 28 in the UK and number 45 in Ireland.
Artist’s age on Release Date: Michael Barratt aka Shakin’ Stevens was 37 years old when he released this song.
Cover Versions: “Echoes of Merry Christmas Everyone” released by Shakin’ Stevens in 2015 – Lucy Rose & Rae Morris – Tyros 4 with Alto Sax – other amateur artists covered this song on Youtube.