GREG LAKE "I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS" (1975)
By Mark Nobes, chief editor
There has been much debate over the years as to whether this song was, as Greg Lake claims, written as an anti-commercialism protest, or as lyricist Peter Sinfield claims, was written about the loss of childhood belief and innocence. Some have even claimed that the lyrics are attacking religion, although neither Lake or Sinfield have shared that view.
Whatever the actual truth is, the song is now regarded as a Christmas classic and has been played in December by mainstream radio stations every year since its release.
I Believe In Father Christmas was released as a solo single by Greg Lake in November 1975, peaking at #2 in the British singles chart. The track was later recorded by Emerson, Lake & Palmer for the 1977 album Works Volume II, although it had a more minimalist arrangement.
The instrumental melody in the song was borrowed from Troika by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev, who created it for the Lieutenant Kijé suite in 1933 for the film of the same name.
80s songstress Toyah Wilcox recorded a version of the song for ITV's Pop Goes Christmas in 1982, and this was released as a downloadable single in 2012.
Greg Lake sadly passed away on 7th December 2016 after suffering with cancer.
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Boney M - Little Drummer Boy
Chris Rea - Driving Home For Christmas
Cliff Richard - Mistletoe & Wine
Cliff Richard - Saviour's Day
David Essex - A Winter's Tale
Elton John - Cold As Christmas
Frank Kelly - Christmas Countdown
Holly & The Ivy's - Christmas On 45
John Lennon - Happy Xmas (War is Over)
Johnny Mathis - When A Child Is Born
Jona Lewie - Stop The Cavalry
Keith Harris & Orville - Orville's Song
Mel & Kim - Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree
Paul McCartney - Pipes Of Peace
Paul McCartney - Wonderful Christmastime
Pet Shop Boys - Always On My Mind
Pretenders - 2000 Miles
Rick Astley - When I Fall In Love
Santa Claus & The Christmas Trees - Singalong-A-Christmas
Shakin' Stevens - Blue Christmas
Shakin' Stevens - Merry Christmas Everyone
Slade - Merry Xmas Everybody
The Futureheads - Christmas Was Better in the 80s
The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York
The Snowman - Walking in the Air
The Snowmen - Hokey Cokey
The Wombles - Wombling Merry Christmas
Wham - Last Christmas
Wings - Mull Of Kintyre
Wizzard - I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday