MEL & KIM "ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE"
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree was originally recorded by Brenda Lee way back in 1958 when she was just 13 years old. Penned by Johnny Marks, the song didn't become a hit until the festive season of 1960, when it reached #14 in the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S.
Comedian Mel Smith and singer/songwriter Kim Wilde recorded their amusing cover version to raise funds for the Comic Relief charity. Mel & Kim was also a parody of the singing sisters Mel & Kim, who were also achieving hits in the late 80s with songs such as Respectable and Showing Out. The song reached #3 in the UK during December 1987.
The B-side of the vinyl single featured the amusingly-titled Deck The Blooming Halls.
Other 80s Cover Versions
In 1983, the Texan-born blues singer Lou Ann Barton recorded a version of the song for the compilation album An Austin Rhythm and Blues Christmas.
In 1986, the American country music singer Mickey Gilley recorded a version for the compilation album The Nashville Christmas Album.
The most recent cover I know of is by country music singer Kaitlyn Baker, who released it as a single on 14th November 2015 - the video is further down this page...