WIZZARD "I WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS EVERYDAY" (1973)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Yet another classic Christmas tune from the 70s. Why don't they write festive songs like this anymore?
Wizzard were a glam rock band formed by Roy Wood in 1972. Whilst "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day" is the band's most well-known and most played hit single, it wasn't their highest charting song. Previously, the Birmingham band had hit the top of the UK singles chart with the songs "Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)" and "See My Baby Jive". Wizzard actually had six Top Ten hits between 1972 and 1974, including the two No.1's just mentioned.
The band's Christmas hit reached #4 in 1973, but has re-entered the UK charts many times in 1981, 1984 and every year since 2007, although it was just outside the Top 40 in 1981, 2009 and 2010. During Christmas 2011 the festive tune reached #28.
Wizzard split-up in 1975, and their third album Main Street was never released. The band's final single was Rattlesnake Roll, although this failed to chart.
Band members Roy Wood and Rick Price went on to form Wizzo Band from 1975 to 78, but a lack of commercial success led to the band's demise. Wood embarked on a solo career and also produced songs for other pop artists.
The original 1973 7" vinyl sleeve