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Happy Birthday Roy!

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As seasoned rocker, musician and top Brummie Roy Wood celebrates his birthday, we take a look back at some of his top moments ahead of his show here in December.


SEE MY BABY JIVE

The second single by Wizzard (written by Wood) was their first single to reach number one, subsequently spending four weeks at the top of the chart during the early summer in 1973. It's feel good glam rock tones are alleged to have inspired Abba's smash hit Waterloo.


WISH IT COULD BE CHRISTMAS - IN AUGUST?!

Despite being one of the best Christmas songs around to this day, did you know that the smash hit I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday was actually recorded in a heatwave August? Roy explains how they got into the festive vibe:

We recorded it in August 1973 on a boiling hot day. I put a Christmas tree in the corner of the studio and asked the band members to bring bobble hats, scarves and overcoats to add atmosphere. We had a great time making it!

Roy Wood | Express and Star 2013

I did the sleigh bells at the end myself. I just shook them until I was too tired to do it any more. People talk about it being over-produced, but the effect I was trying to get was something I personally associate with Christmas, that Walt Disney music feel.

Roy Wood | The Guardian

INSPIRING AND INFLUENCING

Some huge names have covered Roy's work over the years, and in an interivew with the Birmingham Mail in 2009 Roy himself highlighted the Kaiser Chiefs version of Flowers in the Rain as one he likes. Check it out below.


TH to SH

Born in Birmingham, Roy attended school in Moseley. Around this time he was also introduced to the drums, his first instrument and the only one he's ever had any tuition on. At 12, Roy would visit Town Hall to watch The Shadows, which would inspire him to pick up a guitar - a move that years later would see him take to the stage at sister venue, Symphony Hall as a fully fledged rock star.

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Happy Birthday Roy! Don't forget, you can see him here as part of THSH Christmas Season. Click below for more.