Roy Wood

The Kitten trashing the cityAnother fantastic artist to come out of Brum. Roy Wood is from the West Mids and the accent still comes through in his singing.

As Wizzard, his most famous song is I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day, which was released in 1973 but is still played now every single bloody Christmas.

However, he also founded ELO and wrote and performed many other pieces of music, including collaborations and music written for other artists. See wikipedia for a full discography.

The Kitten trashing the cityOne of the striking aspects of Roy Wood was his appearance. Not just the ostentatious clothes of the time, but the makeup he wore, usually lightening bolt zig-zags over his face, and bright dyed hair and beard.

He was pretty amazing when I was a kid. And he still looks amazing now, last time I saw him on stage was singing that damn Christmas song that he must be sick of by now, dressed all in white like the Winter King, with silver-streaked white hair and beard and white and silver makeup.

Recently Roy Wood was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Derby for his contribution to music.

Josie Henley-Einion, author, blogger, Legend in my own Living Room


2 Responses

  1. […] I grew up in a midlands village, Slade were very popular in my surrounding area, though I preferred Wizzard. I think it’s interesting that the two major Christmas classics are from these two bands. Perhaps […]

  2. love love LOVE that song !! I have the 45 and very fond memories of lying under the Christmas tree playing it over and over on Christmas Eve

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