Monday, 19 December 2016

Christmas Songs Day 12 - Aled Jones 'Walking in the Air'

Day 12 then and today's choice is Aled Jones with 'Walking in the Air'.

Now this song was actually written by Howard Blake for an animated Christmas film. That film was Raymond Brigg's 1982 film The Snowman, which is beautiful.

Everyone thinks this was Aled Jones, which it was when it was released in 1985. The original version used in the film was however another choir boy - Peter Auty. I had no idea!

'Walking in the Air' reached number 5 in the UK singles chart when Aled's version was released. Both the film and the cover version of its song are both Christmas favourites over 30 years later.

So there is Day 12. Here are the previous ones:

Day 11 - Chris Rea 'Driving Home for Christmas'
Day 10 - Slade 'Merry Xmas Everybody'
Day 9 - David Bowie & Bing Crosby 'Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth'
Day 8 - Mariah Carey 'All I Want for Christmas'
Day 7 - Gabrielle Aplin 'The Power of Love'
Day 6 - Kylie 'Santa Baby'
Day 5 - Elton John 'Step into Christmas'
Day 4 - Wham 'Last Christmas'
Day 3 - Band Aid 'Do They Know its Christmas'
Day 2 - Wizzard 'I Wish it Could be Christmas'
Day 1 - Johnny Mathis - Its Beginning to Look at lot like Christmas

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