Yours Truly KJS thinx that the main reason for Wizzard not challenging Slade more closely at the chart summit lies with the aborted release of IWICBCE via Warner Bros. (K16336) whereupon it was deemed in breach of their recording contract with EMI/Harvest and subsequently released weeks later on the Harvest label (HAR5079) with some copies sporting a Harvest sticker. Both issues were backed by "Rob Roy's Nightmare (A Bit More H.A.)", an instrumental track credited to Mike Burney. Perhaps the fact that there were two Roy Wood penned songs released at the same time was another factor as was the fact that the Top 12 was also occupied by such big selling artistes as Gary Glitter, The New Seekers, Marie Osmond, Alvin Stardust, Leo Sayer, David Essex, Mott The Hoople, Roxy Music and T.Rex meaning that the competition was stiff. You may be surprised to read that Elton John's "Step Into Christmas" stalled at #24 to underline just how competitive it was.
|Christmas 1973 UK Top 12 Singles (Source: www.officialcharts.com)|
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This article has been developed from a suggestion by my good friend John Collins.