The Sunday Post has published an item about Step Into Christmas. It was written by Elton and Bernie Taupin to thank fans after a successful year.
The music-maker already had hits in 1973 from albums Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road when he decided to try something different.
Along with the B-side, Ho, Ho, Ho (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas), the disc took one day to record.
”We wanted to make an homage to Phil Spector. Part of what made Phil Spector records were the rooms, the musicians and the ambience,” explained Elton.
The song, featuring Kiki Dee on uncredited backing vocals, peaked at #24 in the UK charts on a seven week run and reached #1 in the U.S. Billboard Christmas Singles chart.
In the video. Bernie Taupin plays tubular bells and at one point, Elton displays his Watford FC supporters’ card (he became the club’s chairman chairman three years later, and now has a stand named after him at Vicarage Road.)