Last month, Elton John ushered in the holiday season when he partnered with retailer John Lewis for an emotional commercial about the gift of music. Now, he’s released a Christmas EP called Step Into Christmas. The yuletide gift for his fans puts the spotlight on a certified Christmas classic.
The three-track EP includes “Step Into Christmas,” the classic track that reached No. 24 in the UK at the end of 1973 and topped the Billboard Christmas singles chart. The original B-side, “Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas)” is also part of the festivities. But the most unexpected gift is the appearance of a previously unreleased 1973 performance of “Step Into Christmas” from The Gilbert O’Sullivan Show. The footage was lost in the ITV archives until it was unearthed recently.
The video clip, which has also been released on digital video services and can be seen below, shows Elton and his band of Davey Johnstone on guitar, Dee Murray on bass, and Nigel Olsson on drums performing the song. On bells is Elton’s songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin, who joined along for the cheerful occasion. Check out the video below!
So step into the season with Elton and the band. The three-track EP is available now on digital download and streaming services!
Elton John, Step Into Christmas (Universal, 2018)
- Step Into Christmas
- Ho! Ho! Ho! (Who’d Be A Turkey At Christmas)
- Step Into Christmas – 1973 Gilbert O’Sullivan Show Version