Brighouse and Rastrick Band are aiming to grab the Christmas Number One!
The band – famous for The Floral Dance – have launched a new single in a bid to top the charts.
And band members are confident the song, “Santa – A Magical Christmas Song” will have people dancing and jigging at their festive parties and concerts.
It was written specially for the band by Della Holliday and Adrian Williams.
They have composed a festive little number that has already been aired on BBC Radio Leeds and the sing-along version has accumulated over 2,000 views on Youtube since its release.
Most people will remember when Brighouse & Rastrick Band made it to the Number 2 spot in Christmas 1977’s UK Singles Chart with ‘The Floral Dance’.
Band spokesman Marcus Costello said: “That had thousands tapping their feet along to the “curious tone” and “big bass drum”, and later singing along with the legendary Terry Wogan’s sultry baritone voice on Top of the Pops. If not, they’ll have heard the band perform this song at nearly every concert venue it had appeared at since.
“The whole family will sense the magic of this Christmas song while presents are being wrapped and piled under the tree, mulled wine is being topped up in front of a warm fire while grandpa moans about grandma’s singing and excited little children await the sound of reindeer hooves on the rooftop.”
Brighouse & Rastrick Band, will also use the piece as an introduction for each concert in December.
You can experience it for yourself at www.brighouseandrastrickband.co.uk/santa.htm or download from iTunes for just 79p via this link https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/santa-vocal-version-singleid745724823!
l The Floral Dance was originally by Kate Emily Barkley in 1911
l She based it on a visit to the traditional Furry Dance festival in Helston, Cornwall
l The song was first recorded in 1912 by Australian singer Peter Dawson
l Later versions were covered by the likes of The Eagles and The Ivy League (pictured)
l Brighouse & Rastrick Band’s version sold 500,000 copies and reached Number 2 in the charts
l A version by Terry Wogan was also released in 1978