Elton John is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his popular festive hit, ‘Step Into Christmas’ in a special way.
To mark this milestone, the music icon has released a digital compilation, featuring the song, along with several other yuletide-themed tunes.
This EP contains 7 tracks overall, including original versions of the 1973 track, along with the B-side ‘Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)’.
It will also feature Elton John’s tracks ‘All Quiet On The Western Front’ (1982), and “Cold as Christmas (in the Middle of the Year),” from 1983, as well as ‘Calling It Christmas’, a duet with Joss Stone from 2004.
Live performances of ‘Step Into Christmas’ by Elton John from the Gilbert O’Sullivan Show in 1973, and ‘Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer’ from a 1973 show at London’s Hammersmith Odeon venue also feature on the EP.
“(Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)”
On top of this, Elton John will also be releasing a seven inch green-vinyl single, featuring ‘Step Into Christmas’, and “Ho Ho Ho (Who’d Be a Turkey at Christmas)”.
The music legend will also release a 10 inch red vinyl EP, with five songs from the digital EP.
Both discs can be pre ordered from the singer’s official online store. They are set to arrive on Thursday (November 23).
Recorded in 1973. ‘Step Into Christmas’ arrived following the release of Elton John’s double album, ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’.
The song originally peaked at number 24 in the UK singles charts, as well as hitting top spot at the Billboard Christmas Singles that same year.
In 2019, the track reached number 8 in the UK Chart, a year which also saw ‘Step Into Christmas’ certified double platinum, for accruing 1.2 million units.
It was certified gold in the US, for reaching 500,000 units.
This also comes just weeks after Elton John also revealed that he has just recorded a new album with long time collaborator Bernie Taupin.