Top 5 Best Wizzard and Roy Wood Songs
Musician Roy Wood was a part of musical history with his hand in creating or being part of many bands in the ’60s including The Move. He helped create Electric Lights Orchestra, after that he created one of his more creative projects in the glam music band Wizzard in 1972. Although the band itself only lasted for 3 years, it made a mark with both its music featuring modern instruments like guitars and drums, but also orchestral instruments like trumpets and horns. Besides what they did musically, Wizzard was also known for their wild look complete with loud colors and in Roy’s case, a dose of facepaint. The band may not have lasted long before disbanding but they are remembered by these top 5 songs from Wizzard.
Best Wizzard Songs – Rock N Roll Winter (Loony’s Tune)
A song written by Roy Wood, its release was delayed a bit before finally being released in April of 1974. Despite the delay, it still charted at Number 6 on the British Singles charts. The song is dedicated to British songwriter Lynsey de Paul (known as Loony) who was Roy Wood’s girlfriend at the time. The song was later used as a bonus track on the CD version of the “Introducing Eddy and the Falcons” album that was released in 2000.
Best Wizzard Songs – See My Baby Jive
Written and produced by Wood and released as a single in 1973. The song topped both the English and Irish singles charts. Oddly it has been named as a big influence to the Swedish band ABBA and their big hit “Waterloo” that was released the next year. It was the first of Wizzard’s songs to top the charts and one of their most memorable songs.
Best Wizzard Songs – Angel Fingers (A Teen Ballad)
Written by Roy Wood this song topped the singles charts in 1973. Although it only topped the charts in England for a single week in September. It sounds more sexual than it really is, it is more of a love song but unlike most other songs, it does not name anyone or is dedicated towards anybody.
I wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
Released in December (fittingly) of 1973. The song originally charted number 4 on the British charts but also has been re-released several times since. Written by Roy Wood (as most Wizzard songs are), the children vocals of the song were done by the Stockland Green School First Year choir. While many of the choir’s members were invited to the video appearance on Top of the Pops, The children on the show were provided by a local school in London. In 2012 in England it finished second in the voting on “The Nation’s favorite Christmas Song” program.
Are You Ready To Rock
A single released in late 1974 and charted number eight in England. It was one of the band’s last released songs before they broke up. The song is considered one of the band’s zaniest releases as the song featured a solo bagpipe routine. The Top of the Pops video often accompanying the song features Roy with a bald cap and features two marionettes along with a few people if gorilla suits, hats and canes to dance along.