Mistletoe And Wine
Written By: Keith Strachan, Jeremy Paul, Leslie Stewart
relaxing Christmas track 'Mistletoe and Wine' was made popular by
much loved pop star Cliff Richard when it was released in December
1988. The song was written by a trio, each having their own input.
These three people were Keith Strachan, Jeremy Paul and Leslie
and Wine' was originally performed for 'Scraps' (a musical).
'Scraps' was later renamed 'The Little Matchgirl'. This musical was
an adaptation of one of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales. This
Christmas hit was originally meant to be an accompanying carol in
'The Little Matchgirl' when the little matchgirl in the musical is
kicked out in to the snow.
Richard is understood to have enjoyed the song and thought much of
it; however he wished to make changes to it for his own version.
The writers then after agreed to allow Cliff Richard to put his own
spin on the song. The change Cliff Richard wished to make and did
make was to put a more religious focus and theme in to the song. It
is apparent in the lyrics that this change occurred in the line,
'Children singing Christian rhyme'. Cliff Richard is a highly
devoted Christian, who to date lives with a former Roman Catholic
priest. The priest's name is John McElynn.
to Cliff Richard's song sees him singing in the traditional
Christmas festive background (the background being covered in
snow). He is seen picking up a candle and later putting it back
down. There is also a marching band in the video. The typical dance
moves for the song is a gentle swaying back and forth which Cliff
Richard does with what appears to be your typical family. The end
of the song sees a young child finishing off the song with Cliff
Richard looking on.
Richard re-created this song with huge success, achieving the UK
number one spot which in turn gave him the 1988 Christmas number
one. 'Mistletoe and Wine' managed to sit at the top of the UK
Charts for four weeks. The track was such a hit that it became the
best-selling single for 1988; it achieved this with sales of
750,000 copies. This Christmas song was remarkably Cliff Richard's
99th single of which he managed to achieve his
12th UK number one single which is an amazing
achievement for any