Christmas Compendium Track 30:
Peak UK Chart Position: #1 in December 1991.
Christmas Chart Position: #3
Another Elton John song, another remake of an original – his solo version getting to number 16 in 1974 – and was first performed by the pairing at Live Aid way back in 1985. George Michael had been performing it in concerts during his ‘Cover To Cover’ tour in 1991, and was joined by Elton as a special guest at the final date – it was this live version that was to spend two weeks at number one at the beginning of December. It couldn’t hang on. being pushed down initially by the reissue of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” taking the top spot, and then also by Diana Ross with “When You Tell Me That You Love Me”, which ended up the Christmas number two.
- It also topped the chart in America for one week in February 1992, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
- The song was also a hit in 1991 for Oleta Adams, who took it to number 33 as part of an album entitled “Two Rooms: Celebrating the Songs of Elton John & Bernie Taupin”.
- Other acts to cover the song include Gloria Estefan, Joe Cocker, Garth Brooks, and Roger Daltrey.