Christmas Compendium Track 41:
Peak UK Chart Position: #2 in December 2004.
Christmas Chart Position: #2.
Once the decision had been taken to remake “Do They Know It’s Christmas” on its twentieth anniversary, pretty much all other bets were off as regards the festive chart topper. This came closest, though – and, happily, proceeds went to the Band Aid Trust. A remake of a remake, in effect – Ronan Keating had been part of Boyzone when they took it to number two both sides of Christmas week in 1995, but this version saw Keating team up with original writer and performer Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam).
- The original was never released as an A-side, it was only put on the B-side of Stevens’ single “Moon Shadow”.
- “Father and Son” was the song that Keating sang when he first auditioned for Boyzone.
- Cat Stevens formally converted to the Islamic religion on 23 December 1977, taking the name Yusuf Islam in 1978.
- “Father And Son” has also been recorded or reinterpreted by Johnny Cash, Rod Stewart, and The Enemy.
- It entered at number two on the Christmas chart on this day in 2004, as announced by Radio 1’s then top forty host Wes Butters. Band Aid 20 was at the top, and Kylie’s “I Believe In You” was at three.
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