Image for Shakin Stevens - Blue Christmas, December 1982

Shakin Stevens - Blue Christmas, December 1982

Duration: 01:17

Shakin Stevens sings 'Blue Christmas' on Top of the Pops, Christmas 1982. It went to number two in the charts, missing out on number one to Renee and Renato's Save Your Love.

Shakin' Stevens, also known as "Shaky" (born Michael Barratt, 4 March 1948) is a platinum-selling Welsh rock and roll singer and songwriter who holds the distinction of being the UK's biggest-selling singles artist of the 1980s.

His recording and performing career began in the late 1960s, although it was not until 1980 that he saw commercial success in his native land. In the UK alone, Stevens charted 33 Top 40 hit singles.

Shaky was the first performer to appear 50 times on Top Of The Pops. He duetted with Bonnie Tyler, and worked with the likes of Dave Edmunds, Roger Taylor, Albert Lee and Hank Marvin.

From his breakthrough hit 'This Ole House' to the seasonal staple Merry Christmas Everyone, Shakin' Stevens successfully reintroduced rock 'n' roll to the charts at a time when the New Romantics were only just discovering lipstick, powder and paint.


Available since: Mon 3 Dec 2012

This clip is from

Top of the Pops

Long-running music chart show featuring videos and performances

Image for Top of the Pops

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss