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Stanley Unwin’s grandson hoping for Christmas hit

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The grandson of the late entertainer Stanley Unwin has penned a traditional Christmas song which he hopes will sprinkle some “instant nostalgia” on the charts.

Will Johnston wrote Father Christmas Baby while he was recovering at home from a car accident.

And now the tune, composed by the 44-year-old, of Ashby St Ledgers, has been released to download.

It is sung by former West End actress Caroline Fenna, from Great Houghton, and was recorded at Big Noise Studios in Northampton.

To complete the local link the song was recorded with Northampton-based production staff and session musicians. Describing the inspiration behind the song, Mr Johnston said: “I had a car crash earlier in the year and was lying there feeling a bit sorry for myself. I tried to cheer myself up by watching things like the Muppets Christmas Carol. It got me thinking about Christmas songs, which should be upbeat and uplifting.

“That has all been taken away by X-Factor. It’s so corporate. It’s 40 years since Wizzard and Slade and people still love those songs. There is room for some instant nostalgia.”

The song is available on Amazon, iTunes and Spotify.

Stanley Unwin lived near Long Buckby and was well-known for his own nonsense language, Unwinese.

Another Northamptonshire musician is hoping for festive chart success after penning a charity Christmas single.

Jamie Andre Benkert has released a Christmas song called Christmas for Two, which is currently selling on iTunes and Google Play.

All the money raised by the song will be donated to the Disney and Paddington children’s wards at Northampton General Hospital.

To view the video for the song, go to www.youtube.com and search for ‘Jamie Benkert & Harley-Joe Arnold’

 

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