When I bought this on 19 December 1985, I was feeling really good about being me. I had just turned 16 and I had been out shopping with a good mate so I am supposing that I spent some of my birthday money on it. It was perhaps quite an unusual record for me to buy – but of course Ms Houston did have impeccable soul credentials, seeing that she was Dionne Warwick’s niece. The fact is, I loved the song and as it was that special time of the year just BEFORE Christmas means that it is a special memory for me.
The song entered the UK charts in November 1985 and quickly rose to number one – a position that it held for two weeks from 14 December until it was dislodged by Shakin’ Stevens with his monster hit, Merry Christmas Everyone. Now to my mind, this was the Christmas number one (i.e. it occupied the top spot on 25/12/85), but in actual fact, Shaky is the OFFICIAL number one – hitting the spot on 28 December. Those damn technicalities eh?