Legendary British singer who made music history with iconic tune 50 years ago looks unrecognisable on a stroll – but can YOU guess who it is?
He made music history with his chart-topping tune in 1973.
The song instantly changed the party scene and can be guaranteed to feature on every festive playlist up and down the United Kingdom.
The legendary singer released the hit with his British rock band, who have been credited with influencing numerous artists including Nirvana, Sex Pistols and the Clash.
Yet despite achieving worldwide fame in the Seventies, he’s retreated from public life in recent years, rarely making public outings.
So can you guess who it is?
That’s right, it’s Noddy Holder from Slade!
It may not be ‘Christmaaaaaaaaaaas’ but that didn’t stop Holder from donning one of his trademark scarves as he enjoyed a stroll around Manchester on Thursday with his beloved wife Suzan Price.
Opting for a more subdued look than his flamboyant glam rock style of the Seventies, the musician added a khaki jacket that he paired with black trousers.
The Slade singer, who co-wrote Merry Xmas Everybody with bassist Jim Lea, looked in good spirits as he looked in the window at Cartier.
The single was Slade’s sixth and final UK number one and is rumoured to make him anything up to £500,000 a year in royalties.
The band formed in Wolverhampton in 1966 with drummer Don Powell and violinist/bassist Jim Lea alongside Holder and Dave Hill.
They became one of the biggest British rock bands of the 1970s, enjoying huge success with six number one singles.
Their biggest hit was Merry Christmas Everybody in 1973, with its memorable chorus: ‘So here it is, Merry Christmas/Everybody’s having fun…’
Holder and Lea left the band in 1992, with Hill and Powell continuing to perform as Slade with a variety of other singers and musicians.
But in 2020 Powell said he had been sacked from the band. He claimed Hill fired him by email without warning, something which Hill denies.
And in 2015 Holder said: ‘It saddens me that the four guys who were in Slade can’t get together and sit round the dinner table.
‘Five years ago I got the four of us together to air our grievances, but it was too painful.’
Holder and Hill sparked speculation the band was reforming when they posted a snap together in February.
The singer and the guitarist posed for a picture taken by Holder’s author wife Suzan which she uploaded to Instagram.
She captioned the image: ‘Lunch today. I will not be taking any further questions.’
Holder and Hill have not performed together since Holder quit the band in 1992. He has since said it would take a ‘miracle’ to get all four original members back together.