In her 1987 autobiography According To Dora
, Miss Bryan said that during the run of the play Six Of One
at London's Adelphi Theatre, she was asked to record a Christmas song. She re-wrote some of it [probably the words] and recorded it the next day. It was played on the radio constantly; she appeared on Top Of The Pops
, and, she said proudly, it was voted "the best bad record of 1963".
Contemporary music press reports were just as flattering. In the December 14, 1963 issue of Melody Maker
she said the idea came from Chris Parmenter of Fontana, her recording company. The following week she graced the front cover of the same paper. The Beatles liked the song too, and her play, which they saw while in London. "She's fab. We thoroughly enjoyed the show!" said Paul McCartney. They even sent her a telegram and recorded part of the song in one of their Christmas fan club messages.