Twisted Sister has a long history in the rock music world, and they skyrocketed into an era when MTV’s videos began to dominate TVs across the country. Dee Snider was the front of the group known for the makeup, the hair and the loud national anthem, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’
The group even created a Zombie themed video that was banned from MTV. Knowing what fans of the heavy metal band, and Snider, know, it can seem somewhat incredible that their leader is responsible for one of Celine Dion’s greatest Christmas carols.
A portion of Twisted Sister’s history contains a Christmas album
After ten years of grinding and a few fractures, Twisted Sister inflated during the early 80s. Snider established himself as a formidable songwriter and became the face of the group.
The group has sold millions of records, but acknowledges that internal expenses have resulted. They are apart again and reunite in the early 2000s, touring and making music.
By 2006, Twisted Sister had dropped A twisted Christmas, an 11-track album featuring their unique version of classics such as “Silver Bells”, “Deck the Halls” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”.
They even released music videos and went on a short tour during the holiday season to conclude what was supposed to be their band as a band.
But before they were inspired to do their rock version of Christmas favorites, Snider wrote a song that was finally covered for another pop star.
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Dee Snider wrote a song for Celine Dion
Back in 2014, Snider appeared on the Praat is Jericho podcast to discuss his in-depth career, his Broadway show, and at that time he wrote a track that was later sung by Celine Dion.
According to Ultimate Classic Rock, Snider said he initially wrote it for his wife who specifically asked for a Christmas song. It struggled a bit, but he did it. The dilemma? He said it was out of his range, so he hired some singers to record it as a gift and originally titled it ‘God Bless Us All’.
One of the engineers who worked on it – Ric Wake – also worked with Dion. He called Snider a few years later and said Dion wanted to cover the tune, to which Snider replied, “Does she know who wrote it?”
After learning that Dion was in the dark about its origins, he told the producer, “Do not tell her that Satan wrote a Christmas carol!”
They kept the information under review, and she recorded the song under the title ‘The Magic of Christmas Day’. Snider could not care less if she changed the title and followed the direction of putting it on the album. This seems to be a wise move.
How Snider admits the song that he helped him
Snider told the podcast host that the project had sold eight million copies for Dion and that the song had also been placed on Rosie O’Donnell’s Christmas album. He said that because of its success, he calls his house ‘The house that Saint Celine built’.
In addition, Snider joked that she heard years later that he was the author behind the hit and was ‘very confused’. Dion allegedly asked, ‘The one with the makeup? With the leg? He is grateful for how things turned out, because it was one song he wrote that was never meant to be revealed.