Source: Classic Rock Magazine
Iconic movie actor Sir Christopher Lee made music chart history this week when his seasonal metal song Jingle Hell entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 22.
That makes him the oldest person to record a hit single and the oldest living person to have a chart hit. At 91 years and six months when he recorded the track, he’s far ahead of previous record-holder Tony Bennet, who was 85 when he recorded Body And Soul with late pop star Amy Winehouse in 2011.
Lee – best known for playing Saruman in The Lord Of The Rings, Dracula in a series of Hammer movies, James Bond villain Scaramanga and Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man – previously described Jingle Hell as “a bit naughty, entertaining and certainly different.”
Now he comments: “Wonderful news! I want to thank everyone involved, especially the fans. I have spent my career surprising people, so here’s to the next one.”
He has a history of musical work across many genre, and released his first metal album, Charlemagne: By The Sword in 2010. Last year he launched the follow-up Charlemagne: The Omens Of Death. Jingle Hell is a track on his EP A Heavy Metal Christmas Too, following a similarly-titled release last year.