"There's No One Quite Like Grandma" was a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart, by the Stockport-based primary school choir St Winifred's School Choir from 27 December 1980 to 3 January 1981. It was written by Gordon Lorenz.
The song was a Christmas number-one single in both the UK and Ireland, demoting John Lennon's last single, "(Just Like) Starting Over," to number two. After two weeks on the charts, a previous Lennon song, "Imagine," replaced it. Both Lennon songs were posthumous releases; Lennon had been killed three weeks prior.
More recently, the song was used within the one-off Channel 4 comedy by Peter Kay called Britain's Got the Pop Factor..., which had Sally Lindsay, who was in the original choir of the song, in a cameo role. Furthermore, an extract of the song is always used in the "Granny Brainiac" segment in Series 3 of Sky One TV show Brainiac: Science Abuse.
In October 2009, the song was re-recorded by 14 members of the original choir. It was released in the UK in November 2009 as part of food company Innocent Drinks' "Big Knit" campaign, to raise money for Age Concern.
This single proved to be really hard to find! I think people had bought it at the time and then realised later they didn't like the song and threw them away rather than selling them at recrod fairs and car boot sales. For many years I had this song on a cassette single but eventually managed to trackdown a 7inch single.