Elmo Shropshire

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Elmo Shropshire
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Shropshire performing in New York in 2009.
Background information
Also known asDr. Elmo
Born(1936-10-26) October 26, 1936 (age 77)
Lexington, Kentucky
GenresComedy, bluegrass
OccupationsSinger
Years active1974–present
Associated actsElmo & Patsy, The Halloween Ghouls
Websitedrelmo.com
 
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Elmo Shropshire
Fb wiki New York 2009 FOX GDNY 042.jpg
Shropshire performing in New York in 2009.
Background information
Also known asDr. Elmo
Born(1936-10-26) October 26, 1936 (age 77)
Lexington, Kentucky
GenresComedy, bluegrass
OccupationsSinger
Years active1974–present
Associated actsElmo & Patsy, The Halloween Ghouls
Websitedrelmo.com

Elmo Shropshire, D.V.M. (born October 26, 1936), better known by his stage name Dr. Elmo, is a singer of comedy songs, most notably "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". He originally recorded the song in 1979 with his then-wife Patsy. He re-recorded it solo in 1992 for the album Dr. Elmo's Twisted Christmas and again in 2000 for the album Up Your Chimney. He also recorded two albums of year-round songs: Dr. Elmo's Twisted Tunes (1993) and Love, Death and Taxes (2000).

Personal life[edit]

Elmo is a native of Lexington, Kentucky, and has a degree in veterinary medicine from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. After moving to San Francisco, he opened an animal hospital and became a competitive runner, all while continuing to play with his bluegrass band.

Shropshire and Patsy divorced in 1985.[1] He lives in Novato, California with his second wife, Pam Wendell.[2]

On October 13, 2012 Elmo Shropshire won his age division in the US National 5K Cross Country Championship in San Diego, CA.[3] October 27, 2013 he won a gold medal in the World Master's Games as part of the USA 4 X 400 USA relay team in Porto Allegre, Brazil. [4]

Success with "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer"[edit]

In 1979, Shropshire recorded "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (written by his friend Randy Brooks) and became an instant regional superstar.

Elmo originally invested $40,000 of his own money to produce the original album and music video for "Grandma..." and in return, he's become "a millionaire five times over".[5] Since then, Elmo has become part of a class action suit against Sony based upon the royalties paid from downloads and ringtone sales.[6]

In the Christmas special Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, Dr. Elmo served as co-writer, and the voices of Grandpa and the adult Jake narrating.

In 2009, he appeared on Good Morning America.[7] In 2010, he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.[8]

Discography[edit]

With Elmo & Patsy
Albums
Singles
Solo releases
Albums

References[edit]

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