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Elmo Shropshire, D.V.M. (born October 26, 1936 in Lexington, Kentucky), better known as 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).

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Early life

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

Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

In 1979, Shropshire recorded "Grandma..." (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" [1]. Since then, Elmo has become part of a class action suit against Sony based upon the royalties paid from digital downloads and ringtone sales. [2]

In a Christmas special, "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer," Dr. Elmo is the voice of Grandpa and the adult Jake narrating, and performs a small portion of a song, "Grandma's Spending Christmas with The Superstars."

Personal

Shropshire lives in Novato, California.[3] He and Patsy divorced in 1985.[4]

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Discography

Elmo & Patsy - Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer, 1983
Dr. Elmo's Twisted Christmas, 1992
Dr. Elmo's Twisted Tunes, 1993
Dr. Elmo - Love, Death, and Taxes, 2000
Dr. Elmo - Up Your Chimney, 2000
Dr. Elmo's MisceLOONYous Tunes, 2000
Dr. Elmo - Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer, 2002
Dr. Elmo - Christmas in the U.S.A., 2004
Dr. Elmo Sings the Boos, 2005
Redneck Dracula, 2006 (Dr. Elmo on 6 songs and The Halloween Ghouls on 4)

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