You never know who you’re going to meet on a cruise ship — rap stars, pop divas, soap actors. The list goes on and on. So when someone told me that Elmo Shropshire (aka Dr. Elmo) was performing with his three-man band onboard the inaugural run of American Queen last week, I naturally said, “Who?” Then I cornered the guy, who could not have been more gracious, and discovered he’s the voice behind “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer.” You know it: The song has sold more than 10 million copies since it was released in 1979. Doc, as I called him for the rest of the cruise up the Ohio River, was a veterinarian who happened upon the song and was chosen to sing it because of his distinctive voice (it’s hard to separate the song from the voice, actually). When he offered to sing me a tidbit, I jumped at the chance, then he gave me a little plug at the end. Be still my heart …
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