Elmo Shropshire, DVM (born October 26, 1936), is a singer of comedy tunes, most notably the holiday song "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer". He originally recorded the song in 1979 with his then-wife, Patsy. Under the stage name Dr. Elmo, he re-recorded it solo for the 1992 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).
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.
Success with "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer":
In 1979, Elmo and his wife, Patsy Trigg, recorded "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (written by his friend Randy Brooks), and instantly, Elmo & Patsy became regional superstars. They divorced in 1985. Since then, Elmo has become part of a class action suit against Sony based upon the royalties paid from downloads and ringtone sales.
In 2000, he served as co-writer of an animated Christmas special based on the song. For this TV special, he also provided the voices of Grandpa and the narrator. In 2007, Elmo was sued by the Fred Rappaport Company, the producer of the show, over the right to use the song in show-related merchandise.
Today, Elmo lives in Novato, California with his second wife, Pam Wendell. Since 1992, he has recorded several solo albums under the name Dr. Elmo.
In 2009, Dr. Elmo appeared on Good Morning America, and in 2010, he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
On October 13, 2012, Elmo Shropshire won his age division in the US National 5K Cross Country Championship in San Diego, CA, and on October 27, 2013 he won a gold medal in the World Master's Games as part of the USA 4×400 relay team in Porto Allegre, Brazil.