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).
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. He lives in Novato, California with his second wife, Pam Wendell.
On October 13, 2012 Elmo Shropshire won his age division in the US National 5K Cross Country Championship in San Diego, CA. 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.
Success with "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer":
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 supposedly become "a millionaire five times over". Since then, Elmo has become part of a class action suit against Sony based upon the royalties paid from downloads and ringtone sales.
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. In 2010, he appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.