Santa Claus is Comin' To Town

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with "Coming" changed to "Comin'") is a Christmas song. It was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.

Recordings

The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934 (Decca 264A) featuring Tom Stacks on vocal, the version shown in the Variety charts of December 1934. The song was a sheet music hit, reaching #1. The song was also recorded on September 26, 1935, by Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra. [1]

The song is a traditional standard at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artists. In 1963 the Four Seasons version charted at #23 on Billboard. In 1970 Rankin-Bass produced an hour-long animated television special based on the song, with narrator Fred Astaire telling the original story of Santa Claus. Many contemporary artists have recorded and performed various versions of the song, including a famous rock and roll version by Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. The song was almost exclusively played when the band was on tour in the weeks leading up to Christmas, and during these performances, late E Street Band member Clarence Clemons would perform the role of Santa, filling in with many ho ho ho's and often wearing a Christmas hat. The song was recorded in a 1975 live version and eventually released as a B-side to "My Hometown", a single from the Born in the U.S.A. album. [2]

Luis Miguel recorded the song in Spanish as "Santa Claus Llegó a La Ciudad" for his Christmas album Navidades (2006).[3] His version of the song peaked at #26 on the Billboard Latin Pop Songs chart.[4]

References

External links

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