Santa Claus is coming to town

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“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1932 and was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November 1934. Click here to scroll down to a more detailed song history

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“Santa Claus is coming to town” lyrics

1. You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He’s making a list,
Checking it twice;
Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice.
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake

2. You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

With little tin horns
and little toy drums
Rooty toot toots
and rummy tum tums
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you’re sleeping
He knows when you’re awake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake
Goodness sake

You better watch out
You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m telling you why

Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming
Santa Claus is coming to town

 

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 “Santa Claus is coming to town” Teaching ideas

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“Santa Claus is coming to town” Song History

This was written in 1932 by Haven Gillespie and J. Fred Coots. They had trouble convincing anyone to produce it because it was seen as a kids’ song, which would have been very hard to sell. The big break came when Eddie Cantor sang it on his radio show in 1934, and the song became an instant hit. Coots was a writer for Cantor’s show and pushed for the host to perform it. Cantor was going to pass on the song but was convinced by his wife, Ida, to give it a try.

The only US Top-40 entry for this song is the 1962 version by The Four Seasons, which hit #23 and featured Frankie Valli’s famous falsetto letting children know they better not cry-y-y-y. It was just the third single for the group, and it set the stage for their success even after the British invaded and The Beatles took over the charts. Many artists put out Christmas songs every year, and scoring a hit so early in their career with a 1934 song about Santa meant that they were truly loved. The next single by The Four Seasons was “Walk Like A Man,” which went to #1.

One of the most successful Christmas carols of all time, this was outsold only by “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “White Christmas.”

Before the Rock era, the most popular recordings of this song were those by Bing Crosby with the Andrews Sisters and by Perry Como – both versions sold millions of copies. In addition to The Four Seasons version, other popular takes on the song were recorded by The Jackson 5, Mariah Carey, Charlie Daniels, George Strait, Alice Cooper, the Carpenters, and Justin Bieber. The most enduring version in the modern era is Bruce Springsteen’s, which is usually the most downloaded and most played on radio stations. Bruce also does a version called “Santa Claus Is Fooling Around,” which is about how Santa will steal your lady if you’re not careful.

The song was so popular that Rankin/Bass made it into a TV special in 1970. The song itself has been recorded hundreds of times, the most popular versions include those by the Andrews Sisters with Bing Crosby, Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra, Cyndi Lauper with Frank Sinatra in an electronically enhanced duet (Sinatra also sang this solo), the Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters (covering a Phil Spector-produced version by the Ronettes), Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Rachel Crow. A version sung by Mariah Carey was included as a bonus feature in the 2005 DVD release of the Rankin/Bass special.


 

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