Sunday, December 15, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: Favorite Christmas Songs #12

Song #12-Santa Claus is Coming to Town--Johnny Mathis

Sounds of Christmas was the original title of the album but when I went to find it online it was unavaible so I searched other titles and Christmas with Johnny Mathis has the exact same songs on it, so I bought it and once again cannot stop playing it-we were raised in our house by his Christmas songs/carols and his voice.

This coming Tuesday he is going to make his yearly appearance on The Tonight Show I always look forward to them.

Below is another video that I made for this song.

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. 
The song is a traditional standard  at Christmas time, and has been covered by numerous recording artists. The 1951 version by Perry Como was the first measurable hit, and 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 1978 live version and eventually released as a B-side to "My Hometown", a single from the Born in the U.S.A. album.(Source Wikipedia)

Thank you for reading this
Anthony Nadeau

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