The Persistent Wife and The Christmas Song

In November 1934 just before Thanksgiving, Eddie Cantor decided to take a chance with two songwriters and their new Christmas song. In actuality it was Eddie’s wife, Ida, who pushed Eddie to perform this song on his radio show.

John Frederick Coots and James Lamont Gillespie had written a song in 1932 which many viewed as just a simple children’s song.  To these narrow-minded individuals this song just did not have a future on the music charts of the day—“no commercial value”.

After it was premiered on Eddie’s program, the listening public made it an instant pop charter hit.  By Christmas day over 400,000 copies were circulating among the American public.

The song was Santa Claus Is Coming to Town:

Oh! 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!

Oh! you better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I’m telling you why:
Santa Claus is coming to town!

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G. D. Williams       © 2011

The Story Behind: Santa Claus Is Coimg to Town

http://youtu.be/enVZXZ5ifR4

Bing Crosby & the Andrews Sisters: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHed0_utrXU&feature=colike

Perry Como: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

http://youtu.be/8a94-cyscn8

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2 thoughts on “The Persistent Wife and The Christmas Song

  1. I love this song. But I don’t know about the story behind. I am happy to know about it. What do you recommend other Christmas songs?

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  2. On YouTube I created a playlist of Christmas songs both old and new. Here’s the link:

    Hope you have a great Christmas in Japan.

    Thanks for reading.

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