December 24th – Kenny Rankin – Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

OK, I think we can surrender to the Christmas song now.

Santa Claus is Coming (or Comin’ depending on who you ask) To Town has been a hit more than half a dozen times since it was published in 1934 – for, amongst others, Bing and The Andrews Sisters, The Four Seasons, Jackson Five, Carpenters, Bruce Springsteen – and Bjorn Again. If that doesn’t show durability, I don’t know what does.

It’s written by my favouritely named songwriting team of J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie who, as well as being splendidly monikered, also wrote the unspeakably gorgeous You Go To My Head.

As an antidote to Christmas excess, here is Kenny Rankin’s lovely, stripped down version.  Check back for more Christmas fare over the next few days.