Today is the fifth day of The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas.
The song of the day for Sunday, December 18, 2016 is “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.”
About This Song
Written by the songwriting team of J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” had a spectacular debut. The song was first sung on Eddie Cantor’s radio show in November, 1934. On the day after the broadcast, there were 100,000 orders for the sheet music; by Christmas, over 400,000 copies of the sheet music had been sold. It remains a perennial favorite of kids of all ages.
About This Version
Tony Bennett recorded “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” with the Count Basie Big Band for the 2008 album A Swingin’ Christmas. The arrangement is by Bill Holman and features Andy Snitzer on alto saxophone.
“Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” as well as A Swingin’ Christmas, is available from iTunes.