Santa Claus is Coming to Town – Frank Sinatra – 1957

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

Frank Sinatra

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Lyrics  & Video Below

Songwriters: J.F. COOTS / H GILLESPIE

I just came back from a trip along the Milky Way
I stopped off at the North Pole to spend the holiday
I called on old dear Santa Claus to see what I could see
He took me to his workshop and told his plans to me

So….

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 and checkin’ it twice
He’s 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

Little tin horns, little toy drums
Rooty toot toots and rummy tum tums
Curly head dolls that cuddle and coo
Elephants, boats and kiddie cars too

Santa Claus is coming to town

The kids in girl and boyland
Will have a jubilee
They’re gonna build a toyland town
All around the Christmas tree

So 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 to ….
Santa Claus is coming to town

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This video featured below was filmed as a part of the Bing Crosby Christmas Special – December, 1957.

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The Frank Sinatra Christmas Collection is a 2004 Christmas album from Frank Sinatra. The selection of tracks on the album spans Sinatra’s career from 1957 to 1991 and includes four previously unavailable tracks—two previously un-issued on CD and two previously un-issued in any format—the latter the last Christmas carol Sinatra recorded.

 

The album was released by Warner Music Group on October 26, 2004. It features 18 Christmas-themed tracks recorded by Sinatra from 1957 to 1991, including all the holiday tracks recorded by Sinatra during his years with the Reprise label. Two tracks previously un-issued on CD were featured on the album. They were renditions of “The Christmas Song” and “White Christmas“, both duets recorded with Bing Crosby and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra from the 1957 ABC television special Happy Holidays with Bing and Frank, which aired only once, on December 20 of that year.

A fourth previously un-issued track included on the album was an acoustic recording of “Silent Night” recorded by Sinatra in 1991 with his son Frank Sinatra, Jr. at the piano, for a children’s charity benefit. It was Sinatras last recorded Christmas carol. The then-75-year-old Sinatra had not made any recordings for three years, and the track was not released at the time.

For the original 2004 album release, the backing for the vocal was rearranged by former Sinatra collaborator Johnny Mandel using a group of former Sinatra backing musicians including pianist Bill Miller, guitarists Al Viola and Ron Anthony, bassists Chuck Berghofer and Jim Hughart and percussionist Larry Bunker, conducted by Sinatra Jr. Of the recording, Sinatra Jr. said “The whole crew was there … So except for the absence of Frank Sinatra, it was a typical Sinatra recording date. We all expected he’d come walking in at any moment.” 

According to Sinatra Jr., it took two years for producer Charles Pignone to persuade Warner Bros. to finance the recording: “This is not the kind of music that people at record companies have interest in … They will spend millions, millions, to develop some inconsequential rock or rap group, but when Charles approached with a budget of some $30,000 to make a brand new Frank Sinatra song, there was great reluctance.”

Sinatras daughter Nancy said of the track: “It was an emotional day, because he was doing it for the children. It is so sweet and tender that it is just heart-wrenching.”

Personnel

  • Vocals: Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Tina Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Fred Waring and his Pennsylvanians, The Jimmy Joyce Singers

  • Arrangers: Nelson Riddle, Don Costa, Dick Reynolds, Harry Betts, Jack Holloran

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