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"Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town" is a Christmas song written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. The earliest known recorded version of the song was by banjoist Harry Reser and his band on October 24, 1934. It was then sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. This version became an instant hit with orders for 500,000 copies of sheet music and more than 30,000 records sold within 24 hours. The version for Bluebird Records by George Hall and His Orchestra (vocal by Sonny Schuyler) was very popular in 1934 and reached the various charts of the day. The song has been recorded by over 200 artists, including Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters, The Crystals, Mariah Carey, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra, Bill Evans, Chris Isaak, The Temptations, Michael Bublé, Luis Miguel, and The Jackson 5.

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lyricist:Haven Gillespie (in 1932)
writer:Haven Gillespie
John Frederick Coots
composer:J. Fred Coots (in 1932)
publisher:EMI Feist Catalog Inc.
EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
EMI United Partnership Ltd.
Francis, Day & Hunter Ltd.
Haven Gillespie Music Publishing
Jobete Music Co., Inc.
Leo Feist Ltd
Leo Feist, Inc.
The Songwriters Guild
lyrics page:https://genius.com/Barry-manilow-santa-claus-is-coming-to-town-lyrics [info]
https://genius.com/Bing-crosby-santa-claus-is-comin-to-town-lyrics [info]
SecondHandSongs:https://secondhandsongs.com/work/2997 [info]
Wikidata:Q1657305 [info]
referred to in medleys:Mix 2 (The Best Xmas Party Ever!) (order: 1)
Megamix 3 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 5)
Mix Three (Greatest Ever Christmas Party Megamix) (order: 5)
Megamix 1 (It Must Be Christmas) (order: 7)
Mix One (Greatest Ever Christmas Party Megamix) (order: 7)
later parody versions:Scientifically Accurate Santa Claus
Yaoi Press is Coming to Con
又到聖誕
later translated parody versions:Julesmølfen kommer i nat
later translated versions:Julenissen kjem hit i kveld
Julenissen kommer i kveld
Nu tror du på tomten igen
Santa Klauss nāk
サンタがまちにやってくる
サンタが町にやってくる
聖誕老人從天降
later versions:Henry Morgans Coming to Port
Nikolaus-Lied
is the basis for:Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Santa Claus Is Thumbing to Town

Recordings

DateTitleAttributesArtistLength
recordings
1934-10-24Santa Claus is Coming to TownHarry Reser and His Orchestra2:43
1935-09-26Santa Claus Is Coming to TownTommy Dorsey and His Orchestra3:21
1943-09-27Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (1943-09-27 recording)Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters with Vic Schoen and His Orchestra2:42
1943-09-27Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1943-09-27 recording)Bing Crosby With Andrews Sisters / Vic Schoen Orchestra2:44
1947-09Santa Claus Is Comin’ to TowncoverJohnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers with Paul Weston and His Orchestra2:46
1947-12-28Santa Claus Is Comin’ to TowncoverFrank Sinatra2:35
1947-12-28Santa Claus Is Coming to TownFrank Sinatra with Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra2:35
1953-11-30Santa Claus Is Coming to TowninstrumentalPaul Bley3:37
1956-12-24Santa Claus Is Comin' to Towncover and liveFred Waring & His Pennsylvanians1:56
1957-07-24Santa Claus Is Coming to TownGene Autry?:??
1959-05-15 – 1959-05-16Santa Claus Is Comin’ to TowninstrumentalBoston Pops Orchestra, Jack Mason, Arthur Fiedler2:39
1960-06-19Santa Claus Is Comin’ to TownPeggy Lee2:18
1960-07-15 – 1960-07-16Santa Claus Is Coming to TownElla Fitzgerald2:20
1961-10Santa Claus Is Coming To TowninstrumentalThe Ramsey Lewis Trio2:25
1963-01-10Santa Claus Is Coming to Towncover and instrumentalBill Evans4:32
1963-01-10Santa Claus Is Coming to Towncover and instrumentalBill Evans4:33
1963-09 – 1963-10Santa Claus Is Coming to TowncoverThe Crystals3:27
1963-12-18Santa Claus Is Coming to TowninstrumentalBill Evans4:25
1964-04-20Santa Claus Is Coming to TownJimmy Smith5:27
1964-06-18 – 1964-06Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (1991 remix)coverThe Beach Boys2:22
1964-08-23Santa Claus Is Coming to TowncoverBill Evans2:24
1964-11-24Santa Claus Is Coming to TowninstrumentalBobby Timmons6:22
1966-10-28Santa Claus Is Coming to TowncoverBooker T. & the MG’s2:36
1967-06-17Marty the Martian / The Sound of Music / Mississippi Mud / Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (live, 1967-06-17: Central Park, New York, USA)live, medley and partialBarbra Streisand2:43
1967-08-09Santa Claus Is Comin' to Towncover and instrumentalBill Evans3:47
1967-08-09Santa Claus Is Coming to Towncover and instrumentalBill Evans3:46
1972-12-28Jingle Bells Medleylive, medley and partialOld St. Mary's Choir?:??
1975-12-02Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-02: Music Hall, Boston, MA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1975-12-03Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-03: Music Hall, Boston, MA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1975-12-12Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-12: Post Dome, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:28
1975-12-12Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-12: Post Dome, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:12
1975-12-12Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975-12-12: Post Dome, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:30
1975-12-12Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1975-12-12: Post Dome, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:42
1975-12-12Santa Claus Is Coming… (live, 1975-12-12: Post Dome, C.W. Post College, Greenvale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:23
1975-12-17Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-17: Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1975-12-21Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1975-12-21: Seneca Field House, Seneca College, Toronto, ON, Canada)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band5:05
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen5:13
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band5:40
1978-09-20Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-20: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:50
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:06
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:44
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:50
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-21Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-21: Capitol Theatre, Passaic, NJ, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:54
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen6:46
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band7:58
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band7:58
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:02
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band6:37
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen7:14
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen6:35
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-09-30Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-09-30: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band7:41
1978-12-08Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-08: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-08Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-08: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:59
1978-12-15S. Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen3:44
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Comin to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band3:56
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:11
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen3:58
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:14
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:29
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:11
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:27
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:29
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The “E” Streeters?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:27
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen4:14
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-15Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-15: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band8:11
1978-12-16Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-16: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-12-16Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-16: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-16Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-16: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band12:01
1978-12-16Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-16: Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco, CA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band11:29
1978-12-19Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-19: Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen5:13
1978-12-19Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-19: Paramount Theatre, Portland, OR, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1978-12-20Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1978-12-20: Seattle Center Arena, Seattle, WA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen9:16
1978-12-31Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-31: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen?:??
1978-12-31Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1978-12-31: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:22
1979-01-01S. Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1979-01-01: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band7:15
1979-01-01Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1979-01-01: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen8:55
1979-01-01Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1979-01-01: Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1980-12-08Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town (live, 1980-12-08: Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1980-12-18Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1980-12-18: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1980-12-19Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1980-12-19: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band4:32
1980-12-19Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (live, 1980-12-19: Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
1980-12-28Santa Claus / Jungleland (live, 1980-12-28: Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, NY, USA)cover and liveBruce Springsteen & The E Street Band?:??
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