Here Comes Santa Claus

Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans, Phil Spector

About Here Comes Santa Claus

"Here Comes Santa Claus (Down Santa Claus Lane)" is a Christmas song originally written and performed by Gene Autry, with music composed by Oakley Haldeman. Autry's original recording (in which he pronounces Santa Claus as "Santy Claus") was a top-10 hit on the pop and country charts; the song would go on to be covered many times in the subsequent decades. Autry got the idea for the song after riding his horse in the 1946 Santa Claus Lane Parade (now the Hollywood Christmas Parade) in Los Angeles, during which crowds of spectators chanted, "Here comes Santa Claus". This inspired him to write a song that Haldeman set to music. Autry's lyrics combined two veins of the Christmas tradition, the mythology of Santa Claus and the Christian origin of the holiday (most explicitly in its mention of the nativity promise of "peace on Earth"). A demo recording was made by singer/guitarist Johnny Bond, whose recording made use of ice cubes to mimic the sound of the jingling sleigh-bells. This inspired the use of real sleigh-bells in Autry's own recording of the song. 


Year:
1963
2:03
60 
#2

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Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus
Right down Santa Claus Lane
Vixen and Blitzen and all his reindeer
Are pulling on the rein

Bells are ringing, children singing
All is merry and bright
Hang up your stockings and say your prayers
'Cause Santa Claus is coming tonight (Santa Claus comes tonight)

Here comes Santa Claus
Here comes Santa Claus
Right down Santa Claus Lane
He's got a bag that is filled with toys
For the boys and girls again

Hear those sleigh bells jingle jangle
What a beautiful sight
Jump in your bed, cover up your head
'Cause Santa Claus is coming tonight (Santa Claus comes tonight)

Here comes Santa Claus!
Here comes Santa Claus!
Right down Santa Claus Lane!
He doesn't care if you're rich or poor
He loves you just the same

Santa knows that you're God's children
That makes everything right
Fill your hearts with Christmas cheer
'Cause Santa is coming tonight (Santa Claus comes tonight)

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Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans

Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans was an early 1960s vocal group produced by Phil Spector, and was initially conceived as a vehicle for the lead vocals of Bobby Sheen, who took the stage name Bob B. Soxx. The Blue Jeans were backing vocalists Darlene Love and Fanita James, both of whom were also members of the girl group the Blossoms. more »

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Written by: Oakley Haldeman, Gene Autry

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3 facts about this song

Origins and Composition
"Here Comes Santa Claus" is a Christmas song written and originally performed by Gene Autry, with Oakley Haldeman. - The song was inspired by a parade in Los Angeles in which Autry heard people chanting, "Here comes Santa Claus." - It was the first holiday music to be recorded by Autry, helping to retrieve his career after serving in World War II.
Recordings by Different Artists
The song was first recorded by Gene Autry in 1947 and it became a hit that same year. - Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters recorded their version on September 8, 1949. It peaked at number 13 on the Billboard charts in December that year. - Doris Day recorded her version in 1949 which was released on her album, "Here Comes Santa Claus!" - Elvis Presley's version of the song, included in his 1957 Christmas Album, reached number 35 on the Billboard Christmas singles chart in 1965. - Ray Conniff included his rendition of the song in his 1965 album, "Here We Come A-Caroling." - Glen Campbell included his rendition of the song on his 1968 album, "That Christmas Feeling." - The Chipmunks recorded their version, which was featured on their album "Christmas with The Chipmunks" in 1961. - Willie Nelson recorded his rendition of the song on his 1979 Christmas album, "Pretty Paper."
Notable Performances
Bob Dylan's rendition of the song, from his Christmas album "Christmas in the Heart", showcases his distinct vocals and folky instrument arrangements. - The band Pentatonix included an acapella version of "Here Comes Santa Claus" on their 2016 album, "A Pentatonix Christmas." - Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans included the song in their 1963 album, "A Christmas Gift for You from Philles Records." - Hank Thompson gave the song a country spin in his version released in 1964. - Disney also included the song in numerous Disney Christmas albums over the years, adding a magical twist to the classic tune. - The Ray Conniff Singers, known for their harmonious choral singing, gave a beautiful rendition of the song in their album "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" in 1962.

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