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Advent calendar: December 19—Peggy Lee, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”

Peggy Lee, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” (1960)
from Christmas Carousel
Capitol T 1423

Really a children’s Christmas album, with kids chorus and five family-focused songs by Peg herself (just a few years after she wrote the score for Lady and the Tramp) with some classics thrown in for good measure. As ever with Lee, the results are at the highest level—and Billy May’s arrangements prove once again he could do so much more write hot swingers—but the mixture of old and new, young and old may explain why it hasn’t become a holiday perennial.

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