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Elvis SongPedia: Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Santa Claus Is Back In Town




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Basic Stats

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Written by: Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller

Recorded: September 7, 1957, Radio Recorders, Hollywood
Released master is take 7

Single: w/ "Blue Christmas", 447-0647, Gold Standard Series original release, October 26, 1965. This single has been re-released numerous times afterwards for the holidays through the years.
Also released w/ "Merry Christmas Baby", PB-41237, November 1985. Pressed on green vinyl.

RIAA Certified: Platinum (as of 07/15/1999)

Highest U.S. Charts Positions:
#1 on Billboard's special Christmas Singles chart

1st LP release: - November 1957
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My Spin

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"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" rocks harder than any Elvis Christmas tune, except maybe "Merry Christmas Baby". It was the obvious pick to open Elvis' Christmas Album, with the deceptively calm and reverent intro giving way to the raucous drums and Elvis shouting "Welllllll, it's Christmas time pretty baby!" Lieber and Stoller's uptempo blues has all the right elements, including typical playfully flirtatious lyrics about hangin' up yer pretty stockings, and Santa comin down yer chimney tonight. For a rock-n-roll '50s tune, this is just par for the course, but for a Christmas song, this was a bit much for establishment radio, and some stations refused to play it. That's OK, lots of kids bought the album (and/or the EP), and over time, this became one of the great rock-n-roll Christmas songs!

Other Spins

(What did the critics and fans say?)


'Santa Claus Is Back In Town' is a classic blues-based number, proving again that Presley had an instinctive feel for the blues, but could also suggest double-meanings without incurring the wrath of moral-protecting public figures.

Robert Matthew-Walker, Elvis Presley: A Study in Music icon, 1979





Raucous send-up with Dudley Brooks excelling on piano and Elvis in top R&B voice - the "Jailhouse Rock" of Christmas.

Martin Torgoff, The Complete Elvis, 1982




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"Santa Claus Is Back In Town" Lyrics and Downloads

Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling down
Well you be a real good little girl
Santa Claus is back in town

Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin'
In a big black Cadillac

Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town

Hang up your pretty stockings
And turn off the light
Santa Claus is comin'
Down your chimney tonight

Oh, it's Christmas time pretty baby
And the snow is falling on the ground
Well you be a real good little baby
Santa Claus is back in town


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