I hadn't heard "The Man With the Bag"until about 1996 when the Cocktail became cool again. We bought the Christmas Ultra-Lounge cd to play at our Toronto restaurant, Le Charolais over Christmas. Georges fell in love with the kitschy tunes and this song in particular.
"Santa Claus is Coming to Town" breaks down into two camps; the rock version ushered in with Phil Spector in 1963 and interpreted by Bruce Springsteen, The Pointer Sisters and every rocker wanna be in every Karaoke bar in the world.
I do love The Crystals version and the whole album for that matter,but whenever I hear Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters tear into the old chestnut, then it really feels like Christmas. This was kid #3's favourite when he was little. I'd play it in the car and we would all sing along with it. But, should anyone forget to sing Bing's very deep bass line: "..gather round", we'd have to rewind (remember that?) and start all over again.
What's your favourite version of 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town'?
Kay Starr : Everybody's Waiting for The Man with the Bag
Bing Crosby & The Andrew Sisters: Santa Claus is Coming To Town