Written by
Bob Stumpel

October 20

Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town [2 versions]

Album 1986 ChristmasAlbum3 1994 Miracle

Original – Album: The Spirit Of Christmas, Columbia 39415, January 1986.
Film – Album3 (soundtrack CD): Miracle on 34th Street, Fox Records 7822-11022-2, 15 November 1994.

The original version was recorded for the Spirit album at RPM International in Los Angeles, with members of the Ray Charles Orchestra in the fall of 1984 (or maybe in early 1985).

Arranged by Ray Charles and James Polk.

Ray made a shorter and slightly simpler version for the movie Miracle On 34th Street (1994). He almost always produced his contributions to commercials and to movie sound tracks at his own RPM studios in Los Angeles. In this case, however, Jeremy Lubbock and Elliot Lurie were credited as producers, so the recording may have happened elsewhere.

Original (James Polk – piano on bridge and last chorus):



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