As I did in my previous BOTB segment I'm racking my brain to figure out why the initials "JC" seem to be such an important part of Christmas. Santa Claus is "SC" so it's not him even though he seems to have become the most iconic presence of the season. Plenty of songs have been written about Santa. In this Battle I offer one of the most well known--"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town".
Jo Ann Castle "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town Boogie" (1985)
As a boy and into my teenage years I had a crush on Jo Ann Castle, the ragtime piano playing sweetie from the Lawrence Welk Show. Yes, I will admit that I was a regular viewer of that iconic broadcast of senior citizenry and bubbly champagne music. After all I grew up on this show that introduced me to some of my first loves--the ever charming Lennon Sisters. Jo Ann Castle struck me even more with her effervescent personality and energetic piano playing. I could have sworn she was flirtatiously looking right through the television screen at me in my living room.
There's a darker side to the Jo Ann Castle story that I won't go into in this post, but you can read more by clicking on the link on her name above in the subtitle of this section. I'd rather keep this post light and in keeping with the happy holiday spirit. Here she is with that Christmas Santa favorite performed in her inimitable style. You might have to watch this video if you aren't familiar with Jo Ann Castle just to get an idea of how she did what she did so well.
Cimorelli "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (2012)
With six Cimorelli sisters in the line-up I figured that at least one of them would have a first name that begins with the letter "J". I was wrong so I guess I'll cheat on this pick. Maybe we can say that this version of "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" is somewhat similar to an earlier version done by the Jackson 5. Jackson Cimorelli? Works for me.
This is a fun video and these girls have some nice harmonies going on. Check it out.
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