John Frederick Coots

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from J. Fred Coots)
Jump to: navigation, search
John Frederick Coots
Birth name John Frederick Coots
Also known as J. Frederick Coots
Born (1897-05-02)May 2, 1897
Origin Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.
Died April 8, 1985(1985-04-08) (aged 87)
New York City, U.S.A.
Occupation(s) Composer
Associated acts Haven Gillespie

John Frederick Coots (May 2, 1897 – April 8, 1985) was an American songwriter. He wrote over 700 songs, the most famous of which, "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", became one of the biggest best sellers in American music history.

Among his songs are:

He wrote the first three songs with the lyricist Haven Gillespie. "Louisiana Fairy Tale" was also written with Mitchell Parish and was the first theme song for the PBS production of This Old House. "For All We Know" was written with lyricist Sam M. Lewis.

In 1934 when Gillespie brought him the lyrics to "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town", Coots came up with the skeleton of the music in just ten minutes. Later when Coots brought the song to his publisher, Leo Feist Inc., they liked it but thought it was a kids' song and did not expect too much from it.

Coots offered the song to Eddie Cantor who used it on his radio show that November and it became an instant hit. The morning after the radio show there were orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music, and, by Christmas, sales had passed 400,000.

Timeline - J. Fred Coots[edit]


  • The Story of the song "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town"
  • December 1956 issue of "The Kiwanis Magazine"
  • Claus alert!

External links[edit]