Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

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"Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me"
Elvis RCA EPA- 4108 1957 Sings Christmas.jpg
"Santa, Bring My Baby Back to Me" cover
Song by Elvis Presley from the album Elvis' Christmas Album
Published Cherry Lane Music/Gladys Music/administered by Carlin Music Corp. Rachel's Own Music administered by Minder Music.
Recorded September 7, 1957
Genre Christmas
Label RCA Victor
Writer(s) Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius

"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" is a 1957 song by Elvis Presley. The song was released on the RCA Victor Elvis' Christmas Album in 1957.

Background[edit]

The song, written by Aaron Schroeder and Claude Demetrius, has been a popular Christmas song during the Holiday season on radio stations for decades although it was not released as a single. The song appeared originally as part of an RCA Victor 45 EP, EPA-4108, with "Santa Claus is Back in Town", "Blue Christmas", and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" in 1957. The EP reached #1 on the Billboard EP chart. The song was recorded on September 7, 1957 and features the vocal backing of the Jordanaires.

"Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)" was paired with "Santa Claus Is Back In Town" and was issued as a UK single concurrently with the album's release in 1957. The single reached #7 on the UK Singles Chart in November 1957.

Album appearances[edit]

The song appeared on the original RCA Victor LP, Elvis' Christmas Album, the 1958 reissue, the 1970 RCA Camden reissue, the UK release of the Camden version, CDS 1155, the 1975 Pickwick reissue, and the 1985 RCA Special Products rerelease.

Cover versions[edit]

1957 UK sheet music cover, Belinda Ltd., Southern Music, London.

In the 1965 Rolling Stones documentary film Charlie Is My Darling, the song is sung impromptu by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards in a hotel lounge.

Mae West recorded the song for her 1967 Christmas album Wild Christmas.[1] The Reverend Horton Heat recorded the song for his 2005 Christmas album We Three Kings. Eleanor Friedberger released a cover version on the 2013 compilation album Holidays Rule.

The song has also been recorded or performed by The Smithereens, The Refreshments, Jeff Healey, 45 R.P.M., Arena Venus, Kim Stockwood, Terry Buchwald, Chris Isaak, Janice Hagan, Rick Saucedo, and Tony Witt.

Train recorded the song for their 2015 album Christmas in Tahoe.

References[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • Guralnick, Peter. The King of Rock 'n' Roll: The Complete 50's Masters, insert booklet. RCA 66050-2, 1992.
  • Guralnick, Peter. From Nashville to Memphis: The Essential '60s Masters, insert booklet. RCA 66160-2, 1993.
  • Guralnick, Peter (1994). Last Train to Memphis: The Rise of Elvis Presley. Little Brown GBR. ISBN 978-0-316-91020-0.
  • Hopkins, Jerry (1971). Elvis: A Biography. ISBN 978-0-671-20973-5.
  • Wolfe, Charles. Elvis Presley: If Every Day Was Like Christmas, liner notes. BMG Australia Limited, 7863664822, 1994.