Three under the tree, Day 18

Elvis got a little nasty yesterday, so let’s continue that theme. Tonight, we find three more nasty tunes under the tree.


“Back Door Santa,” Clarence Carter, 1968, from “Soul Christmas,” a 1991 CD reissue of the 1968 Atlantic Records album of the same name.

You can’t go wrong with our first tune. It’s about as nasty as they come. The lyrics include: “I ain’t like old St. Nick/He don’t come but once a year.” And, of course, perhaps the most suggestive “Ho, ho, ho, ho” ever recorded. This was recorded in October 1968 at Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. It’s Carter on guitar and vocals, backed by the Fame house band.


“Santa Claus Wants Some Lovin’,” Mack Rice, 1972, from “Christmas in Soulsville,” a 2007 CD reissue of the 1982 Stax Records album “It’s Christmas Time Again.”

Not much left to the imagination on this one. Santa is chasing Mama around the kitchen after all the kids have gone to bed. Rice wrote this one. This album also has Albert King’s cover of this tune, recorded in 1974. Rice also wrote and recorded “Mustang Sally,” but he’s more widely known as a songwriter than as a singer.


“Santa Claus Got Stuck In My Chimney,” Ella Fitzgerald, 1950, from “The Stash Christmas Album,” 1985. It’s out of print, but many of the cuts turned up on “Santa Claus Blues,” a 1988 CD release on Jass Records … which also is out of print.

You could have knocked me over with a feather when I read earlier this year that this once was considered a naughty record. I’ve been listening to this tune for more than 20 years and never thought it to be a double entendre. Not sure what that says about me, but there you go.

Our friend Captain OT over at A Christmas Yuleblog, who is more knowledgeable than I on anything having to do with Christmas music, has written that “radio stations refused to touch it and the single went unnoticed for many years after.”

This was recorded on Oct. 26, 1950. The band includes Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Hank Jones on piano, John Collins on guitar, Roy Brown on bass and Charlie Smith on drums.



Filed under Christmas music, December 2008, Sounds

2 responses to “Three under the tree, Day 18

  1. Thanks for the mention!


  2. Don Leighty

    Jack Scott’s “There’s Trouble Brewin’” is probably along the same lines (although with an interesting psychosexual twist). If you’ve never heard the song, it’s a 50s greaser novelty in which the singer’s girlfriend comes in late on Christmas Eve. When he demands to know where she’s been, her mischievous reply is “Out with old Santa Claus” (meaning it’s none of your business), so her none-too-bright boyfriend decides to wait up and punch Santa’s lights out. To this, his merry girlfriend warns the singer that Santa’ll be coming down HIS chimney tonight!

    Eartha Kitt, Elvis Presley, Amos Milburn… How many of these songs are there?

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