25 days of christmas songs

The jazziest song about the big man in red


Hailed by Billie Holliday as “the only white woman who can sing the blues,” Kay Starr gained her success throughout the 1940s and 1950s. During the holiday season, “(Everybody’s Waiting for) the Man With the Bag” and her version of “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” are piped throughout malls.

Written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brook and Hal Stanley and popularized by Starr, the song appeared on Billboard’s list of popular Christmas songs in the 1950s. Since it is a jazz-style tune, “(Everybody’s Waiting for) the Man With the Bag” has been covered by notables such as Mannheim Steamroller, Jane Monheit and Brian Setzer Orchestra.


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