(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag

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"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag"
Written 1950
Genre Christmas music
Songwriter(s) Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, Hal Stanley

"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag" is a Christmas song written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley.[1] The "man with the bag" is a reference to Santa Claus, who drops off presents from his sleigh to people who have been "extra special good".[2]

The song was originally made popular by Kay Starr and regularly appeared on Billboard’s list of most popular Christmas songs in the early 1950s.[3][4] It has been covered by many artists, including The Brian Setzer Orchestra.[5] The TV show Ally McBeal borrowed the song’s title for a December 11, 2000 episode that featured Vonda Shepard singing the song.[6] Her version was included in the holiday album Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas.[7] The album received positive reviews and several critics cited Shephard’s version of the song as the album's highlight.[8][9][10] Diana Krall, 2001


The song has been covered by Jessie J for an advert for Boots during Christmas 2015.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ Hindman, James and Ray Roderick (2003). A Christmas Survival Guide: A Miniature Christmas Spectacular! New York: Samuel French, Inc., page 4.
  2. ^ Sing365.com The Man with the Bag – Lyrics
  3. ^ "Order Christmas Records Now" The Billboard, December 9, 1950, page 17
  4. ^ "There’s Christmas in the Air" The Billboard, November 29, 1952, page 29.
  5. ^ Metcalfe, Phillip (2005). Christmas's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Kris Kringles, Merry Jingles and Holiday Cheer. Washington D.C: Potomac Books, page 208
  6. ^ Ally McBeal, The Man with the Bag (Season 4, Episode 8) Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1]
  7. ^ Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas (2000) Sony Music
  8. ^ Atkinson, Terry (December 3, 2000) “TV Shows Breed Christmas Albums” The Post-Tribune (Gary, Indiana) (Entertainment News Service), page D-5.
  9. ^ Maestri, Cathy (December 15, 2000) "Overflow of holiday CDs offer good cheer: From pop to country to alternative, there is music for everyone's stockings", The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California), page AA-13.
  10. ^ Gehman, Geoff (December 8, 2000) "CD Signs of the Season: Few Holiday Discs Will Jingle Your Bells" The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania), page D-1
  11. ^ http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/boots-recruits-jessie-j-glamorous-christmas-campaign/1371643
  12. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boots-christmas-video-unveiled-director-6778617
  13. ^ https://www.marketingweek.com/2016/11/08/boots-takes-emotional-route-with-christmas-ad-celebrating-working-mums/