Nuttin' for Christmas

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"Nuttin’ for Christmas" (also known as "Nothing for Christmas") is a novelty Christmas song written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett. It became a hit during the 1955 Christmas season when it appeared in Billboard’s pop charts by five different artists. The highest-charting of the five recordings was released by Art Mooney and His Orchestra, with six-year-old Barry Gordon as lead vocalist; this version peaked at #6 and became a million-seller. Another notable version was performed by Stan Freberg (with Daws Butler appearing as a burglar helped by the kid at the end). Other charting versions were recorded by The Fontane Sisters, Joe Ward, and Ricky Zahnd and the Blue Jeaners.

The song was revived on the Big Top label by Kenny and Corky and entered the Cashbox Top 100 in 1959.[1]

Other artists who have recorded the song include Less Than Jake, Spike Jones, Eartha Kitt, Homer and Jethro, Relient K, Smash Mouth (featuring Rosie O'Donnell), Sugarland and The Vindictives. In November 2011, it was covered by The Plain White T's.

In 2009, the rap artist Tony Yayo sampled the original track on his mixtape The Swine Flu on a track titled "Somebody Snitched On Me" as a "diss" track for the rap artist Rick Ross.

Bobby Stewart, circa 1956, Peter Pan Records with the Peter Pan Orchestra and Chorus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ CD sleeve: Billboard Greatest Christmas Hits (1955 - Present), 1989 Rhino Records Inc.