Robert Drake’s Christmas Countdown: Kay Starr introduces us to “The Man With the Bag”

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Kay Starr

It’s just 6 days ‘til The Night Before on XPN … and to help get us prepared for 24 hours of yours truly, I present to you a unique holiday song each day!

Today we travel back to 1950, when Irving Taylor, Hal Stanley and Dudley Brooks penned this Christmas classic, “(Everybody’s Waitin’ for) The Man with the Bag”. Brooks is best known as a jazz pianist and arranger who spent years collaborated with Elvis Presley on some of his most famous albums and movies (including the Elvis’ Christmas Album!) Originally sung by Kay Starr – this song has been covered over and over … but in this case, nothing beats the original. Sadly no video of Kay singing this song exists – so this will have to do … and yes, Kay is alive and well at age 92!

Be sure to join me for my 22nd annual edition of The Night Before on XPN; 24 hours of me and my eclectic collection of seasonal sounds – midnight to midnight on the 24th day of December … only on WXPN.

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