05 December: Joan Regan: Must Be Santa

Published December 05, 2014

I first became aware of Must Be Santa when I heard Bob Dylan's version a few years ago. If I recall correctly, he said in interviews at the time - or if it was the liner notes to his Christmas album - that he had first heard it in Mitch Miller and the Gang's 1960 version, which perhaps is the most famous one.

However, Dylan's version is not very attractive, and Miller's recording is nice but a little generic, so I'd like to pitch a version by British singer Joan Regan, also released in 1960. The joie-de-vivre in Regan's performance and the general atmosphere of the recording is truly infectious.

Click here to listen to Must Be Santa.

Joan Regan: Must Be Santa.