15 December: Kay Starr: (Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag

Published December 15, 2014

One advantage of doing this Advent Calendar is that I learn a number of things about the songs and the artists. Looking up Kay Starr on Wikipedia, for instance, I learned that she's still out there performing at the age of 92. I had no idea.

But then my knowledge of Kay Starr would fit on the back of a stamp. I'm familiar with her 1955 number one hit '(The) Rock And Roll Waltz', which I love, but that's about it except for 'Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag', a catchy find from the first volume of Capitol Records' Christmas Cocktails CD series. The booklet credits simply mention that the track was recorded in June 1950, without mentioning the catalogue number for any original issue, suggesting the track was previously unreleased when it was included on this CD in 1996. It also says, the orchestra was conducted by Frank DeVol, who would go on to write the theme song of The Brady Bunch. See, I told you I was learning things.

Listen to Everybody's Waitin' For) The Man With The Bag here.

Kay Starr.

ADVENT CALENDAR 2014