01 December: Ricky Vera and Steve Allen: How Can Santa Come To Puerto Rico?

Published December 01, 2019

After a 2018 hiatus, the Carl Magnus Palm Advent Calendar is back. This year I have an interesting selection of tracks lined up, which I hope will entertain the brave souls who make it a habit to follow my Advent Calendar posts.

I usually kick off with a Latin-tinged track, and this year is no different. First out is the 1953 recording 'How Can Santa Come To Puerto Rico?' as performed by Ricky Vera and Steve Allen. About Ricky Vera, I know absolutely nothing. A quick internet search provided this biography from Imdb: "Ricky Vera was born on February 1, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor, known for Playhouse 90 (1956), The Leather Saint (1956) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950)." So he would have been all of 10 years old when this song was recorded.

Steve Allen is more well-known: a musician, band leader and many other things, perhaps most well-known as the host of The Steve Allen Show in the 1950s and 1960s. Exactly how this collaboration came about, I do not know, but it's a fun track.

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Ricky Vera and Steve Allen: How Can Santa Come To Puerto Rico?

ADVENT CALENDAR 2019