22 December: The Fontane Sisters: Nuttin' For Christmas

Published December 22, 2020

Today I want to start by reminding you of the Advent Calendar entry for 2 December. The message there was, "Don't wait 'till the night before Christmas to be good." I sincerely hope you took that piece of advice to heart, because otherwise you might suffer the same grim fate as The Fontane Sisters in today's entry: you will get nuttin' for Christmas!

This song charted in no less than five different versions on Billboard's Christmas chart in 1955, out of which the most successful was Art Mooney's terrible version (with vocals by child actor Barry Gordon), which reached #6. The Fontane Sisters' recording climbed no higher than #36, but it's a lot easier on the ear. The song's afterlife seems to have been limited: there are later versions, but it hasn't become a true Christmas perennial.

'Nuttin' For Christmas' was written by the songwriting team of Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett, who, unfortunately, today are mainly remembered for the 43 mostly mediocre songs they wrote for Elvis Presley movies, among them 'Fort Lauderdale Chamber Of Commerce' and 'Ito Eats'.

Listen to 'Nuttin' For Christmas' here.

Or listen on Spotify, where I've created a playlist for this year's Advent Calendar.






The Fontane Sisters - learn from their example!