I forget how old I was when I actually “got” this song, but it was one of those V-8 moments. Up until I was around seven years old, I still believed in Santa. Dad had it on a vinyl record – 12-year-old Jimmy Boyd was singing it. His voice was so distinct that I could recognize it anywhere. The recording sold over 200,000 copies within a week. His whole family were musical, and often played and sang for dances.
The Jackson Five also sang a version of it with Michael leading.