Composer of Christmas song Santa Baby has no idea why people still like it
Eartha Kitt was the first singer of Springer’s Santa Baby (Picture: Getty Images)

Everyone knows that the sexiest Christmas song of all time is Santa Baby – but does everyone know that the song was written by Phil Springer, who isn’t a cheerleader for his biggest hit?

Yes, Springer, who is now 91, just can’t understand why we’re all still so obsessed with his super sultry song.

‘I ask myself, “How come?” I’ve written so many songs that, to me, musically are much better than Santa Baby, and they’re not popular.

‘The answer has to be that Santa Baby’ has a magic that goes beyond a composer’s plans.’


If you want to understand just how sexy this crimbo song is, check out this neat fact: Back when Eartha Kitt recorded the first ever version of it – with the lyrics ‘Santa baby, just slip a sable under the tree for me / Been an awful good girl / Santa baby, so hurry down the chimney tonight’ – it was actually banned in parts of South America.

Springer told the LA Times that he wasn’t a massive fan of the song from the start. The songwriter originally planned to turn down the assignment of writing the tune because he didn’t think it was possible to write a sexy Christmas song that would be liked by listeners.

He said to publishers: ‘”[Eartha Kitt] is the is the sexiest woman in the world. You don’t write Christmas songs that are sexy. How are we going to do that?”

But the response his objections were firm: ‘”Stick to the music,” they said. “Let us worry about about whether this song is going to be sacrilegious or not.”‘


And thus became one of the greatest Christmas tunes of all time – one that many babies conceived in December have to be thankful for.

When he finished writing the song with collaborator Joan Javits, he sent the music to the publishers with a note that read: ‘Gentlemen, this is not really the kind of music that I like to write. I hope it’s OK. It’s the best I could do.’

Since its release in 1953, such is the song’s popularity that it’s been covered by the likes of Madonna, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue and even King of Christmas, Michael Bublé.

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