Zat You Santa Claus by Louis Armstrong is in my all time top 10 Christmas songs ever released! I only discovered it around 6 years ago when going through Christmas videos on YouTube…and I couldn’t stop listening to it!
It’s been on my annual compilation Christmas hits ever since, I can’t compile one without including Zat You Santa Claus somewhere on the track playlist.
Originally released by Louis Armstrong & The Commanders way back in 1953 it has been covered several times since…not surprising really for a 60+ year old old track that has everything a Christmas song should have!
Zat You Santa Claus encompasses the mystery of the man in the red suit sneaking around the house on a cold and blustery winters night. Louis Armstrong’s gravelly voice makes the song a happy one which has yet to be bettered in my opinion.
There have been some very good versions of Zat You Santa Claus, my fave’s are below in video form, the first one being the original, but I do prefer the slightly ‘tampered-with’ version which gives the song a heavier feel and is second in the list below.
Zat You Santa Claus – Louis Armstrong Original
The next version is my favourite version of the song. It’s almost the same but with a heavier feel to it. I also like the video mash-up with Louis Armstrong and the cartoons.
To set the Christmas scene, just play any of the above versions of Zat You Santa Claus and look at the tree below. If you don’t get that ‘Christamassy’ feeling…even if it’s the middle of July, you’re not a real Christmas fan!