Jimmy McGriff: I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus


I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus


Jimmy McGriff (organ)


Christmas with Jimmy McGriff (Collectables COL-5747)

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Jimmy McGriff (organ),

Larry Frazier (guitar), Willie “Saint” Jenkins (drums), Rudolph Johnson (sleigh bells)


Composed by Tommie Connor


Recorded: New York, November 1963


Rating: 93/100 (learn more)

Eleven pipers piping are peachy for pipe organs, but the Hammond B-3 has no such plumbing. It's as electrified as Mrs. Claus's reaction to this song about Mommy kissing Santa Claus. Mrs. C. didn't work and slave 364 days nonstop so Santa could fly about on Christmas Eve to be kissed by strange women! Santa's protestations that the red smudges on his cheeks were from the cold night air, and that the lady in the song kissed her hubby, who was merely playacting Kris Kringle, fell on deaf ears. Why, if Santa hadn't saved an especially nice gift for his missus, he'd have never gotten back into the house. And it does get nippy outside at the North Pole on Christmas Day!

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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