Friday, December 6, 2013

Flashback Friday: ¿Dónde Está Santa Claus?

FLASHBACK FRIDAY on Mel's Internet Universe Music Blog

We zoom back to 1959 and this Christmas novelty song sung by 12-year old Augie Rios. My only memory of this song was when it was performed in a holiday skit with my sister Esther being the "Mamasita" during an elementary school presentation when she was in about the 2nd or 3rd grade. She was cute and memorable.

About the record itself, from the Wikipedia it reads:

Dnde Est Santa Claus? (Spanish for Where is Santa Claus?) is a novelty Christmas song. 12-year-old Augie Rios had a hit with the song in 1959 which featured the Mark Jeffrey Orchestra.[1] The 45 record single was backed with the song "Ol' Fatso (I Don't Care Who You Are Old Fatso, Get Those Reindeer Off My Roof)."

Written by George Scheck, Rod Parker, and Al Greiner, and copyrighted in 1958, the copyright was renewed and is owned by Ragtime Music. The song "Dnde Est Santa Claus?" has now been immortalized in a toy called "Animated & Musical Singing Puppy", made in Hong Kong, China, and distributed in the U.S. in 2011. The song was originally released on MGM Records' Metro label. It can now be found on various YouTube videos.

Below is one of the most touching YouTube videos made with this song. Read the caption below the video screen for more information:

"On April 21st 2007 my son Jason and My wife Elizabeth lost their lives in a car fire. Although she was able to free herself she was unable to free my unconscious son. As a result they both perished that day. Thank you to all of you who have enjoyed this video of our little boy who even after death continues to make me so very proud. Thank you for making my little Christmas miracle part of your lives. God Bless You All."

The video has been online for a number of years now.

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