(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag

"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag"
Written 1950
Genre Christmas music
Songwriter(s) Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, Hal Stanley

"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag" is a Christmas song written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley.[1] The "man with the bag" is a reference to Santa Claus, who drops off presents from his sleigh to people who have been "extra special good".[2]

The song was originally made popular by Kay Starr and regularly appeared on Billboard's list of most popular Christmas songs in the early 1950s.[3][4]

Hal Stanley was Kay Starr's husband at the time. He had an interest in a club in South-Central Los Angeles where Dudley Brooks often performed, and had collaborated with Irving Taylor on several television projects. He brought the two together, took credit as a co-writer, and published it under his and Starr's publishing company StarStan.


The song has been covered by many artists, including The Brian Setzer Orchestra.[5] The TV show Ally McBeal borrowed the song's title for a December 11, 2000 episode that featured Vonda Shepard singing the song.[6] Her version was included in the holiday album Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas.[7] The album received positive reviews and several critics cited Shephard's version of the song as the album's highlight.[8][9][10] Seth MacFarlane recorded the song for his 2014 album Holiday for Swing.

Jessie J covered the song for an advert for Boots during Christmas 2015; this version was later featured on her 2018 album, This Christmas Day.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ Hindman, James and Ray Roderick (2003). A Christmas Survival Guide: A Miniature Christmas Spectacular! New York: Samuel French, Inc., page 4.
  2. ^ Sing365.com The Man with the Bag – Lyrics
  3. ^ "Order Christmas Records Now" The Billboard, December 9, 1950, page 17
  4. ^ "There's Christmas in the Air" The Billboard, November 29, 1952, page 29.
  5. ^ Metcalfe, Phillip (2005). Christmas's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Kris Kringles, Merry Jingles and Holiday Cheer. Washington D.C: Potomac Books, page 208
  6. ^ Ally McBeal, The Man with the Bag (Season 4, Episode 8) Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1]
  7. ^ Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas (2000) Sony Music
  8. ^ Atkinson, Terry (December 3, 2000) "TV Shows Breed Christmas Albums" The Post-Tribune (Gary, Indiana) (Entertainment News Service), page D-5.
  9. ^ Maestri, Cathy (December 15, 2000) "Overflow of holiday CDs offer good cheer: From pop to country to alternative, there is music for everyone's stockings", The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, California), page AA-13.
  10. ^ Gehman, Geoff (December 8, 2000) "CD Signs of the Season: Few Holiday Discs Will Jingle Your Bells" The Morning Call (Allentown, Pennsylvania), page D-1
  11. ^ http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/article/boots-recruits-jessie-j-glamorous-christmas-campaign/1371643
  12. ^ https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/boots-christmas-video-unveiled-director-6778617
  13. ^ https://www.marketingweek.com/2016/11/08/boots-takes-emotional-route-with-christmas-ad-celebrating-working-mums/

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