Santa Claus Came to this Town First

The Murray Avenue Orchestra, circa 2011

Sitting in the Murray Avenue School Auditorium Tuesday night for the Winter Concert, one could almost imagine young music students performing for their families in this very auditorium 80 years ago.

According to one historian (and the Town of Mamaroneck website), in the mid 1930s, a Murray Avenue student asked her father (lyricist Fred Coots) to write a song for her to perform at a school musical. He wrote “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, which was then performed for the very first time on the stage of Murray Avenue School.

(Other popular Fred Coots works include “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “Love Letters in the Sand”)

If you have ever been there, you know it must be true.

image courtesy Minnesota Historical Society


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