Space Age Santa

Hal Bradley Orchestra - Space Age Santa Claus

So here’s my latest snag from Ebay. It cost me a chunk of change, but c’mon…did you see the title?!?! I couldn’t let it go!

It’s a 45 with Space Age Santa Claus on side one and When Christmas Bells Are Ringing on the flip side. Both songs are written by Ross Christman and performed by The Hal Bradley Orchestra with Patty Marie Jay on vocals.

So here’s my latest snag from Ebay. It cost me a chunk of change, but c’mon…did you see the title?!?! I couldn’t let it go!It’s a 45 with Space Age Santa Claus on side one and When Christmas Bells Are Ringing on the flip side. Both songs are written by Ross Christman and performed by The Hal Bradley Orchestra with Patty Marie Jay on vocals.

It’s got some great organ sounds and a guitar solo drenched with echo. It’s upbeat, bouncy and pretty silly. So, needless to say, it’s pretty great!

The thing is, I started doing some research once I ripped the vinyl and found that it appeared last year on Andy Cirzan’s Santa Claus Soundscapes compilation last year–which, of course, I have on my hard drive! Doh!

Well, I do get the sleeve art, which is pretty boss. I need to photoshop out a lot of the record wear, but it’s in decent condition. The B-side is a slow torch number, not bad but nothing to write home about.

Here are the lyrics to Space Age Santa Claus:

Santa Claus has a rocket sleigh
Getting ready to zoom away
On his first trip into space
In his pressurized suit with the fur along the border
And a long white bearded helmet made just to order
He’ll take the Christmas spirit every place

His eight reindeer will travel by jet
They’ll go farther than they’ve ever gone yet
With the Space Age Santa, Space Age Santa Claus

He’ll loop tinsel around through the stars
Light up Christmas trees all over Mars
He’ll take the dark clouds out of the air
And hang up fluffs of angel hair

He’ll start a gift shop on the moon
Set the moon folk humming Christmas tunes
He’ll stir up egg nog in the Milky Way
To fill the Dippers for the holiday

Space kids will hang up nylon hose
Hear the song about Rudolph’s red nose
Saturn will stroll down Santa Claus Lane
And swing a jaunty candy cane

The Gemini twins will whirl with joy
When he makes The Swan a wind-up toy
He’ll show them how to add to all the fun
And make it orbit ’round and ’round the sun

Oh, Santa Claus has a rocket sleigh
Getting ready to zoom away
On his first trip into space
In his pressurized suit with the fur along the border
And a long white bearded helmet made just to order
He’ll take the Christmas spirit every place

His eight reindeer will travel by jet
They’ll go farther than they’ve ever gone yet
With the Space Age Santa, Space Age Santa Claus

Don’t worry, you’ll get to hear it as part of this year’s ADVENTure in Carols 2005….

5 Comments

  1. khris

    how can I get a copy of this song space age santa claus if you cant sell the single would you copy it on a cassette and sell it to me I have searched for this for years I am 52 years old and rem this song when I was in the 5th grade I even rememberd the words

  2. macroamerica

    Hello to the person who acquired Space Age Santa Claus / When Christmas Bells are Ringing. These songs go way back to my childhood and are related to the nuns who taught at our school. I can tell you the whole history of these songs and this record if you want. I can tell you who "Ross Christman" is.
    I downloaded the Santa song on Adventure sin Carols 2005…how cool! But my favorite is the B side of this record, "When Christmas Bells Are Ringing." Is there any way I can get a copy of THIS song. I will crawl across broken glass for it! Please help.
    Thank, you thank you.
    David B.

  3. delaur

    I went to St. Daniel the Prophet in Chicago when this song was blasted on our loudspeakers throughout one particular Christmas season. We were told it was written by one of our nuns, although “Christman” sure sounds like a psuedonym to me! I’d love to share memories with anyone else who remembers this…

    • David C

      OK, if my memory serves me right, when my older sister was in high school – Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, MO – in the early 60’s, she brought this 45 home from school – perhaps they were selling them or giving them away? I remember hearing something about it being written by the nun who taught music there – Sister Madeleva, whom I later had in music class myself at Hogan 1969-1973! I just found this post on-line that confirms my memory: It was published by the USAR Community Network of Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas via Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, December 16, 2013. “Fun Fact: The song Space Age Santa Claus was written by our Sisters Madeleva Ditmars (Ross Chrisman) and Rose Anne Colvin, both now deceased. Please enjoy this song as recorded by Patty Marie Joy with the Hal Bradley Orchestra on Delhi Records, 1961”
      p.s. not sure what happened to our original 45 record. We played the heck out of it!

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