A Little Christmas Polka

Must Be Santa! The Rounder Christmas Album is one of my all-time favorite Christmas collections. Released in 1995 by Rounder Records – the legendary-and-still-going-strong Cambridge, Massachusetts-based label – this 19-track album contains a recording that is one of my family’s favorites, too: “Must Be Santa (Polka)” by Brave Combo.

Give a listen! (I dare you to sit still.)


“Must Be Santa” was written by Hal Moore and Bill Fredericks. It was first recorded and released in 1960 by Mitch Miller of Sing Along With Mitch fame.

Brave Combo is a band from Denton, Texas. Founded in 1979 by guitarist/accordionist/keyboard player Carl Finch, Brave Combo presented this high-energy rendition of “Must Be Santa” on their 1992 Rounder album, It’s Christmas, Man!

“Must Be Santa (Polka)” features: Carl Finch on guitar, keyboards, accordion & vocals; Bubba Hernandez on bass & vocals; Jeffery Barnes on saxophones, clarinet, guitar, organ & vocals; and Mitch Marine on drums, percussion & vocals.

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours from everyone here at sixstr stories.

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