African-American musicians Brook Benton and Clyde Otis collaborated on this bluesy ballad in 1959. Since then, the enduring piece has been recorded by iconic artists such as Brenda Lee and Ray Charles. Verses present sentimental snapshots of Christmases past, and a crooner melody paints a warm holiday portrait. "Santa Claus is on his way, loads of joy on his sleigh, this time of the year, when Christmas is near." This Digital SoundTrax accompaniment is also found on SoundTrax CD 48935 and can be used with 48932, 48933, and 48934.