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"(Everybody's Waitin' for) The Man with the Bag" is a Christmas song written in 1950 by Irving Taylor, Dudley Brooks, and Hal Stanley.<ref>Hindman, James and Ray Roderick (2003). A Christmas Survival Guide: A Miniature Christmas Spectacular! New York: Samuel French, Inc., page 4.</ref> 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.”<ref>Sing365.com The Man with the Bag – Lyrics</ref>

The song was originally made popular by Kay Starr and regularly appeared on Billboard’s list of most popular Christmas songs.<ref>"Order Christmas Records Now" The Billboard, December 9, 1950, page 17</ref><ref>"There’s Christmas in the Air" The Billboard, November 29, 1952, page 29.</ref> The song has been covered by many artists including The Brian Setzer Orchestra.<ref>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</ref> The TV show Ally McBeal borrowed the song’s title for a December 11, 2000 episode that featured Vonda Shepard singing the song.<ref>Ally McBeal, The Man with the Bag (Season 4, Episode 8) Internet Movie Database (IMDb) [1]</ref> Her version was included in the holiday album Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas.<ref>Ally McBeal: A Very Ally Christmas (2000) Sony Music</ref> The album received positive reviews and several critics cited Shephard’s version of the song as the album's highlight.<ref>Atkinson, Terry (December 3, 2000) “TV Shows Breed Christmas Albums” The Post-Tribune (Gary, Indiana) (Entertainment News Service), page D-5.</ref><ref>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.</ref><ref>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</ref>


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