21 December 1948, Brookline, Massachusetts, USA, A precocious Barry Gordon found himself at the number 6 position in the US charts at the age of seven with a novelty song, Nuttin For Christmas. His first television appearance came at the age of three, followed by numerous other guest slots on programmes hosted by stars such as Jackie Gleason. MGM Records signed Gordon to sing the Christmas Song, written by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett, which quickly reached the Top 10. Within weeks cover versions were released by such artists as Stan Freberg, Homer And Jethro, Fontane Sisters and Joe Ward, who reached number 20 with his version. Gordon placed only one other single in the charts, another novelty tune called Rock Around Mother Goose, in 1956. He went on to act on television and the stage and was still active in those areas in the mid-80s.
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