Buck Owens performs “Santa Looks a Lot Like Daddy” Live On Hee Haw 1969.

The song reached number # 1 on the charts of US Hot Country Songs, the song remained in the charts for 15 weeks. On the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts, reached number # 15.

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Santa Looks a Lot Like Daddy:

Single cover Buck Owens ( Capitol 1965 )
Single cover Buck Owens ( Capitol 1965 )

Santa Looked a Lot Like Daddy, song written by Buck Owens & Don Rich, for the Capitol label, was recorded at Capitol Recording Studio, 1750 North Vine Street, Hollywood, CA, in the recording of the song they participated: Buck Owens (voca and guitar), Doyle Holly (guitar), Red Simpson (guitar), Don Rich (lead guitar, fiddle and harmony vocal), Tom Brumley (steel), Bob Morris (bass) and Willie Cantu (drums). With the production of Ken Nelson, the single was released on November 8, 1965. It placed at number 2 on the yearly Christmas singles chart issued by Billboard at the time.

The song was included in the Christmas album, Christmas with Buck Owens and his Buckaroos (capitol 1965), the album was released on October 4, 1965. It was re-issued on CD by Sundazed Records in 1999, and again via digital download in 2011.

The song is about a child who can’t hold more waiting for Santa’s arrival, and has slipped out of bed downstairs to see Santa, where the boy sees his father in a Santa costume, placing the gifts ….. Santa Look at Lot Like Daddy.

Lp cover Buck Owens ( capitol 1965 )
Lp cover Buck Owens ( capitol 1965 )

Some versions:

Del Reeves 1966 (United Artists Records)
Travis Tritt 1992 (Warner)
Garth Brooks 1992 (Liberty)
The Tractors 1995 (Arista)
Paul Brandt 1998 (Reprise Records)
Bobby Hachey 2000 (Guy Cloutier Communications)
Rev. Horton Heat 2005 (Yep Roc Records)
Brad Paisley 2006 (Arista)
Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison 2006 (Rykodisc)

Buck Owens – Santa Looks a Lot Like Daddy Lyrics

Santa looked like daddy
Or daddy looked like him
It’s not the way I had him pictured
Santa was a much too thin

He didn’t come down the chimney
So momma must have let him in
Santa looked a lot like daddy
Or daddy looked a lot like him

Well, they thought I was fast a sleepin’
They thought I was tucked in bed
They never thought I’d come a peepin’
Or that I’d hear what was said

Santa put his arm around mama
And mama put her arm around him
So if Santa Claus ain’t daddy,
Then I’m a gonna tell on them

Well, Santa looked like daddy
Or daddy looked like him
It’s not the way I had him pictured
Santa was a much too thin

He didn’t come down the chimney
So momma must have let him in
Santa looked a lot like daddy
Or daddy looked a lot like him

[Instrumental]

I never saw Dancer or Prancer
I never heard the sleigh bells ring
I never saw the Red Nosed reindeer
Like they show on the TV screen

But he sure brought a lot of presents
So Santa Claus he must have been
Well, he sure looked a lot like Daddy
And daddy looked a lot like him

Well, Santa looked like daddy
Or daddy looked like him
It’s not the way I had him pictured
Santa was a much too thin

He didn’t come down the chimney
So momma must have let him in
Santa looked a lot like daddy
Or daddy looked a lot like him…

Single Buck Owens ( Capitol 1965 )
Single Buck Owens ( Capitol 1965 )

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