All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth by Frankie Davidson
Melbourne-born singer and actor Frankie Davidson can be described as your consummate all-round entertainer; he is acknowledged as one of Australia’s most versatile performers. Davidson’s version of ‘All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth’ is from the Sony Music compilation Christmas Favourites, released in 1976. Davidson is no stranger to novelty songs having written and performed many in his career such as ‘I Made a Hundred in the Backyard at Mum’s’ and ‘Beer, Beer Beautiful Beer’.
‘All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth’ was written by American songwriter Donald Yetter Gardner in 1944 while he was a primary school teacher in Smithtown, New York. The inspiration was his students, who almost all had at least one front tooth missing. On hearing Gardner perform his song at a music teachers’ conference, the song was picked up and published by Tin Pan Alley publishing house Whitmark and Sons in 1948.
This song has also been covered by The Three Stooges, Danny Kaye, The Platters, The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole and Count von Count of Sesame Street.