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First, Pat Shaw responded to an inquiry I made about Eddie Pola’s father after this article was submitted. For the record, here it is:
“Yes, my grandfather (Alexander Pola) was an engineer, both in NYC and Hungary. In 1919 when he was released from the internment camp in the UK, he moved his family to London where he founded his own business. A company that manufactured a product of his own invention. It was a rolling pin covered with rubber containing suction cups. Designed to roll over the thighs and stomach, etc., to help with the dieting process. He died in 1939 of a heart attack, and my grandmother took over the company and was the managing director until the day she died.
He expected my father (Eddie Pola) to follow in his footsteps in the engineering field, but Dad was bitten by the Show Business Bug and never used his Engineering degree. (End)
Second, because of how my notes were arranged, I forgot to mention Eddie Pola’s second most famous song, “Marching Along Together”, 1933, which was recorded by famous singer Kate Smith. To this day it is used by many college marching bands as a standard.
Finally, my e-mail friend Robert tells me he lives in Pennsylvania. Not Maryland.
My grandfather, Charles Snyder, was a songwriter and Jewish. Before his death at a very young age in 1924, he was partners with J. Frederick Coots. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town might have been written by him, had he lived. The song was first performed on the Edddie Cantor show, so there is a Jewish connection.
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Article Discussion: The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs (2012)