NEW YORK -- John Frederick Coots, who wrote 'Santa Claus is Coming to Town,' died in a New York City hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was 87.


Coots, who died Monday, began his career in the music business when he became a 'song-plugger,' or promoter, for music publishers. He later became a pianist in vaudeville and in nightclubs. Other songs he wrote included 'Time Will Tell,' 'I Wonder Why' and 'I Still Get a Thrill.'

He is survived by his wife, Marjorie; two daughters, Patricia Coots Chester and Gloria Coots Baldwin; a son, John Frederick Coots Jr.; seven grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

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