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Christmas Rap from the Jesse James Family

Thurston James as Santa Claus, 2003

 Every year, for over a decade, Thurston James played Santa Claus to adoring infants and children who visited him at the Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks California. He retired in 2004, eight months before he passed away.

Though not offically a member of the Jesse James family, he was long regarded as such, and equally accepted by the family itself.

Thurston’s dedication to the history of Jesse James was evident in the years of service he devoted to publishing The James-Younger Gang Journal. Each year he attended the annual conferences of the James-Younger Gang. His gentle demeanor befriended everyone he met.

The year before he left us, Thurston recorded a small CD album of three songs for his grandchildren, in which he identified himself as a rapping Santa.

We offer these mp3 downloads here for you, your children, and grandchildren.

Christmas Rap

Rapping Nursury Rhymes

Ballad of Jesse James

. . . MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.