Milestones: Apr. 22, 1985

DIED. John Frederick Coots, 87, Tin Pan Alley-era tunesmith who composed the music for Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, Love Letters in the Sand, You Go to My Head and hundreds of other songs, as well as the scores for a dozen 1920s Broadway shows, of which the best known was Sons o' Guns (1929); in New York City.

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