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Boyd, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa" singer, dies

Boyd, "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa" singer, dies

Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist and actor best known for singing the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952, has died. He was 70.
Boyd died of cancer Saturday at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, longtime friend Eleanor Pillsbury told the Los Angeles Times.
"I Saw Mommy" shot to the top of the Billboard charts three weeks after it was released. It sold 2 million records in less than 10 weeks.
It has since been interpreted by such artists as the Jackson 5, John Mellencamp and Amy Winehouse.
Molly Bee, who became an overnight country music star when she recorded the novelty hit in 1952, died in California in February from complications following a stroke.
Boyd, who was 13 when he recorded the song, told Time magazine soon after its release that he was surprised by its success.
"I like it personally," he said, "but I didn't think anyone would buy it."


Updated : 2021-07-25 01:26 GMT+08:00