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Jimmy Boyd
Born:  January 9, 1940
Died:  March 7, 2009

About The Artist

Jimmy Boyd became a bit of a young teen age sensation when about the age of 13 he had the hit recording of "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" that was released during the holiday season and 1952. Reportedly it sold more than 225,000 copies in less than two weeks.

Jimmy is a native of McComb, Mississippi, but by 1953, his family and he were living in California. He got his start when he was just seven, singing western songs at local programs, school plays, social meetings and banquets. He was accompanied by his dad usually, who played guitar and harmonica. One of California's cowboy singers at the time, Texas Jim Lewis heard Jimmy's singing and took an immediate liking to him and had him sing with his show for over a year.

Soon, his dad gave Jimmy guitar lessons so he could do his own guitar accompaniment. His brother, Kenneth, had some steel guitar expertise and together, the two of them would do appearances on the local radio and television stations.

Jimmy then took part in a talent show that was on the Al Jarvis show, then a popular daily program in Hollywood over KLAC-TV. Jimmy won the contest and as part of his prize, won a week's worth of appearances that garned a lot of fan mail.

That got him an appearance on the Frank Sinatra CBS television show. An article in 1953 quotes Jimmy as saying about Mr. Sinatra's singing, "He had a good voice—especially when he sings sorta a Western tune." Sinatra was said to have cracked after observing Jimmy go through the hectic nerve-wracking experience of television rehearsals rather non-chalantly, "Nervous, isn't he?"

That appearance on the Sinatra show came with other offers in Hollywood, movies, television and the Columbia recording contract that led to his recording his hit holiday tune. The flip side of that holiday tune was a song called "Thumbelina" from the film that was out at the time, "Hans Christian Anderson".

Credits & Sources

  • Country Song Roundup No. 23; April 1953; American Folk Publications, Inc.; Derby, CT

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Recordings (78rpm/45rpm)

 
Columbia
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  21571 A Rockin' Down The Mississippi
  21571 B Crazy Mixed Up Blues
  39696 A God's Little Candles
  39696 B Owl Lullaby
  39733 A Little Train A Chuggin' In My Heart
  39733 B Needle In, Needle Out
  39871 A I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  39871 B Thumbellina
  39927 A Early Bird
  39927 B I'll Stay In The House
  39955 A Two Easter Sunday Sweethearts
  39955 B My Bunny And My Sister Sue
  40007 A Playmates
  40007 B Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
  40049 A God Bless Us All
  40049 B Marco, The Polo Pony
  40069 A Poor Little Piggy Bank (w/Frankie Laine)
  40069 B Let's Go Fishing (w/Frankie Laine)
  40070 A Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
  40070 B I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  40071 A Here Comes Santa Claus
  40071 B Winter Wonderland
  40072 A Silent Night
  40072 B Frosty The Snowman
  40073 A Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  40073 B Little Match Girl
  40080 A Santa Got Stuck In The Chimney
  40138 A I've Got Those Wake Up . . Blues
  40138 B Jelly On My Head
  40181 A Little Bonnie Bunny
  40181 B Jimmy Roll Me Gently
  40218 B I'm So Glad
  40253 A Shepherd Boy
  40253 B Ma I Miss Your Apple Pie
  40305 A Little White Duck
  40305 B Little Sir Echo
  40366 A I Saw Mommy Do The Mambo
  40366 B Santa Claus Blues
  40504 A I Want A Haircut With A Moon On Top
  40504 B How Come
  40601 A Reindeer Rock
  40601 B A Kiss For Christmas
  40756 A Little Dog
  40756 B Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers
  40881 A Gonna' Take My Baby On A Hayride
  40881 B I Wanna' Go Steady
  90174 A I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
  90174 B Thumbelina
 
RCA Victor
Rec. No. Side Song Title
  20-4263 A Boogie Woogie Square Dance
  20-4263 B Texas Moon Waltz


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