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Boyd was only 13 years old when he recorded this song. Mitch Miller at Columbia Records had him record the song, which was written by Tommie Connor. (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
When this was released in 1953, some people thought it was a little too risqué, the thought of a married woman, possibly having an affair. A closer listen implies that Santa Claus is actually the child's father, but this didn't stop radio stations in some cities, including Boston, from banning it when it came out. Columbia Records appealed to the Council of Churches to clear the song where it was banned. The tactic worked, and it became a Christmas favorite. (thanks, Jeff - Boston, MA)
Boyd died on March 7, 2009 at age 70. With Frankie Laine, he had a hit in 1953 with "Tell Me A Story," and then moved on to acting, where he appeared in the movie Inherit The Wind and the TV show, Bachelor Father. In the early '60s, he was married for 2 years to Yvonne Craig, who played Batgirl on TV.
You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound
, plus a collection of other classics for the likes of Aftershock, Ali and Goodfellaz.
Don breaks down "Hotel California" and other songs he wrote as a member of the Eagles. Now we know where the "warm smell of colitas" came from.
"Missing You" was a spontaneous outpouring of emotion triggered by a phone call. John tells that story and explains what MTV meant to his career.