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Album: Ultimate Christmas AlbumReleased: 1953Charted:
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.
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, sending young Jimmy Boyd to plea with them personally. The tactic worked, and it became a Christmas favorite.
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.
The record label gifted horse lover Boyd a silver-mounted saddle bearing the inscription, "Presented by Columbia Records to Jimmy Boyd commemorating his 3,000,000 record of 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.'"
"I like it personally," Boyd told Time magazine of the song in 1952, "but I didn't think anyone would buy it."
Several artists have added the novelty tune to their Christmas repertoire, including the Ronettes, Andy Williams, John Mellencamp, Jessica Simpson, and Amy Winehouse.
British songwriter Tommie Connor also penned "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot." Popularized by Vera Lynn, it was used in the opening scene of the film Pink Floyd - The Wall.
Teresa Brewer's 1953 rendition was used on the 2010 Mad Men episode "Christmas Comes But Once A Year." An R&B version from The Platters was used on the TV series Aquarius in the 2015 episode "Why?"
Jane Krakowski performed this on Ally McBeal in the 1997 episode "Silver Bells."
Christmas with the Kranks, starring Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis, features a version by Eddie Dunstedter.