LOS ANGELES (AP) — Molly Bee, who became an overnight country music star when she recorded the 1952 novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," has died in
Bee died Saturday at a hospital in
Saphire says Bee was 69 and had been in failing health for several months.
Bee was just 10 when she began her music career, singing the Hank Williams' classic "Lovesick Blues" on country star Rex Allen's radio show. Three years later she released "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."
She went on to record a number of hit country songs throughout the 1950s and appeared in several musical comedies in the '60s.
Although her star had begun to fade by the 1970s, she continued to tour and perform.
R.I.P., Molly—you will be missed. (I couldn’t find any photos of Molly on the Internets, so here’s a YouTube performance of Dim Lights, Thick Smoke and Loud, Loud Music performed by Bee, the ol’ Pea Picker himself, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Merle Travis. Vern Gosdin took a more uptempo version of the tune to the Top Twenty Country charts in 1985.)