Sang hit song "I Saw Mommie Kissing Santa Claus."
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Recorded the Christmas novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952 when he was 13. Three weeks after the Yuletide kiss-and-tell was released, the song was #1 on the Billboard charts. It sold 2 million records in less than 10 weeks. Recorded at the urging of Columbia record executive Mitch Miller
, the tune made "something of an overnight national musical figure" of the vocalist, a "...