Singer and actor who released the Christmas classic "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" in 1952.
He started learning harmonica at age four, soon performing at local barn dances.
His novelty song hit #1 on the Billboard charts, staying there for two weeks straights, and sold over two million records within ten weeks.
He was born into a farming family in McComb, Mississippi; they moved to California during the Great Depression.
He sang his hit song for talk shows hosted by Ed Sullivan, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, Bob Hope, and just about everyone else on television.