December 5, and I hear my first Christmas song of the season – at least it was a decent one and not that awful Feliz Navidad or Snoopy’s Christmas! Nope, it was The Jackson 5’s version of I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – a song that never came near making any sort of dent on the charts, but which must have made the boys (or their father!) a fair whack of cash because it’s dragged out every Christmas for a season of high rotation.
What can I say that we don’t already know?
- Originally just Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, The Jacksons began performing in 1964. By the 1970s, Marlon and Michael had joined in and the name was changed to The Jackson 5.
- For six and a half years, they were one of Motown’s most popular acts.
- The Jackson 5 alone have sold more than 100 million records worldwide – that puts them as one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and that doesn’t include any of their solo records.
- The Jackson 5 have the distinction of having their first four singles all hit #1 on Billboard – I Want You Back, ABC, The Love You Save, and I’ll Be There; I’m pretty sure not many acts claim that degree of success.
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- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus wasn’t first recorded by The Jackson 5. It was written by a UK songwriter, Tommie Connor and originally recorded by 13 year old Jimmy Boyd. His version was released in 1952 and reached #1 on the US singles chart in December of that year.
- The song was originally an advertisement for Saks, Fifth Avenue, promoting the store’s 1952 Christmas card which featured a sketch by The New Yorker magazine artist Perry Barlow (see the cartoon right).
- The original recording was denounced by the Roman Catholic Church in the US because it mixed kissing with Christmas. Jimmy Boyd met with the Boston Archdiocese to explain the song, after which the church changed its view.
- Cover versions have been released by several artists including: The Ronettes, Bobby Sherman, The Jackson 5. Reba McEntire, Amy Winehouse, John Mellencamp, and Tiny Tim.
- A movie based on I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus was released in 2001.
- I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus lyrics.
i saw mommy kissing santa claus – The Jackson 5 – 1970 – video
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