An American singer, musician, and actor.
In 1941 his father, Leslie Boyd, put his wife Winnie and their two sons (Kenneth, 4, and Jimmy, 2), on a train bound for Riverside, California for the second time.
Leslie and Winnie occasionally took the kids with them to a country and western dance, held in a barn in Colton, California, a few miles from Riverside. Jimmy's older brother Kenneth, about 9 years old at the time, went up to the bandstand and told the band leader he should hear his little brother sing and play the guitar.
Texas Jim Lewis, the band leader, called little Jimmy up to the stage. Jimmy sang and played, and the crowd went wild.
Jimmy auditioned for Jarvis and was such a hit that they put him on the show that night. Jimmy, to his astonishment, won the talent show, and the next day, Jarvis and KLAC were literally deluged in upwards of 20,000 telegrams and telephone calls from viewers.
Al Jarvis had a five-hour talk show every day on KLAC-TV with a few regulars on it, including Betty White, called Make-Believe Ballroom. Jarvis immediately announced that Jimmy would be a regular on the show. Several appearances singing and doing comedy skits with Frank Sinatra on CBS-TV's Frank Sinatra Show soon followed.
He recorded the song I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus for Columbia Records, when he was 12 years and 11 months old.
Even in those days of limited media compared to today, it became a record industry phenomenon selling over two and a half million records in its first weeks release.
Today with the internet it sells worldwide to new generations, and has reportedly sold over 60,000,000 records since its initial release.
Boyd made multiple appearances on The Perry Como Show, Doris Day Show, Bing Crosby Show. Bob Hope, Patti Page, Dave Garroway, Merv Griffin, The Tonight Show, Kraft Summer Music Hall, Shindig, American Bandstand and many other TV shows through out the U.S. and Canada.
Boyd would record several number one records: teaming up with Frankie Laine on Tell Me a Story and The Little Boy And The Old Man, as well as with Rosemary Clooney on Dennis the Menace.
Mitch Miller moved Jimmy into the pop music.Rock and roll was starting to happen and Jimmy wanted to sing rock music. Mitch Miller passionately hated rock and roll and publicly stated it was a passing fad.
In the mid '60s Jimmy had a top 5 record produced by Leon Russell and Snuffy Garrett, and engineered by J.J. Cale.. The flip side, Will I Cry, was written, engineered, had backup vocals and guitar instrumentals by one of Jimmy's favorite artists, J. J. Cale.
Another favorite recording session of Boyd's was a song which Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees wrote, That's What I'll Give To You. Terry Melcher produced the session for Jimmy on Vee-Jay Records. Vee-Jay was the first company to release all the early Beatles records in the United States. Before Boyd's single was released.
Boyd showed he had comedic talents in TV series including Bachelor Father, Date with the Angels, The Betty White Show, Broadside, My Three Sons and others. He also appeared in a number of motion pictures, including 1960's Inherit the Wind with Spencer Tracy.
In 1960 Boyd married actress Yvonne Craig (TV's Batgirl). After a year of marriage Jimmy was sent to Texas to do his then-mandatory stint in the Armed Forces. The marriage ended in divorce in 1962.
For his contributions to the recording industry, Jimmy Boyd has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
On March 7, 2009, Boyd died of cancer.
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