Molly Bee, best known for the 1952 holiday hit 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus,' has died from complications following a stroke. She was 69.

Bee was just 10 years old when she started singing professionally, gaining instant fame with her performance of the Hank Williams classic 'Lovesick Blues' on the Rex Allen radio show. The Bell Buckle, Tenn. native was just 13 years old when she released 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.'

Bee had a string of country hits throughout the '50s, including 'Young Romance,' 'Don't Look Back' and '5 Points of a Star.' She was also a regular performer on several television programs, including the popular 'Hometown Jamboree' show.

Bee passed away Saturday at an Osceanside, Calif. hospital. Her manager tells the Associated Press the singer had been ill for several months.

Molly Bee on the 'Tennessee Ernie Ford Show'

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