Molly Bee: Teen Country Star

February 11, 2009

This is Molly Bee. She was a country singer popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s who was a teenage star on television’s ‘Hometown Jamboree.’ Read more about her below, see photos, and a vintage video.

Molly Bee

Molly Bee

Molly Bee, who was a teen country music star died this week from complications following a stroke. She was 69 years old.

In 1952, when Molly was just 13, she signed with Capitol Records and had her first major recording success with the now Christmas classic, ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’

Molly Bee Biography

Mollie Gene Beachboard, who was also known as ‘Molly Bee’ and Molly Muncy, was born on August 18, 1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. She died in Oceanside, California on February 7, 2009 at the age of 69 from complications from a stroke.

She was a country music singer who became very popular as a teenager in the 1950’s TV show called ‘Hometown Jamboree.’ Molly was also a regular on ‘The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show.’

When she was just 10 years old, she sang ‘Lovesick Blues’ for country singer Rex Allen who then debuted it on his radio show. Within two years, she was a regular on the very popular show ‘Hometown Jamboree.’

Molly Bee had her first major recording success in 1952 at the age of 13 with the classic ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus.’ This was followed by at least three more hit singles, and a brief acting career. As a teenager, Molly dated teen idol Tommy Sands and the king himself, Elvis Presley. She graduated from Hollywood Professional High School.

Molly regularly headlined in the 1960’s at major Las Vegas showrooms and briefly toured with Bob Hope’s USO troupe. She struggled with drug addiction and married at least five times. She often referred to herself as the ‘Zsa Zsa Gabor of the country music set.’

Through the ’90’s, Molly regularly performed at a local restaurant and nightclub she ran in Oceanside, California called ‘Molly Bee’s.’ She had 3 children – 1 son and 2 daughters – and 4 grandchildren.

More photos and a vintage video of Molly Bee are below.

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Molly Bee Photos

Molly Bee ‘Johnny Liar’ Video

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