Tommie Connor

Thomas Patrick "Tommie" Connor (16 November 1904 – 28 November 1993) was an English songwriter, credited with several hit songs over his long career. Most notable among these was "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus", which has been recorded by many artists and is among the most-played Christmas songs played on American radio. This was one of several non-religious Christmas songs that he wrote, others being "The Little Boy that Santa Claus Forgot" and "I'm Sending a Letter to Santa".

He was born and raised in the Bloomsbury, London, England, to parents of Irish descent. Connor worked for two years as a steward aboard the RMS Empress of France, before returning to England with the intention of earning his living as a songwriter. His first published song was "My Home Town" in 1932, which was recorded by Little Mary Hagen.

Connor had five children of his own, born to his wife Catherine Connor (née McCarthy). He lived in London for most of his life interspersed with spells in parts of the United States, mainly Los Angeles, California and New York.

In the 1966 Spaghetti Western, The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, he provided lyrics to "The Story of a Soldier".

Connor died in November 1993, in Farnborough, Kent, England.

Birth and Death Data: Born November 16, 1904 (West End), Died November 28, 1993 (Farnborough)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1937 - 1949

Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter

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Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor BS-017082 10-in. 11/19/1937 The little boy that Santa Claus forgot Jimmy Ray ; Southern Serenaders Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-035364 10-in. 3/28/1939 The chestnut tree Saxie Dowell ; Hal Kemp Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-035399 10-in. 4/4/1939 The chestnut tree ('Neath the spreading chestnut tree) Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Marion Hutton Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and vocal ensemble songwriter  
Victor BS-038335 10-in. 7/11/1939 Bajo un castaño Marimba Pan-Americana Marimba band songwriter  
Victor BS-057685 10-in. 11/28/1940 Till the lights of London shine again Roy Bargy ; Lanny Ross Male vocal solo, with orchestra songwriter  
Victor BS-057747 10-in. 11/26/1940 Till the lights of London shine again Bob Chester Orchestra ; Bill Darnell Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo songwriter  
Victor BS-070430 10-in. 12/2/1941 The biggest aspidastra in the world Art Kassel Trio ; Kassels-in-the-Air Orchestra Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio songwriter  
Victor D9VB-1960 10-in. 10/12/1949 The wedding of hillbilly Lilli Marlene June Carter Cash ; Homer and Jethro Mixed vocal trio, with string band comic dialogue songwriter  
Gramophone 0RA3629 10-in. 1939 Unter dem Kastanienbaum Glahé Musette Orchestra Instrumental ensemble, with vocal songwriter  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Connor, Tommie," accessed December 4, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114459.

Connor, Tommie. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved December 4, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114459.

"Connor, Tommie." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 4 December 2022.

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URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/114459

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