LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Molly Bee, who became an overnight country music star when she recorded the 1952 novelty hit "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus," has died in California from complications following a stroke.

Bee died Saturday at a hospital in Oceanside, her manager, Rick Saphire, told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Saphire says Bee was 69 and had been in failing health for several months.

Bee was just 10 when she began her music career, singing the Hank Williams' classic "Lovesick Blues" on country star Rex Allen's radio show. Three years later she released "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus."

She went on to record a number of hit country songs throughout the 1950s and appeared in several musical comedies in the '60s.

Although her star had begun to fade by the 1970s, she continued to tour and perform.