Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
(1949)
Johnny Marks (w/m)
Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer
1949
English
Johnny Marks
Johnny Marks
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“Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer” began life in 1939 at the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department store when the company asked one of their copywriter, Robert L. May, to come up with a Christmas story they could give away to shoppers as a holiday promotion instead of the coloring books the company had been giving out for years. May, who considered names like “Rollo” and “Reginald” before landing on “Rudolph”, came up with the idea for the reindeer’s unique physiognomy when a think Lake Michigan fog rolled in and nearly obliterated the view out his office window. “Suddenly I had it!”, he wrote years later, “A nose! A bright red nose that would shine through fog like a spotlight!” That first year Montgomery Ward distributed 2.4 million copies of May’s story (which was written as a poem) to its customers. A decade later, May’s brother-in-law, songwriter Johnny Marks, adapted that story into the lyrics and melody for a Rudolph song. Singing cowboy, Gene Autry, recorded it in 1949, and the rest, as Rudolph’s fellow reindeer predicted is history!
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RecordedPerformersLabelCat.#Matrix
Billy May & His OrchestraCapitol2948
Gene AutryColumbia38610HCO3810
Ken GriffinColumbia38981CCO5185
Gene AutryColumbia39463ZSP3581
Sammy KayeColumbia39574CO47039
Jimmy BoydColumbia40073CO49243
Guy Lombardo's Royal CanadiansDecca2841081537
Eddie Howard & His OrchestraMercury53602962
Spike JonesRCA Victor20-3934
Spike Jones & City SlickersRCA Victor20-4315E0VB3743
Three SunsRCA Victor20-4887
08/23/1950Red FoleyDecca4626776777
11/01/1954Fred WaringDecca2935186987
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