Released in 1949: #70 Pop Singles 1957 ; #55 Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1998 ; #24 Adult Contemporary 1999
This is truly one of my first records and I still have the original scratched up, beaten up 45 rpm heavy duty vinyl version of this song from my youth. I suppose all children of the fifties and sixties had a copy of this record.
The song also appeared on the 1957 LP of the same name (pictured above).
This classic has been covered by just about EVERYBODY! and will continue to be for all eternity. My favorite cover of all is by those fabulous harmonizing classic Temptations!
The song started out as a poem for an holiday advertising campaign for Montgomery Wards (RIP) and the rest, as they say, is history! If you are not aware of the history of the creation of this song please do read the concise and inclusive version provided at Snopes Urban Legends Teference Pages.
You may also learn about Gene Autry at his Official Web Site — GeneAutry.com.
Here is a refresher on the lyrics for your caroling this year (LOL)
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Composed by Johnny Marks
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer
had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw him,
you would even say it glows.
All of the other reindeer
used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say:
“Rudolph with your nose so bright,
won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?”
Then all the reindeer loved him
as they shouted out with glee,
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer,
you’ll go down in history!
- The Classic Holiday Special ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ Airs Tuesday, Nov. 30 on CBS (tvbythenumbers.com)
- Billie Mae Richards, Voice Of “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Dies (popcrunch.com)