Holiday Song History: ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’
- Song - Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
- Year - 1939 (original story), 1949 (song)
- Written By - Robert L. May (original story), Johnny Marks (song)
Other Random Facts
- The story was written by Robert L. May originally for Montgomery Ward.
- The retailer had been buying coloring books to give out to children during the Christmas season, but they felt creating their own coloring books would be cheaper.
- The story was originally rejected because a big red nose was associated with alcoholism in the 1930's.
- The most popular version of the song was done by Gene Autry in 1949.
- Autry's version of the song is the only song to completely fall off the charts after reaching number 1.
- Autry's version sold 1.75 million copies it's first holiday season.
- Burl Ives recorded his own version of the song for the holiday special in 1964.
- All cover versions included, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is second only to Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas.
- Rudolph's parents have changed through the years.
- 1964 special - Donner (father), Mrs. Donner (mother)
- 1998 film - Blitzen (father), Mitzi (mother)