Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Johnny Marks. The record label Gene Autry recorded for presented him with the sheet music and asked him to record it on his Christmas album, but he said no, because he felt like it would take away from his own composition that he had released a couple of years before and which was selling well every Christmas season, Here Comes Santa Claus. But one of the studio producers talked him into taking the music home with him and asked him to think it over before deciding not to record it.

He took it home and showed it to his wife. She immediately told him, “Gene, you have to record this. The kids will love it, even the adults will love it. It will be an instant hit.” So the next day he came back to the studio and told the producer his wife said he had to record it. The rest is history. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Gene’s recording of it, became the second most recorded Christmas song ever behind White Christmas and Gene is the only singer to have two top ten all-time Christmas songs, with Rudolph and Here Comes Santa Claus.

And Here Come Santa Claus was conceived by Gene while he was riding in the famous Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. As he rode along he noticed that he was just ahead of the parade’s Santa Claus and as he rode he kept hearing the kids hollering, “Here he comes! Here comes Santa Claus.” When he finished the parade he sat down and wrote the words to a new song, Here Comes Santa Claus.

Merry Christmas to all!

Bob Bearden


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