Sorry for not posting yesterday folks, but sometimes it just can’t be helped.
Anyway, back to the Christmas Playlist.
What would Christmas be without our old friend, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer?”
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” was written by Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company.
Gene Autry’s recording hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.
The story of just how “Rudolph” came to be is very interesting but too lengthy to post for this series.
If you’re curious find the story here:
The song was first sung by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in early November 1949, before Gene Autry’s recording hit No. 1 in the U.S. charts during Christmas 1949. The song was suggested as a “B” side for a record Autry was making it. Autry rejected the song. His wife convinced him to use it. The success of this Christmas song by Autry gave support to Autry’s subsequent popular Easter song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail.” Autry’s version of the song also holds the distinction of being the only chart-topping hit to fall completely off the chart after reaching No. 1. The official date of its No. 1 status was for the week ending January 7, 1950, making it the first No. 1 song of the 1950s.
Of course, since this is SOUTHERN Christmas songs, who could we have sing it for us other than the cowboy from Tioga, Texas, himself, Gene Autry!