Watch The Golden Globe Awards highlight 'Least Original Song (Sketch): Maya Rudolph and Kenan Thompson - Golden Globes' on NBC.com According to official Gene Autry biographer, Holly George-Warren â in the book Public Cowboy No. Rudolph, 48, joined current (and longtime) âSNLâ star Kenan Thompson as the winners for the faux âLeast Original Songâ category. It remains the longest-running television special ever made. This has led to an interest in researching & writing about holidays & their traditions. I have joined a couple of others, such as Plaxo.com, which are good but my motivation was to accommodate some acquaintances rather than use them as I do Linkedin & Facebook. So, instead of calling upon an outside firm to create the new item, as they had done in the past, they decided to have their own advertising department create the new giveaway. My friend and I were playing scrabble and we are both in our 60's and great trivia buff's and we started dicussing who sang "Rudolph" and I said it was Burl Ives and she said it was Gene Autry. However, the love that the copywriter assigned to write the story invested in its creation caused it to transcend its original limited commercial objective and touch the hearts of adults and children in the generations that followed. Thanks so much. FAVORITE My older brothers offered me to them. It was the story of a little reindeer who was different due to a physical deformity—a bright red nose. However, May might have had a safety reason for including Rudolph with his red nose in the lead as pilots flying airplanes in the vicinity would also see the red nose and steer away in order to avoid a collision with Santa's craft. I will now send her this story to show her she was correct after all! Chuck. trakker14 from franklin on December 11, 2007: Wonderful classic story, Amazing how you found out so much about it, loved it, brought back memories.....Thank you. We shared it with our mom and it brought back many memories for her! One day I decided to check out its origins so I did some research at the library and online and then wrote this account. In those days, cities were more compact and commerce was centered in the downtown. Avery granted his request and in January 1947 the copyright to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was given to May by his employer. MortimerWorth from Germany on January 05, 2008: Ah, born of commercialism, yet beautiful none the less. In addition to the worries of losing his job in the Depression that had engulfed the economy, his wife lay dying of cancer. We lived only a few blocks from Monkey Wards, so going to see Santa was so exciting back in those very sad days during the war. Because the booklets were simple giveaways for children printed on newspaper stock very few of those original 6 million booklets produced by Montgomery Ward survive to this day. Without you, I'm certain we'd all have been lost!" This is a little different from the song and cartoon which end with the other reindeer praising Rudolph by saying he will go down in history. If you go down to the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise if you go down to the woods today; you’d better go in disguise. My two-year-old enjoyed it thoroughly. Thanks. Work and home life converged in a way that both allowed father and daughter to come closer together as well as providing a diversion from the troubles that surrounded them. While Santa was passing out the gifts a fog rolled in making it impossible for Santa to see while taking off to resume his journey. I'm 40 and my kids are 7 and 12. i love rudy so much , my mom gave me her original ornament and record they are treasured items. A great hub. This song is sung by Gene Autry. He asked for a cute child to sit on Mr. Mays lap for the photograph. I moved to California when I was eleven, taking the booklet and photograph with. I don't know who currently owns the official rights to the story. Claim: The character 'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' was created by a father to bring comfort to his daughter as her mother was dying of cancer. However, little Barbara, in her own way helped her Dad with the creation of Rudolph. They also wanted to save money. Oh, Rudolph had to deal with the taunts of the other little reindeer who shunned him because he was different. It was covered by The Banjo Barons [US], Night Bird, The Cat and Owl, Arthur Lipner and other artists. However, I suspect that, based upon my understanding of the current copyright law, that the rights are held by either Robert May's estate or his heirs who I presume would be his daughter. When it came in the mail, I popped it into the CD player right away and was not disappointed! The rights also could have been sold to either an outside company or to a company May and/or his heirs created and own. She has told us this story of the origin of Rudolph many times and my sisters and I happened upon this article today! In late 1946, the financially strapped May approached Sewell Avery, President of Montgomery Ward and asked for the rights to publish the story commercially. Thank you again for all the wonderful information. Also, the video is cute. Rudolph Lyrics: I box 'em up with a bow / Then I go pole to pole / Rudolph, follow your nose / (Rudolph, follow your nose) / To Japan, Isle of Man / Down to Cannes and Kazhakstan / â¦ I wish more people knew that! His wife died about the time the Rudolph story first came out. The song Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer was written by Johnny Marks and was first recorded and released by Gene Autry and The Pinafores with Orchestral Accompaniment in 1949. Santa Claus would then assure them that he would do his best to give them the toy they most desired and then, after making their requests and as they got up to leave, Santa would reach into the big sack next to his chair and, reminding them to be good, give them a little parting gift. Further, even though May was the author of an immensely popular work he did not benefit financially from it. Thus it happened that Robert L. May, a 34 year-old copywriter for Montgomery Ward, found himself charged with coming up with a new gift for their Santa to give to the little children. Does anyone else out there have an autograph of his? Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on March 21, 2007: Davis, thanks for the comment. Review to: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Original recording remastered) by: Gene Autry I still have the original album, beaten up, dusty, scratched-up beyond all listenablilty with the years... and still much beloved. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it, You would even say it glows, And 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, In 1939, Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May, created the character Rudolph as an assignment for Montgomery Ward, and Marks decided to adapt the story of Rudolph into a song. 5 Mar. I grew up 4 doors away from the May residence and went to school with the 2 youngest of Mr. May's children. Couldn't quite pick one for my new puppy out of Santa's group-none of them seem to fit her. Vidocraft Orchestra)", "Jingle Jingle Jingle" and more. The special was based on the Johnny Marks song "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" which was itself based on the poem of the same name written in 1939 by Marks' brother-in-law, Robert L. May. Co-host Amy Poehler and Maya Rudolph â¦ Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it 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? It has since been covered by numerous other artists, sometimes with the title "Run Run Rudolph". The only snag I noticed was the "We're a Couple of Misfits" song bwas on the album and "Fame & Fortune" was not. Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on December 09, 2009: Sammie-Northern CA - thanks for sharing your Mother's story. Through the 1940s and early 1950s, the band recorded under the title Spike Jones and his City Slickers and toured the United States and Canada under the title The Musical Depreciation Revue. Web. May and Marks originally had some difficulty finding a singer for the song as many were reluctant to do something that changed the image of Santa and his reindeer as set down by Clement Moore a century earlier in his popular poem entitled It Was the Night Before Christmas. I did a lengthy search for the original story but the closest I came was an eBay listing offering one of the few surviving original booklets for $100. Since I am a history buff, I found your story very interesting and fun to read. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lyrics." Both Facebook and Linkedin are free to join (Linkedin does have a premium membership but so far the free membership has met my needs) and in both communication is from within the site itself so that your email address and other contact information is not available to others unless you elect to make it available. See them gaily gad about, they love to play and shout; they never have any cares; at six o'clock their Mummies and Daddies, Will take them home to bed, because they're tired little Teddy Bears. https://www.lyrics.com/lyric/32951983/Spike+Jones, All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth), All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth. There's lots of marvelous things to eat, And wonderful games to play Beneath the trees where nobody sees, They'll hide and seek as long as they please 'Cause that's the way the Teddy Bears have their picnic. However, I did find a copy of the 1947 cartoon on YouTube and I have added this in the main section above. Nice post! The booklet given out by the Montgomery Ward Santas was an immediate hit with children and their parents with Montgomery Ward distributing 2.4 million copies the first year. Robert May became wealthy based on the story. By the time Santa had finished delivering presents to the little reindeer in the area, the fog had become dense, making it impossible for Santa to take off safely. Rudolph agreed and Santa was able to make his deliveries. I have 1 dog named Rudie. English singer-songwriter and entertainer Ian Whitcomb interviewed Marks on the creation of the song in 1972. Merry Christmas. Georgia Bianchi Sirard on January 05, 2010: I loved the information about Bob Mays. Stacie Naczelnik from Seattle on November 27, 2007: I had no idea this was the history behind my favorite Christmas story and song. The duration of song is 02:58. She had many of the booklets with the Ruldolph story but after many years, and more than one move cannot find a copy! He left Montgomery Ward and devoted his time to managing his creation until his retirement in 1971. He did not live at the North Pole and his parents were not part of Santa's reindeer team. I loved it then and it was the best present I received that year. My mother, who is now 86, worked as a young woman as a secretary at Montgomery Wards in Chicago and her desk was two doors down from the commercial art department at Ward's in Chicago where Mr.May worked. I am still staying within my reindeer realm. It sold more â¦ As a child, May had always been small for his age and this had brought forth taunts and ridicule from the other children. Also, I have had very good luck in tracking down and linking up with some old classmates and co-workers using Linkedin.com and Facebook.com. Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on November 23, 2010: 2uesday - Thanks for the link from your Hub on reindeer to this Hub. As to where I learned about this, well I grew up listening to the song and watching the cartoon at Christmas time. You did a great job on this article! Did you know that Gene Autry didn't want anything to do with the song originally? Thank you from Ireland !! Like Silent Night, which began as a modest piece intended to enhance the Christmas Eve Mass in the church in the little Austrian village of Oberndorf, and went on to become a Christmas classic sung and enjoyed world wide, the motivation behind the creation of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was also modest. more », Sheet Music Following Santa's successful Christmas Eve journey with Rudolph in the lead, the story ends with Santa saying to Rudolph, "By YOU last night's journey was actually blessed. In writing the lyrics, Marks changed the story slightly from May's original to the story we know today in the song. Initially released in 1949, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" was first sung by crooner Harry Brannon on New York City radio in November, with Autry's version soaring to No. Scattered amongst the big banks and office buildings were the large, multistory department stores. After it was shown, the producers were inundated with letters from children complaining â¦ ** FILE ** In this Sunday, Nov. 25, 2007 file photo, the original Santa Claus and Rudolph puppets from the TV special "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer," are seen on â¦ As I mentioned in the article, in the original story Santa first encountered Rudolph when he landed in the forest to give presents to the little reindeer who lived there. A great read. I watched Rudolph as a child, now I'm watching it with my kids. The year 1939 was a difficult time in the life of Robert May. Test your MusicIQ here! :) its interesting. It is a nice addition to this Hub. It seems it was taken in Dec. of 1946. In 1976 May died but his story about Rudolph lives on adding joy to the lives of new generations of children just as it brought joy to his four year old daughter Barbara during that difficult Christmas season in 1939 as she faced the holidays with her mother slowly dying. For many years, Montgomery Ward had filled their Santa's sack with a Christmas coloring book that they had specially printed each year. Being able to see Rudolph's red nose (which would have stood out in the fog) may have been of help to Santa while steering. In the original TV version of the show, Rudolph, Hermey the elf and Yukon Cornelius visit the Island of Misfit Toys and promise to help them, but the Misfits are never mentioned again. That is when he noticed Rudolph with his red nose and asked Rudolph to guide his sleigh. Joilene Rasmussen from United States on June 20, 2009: This hub answered several questions I've had throughout the years...it's nice to have a few less unanswered questions rattling around in my brain. Gene Autry - Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 1949 Featuring The The Pinafores The original cartoon is the only one where the plot remained true to Mayâs first story. Thank you for the info. After reading your info; extremely informative, I decided to call her Autry. In fact, the song has become an integral part of our Christmas celebration much the same as other Christmas musical classics such as Silent Night or White Christmas. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was first sung commercially by Gene Autry in 1949 and instantly became a smash hit which led to its place in the cannon of traditional Christmas music. I like the comment you got above, how nice that they found your page here. (0 fans), Lindley Armstrong "Spike" Jones (December 14, 1911 â May 1, 1965) was an American musician and bandleader specializing in performing satirical arrangements of popular songs. Picnic time for Teddy Bears, The little Teddy Bears are having a lovely time today Watch them, catch them unawares, And see them picnic on their holiday. More importantly, while May was the author of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, Montgomery Ward was the owner of the work since the story was produced as a part of his job at Montgomery Ward (as lawyers would say it was a "work for hire"). 2021. she got them in the 40s. Chuck Nugent. The medical expenses of her illness left May deeply in debt. The Writing. Stream songs including "Overture and a Holly Jolly Christmas (feat. Listen to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (Original 1964 TV Soundtrack) by Burl Ives on Apple Music. From 1947 on, May enjoyed the benefits of his 1939 creation. Thanks for sharing this wonderful story. Without you, I'm certain we'd all have been lost!". May then published the story commercially as a book in 1947 and also authorized the production and release of a nine minute cartoon version of the story for showing in theaters (in those pre-TV days theaters usually preceded the feature show with newsreels and/or cartoons). First of all, it was a give away and did not produce any revenue directly (but Montgomery Ward profited indirectly as the people who thronged to its stores with their children to get the booklets, tended to stay and do their Christmas shopping there). 734-260-1645. Rudolph the red nosed reindeer song original version - Herein were going to view who Santas original reindeer are, where Rudolph started, and just why they have become so popular.. Who had been in Santas original reindeer fall into line? May went to work developing a Christmas story for children. As Santa was landing, a fog started to roll in. His wife kept urging him to record it until he finally and reluctantly did. Rudolph the red-nose Reindeer You'll go down in history. We proceeded to call 50 different friends with the predominant percentage saying, Burl Ives! The nation was still in the midst of the Great Depression, but that didn't prevent people from celebrating and enjoying the good times of life. This is probably the best story I'v every heard!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But, rather than dwelling on his problems, Rudolph had a positive outlook on life and did not let his deformity hold him back. Question: Did Rudolph originally have a red nose? STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Being in front Rudolph could see further ahead than Santa who was sitting in the sleigh at the back of the line of reindeer pulling the sleigh. My mom remembers it happening just as you have written. Little is famous about these otherwise ordinary beasts before a now famous poem was published anonymously in 1823. The music from the tv special that I wanted to hear was there! For every bear that ever there was, Will gather there for certain, because Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Chuck's history of the story is appreciatively accurate. In the summer, executives of the Chicago headquarters of department store giant Montgomery Ward were making plans for the coming Christmas season. Every Teddy Bear who's been good, Is sure of a treat today. https://hubpages.com/hub/Reindeers. "Run Rudolph Run" is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry, written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie (there is some debate about this) and published by St. Nicholas Music . Despite the immediate success of his creation, things did not go well for Robert May. MrMarmalade from Sydney on November 14, 2007: that is a great story and i liked the little bit where Santa saying to Rudolph, "By YOU last night's journey was actually bossed. During the Christmas season, shoppers would flock downtown and these stores competed fiercely for these people's shopping dollars. Drawing upon his experiences of being somewhat different and an outcast, May set about creating a character with similar problems who, in the end, rises above his problems and is transformed. But this year the Montgomery Ward executives wanted something new and different. I have accounts on both but I believe that you can search without being a member but have to join to see more than just basic information and to make contact with people through these sites. After assuring Santa that they had been good, or had at least were trying hard to be good, they would tell Santa what they wanted for Christmas. Eventually Gene Autry, the singer and actor best known for his role in westerns agreed to record the song. Despite his own worries and grief, May had to be stoic and set his own grief aside to help his four year old daughter, Barbara deal with the trauma of seeing her Mother die. Great show. It is always nice to know the history behind the Christmas stories and songs. No, May's creation was a short story written in rhyming verse. At that moment Santa noticed Rudolph with his shiny red nose and asked him to lead his sleigh. Great story, sorry we all have not heard the origin of such a cute tale. Next came the classic holiday film, "Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer." Writing 'Rudolph': The Original Red-Nosed Manuscript Few people know about the department store employee who brought Rudolph's story to the world. That song was picked up by none other than the singing cowboy, Gene Autry. Read The Original Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. We have a signed copy of a later version, illustrated by Richard Scarry. With children all over the world expecting him to visit and leave presents, Santa had a dilemma—he couldn't see to take off in the fog but if he did not take off he would disappoint children all over the world. Discover releases, reviews, track listings, recommendations, and more about Burl Ives - Original Sound Track And Music From Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer at Discogsâ¦ Like May as a child, Rudolph was lonely and had few friends. This is a little different from the song and cartoon which end with the other reindeer praising Rudolph by saying he will go down in history. Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on January 13, 2010: Georgia Bianchi Sirad - thank you for sharing your wonderful story. It's not the original rhymed poem version he wrote, but it does also have a photo of him signing the book with my dad sitting next to him. A rare book dealer I was talking to asked me that, and I do not know if he did many book signings. AJ Long from Pennsylvania on December 19, 2014: Amazing story - I have sent this on to all my friends and family. If you go down to the woods today, you’d better not go alone its lovely down in the woods today, But safer to stay at home. Some even credit Barbara with the naming of Rudolph, claiming that May tested different names on Barbara and Rudolph was the one that she enjoyed the most. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer was first sung commercially by Gene Autry in 1949 and instantly became a smash hit which led to its place in the cannon of traditional Christmas music. For every bear that ever there was, Will gather there for certain, because Today's the day the Teddy Bears have their picnic. Thanks for all your research into this story. G ene Autry sang about Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer as âthe most famous reindeer of allâ â and there are numbers to back him up. Chuck Nugent (author) from Tucson, Arizona on December 25, 2006: Thank you for the comment and for sharing your story. In the original story, Rudolph's big moment came when Santa landed his sleigh at Rudolph's home to deliver gifts to him and the other good little reindeer in the neighborhood. Today 12/19/2007. 1714) and has since been covered by numerous other artists, sometimes under the title "Run, Run, Rudolph".
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