Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer / Various
It is one of the most familiar songs in all American music, and among the Top 20 all-time earners in the American record business. It has been a hit for Gene Autry, the Chipmunks, the Temptations, the Melodeers, Spike Jones, and Bing Crosby, and it has been recorded by literally hundreds of others. The story began in 1939 when the Montgomery Ward retail store chain wanted to give away a story book to it's customers at Christmas, and assigned the job to Robert L. May. Ten years later, May's brother-in-law, Johnny Marks, wrote a song about May's creation, and it was an instantaneous smash. Perhaps the last great Christmas classic! Now it receives the deluxe treatment: The hit, the sequels, foreign versions, a sampling of other versions by artists as diverse as Perry Como, Johnny Horton, and the Cadillacs. 30 songs, the full story, and a cartoon by famous German cartoonist Ole Könnecke.