Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer Story

The famous Christmas song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer started life as a poem created by an American advertising executive called Robert May. He was requested to produce a poem that could be given away to children by the Santa Claus employed by Department Stores at Christmas!

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Working as an Advertising Executive Robert May had a natural flair with words and was able to compose the Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer poem which was specifically designed to appeal to children. It was commissioned by the Montgomery Ward department store who up to this time purchased third party colouring books to give away at Christmas, this idea was conceived as a cheaper "in-house" option!

This brilliant marketing ploy proved to be a massive success and approximately 2.5 million printed copies of the "Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer" poems were given away in the first year of its publication!

 In 1949 the singer Gene Autry recorded a musical version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with music composed by Johnny Marks. The recording sold 2.5 million copies during the Christmas week in 1949 and became number one in the music charts.


Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer : Lyrics

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer 
had a very shiny nose. 
And if you ever saw him, 
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?" 

Then all the reindeer loved him 
as they shouted out with glee, 
Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, 
you'll go down in history!


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