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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

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Rizzo Rudolph
Written by Johnny Marks
Date 1949
Publisher St. Nicholas Music Inc.

Johnny Marks adapted Robert Mays' story of Rudolph into the popular children's Christmas song, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer". The song, which tells the story of outcast Rudolph and his glowing nose which allows Santa to see to deliver his toys on a foggy Christmas night, has been recorded by numerous artists, most famously by Gene Autry in 1949. It is frequently sung with the addition of humorous echoes and/or responses to the lines by children. An example of this would be the final line "You'll go down in history!", to which the response might be "like George Washington!"

The character of Rudolph has become so iconic that he was ranked on Animal Planet's 50 Greatest TV Animals, along with Big Bird and Kermit the Frog.

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