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On January 7th, 1947...The Song Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer actually hit number one on the US Pop Music Chart. Many know the backstory about Rudolph and Robert May and Montgomery Ward. I didn't know the song hit #1 and I didn't realize how the copyright issues and intellectual property issues connected with the song were resolved. Some background on these bits of celebrity reindeer trivia are linked below.

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Drosselmeyer

wow

interesting history

I didn't know much past Gene Autry

thanks for sharing

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Michael Rielly

I found this in an antique store last year... :D

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Nick Hudson

I use the story of Rudolf all the time.

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Santa Johnny Boy

I read the article, but maybe I didn't see it.  If Gene Autry recorded the 1950 version, then who recorded the 1947 version?

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1 hour ago, Santa Johnny Boy said:

I read the article, but maybe I didn't see it.  If Gene Autry recorded the 1950 version, then who recorded the 1947 version?

The article is through a History Channel.com service. They make errors like this ALL the time, sometimes that conflict with their own sources. Likely this is one of those. I often try to send in corrections to them, but it is a rabbit hole of circular links that I can never seem to get past. I missed this one...glad your eyes were better than mine on this story.

I checked other sources, and it appears the History Channel was incorrect again...at least on the year. The first recording was the Gene Autry version in 1949. Obviously he was ahead of his time, since apparently the song went #1 two years before it was recorded.:sc_hmm: To me, that's an even better story!!!

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Hubcity Santa

Thank you for sharing this story. Love reading history about Christmas 

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