Where’d the song “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” come from? In 1939, it was written by Johnny Marks for a character his brother-in-law created named “Rudolph”. The song, which was created for the story of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, was part of a marketing assignment for “Montgomery Ward” stores.
What does this have to do with country singer Gene Autry?
During the week of Christmas in 1949, Mr. Autry’s version of the song “Rudolph” hit number one on the charts and was the first #1 song of the 1950’s.
However, after a single week on top (which ended on Jan. 7th of 1950), his chart-topper became the only song ever to completely fall from #1 to “off the top list” in the span of a single week.