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Song of the Day #96

Song of the Day: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks, has a fascinating history as a modern holiday classic. It is also the title track, sung by Burl Ives, to one of my favorite annual animated holiday specials, which, tonight, celebrates its 40th anniversary in a CBS television network showing. (The track was, of course, first recorded by Gene Autry in 1949.) Just a prelude to some of my favorite holiday songs, featured later this month. Check out the audio clips to the soundtrack here. And happy birthday to my red-haired friend Cameron!