Other Random Facts

  • The story was written by Robert L. May originally for Montgomery Ward.
    • The retailer had been buying coloring books to give out to children during the Christmas season, but they felt creating their own coloring books would be cheaper.
  • The story was originally rejected because a big red nose was associated with alcoholism in the 1930's.
  • The most popular version of the song was done by Gene Autry in 1949.
  • Autry's version of the song is the only song to completely fall off the charts after reaching number 1.
  • Autry's version sold 1.75 million copies it's first holiday season.
  • Burl Ives recorded his own version of the song for the holiday special in 1964.
  • All cover versions included, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is second only to Bing Crosby's version of White Christmas.
  • Rudolph's parents have changed through the years.
    • 1964 special - Donner (father), Mrs. Donner (mother)
    • 1998 film - Blitzen (father), Mitzi (mother)