Here’s a little bit more about songwriter Johnny Marks:
In 1947, he was asked to write a song based on Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a poem written by his brother-in-law Robert L. May, a copywriter with the Montgomery Ward department store chain. Ward’s had already given away six million illustrated copies of May’s story before Marks even composed a note, but the song itself (popularized by Gene Autry’s 1949 recording) still sold over 30 million copies in the decades to follow, inspiring a beloved television special which premiered in 1964.
Marks was named to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he died September 3, 1985.
Some of his Christmas songs include: