The origins of Rudolph the red nosed reindeer

Rudolph the reindeerHave you ever wondered where Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer character came from? Well wonder no more!

Rudolph was created in 1939 for a Christmas promotion in the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago.

A poem was written by Robert May, who was an advertising copywriter for the store, but music wasn’t added to the jingle until 1947, by which time May had persuaded the store to let him have the rights to the Rudolph character.

In 1949 Gene Autry recorded the song and had a massive hit with it!

Even today, every Christmas, children and some adults love to sing Rudolph’s song.

All together now… “Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose….”