Rudolph — who saved Christmas! — was created by Montgomery Ward employee Robert May in 1939; Wards gave away over 2 million Xmas coloring books that year. In 1998 Rudolf gets his whole story told in a movie.
Singing cowboy Autry had the Midas touch. Star of 94 films, multi-millionaire, 36-year baseball-team owner, member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, record-label owner. He put out several very successful Xmas records; he wrote his first hit, 1947’s US#9 Here Comes Santa Claus. Frosty the Snowman was a US#4 in 1950. He’s a lot easier to listen to over-and-over than The Chipmunks!
In 1987 the song, along with the album (US#3), wins the group the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. After 3 more albums Hornsby goes solo, works with dozens of major artists, and releases dozens of live albums. And that‘s the way it is.
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