Gene Autry wouldn't have recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" if not for his wife's urging, as the story goes. The song went on to become the second-biggest Christmas hit of the first half of the 20th century, after "White Christmas." That was in 1949, but Autry had already had a major holiday hit in 1947 with "Here Comes Santa Claus," and would go on to enjoy success with a number of other seasonal songs. Original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Other Children's Christmas Favorites collects the original recordings of Autry's holiday hits from the late '40s and early '50s, including "The Night Before Christmas Song," a duet with Rosemary Clooney. Some of the lesser known Christmas songs are the most fun, like "He's a Chubby Little Fellow" and "I Wish My Mom Would Marry Santa Claus." Not all of Autry's yuletide offerings from this period are on the album, but all the hits are here, and more.
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