Song of the Day Dec 22

December 22, 2023

Today our song is: Run Rudolph Run

Wikipedia tells us this about the song:

Chuck Berry reported that he wrote the song himself, but then discovered that the name Rudolph was trademarked by Johnny Marks. Marks sued and consequently was given songwriting credit although he "had nothing to do with the song." Berry also said that M. Brodie does not exist, but was a pseudonym created as "a scheme to make more money for Marks and his publisher." Berry's 1958 45-rpm single gives writing credits to "C. Berry Music – M. Brodie". All subsequent cover versions of the song are credited to Marks and Brodie, as published by Marks's St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP).

The song's dialogue between Santa and the children references popular toys of the 1950s:

Said Santa to a boy child "What have you been longing for?"

"All I want for Christmas is a rock and roll electric guitar"

And then away went Rudolph a-whizzing like a shooting star

Said Santa to a girl child "What would please you most to get?"

"A little baby doll that can cry, sleep, drink and wet"

And then away went Rudolph a-whizzing like a Sabre jet.



  1. Wow! I had no idea a out this backstop. It's sad how they took advantage of Berry's song.


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