Monday, 9 December 2013

ADVENT CALENDAR: Dec 9th - Chuck Berry - 'Run Rudolph Run'

"Run Rudolph Run" is a Christmas song popularized by Chuck Berry and written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP). The song was first recorded by Berry in 1958 and released as a single on Chess Records (label no. 1714).

Even though the song was written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by Johnny Marks' publishing company, St. Nicholas Music, the 1958 45 rpm has the song as written by "C. Berry Music and M. Brodie". The thought was to cover up the known Christmas songwriter Johnny Marks from hip RandB DJs and buyers. The song was subsequently officially always listed as written by Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and published by St. Nicholas Music (ASCAP). All cover versions of the song show the composers as Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie and the publisher as St. Nicholas Music. Chuck Berry's original 1958 recording charted on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in December 1958, reaching a peak of number 69. Berry's version also made the 1963 UK list, peaking at number 36. 

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