Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer sung Gene Autry 1949 lyrics Johnny Marks Based on a 1939 "cheery children's book", a Christmas giveaway published by the Montgomery Ward department store in Chicago. The booklet was written by Robert Lewis May 1905-1976, born into a secular Jewish home in New York, and also Johnny Marks's brother-in-law. You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Had a very shiny nose And if you ever saw it You would even say it glows All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names They never let poor Rudolph Join in any reindeer games Then one foggy Christmas Eve Santa came to say "Rudolph, with your nose so bright Won't you guide my sleigh tonight?" Then how the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer You'll go down in history"