How Did Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Get His Name and Who Wrote the Christmas Song?

In 1939, Robert May, a copywriter for Montgomery Ward, wrote a promotional Christmas poem for that Chicago department store.

The main character in the poem was “Rollo” the Red-Nosed Reindeer, but the corporate executives didn’t like that name, nor did they approve of May’s second suggestion, “Reginald.”

It was May’s four-year-old daughter who came up with “Rudolph,” and the title for the Christmas classic stuck.

how did rudolph the red nosed reindeer get his name and who wrote the christmas song

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was first sung commercially by crooner Harry Brannon on New York city radio in late 1948.

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