Run Rudolph Run

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"Run, Rudolph, Run"
B-side to "Merry Christmas, Baby" by Chuck Berry
Published St. Nicholas Music
Released 1958
Label Chess 1714
Writer Johnny Marks and Marvin Brodie

"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). It has since been covered by numerous other artists, sometimes under the title "Run, Run, Rudolph".[1] The song is a 12-bar blues, and has a clear musical parallel to Chuck Berry's very popular and recognizable song "Johnny B. Goode", and is also melodically identical to Berry's "Little Queenie", released in 1959.

History[edit]

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 single has the song written by "C. Berry Music & M. Brodie". The thought was to cover up the known Christmas songwriter Johnny Marks from hip R&B DJs and buyers.[citation needed] 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.

Covers[edit]

This song has been covered by Conan O'Brien along with Jimmy Vivino and the Basic Cable Band, Emily Osment, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Sister Hazel, Billy Ray Cyrus, Five Easy Pieces, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Dave Edmunds, Hanson, Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Lulu, Click Five, The Grateful Dead, Keith Richards, Brinsley Schwarz, Jimmy Buffett, Foghat, Paul Brandt, Whitney Wolanin, Kelly Clarkson, The Tractors, Dwight Yoakam, Reverend Horton Heat, Hanoi Rocks, Billy Idol, Cee Lo Green, Luke Bryan, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Joe Perry, Los Lonely Boys, Jane Krakowski, the cast of Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet, The Yobs, Vincent Martella (as his character, Phineas Flynn, from Phineas and Ferb), The Muppets' band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem as well as a one-off supergroup consisting of Lemmy Kilmister, Billy Gibbons, and Dave Grohl for the 2008 album We Wish You a Metal Xmas and a Headbanging New Year.

Chart performance[edit]

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. In 2013, Whitney Wolanin released her rendition of the song, and has reached Top 5 on the Billboard Charts. The only other recordings to have charted in the U.S. were by country music artists Luke Bryan, whose late 2008 rendition peaked at number 42 on the Hot Country Songs charts, and Justin Moore, whose late 2011 rendition peaked at number 58 on the Hot Country Songs chart.

Chuck Berry[edit]

Chart (1958) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 69
Chart (1963) Peak
position
UK Singles Chart 36

Whitney Wolanin[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart 2

Luke Bryan[edit]

Chart (2008—2009) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 42

Justin Moore[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 58

In the media[edit]

"Run, Rudolph, Run" has been played in many movies, including:

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