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Johnny Marks
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    (November 10, 1909-September 3, 1985)
    Born in Mount Vernon, New York
    Wrote or co-wrote:
    'Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer' for Gene Autry (1949)
    'I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day' for Bing Crosby (1956)
    'Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree' for Brenda Lee (1958)
    'Run Rudolph Run' for Chuck Berry (1958)
    'A Holly Jolly Christmas' for Burl Ives (1964)
    Composed music for the <13891>Rankin/Bass
    He was a Jewish songwriter who had his biggest success with Christmas songs.
    He even named his publishing company St. Nicholas Music.
    He complained about 'Rudolph,' 'This is not exactly what I hoped to be remembered for.'
    During World War II, he was originally assigned to a unit to entertain front-line troops, but ended up earning a Bronze Star for leading 20 men in an attack on a castle and capturing the 100 Germans inside.
    He was selected for a USO songwriters unit to entertain soldiers in the Far East (1963).
    He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1981).
    Various recordings of 'Rudolph' collectively sold over 140 million records, making it second only to Irving Berlin's 'White Christmas' among holiday songs.

Credit: C. Fishel

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