Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (soundtrack)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Original LP cover art (1964 Decca)
Soundtrack album by cast
Released December 13, 1964 (LP)
June 1, 1995 (CD)
Recorded 1964
Genre Soundtrack, Christmas music, Traditional pop
Length 35:22
Label Decca Records (LP)
MCA Records (CD)
Singles from Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  1. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer"
    Released: September 1, 1949 (1949-09-01)
  2. "A Holly Jolly Christmas"
    Released: November 1964
CD cover
CD re-issue cover art (1995 MCA)
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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a soundtrack album to the 1964 Rankin/Bass television special of the same name. The original cast recordings from the TV special (side "A" of the original LP release) are supplemented with instrumental versions recorded by the Decca Concert Orchestra (on side "B"). All songs used in the television special were written by Johnny Marks.

The original LP album was first released in 1964, and reissued as a CD in 1995.[2] The CD was certified Gold by the RIAA on November 30, 2004.[3] As of November, the album has sold 1,411,200 copies in the United States since 1991 when SoundScan began tracking sales.[4]

Track listing

LP side A:

  1. Overture and "A Holly Jolly Christmas" – 2:23
  2. "Jingle Jingle Jingle" – 1:13
  3. "We Are Santa's Elves" – 1:31
  4. "There's Always Tomorrow" – 1:42
  5. "We're a Couple of Misfits" – 1:18
  6. "Silver and Gold" – 1:42
  7. "The Most Wonderful Day of the Year" – 2:18
  8. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" – 1:18
  9. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Finale – 1:19

LP side B (instrumental versions):

  1. "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" – 1:50
  2. "There's Always Tomorrow – 2:22
  3. "Jingle Jingle Jingle" – 2:14
  4. "We're a Couple of Misfits" – 1:50
  5. "Silver and Gold" – 2:21
  6. "We Are Santa's Elves" - 1:09
  7. "Most Wonderful Day of the Year" – 2:22
  8. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" – 1:32
  9. Christmas Medley: "The Night Before Christmas Song" / "A Merry Merry Christmas" / "When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter" / "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" – 3:17
  10. "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" – 1:41
  • On the re-issue on CD, contents / track order are the same except the "Christmas Medley" is placed in the middle, at track 10 (between A9 and B1 - the Burl Ives' sung and instrumental versions of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer").
  • The brand-new song "Fame and Fortune", which replaced "We're a Couple of Misfits" in airings of the television special from 1965 through until the special was restored in 1998,[5] does not appear on the soundtrack album.

Voices and Personnel

  • Burl Ives – voice of Sam the Snowman ("A Holly Jolly Christmas," "Silver and Gold," "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer")
  • Stan Francis – voice of Santa Claus ("Jingle, Jingle, Jingle")
  • Janis Orenstein – voice of Clarice ("There's Always Tomorrow")
  • Billie Mae Richards – voice of Rudolph ("We're A Couple Of Misfits")
  • Paul Soles – voice of Hermey ("We're A Couple Of Misfits")
  • Maury Laws – musical director of the Videocraft TV Musical
  • Decca Concert Orchestra (side B instrumentals)
  • Herbert Rehbein – conductor, Decca Concert Orchestra


Chart Peak
US Billboard 200[6] 92
US Top Holiday Albums (Billboard)[7] 5
US Top Catalog Albums (Billboard)[8] 4


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