Did You Know: Gene Autry's "Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer"

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Today’s ‘Tickets @ Two’ for Hair tickets at the Pantages Theatre is “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” by [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gene Autry[/lastfm].

The story of Rudolph was written in 1939 by Robert L. May for the Chicago-based Montgomery Ward department stores, as a promotional gift for the stores customers. The store chain bought and distributed coloring books every christmas and saw that writing their own story was a way to save money.

Montgomery Ward distributed 2.4 million copies of the Rudolph booklet in 1939. A total of 6 million copies had been given out by the end of 1946, even though wartime paper shortages restricted printing. The reindeer was almost named Rollo or Reginald. They considered both names before settling on Rudolph.

Gene Autry (The Singing Cowboy) recorded the song in 1949, selling two million copies that year alone.

Gene Autry died in 1998, and is the only person to have 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which he earned for movies, radio, music recording, television, and live theatre. He as you may know brought the Angels Baseball team into existence in 1961.

Be caller # 7 when we play it between two and three this afternoon for a pair of tickets to Hair, at the Pantages by calling 1-800-232-KRTH (5784)!

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