Christmas Song of the Day 2020: part 4

Christmas Song of the Day: Run Rudolph Run by the Brian Setzer Orchestra

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Today’s song, Run Rudolph Run, is one you might think was written by a popular rock band doing a blow-off Christmas album, as so many artists do. But it was actually co-written by Johnny Marks, the same composer who gave us the famous “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. Its first recording goes all the way back to 1958, done by the great Chuck Berry.

The arrangement I’m sharing today, though, is decidedly more modern, performed by the Brian Setzer Orchestra. My first introduction to The BSO was through their covers of jazz and rock standards, but they’ve done a lot of Christmas music as well, both classics and original pieces. I’m always glad to add their big band music into my holiday repertoire.