Here Comes Santa Claus & Rudolph Medley
Gene Autry's Melody Ranch Radio Show
(December 24, 1949)
Gene Autry's December 24, 1949 Melody Ranch Christmas Eve Party radio broadcast opened with a special performance – a medley of his 1947 holiday hit "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" and his new seasonal sensation "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer."
Announcer Charlie Lyon introduces this clip. Gene is joined by the musical trios the Cass County Boys and the Pinafores plus Carl Cotner's Orchestra.
Gene Autry debuted "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" on his Melody Ranch Radio Show November 30, 1947. He debuted "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on his October 8, 1949 show. This medley of both Christmas classics was only performed once by Gene on his radio show, December 24, 1949.
"Here Come Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)"
Written by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman
© 1947 Gene Autry's Western Music Publishing
"Rudolph, The Red-Nosed Reindeer"
Written by Johnny Marks
© 1949 St. Nicholas Music Inc.
© Autry Qualified Interest Trust and The Autry Foundation