Today on “Days to Remember” I wanted to write about a Christmas tunes that we love and share during the holiday season called, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” but who wrote this infamous tune?
The song was written by Johnny Marks, who was a very prolific Christmas songwriter. His other songs include “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
First released in 1958, it didn’t dent the charts that year or the next year when it was released, but in 1960 after Brenda Lee scored a few hits, this song caught on and became a Christmas classic.
Lee was just 13 years old when she recorded this song in 1958. Known as “Little Miss Dynamite,” she stood 4’9″.
An instrumental version of the song appears as background music in the 1964 television special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which exclusively featured music written by Marks.
It can be heard in the scene where Rudolph first arrives at the Reindeer Games and meets another reindeer named Fireball.
The song was also used in the 1990 film Home Alone during a scene when Kevin McCallister pretends that there is a holiday party taking place in his house, and discourages the burglars from robbing it.
Today’s YouTube video presentation brought to you by user name, Christmas Time TV, presents the song sung by little Miss Dynamite Brenda Lee when she just thirteen years old singing the song called, “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree.”
Who was Johnny Marks?
Johnny Marks was born in Mt. Vernon, New York on November 10, 1909. After graduation from Colgate University and Columbia University, Marks studied in Paris.
He served during World War II as a Captain in the 26th Special Service Company where he received a Bronze Star and 4 Battle Stars for his service.
In 1949, Marks formed St. Nicholas Music. His wealthy catalog includes stellar contemporary Christmas carols most notably “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer”. The song was based on a poem by the same name, written by Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May.
Marks also served as the director of the Association of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) from 1957 through 1961.
Johnny Marks died September 3, 1985, but what a great talent he was that we still listening to his Christmas songs today!
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