This interesting news story was brought to my attention by Anthony Lord who was also quick to point out that it has been circulating on and off for decades and as far as is known, no one knows where, or from whom it originated. That being said, we live in an era when high-ranking individuals just make shit up and pass it off as real. So what can be the harm in one more of those? Executive Producers Don Caron & Jerry Pender
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LYRICS to AMBROSE
Modified from Rudolph by Anthony Lord, inspired by others who have done the same but we don’t know who.
Ambrose the Glassy-Assed Antelope,
Had a very glassy ass,
And if you ever saw it,
you would say that it was . . . a glassy ass.
Every one of Santa’s reindeer,
Used to laugh and call him names.
They never let poor Ambrose
Join in any reindeer games.
Then one foggy Christmas Eve
Santa came to say,
‘Ambrose with your ass so bright,
won’t you be my back-up light?’
Then how the reindeer loved him,
as they shouted out with glee,
Ambrose the Glassy-Assed Antelope,
You’ll go down in History!
Repeat ad nauseam
ABOUT THE ORIGINAL
“Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company. Gene Autry’s recording hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.
In 1939, Marks’ brother-in-law, Robert L. May, created the character Rudolph as an assignment for Montgomery Ward, and Marks decided to adapt the story of Rudolph into a song. English singer-songwriter and entertainer Ian Whitcomb interviewed Marks on the creation of the song in 1972.
The song had an added introduction, paraphrasing the poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” (public domain by the time the song was written), stating the names of the eight reindeer, which went:
“You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen,
Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen,
But do you recall
The most famous reindeer of all?”
The song was first introduced live on New York Radio (WOR) by crooner Harry Brannon in November 1949. Gene Autry recorded the song on June 27, 1949; which was later released as a children’s record by Columbia Records in September 1949. By November, Columbia began pushing the record to the pop music market. It hit No. 1 in the US charts during Christmas 1949. The song was suggested as a “B” side for a record Autry was making. Autry first rejected the song, but his wife convinced him to use it. The success of this Christmas song by Autry gave support to Autry’s subsequent popular Easter song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail”. Autry’s version of the song also holds the distinction of being the only chart-topping hit to fall completely off the chart after reaching No. 1. The official date of its No. 1 status was for the week ending January 7, 1950, making it the first No. 1 song of the 1950s.
The song was also performed on the December 6, 1949, Fibber McGee and Molly radio broadcast by Teeny (Marian Jordan’s little girl character) and the Kingsmen vocal group. The lyrics varied greatly from the Autry version.[ Autry’s recording sold 1.75 million copies its first Christmas season and 1.5 million the following year. In 1969, it was awarded a gold disk by the RIAA for sales of 7 million, which was Columbia’s highest-selling record at the time. It eventually sold a total of 12.5 million. Cover versions included, sales exceed 150 million copies, second only to Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas”.
Autry recorded another version of the song in the fall of 1957, and released it the same year through his own record label, Challenge Records. This version featured an accompaniment by a full orchestra and chorus. This was the only other version of the song Autry recorded and released on an album.
In 1959, Chuck Berry released a recording of a sequel, “Run Rudolph Run” (sometimes called “Run Run Rudolph”), originally credited to Berry but subsequent releases are often credited to Marks and Marvin Brodie.
In December 2018, Autry’s original version entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 36, nearly 70 years after it first charted. It climbed to No. 27 the week ending December 22, 2018 and peaked at No. 16 the week ending January 5, 2019.
FYI, Ambrose is entirely fictional
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