This December at Steyn's Song of the Week we're celebrating some of the big Christmas standards. We started last week with "Baby, It's Cold Outside". This week we're presenting an audio special marking the 75th birthday of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, who made his debut in a children's giveaway booklet for the Montgomery Ward department store in Christmas 1939.
In this special podcast, Mark tells the story of Rudolph and the two brothers-in-law who made him part of the American holiday season. Along the way we'll hear music from Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Harry Connick Jr, Peggy Lee, Michael BublĂ©, the Ink Spots, Brenda Lee, Glenn Miller and Harry Belafonte - and a few other songs by a Jewish songwriter who wrote more Christmas songs than anyone else, including "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" and "A Holly Jolly Christmas". And we'll end with a live performance from a couple of years back on The Mark Steyn Christmas Show: DorothĂ©e Berryman, star of the Oscar-winning movie Barbarian Invasions, and Monique Fauteux, who's sung with everyone from Charles Trenet to the Quebec progressive rock band Harmonium, join Mark for a bilingual take on Rudolph and his nez rouge.
~If you enjoy DorothĂ©e Berryman and Monique Fauteux, you can hear more of them on The Mark Steyn Christmas Show and on Mark's two-CD salute to Frank Loesser. And Monique joins Mark on his new album Goldfinger for a bilingual version of our Song of the Week #31. If you're a fan of Steyn's Song of the Week, you may like to know that Goldfinger also includes Mark's versions of Song of the Week #32, Song of the Week #172, Song of the Week #195, Song of the Week #207, Song of the Week #220 and Song of the Week #221. The album is available from the Steyn store either on CD or via digital download or as part of a limited-time-only double-bill with Mark's new book. It's also on sale at Amazon and CD Baby.