December 2,1949

Gene Autry’s “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” debuted on the charts. The recording of the song hit No. 1 on the Billboard pop singles chart the week of Christmas 1949. Autry's recording sold 2.5 million copies the first year, eventually selling a total of 25 million, and it remained the second best-selling record of all time until the 1980s.

It let to a theatrical short, a children's book, a comic book, a legendary television special and a full length theatrical feature.

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  • #1 On This Date

    SINGLES

    2006 – Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats

    2000 – Brad Paisley – “We Danced

    1995 – George Strait – “Check Yes Or No

    1989 – Randy Travis – “It’s Just A Matter Of Time

    1978 – Eddie Rabbitt – “I Just Want To Love You

    1972 – Charley Pride – “She’s Too Good To Be True

    1967 – Sonny James – “It’s The Little Things

    1957 – Elvis Presley – “Jailhouse Rock

    1950 – Hank Snow – “I’m Movin’ On

    1944 – Red Foley – “Smoke On The Water

     

    ALBUMS

    2006 – Keith Urban – Love, Pain & The Whole Crazy Thing

    2000 – Alan Jackson – When Somebody Loves You

    1995 – Alan Jackson – The Greatest Hits Collection

    1989 – Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back

    1978 – Waylon Jennings – I’ve Always Been Crazy

    1972 – Merle Haggard – The Best Of

    1967 – Eddy Arnold – Turn The World Around

  • Birthdays

    Songwriter Casey Beathard is 49

    Singer Jana Kramer is 31.