‘Run Rudolph Run’¹ is a song recorded in 1958 by Chuck Berry (and melodically identical to a more famous one he’d release one year later, ‘Little Queenie’). Since then it’s been covered by a remarkable array of artists – from Keith Richards, Dave Edmunds, Sheryl Crow, Bryan Adams, Billy Idol, Reverend Horton Heat, Foghat, and The Grateful Dead to Hanson, Kelly Clarkson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakam, Jimmy Buffet, and even the esteemed Muppets band, Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem. My personal favorite version is this funky one that comes from the 2012 album by Cee Lo Green, titled Cee Lo’s Magic Moment, an absolutely phenomenal Christmas collection from beginning to end.
Enjoy the video – annotated by some kind soul to include both the lyrics as well as Cee Lo’s various asides. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.
¹It’s 3-word title is ordered the way it is as ‘Run Rudolph Run’ despite the fact that the phrase appears 12 times in the song only as “Run, run, Rudolph” and never as the title suggests
*And as an “Easter egg” for Christmas, please consider enjoying another festive version, this one by Motörhead’s Lemmy Kilmister, and backed by Billy Gibbons on guitar and Dave Grohl on drums. Note: if you do listen and make it to the end, brace yourself for Lemmy’s heart-warming holiday message.