John David Marks (November 10, 1909 – September 3, 1985) was an American songwriter. He specialized in Christmas songs and wrote many holiday standards, including "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (a hit for Gene Autry and others), "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (a hit for Brenda Lee), "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (recorded by the Quinto Sisters and later by Burl Ives), "Silver and Gold" (for Burl Ives), "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" (introduced by Bing Crosby), and "Run Rudolph Run" (recorded by Chuck Berry).
Birth and Death Data: Born November 10th, 1909 (Mount Vernon), Died September 3rd, 1985 (New York City)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1950
Roles Represented in DAHR: songwriter, composer
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||BS-101383||10-in.||4/22/1936||Summer holiday||Eddy Duchin Orchestra ; Lew Sherwood||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-102375||10-in.||7/1/1936||Summer holiday||Wingy Manone Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||PBS-09885||10-in.||12/16/1937||Neglected||Fats Waller and his Rhythm||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-018150||10-in.||1/13/1938||Neglected||Palmer Brothers ; Larry Wynn||Male vocal solo, with male vocal quartet and instrumental ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-024075||10-in.||7/22/1938||Don't cross your fingers, cross your heart||Jimmy Brown ; Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-024456||10-in.||8/5/1938||Don't cross your fingers, cross your heart||Johnny Messner ; Music Box Band ; Three Jacks||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-037685||10-in.||6/26/1939||Address unknown||Red Nichols Orchestra ; Marion Redding||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-067887||10-in.||9/19/1941||Who calls?||Alvino Rey Orchestra ; Bill Schallen||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-067929||10-in.||9/25/1941||Who calls?||Allan DeWitt ; Jan Savitt ; Top Hatters||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||composer|
|Victor||BS-068312||10-in.||11/14/1941||Who calls?||Barry Wood||Male vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||composer|
|Victor||BS-071798||10-in.||2/10/1942||She'll always remember||Dinah Shore||Female vocal solo, with jazz/dance band||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-071849||10-in.||2/13/1942||She'll always remember||Carl Denny ; Hal McIntyre Orchestra||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-071862||10-in.||2/18/1942||She'll always remember||Ray Eberle ; Glenn Miller Orchestra ; Modernaires||Jazz/dance band, with male vocal solo and mixed vocal ensemble||songwriter|
|Victor||BS-073459||10-in.||3/19/1942||She'll always remember||Earl Hines Orchestra ; Madeline Green ; Three Varieties||Jazz/dance band, with female vocal solo and male vocal trio||songwriter|
|Victor||E0VB-4637||10-in.||5/19/1950||Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer||Wilf Carter||Male vocal solo, with string band||composer|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Marks, Johnny," accessed October 17, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107948.
Marks, Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 17, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/107948.
"Marks, Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 17 October 2021.
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