In the unmistakable intro, Berry sings a warning to Rudolph about another reindeer that's hot on his heels:Out of all the reindeers you know you're the mastermind
Run, run Rudolph, Randolph ain't too far behind
As we know from Marks' original, the lesser reindeer are Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. So, who is this Randolph character that's creeping up on the most famous reindeer of all? It's possible that Berry was referencing "Randolph The Flat-Nosed Reindeer," a country-novelty tune from 1953 by Homer and Jethro, a duo known for satirizing popular songs. (They had a Top 10 Country hit in 1949 with a version of "Baby It's Cold Outside
" featuring June Carter.) In their take on the classic, Santa tries his hand at rhinoplasty when he lops off Randolph's funny-looking snout, and then sews it back on upside down. He probably wasn't too much of a threat to Rudolph because he could never get his flat nose to light up "because his batteries were dead."
Unlike Berry, Homer and Jethro didn't have to give up the rights to Marks, but they did have to share songwriting credit with him.