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composer , performer , songwriter

Johnny John D. Marks, American Born: Mount Vernon, New York, November 10, 1909 Composer ( art: performer, December) songwriter. award Comml; award, World Achievement award McBurney School. Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (director from 1957, board review, advisory committee), television Academy New York (governor), Marshall Chess.

Background

Marks, Johnny John D. was born on November 10, 1909 in Mount Vernon, New York, United States. Son of Louis B. and Sadie (Van Praag) Marks.

Education

Bachelor of Science, Colgate University, 1931.

Career

Composer popular songs including: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Address Unknown, She'll Always Remember, Night Before Christmas Song, I Heard the Bells onChristmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Anyone Can Move a Mountain, Silver and Gold, When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter, A Caroling We Go, Joyous Christmas, Don't Cross Your Fingers, Cross Your Heart, Everything I've Always Wanted (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers award), She'll Always Remember, Who Calls. Editor and arranger two carolbooks. Originator of melody and harmony method of easy piano arrangements.

Composer 1-hr. annual Christmas television color spectacular Rudolph theRed-Nosed Reindeer with 8 songs for National Broadcasting Company, from 1964, television spectacular Ballad of Smokey the Bear, with 8 songs for National Broadcasting Company, 1965, 67, 68, television special.The Tiny Tree with eight songs, 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, television spectacularRudolph's Shiny New Year (Emmy nominee), with 8 songs for American Broadcasting Company, 1976,77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 11 songs motion picture with Ethyl Merman, Rudolph and Frosty. Also commercials General Electric Corporation. President, St. Nicholas Music, Inc.

Tour with United Service Organizations-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Far East, 1968. Trustee Colgate University, chairman President' Club. Judge Stephen Foster Singing Contest, Florida.

Works

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    • Composer popular songs including: Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer, Address Unknown, She'll Always Remember, Night Before Christmas Song, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree, A Holly Jolly Christmas, Anyone Can Move a Mountain, Silver and Gold, When Santa Claus Gets Your Letter, A Caroling We Go, Joyous Christmas, Don't Cross Your Fingers, Cross Your Heart, Everything I've Always Wanted (American Society of Composers award), She'll Always Remember, Who Calls. Editor and arranger two carol books. Originator of melody and harmony method of easy piano arrangements.

      Composer 1-hr. annual Christmas television color spectacular Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer with 8 songs for NBC, from 1964, television spectacular Ballad of Smokey the Bear, with 8 songs for NBC, 1965, 67, 68, television special The Tiny Tree with eight songs, 1975, 76, 77, 78, 79, television spectacular Rudolph's Shiny New Year (Emmy nominee), with 8 songs for ABC, 1976, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 11 songs motion picture with Ethyl Merman, Rudolph and Frosty. Also commercials General Electric corporation. President, St. Nicholas Music, Inc.

      Tour with United Service Organizations-American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Far East, 1968. Trustee Colgate University, chairman President' Club. Judge Stephen Foster Singing Contest, Florida Served to captain United States Army, 1942-1946.

      Decorated Bronze Star with 4 battle stars. Named Songwriter of Year by Songhits magazine, 1949. Gold award Commercial Film and television Festival of New York, 1967, International Society Santa Claus award, World Achievement award McBurney School.

      Named to Songwriter's Hall of Fame.

Membership

Member American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (director from 1957, board review, advisory committee), television Academy New York (governor), Marshall Chess.

Connections

Married Margaret Hope May, October 25, 1947 (deceased). Children: Michael, Laura, David.

father:
Louis B. Marks

mother:
Sadie(Van Praag) Marks

spouse:
Margaret Hope May

children:
Laura Marks

Michael Marks

David Marks