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01 Dec 15 Randy Brooks To Tell Stories of Grandma and Others

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By Tom Keener
Celebrate the holidays with Randy Brooks at 7:30 p.m. Friday, December 11, at the Allen Public Library. This singer-songwriter established himself decades ago as the modern holiday music troubadour with his classic hit “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Randy Brooks

Radio personality George Gimarc reminisced, “Back when “Grandma Got Run Over” was still a fledgling song in the Christmas cannon, I could count on Randy Brooks calling me up at my radio station, just like any other listener, wanting to talk about his record. Appearing to be an eager regular listener who just also happened to be the creator of this silly new record, he always made it on the air with a story about the song, insuring we would play it this season. I later found out he was working the phones all over the country, calling other radio stations doing the same thing. The clever, personal tactic managed to gain him huge airplay and after about eight years of that, the song became a Christmas regular. It was a well-crafted, thoughtful promotions angle that worked. And what a silly record as well. We are all better for it to balance out the treacle of all the other ‘usuals.’ Since most Christmas music we know today as standards was written between 1946-1966, it was refreshing to have something really new.”

“Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer” was covered by the Irish Rovers, a Finnish band, and before the Super Bowl one year, there was a “Chargers Got Run Over By the Niners” rendition.

Randy will joined by Johnny Hooper on guitar. Randy and Johnny are members of the folk band Young Country.

The library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr. Call 214-509-4911 for more information.

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