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Watch Chuck Berry's Heart-Warming “Run Rudolph Run” Animated Video

Chuck Berry with a PAF humbucker-loaded Gibson ES-350T in 1958
Chuck Berry in 1958 holding a Natural finish PAF humbucker-loaded Gibson ES-350T (Image credit: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

"All I want for Christmas is a rock ‘n’ roll electric guitar," sings Chuck Berry (1926-2017) – a sentiment shared by many a guitarist since the father of rock ‘n’ roll released his recording of “Run Rudolph Run” in 1958.

A Gibson devotee, Berry became synonymous with the company’s thinline semi-hollowbody electric guitars launched that year. Already known for playing an ES-350T thinline hollowbody electric, Berry was an early adopter of the ES-335, -345 and -355 instruments and continues to help popularize these iconic guitars to this day.

Indeed, earlier this year Gibson introduced the Chuck Berry 1970s ES-355 to their ES (Electric Spanish) line alongside the Chuck Berry 1955 ES-350T.

Chuck Berry (1928-2017) performs on November 23, 1981, at the Fox Theatre in Detroit, Michigan.

(Image credit: Ross Marino/Getty Images)

Berry’s cut of "Run Rudolph Run" made it well into the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1958. It eventually became a top ten-selling single earlier this year – several decades following its original release.

Over time, “Run Rudolph Run” has established itself as a firm seasonal favorite, with countless artists having recorded their own version of this generations-old rock ‘n’ roll Christmas classic.

We’ve compiled a playlist of ten of our favorites. Everyone has theirs, so in no particular order…

Brian Setzer

Lemmy, Billy F. Gibbons and Dave Grohl

Keith Richards

L.A. Guns

Lynyrd Skynyrd

Grateful Dead

Foo Fighters

Cheap Trick

Sheryl Crow

Dwight Yoakam

We hope you enjoyed listening. Stay tuned for more over the Christmas period, and from all of us at Guitar Player - happy holidays!

Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros, and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist magazine, MusicRadar, and Guitar World, as well as contributions for specialist books and blogs. He is also a lifelong musician.