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"Fame and Fortune" is a song written for the Rankin/Bass Christmas special Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It was written to replace "We're a Couple of Misfits" in order to fit in the extended ending to the special. This song appeared in place of the original on the 1965-1997 televised prints, after which the "We're a Couple of Misfits" song was reinstated in 1998, including subsequent home media releases. However, in recent CBS airings, the "Fame and Fortune" footage is now used while a shortened version of "We're a Couple of Misfits" is played.

The sequence featuring the song was included as a bonus feature on Sony Wonder's DVD releases of the special in 2002 and 2004, and again on the Genius Products DVD release in 2007, but oddly wasn't featured on any subsequent DVD or Blu-ray releases afterward.

An extended version of "Fame And Fortune" appeared in the stage adaptation Rudolph: The Musical. In that adaptation, Yukon Cornelius sings the song along with Rudolph and Hermey.


Rudolph and Hermey: Fame and fortune, fame and fortune
We're off to seek them now
Anyone can have them both
It just takes the right know-how

Hermey: We put on our traveling shoes today
Rudolph: We won't stop until we find the way
Both: To fame and fortune, fame and fortune
They will be ours someday

Fame and fortune, fame and fortune
They will be ours someday!