The original 1943 release by Bing Crosby on Decca, 18570A.
I'll Be Home for Christmas" is a Christmas song recorded in 1943 by Bing Crosby who scored a top ten hit with the song. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" has since gone on to become a Christmas standard. [1 ] Theme [edit ]
The song is sung from the point of view of an overseas soldier during WWII, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family that he will be coming home, and to prepare the holiday for him including requests for "snow", "mistletoe", and "presents on the tree". The song ends on a melancholy note, with the soldier saying "I'll be home for Christmas, if only in my dreams."
[2 ] Writing and copyright [edit ]
The song was written by the lyricist
Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent. Buck Ram, who previously wrote a poem and song with the same title, was credited as a co-writer of the song following a lawsuit. The original 1943 release of the song by Bing Crosby on Decca Records listed only Walter Kent and Kim Gannon as the songwriters on the record label. Later pressings added the name of Buck Ram to the songwriting credit. [3 ] Bing Crosby recording [edit ]
On October 4, 1943, Crosby recorded the song under the title "I'll Be Home For Christmas (If Only In My Dreams)" with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra for
Decca Records, which was released as a 78 single, Decca 18570A, Matrix #L3203, reissued in 1946 as Decca 23779. Within a month of release, the song charted for eleven weeks, with a peak at number three. The next year, the song reached number nineteen on the charts.
The U.S. War Department also released Bing Crosby's performance of "I'll Be Home For Christmas" from the December 7, 1944 Kraft Music Hall with the Henderson Choir, J.S.T., on
V-Disc, as U.S. Army V-Disc No. 441-B and U.S. Navy V-Disc No. 221B, Matrix #VP1253-D5TC206. [4 ] [5 ]
The song touched the hearts of Americans, both soldiers and civilians, who were in the midst of World War II, and it earned Crosby his fifth gold record. "I'll Be Home for Christmas" became the most requested song at Christmas U.S.O. shows.
Yank, the GI magazine, said Crosby "accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era". [ ] citation needed
1945 V-Disc release by the U.S. Army of "White Christmas" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" by Bing Crosby as No. 441B.
Notable history [edit ]
In December 1965, astronauts
Frank Borman and Jim Lovell while on Gemini 7 requested "I'll Be Home for Christmas" be played for them by the NASA ground crew. [ ] citation needed Other recordings [edit ]
"I'll Be Home for Christmas" was recorded by
Perry Como (1946), Frank Sinatra (1957), Sara Evans ( Hear Something Country - Christmas 2007, 2007), [6 ] Kelly Clarkson ( iTunes Session & Wrapped in Red) and many other artists. [7 ] These artists include: [8 ] 98 Degrees Aimee Mann ( , 2006) One More Drifter in the Snow Al Green Aly & AJ ( , 2006) Acoustic Hearts of Winter Amy Grant Andy Williams Anna Gilbert Anne Murray Aqua Teen Hunger Force ( , 2009) Have Yourself A Meaty Little Christmas Art Paul Schlosser Parody: (I'll Be a Gnome for Christmas ( Words of Cheese and Other Parrot Trees, 2003) B.B. King Barbra Streisand BarlowGirl ( , 2008) Home for Christmas The Beach Boys ( , 1964) The Beach Boys' Christmas Album Bette Midler ( ) Cool Yule Blake Shelton ( ) Cheers, It's Christmas Bob Dylan ( , 2009) Christmas in the Heart Brad Johner Brad Paisley Brian Littrell Brian McKnight The Brothers Four Note: 1966 Billboard chart single Carl Brutananadilewski The Carpenters Carrie Underwood with Elvis Presley ( Christmas Duets (Elvis Presley album), 2008) Cascada ( ) It's Christmas Time Celtic Woman vocalist Lisa Lambe Chicago ( , 2011) Chicago XXXIII: O Christmas Three Connie Francis Crystal Lewis Holiday!: "A Collection of Christmas Classics", 2002 Crystal Shawanda Damien Leith ( (Limited Special Christmas Edition)) Where We Land Dannii Minogue David Archuleta ( , 2009) Christmas from the Heart Dean Martin ( "The Dean Martin Christmas Album", 1966) Diana Krall Diamond Rio Diane Schuur Dolly Parton Donna Summer (Christmas Spirit Album, 1984) Doris Day ( , 14 September 1964) The Doris Day Christmas Album Drew Seeley ( , 2007) Disney Channel Holiday Dwight Yoakam Eddie Rabbitt Elvis Presley ( , 1957) Elvis' Christmas Album Fats Domino The Forester Sisters Gary Hoey Girl in a Coma (A Blackheart Christmas - * Blackheart Records, 2008) * Joan Jett's Record Label Glen Campbell Glenn Miller Orchestra Gloria Estefan Hampton String Quartet Harry Connick, Jr. ( , 2003) Harry for the Holidays Jaci Velasquez Jackie Evancho ( , 2011) Heavenly Christmas Jackie Gleason Jackie Wilson ( Merry Christmas From Jackie Wilson, 1963) Jeffrey Osborne Jennifer Warnes ( The Tradition of Christmas, 1991) Jessica Simpson ( , 2010) Happy Christmas Jillian Hall ( , 2007) A Jingle with Jillian Jimmy Buffett Joe Williams John Berry John Gary (1964) Johnny Cash Johnny Mathis Jonathan Butler (2013) Jordin Sparks ( Soundtrack, 2007) This Christmas Josh Groban ( , 2007) Noël  Justin Guarini Katharine McPhee (Single, 17 November 2009) Kelly Clarkson ( , 2011 and iTunes Session , 2013) Wrapped in Red  Kenneth Copeland Kenny Chesney Kokia ( , 2008) Christmas Gift Kristin Chenoweth ( , 2008) A Lovely Way to Spend Christmas Lady Antebellum ( , 2012) On This Winter's Night Lana Cantrell (Vinyl LP VA "Christmastime in Carol and Song", 1968; "Christmas in California" 1968,) Lea Michele ( ) Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album Volume 3 Leon Redbone Linda Ronstadt ( , 2000) A Merry Little Christmas Lisa Leuschner Lonestar Martina McBride Matchbook Romance ( A Santa Cause: It's a Punk Rock Christmas) Mauro Calderón Michael Bublé Mindy Smith Neil Diamond Nora Aunor Christmas Songs album 1972 The Nylons The Oak Ridge Boys The Osmonds Overboard ( Tidings, 2008) Pam Tillis Pat Boone Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack Percy Faith Perry Como Phil Driscoll Plácido Domingo, including a duet with Tony Bennett (Concert: Our Favourite Things: Christmas in Vienna Vienna, 2000) The Platters Plus One (Medley in Christmas album) Rascal Flatts ( (Bonus Track), 2008) Greatest Hits Volume 1 Reba McEntire Ricky Van Shelton ( , 1989) Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas Ronan Tynan Ronnie Milsap Royce Campbell Sara Evans Sarah McLachlan Scott Weiland ( , 2011) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (album) She & Him Slim Whitman Smokey Robinson & The Miracles ( , 1963) Christmas with The Miracles Spyro Gyra The Statler Brothers Sufjan Stevens Suzy Bogguss Take 6 ( , 2010) The Most Wonderful Time of the Year The Three Tenors Tierney Sutton with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Tift Merritt Toby Keith Tony Bennett ( , 2008) A Swingin' Christmas Twisted Sister with Lita Ford ( , 2006) A Twisted Christmas Vanessa L. Williams Vince Gill Whitney Houston Wynonna Judd Notes [edit ] 1 Peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart in December 2012 and peaked at number 93 on the [9 ] Billboard Hot 100 in December 2011. [10 ] 2 Spent three weeks atop the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart in January 2008 and peaked at number 93 on the [11 ] Billboard Hot 100 in December 2006. [10 ] References [edit ] ^ This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document " http://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/loc.natlib.ihas.200000010/default.html I'll be home for Christmas [Song Collection]". ^ Collins, Ace. Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas . Retrieved December 8, 2011. ^ The Jews Who Wrote Christmas Songs - InterfaithFamily.com ^ Bing Crosby's V-Discs. ^ A Bing Crosby Discography. Part 1d - The "V" Discs. ^ "Sara Evans, ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ – Song Review" . Retrieved December 8, 2011. ^ "Kelly Clarkson, ‘I’ll Be Home for Christmas’ – Song Review" . Retrieved December 8, 2011. ^ I'll Be Home For Christmas: Second Hand Songs. ^ ". 'American Idol' on the Charts: The Top 20 Christmas Songs by Finalists" The Hollywood Reporter. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved Ausgut 24, 2013. ^ a b "Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Zac Brown Band, Kelly Clarkson". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved Ausgut 24, 2013. ^ "Adult Contemporary: January 5, 2008". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media . Retrieved June 23, 2009. Sources [edit ] External links [edit ]
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