Today on, “Days to Remember,” we celebrate the holiday song called, “I’ll Be Home For Christmas,” but when was this infamous song written?
“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. Originally written to honor soldiers overseas who longed to be home at Christmastime, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.
The song is sung from the point of view of a soldier stationed overseas during WWII, writing a letter to his family. In the message, he tells the family he will be coming home and to prepare the holiday for him, and requests 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”.
Kim Gannon claimed on at least one occasion that he was not thinking of the soldiers when he wrote the lyrics but of all people who are unable to be home for Christmas.
When he pitched the song to people in the music business, they turned it down because the final line was too sad for all those separated from their loved ones in the military. When playing golf with Bing Crosby, however, Gannon sang the song for Crosby, who decided to record it.
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 brought by Ram’s publisher, Mills Music.
Bing Crosby’s original 1943 release of the song 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.
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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.
After Gannon’s death in 1974, he left royalty rights to the song to the American Heart Association, which has benefited from his generous gift ever since.
This holiday know that giving is better than receiving when it comes to celebrating Christmas.
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