Christmas: I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Harp Guitar Cover.

I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is a Christmas song written by the lyricist Kim Gannon and composer Walter Kent and 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 Christmas time, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” has since gone on to become a Christmas standard.

While the song is a “standard” for this time of year, we are betting that not many have seen the song performed this way, and not on this instrument.

On October 1, 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; it was released as a 78 rpm single, Decca 18570A, Matrix #L3203, and reissued in 1946 as Decca 23779. Within a month of release, the song charted for 11 weeks, with a peak at number three. The next year, the song reached number 16 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 broadcast 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. The song from the broadcast has appeared in many Bing Crosby compilations.

The song touched the hearts of Americans, soldiers and civilians alike, 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.[2] The GI magazine Yank said Crosby “accomplished more for military morale than anyone else of that era”.

Despite the song’s popularity with Americans at the front and at home, in the UK the BBC banned the song from broadcast, as the Corporation’s management felt the lyrics might lower morale among British troops.[10][2]

Seventy-seven years after its original release, Bing Crosby’s “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart (at number 50 on the chart dated January 2, 2021)

The stunning inclusion of the song being ranked on the Billboard charts in 2021 is only surpassed by the BBC’s ban of the song during World War II.

But what could possibly be objectionable about Bing Crosby? During World War II, the blue-eyed crooner’s homesick “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” wasn’t allowed on BBC airwaves because controllers felt that the lyrics might lower morale in troops overseas. Indeed, during the War, the BBC was particularly mindful of what it thought that the country needed, and concluded that saccharine sweetness wasn’t it. In 1942, the BBC pursued a “policy of excluding sickly sentimentality which, particularly when sung by certain vocalists, can become nauseating and not at all in keeping with what we feel to be the need of the public in this country in the fourth year of war.”

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