The song of the day for Saturday, December 22, 2018, is “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.”
Today is the eighth day of The Twelve Days of a Tony Bennett Christmas.
About This Song
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was written in 1943 by Walter Kent (music) and Buck Ram and Kim Gannon (lyrics).
This song, released at the height of World War II, tells the story of a soldier stationed overseas, who yearns to be home with family for Christmas, if only in his dreams. Bing Crosby recorded this song in 1943 and it was a best seller. The War Department issued a V-Disc with Crosby’s versions of this song and “White Christmas” that was sent to soldiers stationed all over the world. One wonders if the young soldier Anthony Benedetto, who was stationed in Germany, might have listened to this v-disc at some point.
About This Version
Our version of “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” was recorded live on The Daily Show with John Stewart in 1994. This recording was added to the CD release of Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album.
I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Live, a song by Tony Bennett on Spotify
Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album is available from iTunes.
Our video today is from the recording of “A Swingin’ Christmas” with the Count Basie Big Band.
Music video by Tony Bennett performing I’ll Be Home for Christmas. (C) 2008 Sony Music Entertainment http://vevo.ly/drSn64