Elvis Presley’s I’ll Be Home For Christmas
Enjoy Elvis Presley‘s version of I’ll Be Home For Christmas, included on his Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957) ...and the story behind the song.
Seniors may remember when Bing Crosby’s recording I’ll Be Home for Christmas was first released in 1943. While World War II raged on, songwriter Kim Gannon (with credit also to Buck Ram) said he was thinking of all people not able to make it home for Christmas, not just soldiers, when he wrote I’ll Be Home For Christmas. Although it was among the most requested song at USO shows during the rest of WWII, the BBC banned the song from broadcast in the U.K. for fear it would lower the morale of troops.
I’ll Be Home for Christmas has been recorded by countless artists since then. Baby boomers and Elvis Presley fans will remember that Elvis’ Christmas Album was released in October 1967, and it was announced just before Christmas 1957 that Presley would soon begin serving in the U.S. Army (he served from 1958-1960 as a regular soldier).
May you your loved ones with you in your hearts on Christmas Day and always,
Merry Christmas from Senior City
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Baby boomer Anita Hamilton lives in Hamilton, Ontario with her family and 3 mini-dachshund minions. She’s a lifelong voracious reader who enjoys researching and has extensive experience in sales, marketing and copy writing. Senior City was inspired when she had difficulty finding local housing, products and services online for her elderly parents.