First recording and first release by Bing Crosby with Ken Darby Singers and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra (May 29, 1942 / August 1942)
- Written by
- Irving Berlin
- Copyright date
- May 6, 1942
Written in 1938 or 1939. Copyrighted May 6, 1942. Previously registered for copyright as an unpublished song December 4, 1940. Winner of the Academy Award for best original song of 1942.
The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby on his NBC radio show The Kraft Music Hall on Christmas Day, 1941; a copy of the recording from the radio program is owned by the estate of Bing Crosby and was loaned to CBS Sunday Morning for their December 25, 2011, program.
- Published by
BERLIN IRVING MUSIC CORP
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