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“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” co-written by James Kimball Gannon '34, became a hit by Bing Crosby in 1943, jumping ahead of “White Christmas” that year.
Gannon was known as the “crooning counselor,” according to the law school’s 1933 yearbook The Verdict. He broadcast on radio station WGY from “the smoking room” between classes at night. “Give Kim time and he will have all the law set to music.”
The Brooklyn native who lived for a considerable time in Greenwich, N.Y., wrote around 100 other songs for radio, Broadway and films.
"It was my understanding that Kim Gannon had the tune running through his head and how that should sound. He suggested the tune and the composer filled in the harmony," according to friend Culver Teft cited in an article in the Glens Falls, N.Y., newspaper The Post-Star.
“Writes most of his own songs and probably most of that phoney fan mail he shows us,” quipped a Verdict editor next to Gannon’s photo.
The Verdict lists his home as Ballston Spa, N.Y., and his undergraduate school St. Lawrence University.
Click here to hear YouTube versions of the song by Frank Sinatra, Bing Croby, Rascal Flatts, Kelly Clarkson and more.