Francis Craig

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Francis Craig (September 10, 1900 – November 19, 1966)[1][2] was an American songwriter and leader of a Nashville dance band. His works included "Dynamite" and "Near You". He was also a disc jockey at radio station WSM (AM) in Nashville, Tennessee.[3]

Craig was born in Dickson, Tennessee, United States, and educated at Vanderbilt University, Nashville.[4] "Dynamite!" now the official fight song of Vanderbilt University, was written by Craig in 1922, when Craig was an undergraduate student.[5] It is played mainly at football games, basketball games, and at other Commodore sports events.

His own recording of "Near You" was released by Bullet Records as catalog number 1001. It first reached the Billboard Best Seller chart on August 30, 1947, and lasted 21 weeks on the chart, peaking at #1. It held the number one spot for 12 straight weeks. It eventually sold over two and a half million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[4] Various recordings by other persons have followed.

Other works included "Beg Your Pardon" with Beasley Smith.

Craig died aged 66 in November 1966, in Sewanee, Tennessee.[4]


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  2. ^ Ikard, Robert W. "Francis Craig | Entries". Tennessee Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2015-08-28. 
  3. ^ "(WSM ad)" (PDF). Broadcasting. April 12, 1948. Retrieved 25 November 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. pp. 37/8. ISBN 0-214-20512-6. 
  5. ^ Traughber, Bill (2008-09-09). "The history of Vanderbilt athletics part 3". Vanderbilt University. Retrieved 2008-10-29.