I Surrender Dear

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"I Surrender Dear" is a song composed by Harry Barris with lyrics by Gordon Clifford. It was first performed by Bing Crosby and became his first solo hit.[1] It has been covered by a large number of artists, making it a jazz and pop standard. The first jazz vocalist to record the song was Louis Armstrong in 1931.[1]

The song is referenced in the 1949 war film Battleground, which depicts the hardships of American troops attempting to hold the town of Bastogne in late December, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge. German radio is heard broadcasting the song to the entrenched American troops to demoralize them. This psychological warfare is shown to have the opposite effect on the GIs, who hum along (to the old chestnut), but prefer to hear real American radio.

"I Surrender Dear" inspired two motion pictures bearing that title: a 1931 Bing Crosby musical short[2] produced by Mack Sennett, and a 1948 feature film[3] starring one of Crosby's co-stars, singer Gloria Jean.



  1. ^ a b I Surrender Dear at jazzstandards.com - retrieved on 27 April 2009
  2. ^ "Internet Movie Database". IMDB. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Internet Movie Database". IMDB. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved September 15, 2015. 
  5. ^ Orodenker, M.H. (January 24, 1942). "On the Records" (PDF). Billboard. p. 12. Retrieved 14 March 2015. 

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