Sunday, August 29, 2010

BING CROSBY HAD IT RIGHT!

How do you sleep Sunday nights? For some people, worry over facing a new work week begins Sunday evening leading to a sense of apprehension if not downright dread. As the sun goes down, melancholia rises. Years ago a psychologist I was dating told me his mother was a "Sunday depressive." I had never heard this term before. He assured me that the perky woman I was watching pass around homemade pound cake after Sunday dinner would by nightfall slip into a morose mood as the clock ticked closer and closer to Monday and her job. While I was getting my hair washed at the salon recently, the conversation with the shampoo girl turned to this topic -- namely,weekends whizzing by delivering you so quickly to Monday and the work week ahead. Still, she said, Sunday night is her best night of sleep. "How's that?" I asked, being a person who's been known to count flocks of sheep in an attempt to escape into dreamland. "Oh, I take a sleeping pill," she answered. The Sunday night blues probably began when were were children and had to face the school bell come Monday. As working adults, difficulties with our job or just the jog from leisure to work can have us singing a la Fats Domino: "Blue Monday, how I hate blue Monday. Gotta work like a slave all day." OK, so that's a bit of an exaggeration for most of us. But sans sleeping pills and sans retirement -- which neatly eliminates Sunday depression -- what can we do to ease the Sunday blues in the night and get some shut-eye? The Monday strategy for this week then starts Sunday night and comes from the great American songwriter Irving Berlin. To paraphrase Mr. Berlin: "When you're worried and you can't sleep, count your blessings [like having a job at all!] instead of sheep; and you'll fall asleep counting your blessings." Try it. It's safer and more meaningful than taking a pill. Here, this should get you started: I have a bed... P.S. Irving Berlin wrote "Count Your Blessings" for the 1954 movie "White Christmas," in which it was crooned by Bing Crosby to a sleepless Rosemary Clooney. SOURCE: http://www.chicagonow.com/blogs/monday-strategy/2010/08/bing-crosy-had-it-right.html

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

THE BOB CROSBY SHOW

Bing's younger brother Bob Crosby (1913-1993) not only had a great big band, but he had an engaging personality that transferred well to television. Here is a complete episode of his variety show from 1954...

Monday, August 16, 2010

I'M GLAD WE'RE NOT YOUNG ANYMORE

Here are four giants of the entertainment world...Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, and Peggy Lee. It doesn't get much better than this. This is from a 1959 Bing Crosby special for Olsmobile. I miss the car, and I miss those great entertainers...

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

I think for some time Bing owned a good bit of the San Fernando Valley. The song "San Fernando Valley" was a big hit for Bing in 1943, and the song has always been a favorite of mine. Having a video of Bing singing it is definitely a bonus...

Monday, August 9, 2010

MOVIE TRAILER: HIGH SOCIETY

A movie trailer for one of Bing Crosby's last great movies...HIGH SOCIETY(1956). Everything about the movie is excellent...

Thursday, August 5, 2010

IF THEY COULD SING LIKE BING: RICKY NELSON

Here is Ricky Nelson, the son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson singing the evergreen Bing Crosby hit "Dinah". At first I did not think that Ricky Nelson's version would be any good, but he sings it in a bluesy sort of way. Ricky Nelson is no Bing, but it is pretty good...

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

BING CROSBY AND GRACE KELLY -1956

Here is the full scene from HIGH SOCIETY with Bing and Grace Kelly. It is one of the best scenes in the film, and I never get tired of hearing Bing sing the Cole Porter song "True Love". Cole Porter wrote the song especially for the film...

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

GHOST OF BING CROSBY - part 5

Here is the final part on this strange series. Again, take it for what it is worth, but parts were interesting...

GHOST OF BING CROSBY- PARTS 3 & 4

Parts three and four to the documentary...

GHOST OF BING CROSBY-part 1 & 2

Here is a strange documentary called GHOSTLY ENCOUNTERS. The documentary researches and investigates where Bing Crosby's ghost might be. It is mostly interesting for going to the places Bing used to hang out. Not much substantial here, but it is interesting...

Monday, August 2, 2010

HOLIDAY INN SINGER DIES

The vocalist who sang for Virginia Dale in HOLIDAY INN(1942) and on the Decca recordings of the songs has passed away... Margaret M. Lenhart of Poulsbo Nov. 7, 1916 - July 27, 2010 Singer- Ms. Margaret M. Lenhart, born in Renton, WA, became a star singer on network radio after winning the "Gateway to Hollywood" contest in the early 30's. A featured soloist on the Camel Caravan on NBC she also performed on a number of recordings among them the original "Holiday Inn" with Bing Crosby. She is survived by 3 children: Diana McArdle, Valerie Phimister, and Dan Erlenborn, grandmother of 8: Cathy, Tim, Gary, Jeanette, Stephen, Chelsie, Hope, and Tess; great grandmother of 5: Crystal, Rachel, Sydney, Rowan, and Harper. A memorial service will be held at The Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary, 22272 Foss Rd NE Poulsbo, WA, August 11th at 11 AM. An online memorial can be viewed at www.lewischapel.com