Monday, September 28, 2015


Bing with a Beat was Bing Crosby's seventh long play album, but his first recorded with RCA Victor.

Bing with a Beat is a 1957 concept album where all the songs feature "hot" jazz and dixieland arrangements by Matty Matlock, played by Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band.Variety (magazine) liked the album saying "Bob Scobey’s Frisco Jazz Band has put Bing Crosby in one of his happiest and swingiest vocal frames. The evergreens are ever-bright when Crosby and Scobey match wits." The writer Will Friedwald in his book "Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond" comments "Communicating the obvious joy the music arises in him, Crosby fairly oozes with charming insouciance above and beyond even the call of Crosby, expressed in semi-spoken asides and lyric alterations."

Track listing
"Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella"
"I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter"
"Along the Way to Waikiki" (Richard A. Whiting, Gus Kahn)
"Exactly Like You"
"Dream a Little Dream of Me"
"Last Night on the Back Porch"
"Some Sunny Day" (Irving Berlin)
"Tell Me" (J. Will Callahan, Max Kortlander)
"Mack the Knife"
"Down Among the Sheltering Palms"
"Mama Loves Papa" (Abel Baer, Cliff Friend)


  1. Love this album. They were playing it once when I browsed through the jazz section at the old Tower Records. That was a nice day.

  2. Wonderful album! It showcases Bing's versatility. It is a pleasure to listen to him having fun with his inimitable style.