Tuesday, September 20, 2022

BING'S DISCOGRAPHY: SEPTEMBER 20, 1937

Here is what Bing recorded today - some 85 years ago! It doesn't seem like it should be that long ago!




Date: 9/20/37

Location: Los Angeles, Calif
Label: DECCA (US)

Bing Crosby (voc), John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra (orc)

a. DLA939-A Can I Forget You?(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 2:53
b. DLA940-A The Folks Who Live On The Hill(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 3:06
c. Rehearsal-6 seconds The Folks Who Live On The Hill(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 0:06
d. DLA940-B test The Folks Who Live On The Hill(Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) - 3:07
e. DLA941-A I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight(Walter Bullock, Harold Spina) - 3:10
f. DLA942-A Remember Me?(Al Dubin, Harry Warren) - 2:59





Monday, September 12, 2022

NEW CD: WHITE CHRISTMAS AND HOLIDAY INN SOUNDTRACK

Sepia has done it again with this new Bing release just in time for the holidays...



Title: White Christmas & Holiday Inn (2 CD Set)
Artist: Various
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1376
Barcode: 5055122113768
Release Date: October 2022

This is the first CD release of the complete film scores for both 'White Christmas' and 'Holiday Inn' derived from pre-recordings made during the film making process. Also included is a previously unreleased 1942 recording of 'White Christmas' as sung by Bing Crosby, and Rosemary Clooney's thrilling 1953 soundtrack sessions recorded for Irving Berlin's White Christmas!




CD 1

WHITE CHRISTMAS

1. VISTAVISION FANFARE The Paramount Studio Orchestra
2. WHITE CHRISTMAS MAIN TITLE The Paramount Studio Orchestra 
3. SANTA CLAUS Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye
4. WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
5. WE'LL FOLLOW THE OLD MAN Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye 
6. HEAT WAVE, LET ME SING AND I'M HAPPY, BLUE SKIES Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye 7. SISTERS Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
8. THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN WHILE YOU'RE DANCING Danny Kaye
9. SNOW Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
10. SISTERS (Reprise) Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
11. I'D RATHER SEE A MINSTREL SHOW, MANDY Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
12. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SHEEP Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney
13. CHOREOGRAPHY Danny Kaye
14. THE BEST THINGS HAPPEN WHILE YOU'RE DANCING (reprise) The Skylarks 
15. ABRAHAM Instrumental
16. LOVE, YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME Rosemary Clooney
17. WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A GENERAL Bing Crosby
18. WE'LL FOLLOW THE OLD MAN (Reprise) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye
19. GEE, I WISH I WAS BACK IN THE ARMY Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
20. WHITE CHRISTMAS FINALE (version 1) The Paramount Studio Orchestra
21. WHITE CHRISTMAS FINALE (version 2) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
22. WHITE CHRISTMAS FINALE (version 3) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
23. WHITE CHRISTMAS FINALE (version 4) Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney, Trudy Stevens
24. WHITE CHRISTMAS Rosemary Clooney
25. SISTERS Rosemary, Betty Clooney 
26. SNOW Rosemary Clooney
27. COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS INSTEAD OF SHEEP Rosemary Clooney
28. LOVE, YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME Rosemary Clooney
29. IRVING BERLIN'S WHITE CHRISTMAS THEATRE LOBBY ANNOUNCEMENT Bing Crosby




CD 2

HOLIDAY INN

1. HOLIDAY INN MAIN TITLE The Paramount Studio Orchestra 
2. I'LL CAPTURE YOUR HEART Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Virginia Dale
3. LAZY Bing Crosby 
4. YOU'RE EASY TO DANCE WITH Fred Astaire
5. WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby, Martha Mears
6. HAPPY HOLIDAY Bing Crosby, Martha Mears
7. LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Bing Crosby
8. YOU'RE EASY TO DANCE WITH Bob Crosby and his Band
9. ABRAHAM Bing Crosby, Martha Mears
10. BE CAREFUL IT'S MY HEART Bing Crosby 
11. I CAN'T TELL A LIE Fred Astaire
12. EASTER PARADE Bing Crosby
13. SAY IT WITH FIRECRACKERS / SONG OF FREEDOM Bing Crosby
14. SAY IT WITH FIRECRACKERS Bob Crosby and his Band
15. INSTRUMENTAL REPRISE: LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT, ABRAHAM, BE CAREFUL IT'S MY HEART, EASTER PARADE, YOU'RE EASY TO DANCE WITH, HAPPY HOLIDAY, WHITE CHRISTMAS
16. I'VE GOT PLENTY TO BE THANKFUL FOR Bing Crosby
17. WHITE CHRISTMAS (reprise) Martha Mears
18. CLOSING MEDLEY: I'LL CAPTURE YOUR HEART, LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Martha Mears, Virginia Dale

HOLIDAY INN RADIO PREVIEW:

19. INTRODUCTION and HAPPY HOLIDAY Bing Crosby
20. I'LL CAPTURE YOUR HEART Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire, Betty Rhodes
21. BE CAREFUL IT'S MY HEART Bing Crosby, Betty Rhodes
22. I CAN'T TELL A LIE Fred Astaire
23. EASTER PARADE Bing Crosby
24. ABRAHAM Bing Crosby, Betty Rhodes
25. WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby
26. LET'S START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT Betty Rhodes, Bing Crosby
27. YOU'RE EASY TO DANCE WITH Fred Astaire
28. SONG OF FREEDOM Bing Crosby
29. CLOSING ANNOUNCEMENT
30. WHITE CHRISTMAS Bing Crosby  



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Sunday, September 4, 2022

WHEN BING MET LOUIS ARMSTRONG

Two of the world’s greatest singers and performers, Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, struck up a friendship during the golden era of Hollywood, leading to the release of many classic songs and hit movies. Their friendship was based on mutual admiration and respect for each other’s work, as well as a shared sense of fun.

American singer and actor Crosby said in an interview that the happiest times in his entire career were those he spent working with Armstrong, who was a celebrated vocalist, trumpeter, composer and actor. They were friends for almost half a century, after meeting in their youth.

How did they meet?

Crosby, born in May 1903 in Tacoma, Washington, was a fledgling singer working with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra in Chicago in the 1920s. At the same time, Armstrong, born in New Orleans in August 1901, rose to prominence as an inventive trumpeter and cornet player.

When Bing Crosby met Louis Armstrong, neither of them had begun the Hollywood entertainment careers for which they later became famous. In 1926, Crosby, who was 23 years old at the time, was urged by fellow singer Mildred Bailey to check out Armstrong’s live show at Chicago’s Sunset Café.

Crosby grabbed a front row seat and was mesmerized by 25-year-old Armstrong’s performance. The jazz trumpeter’s unique singing and lively showmanship grabbed the audience’s attention from the outset. He sang and played trumpet with passion and panache, while also injecting humor into his show – a combination which went down a storm.


Crosby and Armstrong started chatting, and 24 years later, Crosby said in an interview that he wished to “acknowledge his debt” to Armstrong, describing him as “the beginning and the end” of music in the United States. Crosby incorporated what he had learned from Armstrong and jazz music into his own singing style.

The respect was certainly mutual, as Armstrong later said that at the time of his Sunset Café gigs, he listened to Crosby’s singing and thought he was a “natural genius”. In 1926, Crosby released his first record, I’ve Got the Girl. He went on to make several records with The Rhythm Boys, which Armstrong also enjoyed.

Armstrong incorporated elements of Crosby’s singing style, known as “crooning”, into his own ballads, such as his 1931 recordings, Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams and Stardust. He said Crosby’s voice had a unique “mellow quality” like “gold poured out of a cup”.

In a 1955 interview with Time magazine, Armstrong described Crosby as “one of the finest guys in this wonderful world” with a “big heart”.

So it was no surprise that the duo realized how well they worked together in the 1930s, when they both became regular fixtures on the NBC radio show, Kraft Music Hall. Crosby was the host of the show and Armstrong made regular appearances. They continued to work together on the radio for many years.

Their first film together was the musical, Pennies From Heaven, in 1936. Crosby, a major star of the era by this time, insisted Armstrong was given equally prominent billing and that he was featured on the film’s poster.


They recorded the soundtrack from the film, including a successful version of the title song, with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, achieving commercial success. Over the next decade, Armstrong worked with Bing’s brother, Bob Crosby, a jazz singer, playing on television shows with his band, Armstrong’s All Stars.

They collaborated again on the big screen in 1951 in the Frank Capra film, Here Comes The Groom. The film included a jam session featuring Crosby, Armstrong and Dorothy Lamour. The same year, Crosby and Armstrong played a live version of Gone Fishin’ on a radio show with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.

It was a huge success, going down so well with the studio audience that Decca later released it as a single and it peaked at number 19 in the US singles chart.

One of the biggest successes of their career was the renowned MGM movie, High Society, in 1956. They starred alongside Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Celeste Holm, with the score composed by Cole Porter. Afterwards, Crosby revealed it was his favourite film of all the movies he made during his long career.


The cast had great fun making the film because Armstrong and his band the All-Stars had impromptu jamming sessions between takes and were always laughing and bantering. Armstrong and Crosby sang Now You Has Jazz, their voices filled with their own unique character, with Crosby adopting a swing style.

Crosby and Armstrong continued to collaborate on records in the 1960s, releasing the album, Bing and Satchmo (Armstrong’s nickname). Containing 12 songs recorded with the Billy May Orchestra, the tracks included Rocky Mountain Moon and At the Jazz Band Ball.

Crosby always had fond memories of recording Bing and Satchmo. He said he had never met anyone who didn’t love Louis, adding, “It was a pleasure to be around him.”

Their final television appearance together was the 1967 show, Hollywood Palace, which ended poignantly with them walking off the stage together through the closing curtains.

The two remained friends until Armstrong’s death in July 1971. Crosby died six years later, in October 1977. His son, Gary Crosby, said that Louis and Bing had a great respect and affection for each other throughout their lives...


Sunday, August 21, 2022

PHOTOS OF THE DAY: BING AND CAROL BURNETT

 Two of my favorite entertainers of all time were Bing Crosby and Carol Burnett. They only worked together in television, but I wish they would have done more projects together. Thankfully we have some memories of their times together...














Friday, August 5, 2022

VIDEO: BING CROSBY - THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS episode 17

Monday, August 1, 2022

COMING SOON: THREE NEW BING FILMS TO BLU-RAY

 On August 23rd - Universal will be releasing three new Bing movies on DVD!

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Description: Bing Crosby stars in this light and lively musical version of Mark Twain's timeless comedy. Der Bingle is a turn-of-the-century blacksmith who is knocked unconscious only to awaken in sixth-century Camelot. But thanks to some American know-how, the crooner is quickly hailed as a wiz of a wizard and granted the right to teach Rhonda Fleming, the King's fetching niece, some decidedly contemporary romantic tricks. Alas, there's trouble afoot when Bing locks "magical" horns with the all-powerful Merlin and is challenged to a joust by Sir Lancelot for the hand of the beautiful princess! Co-starring Sir Cedric Hardwicke and William Bendix, the classic fantasy also features a marvelous score by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke, along with such hits as "Busy Doing Nothing" and "Once and for Always."


Welcome Stranger

Description: Academy Award winners Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald re-team in Welcome Stranger - their follow-up film to Best Picture winner Going My Way. Dr. McRory (Fitzgerald) is a crotchety old physician who decides to take his first vacation in years. He requests a substitute doctor and gets Jim Pearson (Crosby), a brash young man who immediately rubs him the wrong way. So Dr. McRory decides to forget the vacation and stay home to protect his practice. This puts the two men at each other's throats -- and the fun begins! Filled with classic Bing Crosby songs, this heartwarming comedy gem is just what the doctor ordered.


Here Is My Heart

Description: Bing Crosby, Kitty Carlisle and Roland Young star in Here is My Heart, a delightful musical comedy about the outrageous lengths people will go to fall in love! Popular singer Jasper Jones (Crosby) is known to many but not to woman he wants to meet most Russian Princess Alexandra (Carlisle). While in the French Riviera, Jasper pretends to be a penniless waiter to get closer to the princess in an attempt to win her affections. Featuring several great songs by Bing Crosby including "Love is Just Around the Corner'' and "June in January", this elegant romance showcases all the crazy things we do for love.






Sunday, July 24, 2022

BING AND MINUTE MAID

Bing owned a stake in Minute Maid orange juice for a long time, and here is a cool ad which shows his likeness from 1953...



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