Monday, August 31, 2015


Fancy Meeting You Here is a 1958 RCA Victor studio album of duets by the American singers Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, arranged by Billy May.

In its review, Time magazine called this album, "An infectious musical dialogue between two of the sassiest fancy talkers in the business. C. & C. give slick and witty readings to a selection of retreads — On a Slow Boat to China, You Came a Long Way from St. Louis — and introduce a punchy, potential hit named Calcutta. One of the most intriguing vocal entertainments since Noel Coward had his famous chat with Mary Martin."

In 1969, the album was reissued on the budget RCA Camden label under the title Rendezvous with a truncated track listing.

In 2000, Taragon Records issued a twofer CD including the album and a Rosemary Clooney album called "Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie!" In 2001, the album was given a 24-bit Digital remastering and reissued on CD on RCA's Bluebird Records label. Bonus tracks from both Clooney (2 duets with Bob Hope) and Crosby (audio duets with Jo Stafford from a March 2, 1959 "The Bing Crosby Show" on ABC-TV) were also included.

Clooney and Crosby would record a second album of duets, That Travelin' Two-Beat for Capitol Records in 1964.

Track listing:
"Fancy Meeting You Here" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:31
"(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China" (Frank Loesser) – 2:40
"I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 3:50
"Hindustan" (Oliver Wallace, Harold Weeks) – 2:53
"It Happened In Monterey" (Billy Rose, Mabel Wayne) – 2:44
"You Came a Long Way From St. Louis" (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell) – 3:07
"Love Won't Let You Get Away" (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 2:03
"How About You?" (Burton Lane, Arthur Freed) – 3:14
"Brazil" (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell) – 3:31
"Isle of Capri" (Will Grosz, Jimmy Kennedy) – 2:40
"Say "Si Si"" ("Para Vigo Me Voy") (Ernesto Lecuona, Francia Luban, Al Stillman) – 2:22
"Calcutta" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 2:55
"Love Won't Let You Get Away" – 3:41


  1. They really sung well together, this album is one of my favorites. The remastered CD has great sound, and is well worth purchasing.