General Discussion » CHRISTMAS 2017 » 23/12/2017 10:53 pm

Anton G.-F.
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It is always a pleasure to contribute to and read this forum. May it live to see a great many more Christmases!

And the happiest of holidays to all Bing fans worldwide!

Best wishes from the USA!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Non Christmassy seasonal songs » 23/12/2017 10:52 pm

Anton G.-F.
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All great selections, Richard! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
 I would add. perhaps, "June in January" and "Button Up Your Overcoat." Those are two that come to mind and that Bing has sung...

And how about "Out in the Cold Again"?

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 17/12/2017 10:18 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard,

According to that often unreliable but also valuable source that is Wikipedia, there are other versions with the verse. Here's the link:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Christmas_(song)#Original_verse 

The only one I've heard among the ones mentioned there is the one by Darlene Love.

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 16/12/2017 2:32 am

Anton G.-F.
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Malcolm,

Thanks for clarifying the identity of the very hip arranger behind "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town." http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 15/12/2017 2:38 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron,

Thanks for your very kind, thoughtful comments about the podcast Malcolm and I recently did.

Like you, I also wish Bing had done another Christmas album, because there are many great Christmas songs that he never recorded or that he only did live on radio. I basically agree with your view on I Wish You a Merry Christmas and A Time to Be Jolly, which are both very interesting albums. However, I still think the best place to get an introduction to Bing's holiday music are his classic Decca recordings, which we fortunately have all in one place -- that outstanding 2-CD set MCA put out some years ago. I believe those are the recordings that define the sound of Bing as a Christmas singer. The other two albums are good companion pieces and are fantastic in their own way.

Regarding the jazzy arrangements of "Jingle Bells" and "Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town," I would assume Mr. Trotter gets the credit for the arrangements, because he was musical director for Bing in those years, but I am not sure about that. In any case, they are wonderful arrangements, and the fact that Buble has used the "Jingle Bells" one is proof of his good musical taste (or the taste of someone in his entourage, at least!).

Thanks again!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 15/12/2017 2:31 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Thanks for your kind words, Graham! I am glad you liked the presentation!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby as Christmas Singer: Conversation with Malcolm Macfarlane » 12/12/2017 9:18 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear everyone,

A year ago, Malcolm and I recorded a podcast in which we talked about Bing Crosby as a jazz singer. Well, this year we've gotten together again thanks to the magic of the internet and have recorded a conversation about Bing as a Christmas singer.

If you're snowbound or there's a bus strike or something you may be interested in listening to it, so here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_AKgONkLDgU 

Let us know what you think, and happy holidays everyone!

AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 11/12/2017 8:15 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard,

I am glad to hear you liked the presentation! I had a great time preparing it and hosting the movie showing. The turnout at the library on that cold evening was quite respectable, too!

Great idea for a future showing, by the way! Not a very well-known movie, which is always a plus! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Artistic Legacy » PRESENTATION ABOUT BING & WHITE CHRISTMAS AT MARTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY » 11/12/2017 2:43 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear all,

I am very glad to report that the free showing of White Christmas I hosted last Thursday at the C.E. Weldon Public Library, in Martin, TN, was a success. In fact, the library folks have asked me to host similar presentations in coming months, which I will happily do.

I videotaped my 14-minute presentation about Bing and that particular film, and I have made it available on my YouTube channel. In case anyone might be interested, here it is:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5vwj-i3u94

Thanks, and happy holidays to all! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 08/12/2017 6:00 pm

Anton G.-F.
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For some reason, I've always liked the version of "Harbor Lights" that a young Elvis Presley recorded at Sun Records, in Memphis, in 1954-55.

Also, in my opinion, Sinatra's version of "Around the World" (from Come Fly with Me) is better than the bombastic one by Monro.

Oh, and Russ Columbo's readings of songs associated with Bing (recorded around the same time as Bing's versions) have always sounded really good to me!

Others of Note » Others Singing Bing » 05/12/2017 7:42 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Graham,

If I am not mistaken, the song "Boo Boo Boo" was written by the great songwriting team of Arthur Johnston and Sam Coslow. The latter was also a creditable crooner and wrote a very interesting autobiography entitled Cocktails for Two, which was another one of his classic compositions.

AGF

Artistic Legacy » INTERVIEW ON WCMT RADIO ABOUT BING CROSBY » 05/12/2017 6:49 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Dear all,

Last Thursday I was interviewed by local radio personality Kevin Bartholomew for the show 30 Minutes on WCMT Radio, Martin, Tennessee, about Bing Crosby on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Bing's passing. You may find the whole interview here:




I briefly discussed Bing's life and career and his importance in world music and culture in the 20th century, and I also talked about the International Club Crosby. I had a little slip of the tongue though, which I hope everyone will be kind to overlook: when discussing the Kraft Music Hall radio show, I mentioned that its weekly audiences could be counted "in the tens of thousands," when of course, I meant "in the tens of MILLIONS."

Anyway, any excuse is good to talk about Bing and his important legacy, so I hope you enjoy the interview! Any comments about it will be appreciated! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Others of Note » A Trip Down Memory Lane - Web Episode 1 » 22/11/2017 4:17 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Excellent podcast, Mr. Lobosco! I hope there'll be many more to come! And I absolutely agree with you about Dick Haymes, one of the most underrated and unjustly forgotten among the crooners of the 1950s, Here's an article I wrote about him for one of my blogs several years ago, concentrating on his Capitol work:

http://vintagebandstand.blogspot.com/2010/06/introspective-years-dick-haymes-on.html

General Discussion » What non-Bing music have you been listening to recently? » 22/11/2017 4:13 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Since I have been writing a short piece about him for my blog, Jazz Flashes, I've been listening to the rather obscure '50s and '60s vocalist Frank D'Rone, particularly his 1960 Mercury album After the Ball. Very recommendable.

Besides Bing and Sinatra, I've been listening also to quite a bit of Dick Haymes, one of my favorite crooners from the period. And then, of course, plenty of jazz—Jackie McLean, Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Dorham, Chet Baker, Coleman Hawkins, and on and on...

Biography » Interviews with people who played a part in Bing's professional life » 21/11/2017 10:47 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Frans,

Thank you so much for sharing this link. I wasn't aware of the existence of this website, but it really is a treasure trove for those of us who are interested in the history of the golden age of American radio. I have been listening to the interview with Ken Carpenter from the 1970s, and it is fabulous. I was surprised to hear that he tries to dispel the myth that Bing wanted to tape his radio shows in order to have more time to hit the links. Mr. Carpenter says that the primary reason was that Bing thought taping the shows made for better sound quality for his voice!

Dank je!

AGF

Links » The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums. What? No Crosby? Unbelievable. » 30/10/2017 6:51 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard,

I am really looking forward to this book by Friedwald, who is one of my favorite vocal jazz and classic pop critics, author of wonderful books like Jazz Singing and his massive Autobiographical Guide.

Jazz Singing has a whole chapter devoted to Bing and Louis Armstrong and their unique contributions to jazz and pop, and somewhere in there, Friedwald says that Bing with a Beat is one of his desert-island discs. It's probably for that reason that there will be a chapter of this new book devoted to Bing and Satchmo, the full-length collaboration between the two. If you click on the cover of the book on Amazon, where it says "Look inside," you will see the table of contents, and one of the chapters is about that record.

Looking forward to this book!

AGF

Others of Note » CHESTER GAYLORD » 29/7/2017 6:54 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Richard Baker wrote:

Anton, a Charles Gaylord was a member of the Whiteman orchestra. He played violin and was a member of the "sweet" vocal trio. There are three or four dozen records of him  as a member of variable groups with Bing (who was a member of the "hot" trio). These included "You Took Advantage Of Me" where the vocal group consisted of Bing with Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord and Austin Young
I don't think he is the same as Chester who seems to have had an independent career as a singer and pianist.  Or is he the same?

Richard,

I am not sure if that Charles Gaylord is the same person as Chester Gaylord. Chester was a singer and pianist from Massachusetts, the one I write about in my piece, and I don't think he could play violin. However, the article by Chet Williamson that I mention at the end of my piece states that Chester Gaylord sang with Whiteman and was paired up with other singers like Bing Crosby. That may be, perhaps, because Mr. Williamson is mistaking Charles and Chester Gaylord. And yet, this YouTube video credits a "Chester Gaylord" on vocals on Pops' version of "You Took Advantage of Me."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qiwH47T2CSk 

It could be Chester Gaylord, but I guess it could also be Charles Gaylord, I am not sure. Thus, for now I may delete what I wrote in my piece about "You Took Advantage on Me."

Any further information about Chester Gaylord, anyone? He isn't as well remembered as Bing, Vallee, Columbo, and Austin, but he's their contemporary, and in my opinion, he's a fine singer.

Others of Note » CHESTER GAYLORD » 29/7/2017 5:12 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Chester Gaylord was one of the busiest recording artists and radio singers of the 1920s and '30s, and yet he is inexplicably forgotten today. Since I have always enjoyed the records he made under his own name and as a singer of vocal refrains for dance bands (not available on CD), I have written an article about him in my blog, The Vintage Bandstand, which you may find here:

https://vintagebandstand.blogspot.com/2017/07/unsung-vocalists-of-past-8-chester.html

Over the course of my research for this article I found out that he recorded with Paul Whiteman in the late '20s and that there is a Bing Crosby connection. Very little has been written about Chester Gaylord. Does anyone know anything about him or about his connection with Bing?

Others of Note » RIP: Ruth Prigozy » 29/7/2017 5:07 pm

Anton G.-F.
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I have never met Dr. Prigozy, though I did enjoy reading her outstanding biography of Dick Haymes, one of my favorite vocalists from the '40s. A highly recommendable book. R.I.P. Ruth Prigozy.

Recording » What did I buy?? » 12/7/2017 3:58 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron1972,

I don't have A Little Bit of Irish, but I do have Top o' the Morning, and it's a fantastic, very complete collection of Bing's Irish-themed sides for Decca. Is this the CD in question?:

https://www.amazon.com/Top-Morning-His-Irish-Collection/dp/B000002OZL/ref=sr_1_1?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1499874969&sr=1-1&keywords=top+morning+bing+crosby

If so, you're in for a treat. I've had this CD for many years and listen to it regularly—and not only on St. Patrick's Day! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


AGF

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 09/7/2017 5:57 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron1972 wrote:

I do have "Songs I Wish I had Sung" as part of "Through The Years" and since I've added a lot of that recently I have not had the chance to really listen to it yet. I think I posted elsewhere that one dilemma is do I purchase the "new" version anyway!

Ron1972, I think that, without a doubt, even if you have the Through the Years CD, it's still well worth purchasing the BCE release of Songs I Wish I Had Sung. The sound, the packaging, and the extra tracks make it an essential purchase, in my opinion.

If you're interested, here I leave you two reviews I once wrote about both albums:

http://bingcrosbyoncd.blogspot.com/search/label/Songs%20I%20Wish%20I%20Had%20Sung

AGF
 

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 07/7/2017 1:27 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Jeremy,

I am glad to hear you enjoyed my article on Holiday in Europe! I had a great time writing it, and it gave me the chance to listen to the album over and over again. The next piece I am preparing for the forthcoming issue of BING is about another album that's in need of a serious digital reissue—Feels Good, Feels Right.

AGF

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 06/7/2017 9:10 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Ron,

As you say, Holiday in Europe is available for digital download on British Amazon here:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Holiday-Europe-Remastered-Bing-Crosby/dp/B007LREFCE/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1499375168&sr=8-2&keywords=crosby+holiday+europe

However, it doesn't seem to be available for download on the US Amazon, unfortunately. There is a Japanese CD edition of it from several years back, but that's out of print and commands hefty prices. As I say in my BING article, it is in need of a serious CD reissue that would make it more widely available, because it really is a very interesting concept album!

AGF

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 06/7/2017 7:39 pm

Anton G.-F.
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Jeremy,

I look forward to your article on Return to Paradise Islands, an album that I find quite charming, even though I agree it is not the best that Bing made from the late '50s onward. Among the albums he cut in the '60s, Holiday in Europe is one of my favorites, and I wrote about it in the current issue of BING, bemoaning the fact that it's out of print and not easy or cheap to find on CD.

I like Bing & Satchmo, but that's the kind of album from which one would expect a little more. I would have liked it better if Bing and Louis had delved a little bit deeper into true jazz material, as they had done in the past on radio. But overall, it's a very enjoyable record, and my favorite track on it is the very witty reading of "Sugar."

If I had to choose a favorite Bing album, it would be Bing with a Beat, but that's probably because I am a jazz fan. Fancy Meeting You Here is, of course, a fantastic album!

AGF

General Discussion » Disappointing Record Store Visit » 06/7/2017 7:31 pm

Anton G.-F.
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I must say that, where I live, in a small town in northwest Tennessee, we don't even have a record store, so I usually shop online for CDs and vinyl (and also for books and other things). However, every time I go to a record store in Memphis, Nashville, or Lexington, KY, I do find Crosby CDs, usually the trite Christmas compilation, but sometimes other things, which I already have anyway. For instance, the last time I went to a record store (in Lexington), they had El Senor Bing on CD besides the typical Christmas collections, and I must admit I was quite surprised...

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