Recording » Get out and get under the moon » 15/10/2017 5:40 pm

Thank you Frans. Fascinating "Get Out And Get Under The Moon", 78. The reverse side has something non Bing.

The transliteration of the title appears to be "Walking On A Moonlight Night". 

Recording » Well, Bust my buttons.... UMe is releasing "new" stuff on CD!!!! » 14/10/2017 6:40 am

Archiefit wrote:

 But can anyone tell me what is UMe???  

Now with the rather odd announcement that this is last '50's release, does this mean we won't see the release of a disc I've been waiting eons for, "Holiday In Europe"?  Though, maybe this was an early '60's album 

UMe stands for Universal Music Enterprises, within Universal Music Group and yes, "Holiday In Europe" does fall into the 1960s. 
I too was a little perplexed about the the 50s reference. I can only assume that they imply that there is nothing left in the stockpile that is considered commercially exploitable, even though there is some untapped radio material from the Chesterfield and GE shows. 

Recording » Well, Bust my buttons.... UMe is releasing "new" stuff on CD!!!! » 13/10/2017 10:36 pm

Well the wait has been too long but the promise from these two looks great. 
We can only hope that the interest from the wider public results in sufficient sales to demonstrate that further issues may be justified and allay the sort of fears that Paul Mock was voicing.
 

Artistic Legacy » TRIBUTES TO BING » 13/10/2017 7:17 am

Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

Here's the link if you want to listen to the recent BBC programme about Bing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096ymgw

I commend the programme to all. But someone should have told Elizabeth McGovern that the second vowel in "Ampex" is an E, not an A! She consistently gets it wrong!

Artistic Legacy » TRIBUTES TO BING » 09/10/2017 2:10 pm

Malcolm has assembled a listing of forthcoming tributes to Bing on radio.

1.  BBC Radio 2 show on Wednesday 11th:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2017/41/bing-crosby-in-the-road-to-rock-n-roll It should be available via the Internet worldwide. 

2.  Greg Van Beek - on Saturday October 14th from 9 pm to 10 pm (Central Time), his Nostalgia Radio Time program will be devoted entirely to chronicling Bing’s final 10 months, from January 1977 to his passing exactly 40 years ago. It streams world wide live at www.1420thebreeze.com (click Listen Live) or search for 1420 AM The Breeze using the TuneIn Radio app. 

3.  Sydney, Australia radio station 2CH (http://www.2ch.com.au/) will have a tribute at 9pm (Sydney time) on October 14. Lachlan McLean has been helping the station with the programme. Lachlan is also preparing a press release for issue to the media on behalf of the ICC. 

4.  John Walton's 'Crooners Club' show, at midday (UK time) on October 13th, on Serenade Radio (www.serenade-radio.com), will be a Bing Crosby Special. In the space of an hour John packs in 15 songs from various times in Bing's career and he links this together excellently

5.  Bill Rennells Harmony Night programme last night (still available on the i-player at  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gkqyg) played 16 Bing songs as part of a special tribute.

6.  Bob Roberts on his 'Unforgettable' show is telling Bing's story over 4 shows. Catch last night's on the BBC i-player at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05gp6ct

7. Jack Boyle's show "A Bewitching October Dream" featuring Bing will be broadcast on October 15th at 9am ET on Hudson Valley Public Radio's JAZZ FM, streaming worldwide at HVPR.ORG

In addition to the mentioned radio shows there are

Radio » Judy Garland Radio Podcasts » 01/10/2017 2:00 pm

There are a number of podcasts available here with Judy, and of course a number of them are from Bing's radio shows.

The details of the shows are recognisably taken from the "Bing" magazine site.

 

Discussion Board Use and Registration Isssues » This board » 01/10/2017 7:19 am

I have had to be absent from this board for a short while and am sad that on my return I discovered that there has been total inactivity.

The old saying "Use it or lose it" is possibly appropriate. We are in the lead up to a significant anniversary and I hope that this might give cause for some reflection - sharing of memories perhaps, or other contributions, however small, to keep interest alive and provoke comment and reaction.

Others of Note » Ken Carpenter » 01/10/2017 7:13 am

An item about the long standing announcer on Bing's radio shows here.

Radio » BBC Marks Anniversaries » 01/10/2017 7:10 am

Malcolm has drawn attention to advance publicity for a BBC item to mark the 40th anniversary of Bing's death.

They are combining this with a celebration of the 70th anniversary of Bing's introduction of pre-recorded radio programmes on tape.

It looks good and I hope it lives up to the promise.
It should be available to all over the internet.

I hope others will find ways of marking the significant anniversary.







 

Film » Board Not but Man On Fire » 02/9/2017 7:01 am

Thanks for this. I was always puzzled by the motivation for the film. I concluded that Bing wished to have another stab at a non singing acting role. But why? He can't have been losing faith in his musical ability.
I agree with Malcolm - I think I have seen it twice, long ago, and I'm not keen to see it again.
 

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 16/8/2017 6:33 am

Graham Pascoe wrote:

Ah Ron, it's 'Love on a Greyhound bus',  - - - I wonder if Bing sang it.

No, but it appeared on Bing's first Philco broadcast, sung by Lina Romay, the then resident supporting artist, accompanied by JST, 16 October 1946.
 

New and Re-issued materials » Judy Garland - Classic Duets » 11/8/2017 4:54 pm

Judy Garland was the "resident" guest on the earlier shows for Philco in the 1940s, and an occasional visitor later.
She always delivered highly spirited renderings of her songs, with lots of energy and humour. 
For the last several days I have been listening to a new four CD set named "Judy Garland - Classic Duets" which display that energy and effervescence a-plenty. Bing is the duettist on part of the second CD and most of the third. Other participants are Mickey Rooney, Gene Kelly, Johnny Mercer, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire to name just a few. Most of the Crosby tracks come from the Philco shows but there are some with other origins. The CD set as a whole is delightful and is drawn from film soundtracks and radio as well as studio recordings. Though most of the Crosby tracks have been available on CD before, they originate from some years back and it is good to have them again.

Our indefatigable Bing Crosby devotee Malcolm Macfarlane was involved in the production and receives a credit in respect of the third CD.
Details here.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/81pP7xZG2HL._SX425_.jpg

 

Others of Note » CHESTER GAYLORD » 29/7/2017 6:24 pm

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?

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 27/7/2017 5:42 pm

Congrats Ron and Anita, but is there a mistype here?

Radio » Command Performance July 11, 1943 and KMH July 6, 1944 +G.I.J. #53 » 27/7/2017 5:35 pm

All here on the Star Spangled Radio Hour, on the Cruisin' 1430 channel.

You can stream or download the three shows with knowledgeable introductions from the hosts.  

Recording » Official UK Singles Charts Celebrates 60 Years » 21/7/2017 11:23 am

Jim,

You can see Bing's placings in the Official UK charts by following this link
I too thought that Tie A Yellow Ribbon charted but I can find no reference. 
There are separate figures for duets - with Grace Kelly here, Jane Wyman here, and David Bowie here

Recording » Bing with Eddie Condon - new alternate takes? » 12/7/2017 11:28 am

frans wrote:

Richard, I don't have the set either and am not even certain whether or not these alternate takes are on the set. I guess it would be much wiser to inform at Mosaic Records than dashing of the $ 136 for the set.

Frans, your hint is a salutary corrective to me. The alternatives listed on the Mosaic site are part of their discographical listing and not of the tracks included in the set.
I'll venture the guess that in accordance with their slightly elliptical note that the sides no longer exist, which would answer many possible questions, though I would still have expected that they might have been included in (for example) Morgereth's book which includes such items as "hold indefinitely" or "hold conditional" and "destroyed" from the studio records. 



 
 

Recording » Bing with Eddie Condon - new alternate takes? » 11/7/2017 10:50 pm

Frans,  that is very interesting, and a little puzzling that no one among the Crosby community seems to have noticed.

Also very puzzling that, so far as I am aware, none of the Crosby researchers who had access to the Decca archives have come up with the listing.
I wonder, does any one among us have the Condon/ Freeman set? Personally I'm not too keen to dash off $136 in the expectation that there might be some interesting alternates. Different master numbers are not always a reliable indication, because some were created by dubbing.
 

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 06/7/2017 11:05 pm

Anton G.-F. wrote:

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

AGF

If you attach importance to sound quality and if the short sample tracks that you can stream from this site are anything to go by, it is best avoided. 
The sound is coarse and mono. It is not an accurate reflection of the sound of the original, still less of the superb Japanese MCA CD. The label is stated to be "Techniche Label OMP" with copyright claimed by "One Media Publishing" which seems very doubtful.

I suspect that fact alone is the reason for the non appearance on US Amazon, and the whole thing, including the "cover" looks wrong to me.

 

 


 

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 06/7/2017 6:30 am

Ron1972 wrote:

"Return to Paradise Islands" is probably the one album from the 60's that surprises me the most. I had read Steven Lewis' evaluation (pretty dismal) and Ken Barnes didn't feel it worth mentioning but I feel this might be one of his most enjoyable efforts of the decade!

"Ron1972", In some ways I can understand the comments you make about this and other albums. The evaluations that you quote are of course personal opinions and others might differ to some degree but I think that it is important to bear in mind that those evaluations were very largely based on comparisons with the extraordinarily high standards set by some others.

I doubt that any would disagree that of the recordings from the late 50s onwards, "Fancy Meeting You Here" and "Bing and Satchmo" set a very high standard against which some others could be something of a disappointment. I can enjoy all but the frequency with which I pull out the Paradise Islands and Country Hits albums relative to Fancy Meeting You Here is possibly something like 1 to 10 or worse.

The years when these albums were recorded are fresh in my memory. I remember the excitement with which we received them, the expectation with which we looked forward to receiving any announced issue, and the relative disappointment with which we received a few. 
 


 

Recording » Official UK Singles Charts Celebrates 60 Years » 29/6/2017 1:29 pm

Brunswick78 wrote:

Thanks for conforming that. It makes more sense than it being the Mischa Spoliansky song!

Spoliansky wrote the music for a film with that title in 1930 and I suspect that the identity was incorrectly linked through another database that I have, onto the Crosby discography. I'll tell David Currington who now maintains the discography.   

There was another song "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear" sung by Bing on radio in the 1930s (recordings of which do not appear to have survived) which I suppose might possibly be connected to Spoliansky. Just to complicate matters, the two songs are listed together, as one, by Timothy Morgereth in his " Discography, Radio Program List and Filmography".


 

Radio » Command Performance #86 September 25, 1943 » 17/6/2017 7:21 am

Command Performance hosted by Bob Hope with Bing's involvement on Saturday, September 25, 1943 here on Star Spangled Radio Hour on Cruisin' 1430.
Stream it or download it.

Bing has been absent from Star Spangled Radio Hour for a while, so a welcome return.
Bing sings On Moonlight Bay with the Charioteers, and duets with Frances Langford on These Foolish Things.


 

Film » Road films on Bluray? » 16/6/2017 11:10 am

Frans, I don't know where you obtained the copyright information but Rio came first, in 1947, with Bali in 1952, so I would have expected any rights to expire in that order. Both were Paramount and I believe that rights are likely to have been retained for so long as they are available to the holders.

Bali was in colour (the only one of the "road" films), which might explain the price difference.

Film » Road films on Bluray? » 16/6/2017 6:52 am

Frans,

The issue of the two films you mention is part of a release of a sequence of Bob Hope films.

More details on the Blu Ray consortium website here 

I have the impression that Blu Ray issues are required by the terms of the licence to meet certain technical standards though I'm sure there is some variation about how meticulous the producers are in going back to original prints. Clearly you should expect an improvement compared with DVD.  

I, like you, have become only too aware that the information on the Amazon sites can be misleading or inadequate about such matters as regional coding.

 

Recording » Some Fine Old Chestnuts, Songs I Wish I Had Sung The First Time Aroun » 05/6/2017 5:31 pm

A problem that confronts all those with aspirations to have anything like a "complete" collection I'm afraid and there is no answer, or if there is I have not found it. However the DeLuxe editions do pretty near double up on the content and the "extras" are not very easily found elsewhere. 

The Deluxe albums are on Spotify for free streaming if you can accept the advertising. You can also buy downloads of individual tracks from them and from Amazon and others.

Speaking as one who has been buying and exchanging records for over 60 years now I have had the added problem of working through different formats - 78 rpm discs, LPs and 45s (singles and EPs) cassette tapes and CD. In addition I once embarked on a project to copy everything I had onto reel to reel tape (in order to eliminate duplication). That was replaced by Minidisc. Then digitised formats came along and the process started over again.  

  
 

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