Film » All Star Bond Rally » 27/9/2018 12:29 pm

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A high-quality copy of the All Star Bond Rally just appeared on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dcm1Btr4flM

Bing appears towards the end and sings 'Buy a bond'. Recommended!

Biography » REVIEW OF GARY GIDDINS' VOLUME 1 BY STEVE CERRA » 21/8/2018 10:56 am

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This will take me some time to read. The first paragraphs are quite promising. Thanks for the link!

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 20/8/2018 9:15 am

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Sorry to hear about your computer trouble, Ron. I hope it can be fixed soon.

Yes, the postal system is a wonder in itself! I hope the other copies will arrive soon and without extra charges.

Will continue watching the set today. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 18/8/2018 6:52 pm

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Nice to see you agree, Paul. I've already seen quite a number of reviews on the biography; many of which are posted on Gary Giddins' Facebook page. It makes me wonder how many review copies have been sent out. Keeping in mind that all these reviews are the opinion of one keeps reading them interesting without annoyance creeping in.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 18/8/2018 6:45 pm

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I have just viewed my first dvd of the set, one which I picked at random. Quality is excellent, if the age of the material is taken into account.

This first dvd I viewed contained the 'Bing in Argentina' footage.
In one word: f a s c i n a t i ng !

I won't say anything more; don't want to spoil it for you. But you will see: this programme alone is worth the money for the entire set!

Yes, the programmes are heavily edited. Nonetheless, you get around 21 hours of Bing on TV in what is probably the best quality available. One (and maybe the only) advantage of the editing: there remains more to collect! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 18/8/2018 3:20 pm

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My set just arrived! Thank you very much for your help, Ron! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 18/8/2018 9:06 am

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An interesting review you have found, Paul Mock, thank you for sharing it. Three remarks I'd like to make:
- I think if Gary Giddins should write about the impact of Bing on individual colleague performers, however important, he would need 30 volumes, in stead of 3. :-) This wish of this particular reviewer simply doesn't seem to match with the concept of mr. Giddins' biography on Bing.
- The reviewer seems to be in need of mr. Giddins personal thoughts about Bing's life and/or guidance about what to think while reading the biography. Alas for him, that's is not the concept of this biography. Thought-provoking, yes. Guidance: no. As far as the 'guidance' aspect is concerned, it should be pointed out that professionally written biographies have no place in the category of 'self-help books'.
- What a comforting thought it is to know that reviews, however well-voiced,  are just the opinion of  o n e  person.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 02/8/2018 11:32 am

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Great news, Ron! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

I watched the commercial - thanks for mentioning, Malcolm. Incidentally, it's the first 30-minute commercial I have ever watched in my lifetime, by the way. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

Announcements » BING magazine » 23/7/2018 8:46 am

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I am looking forward to it!

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 12/7/2018 6:17 pm

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I think they may well market it in conjunction with the publication of part 2 of Gary Giddins' biography of Bing.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 11/7/2018 8:57 am

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Two weeks earlier - welcome news! :-)

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 11/7/2018 8:56 am

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Great news. I have the same problem as Malcolm though ... Is there someone out there who is kind enough to obtain a set for me? Of course I will pay in advance.

Kind regards,
Frans

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 02/7/2018 7:02 am

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That is great news, Malcolm! I follow Gary Giddins on Facebook and the reviews posted there of people who have read advance copies are equally positive as your views. Thank you for sharing them on the forum!
I'm really looking forward to the book!

Radio » Bing in London 1944 captured by British Pathé » 20/6/2018 3:44 pm

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Did anyone see this footage in such excellent quality?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwxpYpk3eNk

The Bing item starts at around 1.53, is followed by another item after which Bing sings Amor, Amor.

Film » "King Of Jazz" to be screened at The London Film Festival » 24/5/2018 9:48 am

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That's great news Richard. Thanks also for the link.

Artistic Legacy » Louis Armstrong Sings Happy Birthday To Bing Crosby » 12/5/2018 4:07 pm

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Something I have not heard before, have you? A very joyous birthday greeting indeed! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmwbZV4A5mE

Louis Armstrong And His Orchestra: Louis Armstrong (tp, vo), Shelton Hemphill, Henry, "Red" Allen, Bernard Flood (tp), Wilbur DeParis, George Washington, J.C. Higginbotham (tb), Rupert Cole (as), Charlie Holmes (cl, as) Joe Garland (cl, as, arr), Bingie Madison (cl, ts), Luis Russell (p), Lee Blair (g), Pops Foster (b), Sid Catlett (d). TNY (Test - New York) 755 was a recording made especially for Bing Crosby and is believed to be from the session of April 25, 1939. The first commercial release of this appeared on the Italian LP "Family" SFR-DP-655.
 

Radio » Kraft Music Hall - the Hour shows » 03/5/2018 8:53 am

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Thanks for your message. However, in order to ascertain whether or not this is indeed a hoax, I for one would like to know who this dealer is, and why you believe the KMH shows were not recorded. Because they most certainly were - if only for the AFRS. I hope you will tell us something more, because in this way, with no unpoliteness intended, I think you're only adding mystery to an already mysterious message. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Announcements » BING magazine » 10/3/2018 9:28 am

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I'm looking forward to it, Malcolm.

Announcements » Bob Hope tribute » 09/2/2018 9:43 am

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I find it difficult to make a judgment. My impression is, that Bob Hope was quite funny when younger, in his radio shows. Looking at his later TV shows, I feel he "lost" something of his humour and there's not much expression on his face. To be honest, in these shows he was an old (or even very old) man of course. And probably the way of recording these shows (scene-by-scene, canned laughter, commercial breaks) didn't help. Something could probably be said too about the quality of his writers, however I really do not know enough to comment on this.

Biography » Bing and Mysen (Norway) - a link to a 1978 concert » 24/1/2018 10:13 am

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I was recently searching YouTube and came across a show Julie Andrews did in 1978 at Momarkedet in Mysen, where Bing appeared the year before. According to the information given below the video, there seems to be a link between the two concerts I wasn't aware of:

"Julie Andrews concert from Momarkedet, Mysen, Norway, 26 August 1978 - in support of the Red Cross.
Bing Crosby had been there the previous year, and he had asked Julie to do a concert there in support of the Red Cross."

Trivial, but nonetheless interesting, I think. Bing must have liked the venue, otherwise he wouldn't have recommended it, don't you think?

You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGBGGEIOo8w

Announcements » Bob Hope tribute » 24/1/2018 10:00 am

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That looks interesting, Malcolm - if the programme has the same quality as Bing's appearance on American Masters. You'll probably know, but many of the American Masters programmes can be found on YouTube and I guess it's just a question of time before this one will appear there.

By the way, do you know this programme - well, you probably do but I'd like to mention it anyway: http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png

Bob Hope's Unrehearsed Antics of The Stars ?
It's a nice compilation from 1984 which includes an appearance by Bing (at 23m25s) which I hadn't seen before.

It's on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NOsJkKSV1o

By the way (again): do you know that the best way to watch is by using a TV set that can 'upscale' the quality of the material? Or, with the same results, put a downloaded version on disc or usb-stick and use a dvd/bluray player with same upscaling facilities? It doesn't work miracles, but gives rather poor 480p NTSC material a little more acceptable viewing quality.

Artistic Legacy » TRIBUTES TO BING » 24/1/2018 9:37 am

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And here's another interesting item, recorded in August 2017 and, in my opinion, it can be seen as yet another tribute to Bing:

Phil Crosby Golden Age All-Stars life at the Cicada Club
Recorded August 12, 2017. Maxwell DeMille proudly presents Phil Crosby's Golden Age All-Stars -- Mr. Crosby's wonderful cabaret show honoring his grandfather -- the legendary singer, Academy Award winning actor and American icon Bing Crosby.

Again, I haven't found the time yet to see the show in it's entirety (1h53m) but did peek and watched some of the performances by Phil Crosby. From a distance, there is a similarity in appearance with his grandfather, there also are some familiar mannerisms, but despite the genes Bing's voice remains unique. My opinion, of course. Anyway, it's interesting to see Phil Crosby perform songs made famous by his grandfather.

You'll find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX2zlLV7GEE
 

Artistic Legacy » TRIBUTES TO BING » 24/1/2018 9:28 am

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In addition to the above mentioned tribute programmes, there is another tribute on YouTube:

THE JOHNNY HOLIDAY SHOW - A TRIBUTE TO BING CROSBY
Recorded live on October 14, 2017 at the Cicada Club in downtown Los Angeles. Featuring The Johnny Holiday Dance Orchestra with The Honey Taps Dancers, Rob Minkoff, Lizzy Shapiro, Rick Medlin, Jr, Christine Nelson, Benedict Brydern, and John Reynolds.

I recently discovered this and haven't found the time yet to watch it in it's entirety (1h47m). However, I sampled parts of the programme, and although of course it isn't Bing who's singing, the programme and selection is interesting.

You'll find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpLU6LVQyWc

Announcements » Bing Crosby Meets » 31/12/2017 10:46 am

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Thanks very much for bringing attention to this programme, Malcolm. I seem to have missed it 'the first time around'. I will listen to it in due course.

Recording » Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook » 31/12/2017 10:43 am

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I agree with Malcolm. I just got the two new releases and they are wonderful. OK - some of the tracks may be already familiar, but: 1. You get excellent sound quality, 2. unknown songs alone are worth the purchase and 3. There's 'beauty in the mix', meaning that there is a interesting context to the album compilations.

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