Swaps and Sales » Crosby collections for sale » 09/10/2018 5:23 pm

I have been dealing with the collections of two deceased members of the International Club Crosby and we have the following available for sale. Funds will go to the ICC. Prices quoted do not include postage so please bear that in mind.
DVDs (Region 1 – NTSC)
The Legendary Bing Crosby $7.50
Bing Crosby Rediscovered $7.50
Rhythm on the River / Rhythm on the Range $7.50
Emperor Waltz / A Connecticut Yankee $7.50
Birth of the Blues / Blue Skies $7.50
Pennies from Heaven $7.50
A Bing Crosby Christmas $5
Bing Crosby – The Television Specials Vol. 1 $7.50
Bing Crosby – The Television Specials Vol. 2 $7.50

(Region 2 – PAL)
Holiday Inn (with Ken Barnes extras) £3
Road to Bali / The Road to Hollywood £2
Road to Rio £3
The Road to Hong Kong £3
White Christmas £2
The Bing Crosby Collection 9 DVD box set £10
(Rhythm on the River, Rhythm on the Range, Birth of the Blues, Blue Skies, The Emperor Waltz, A Connecticut Yankee, Holiday Inn, Going My Way, The Bells of St. Mary’s) 

Email me at macwilmslo@aol.com if interested.

Announcements » Bing on UK TV » 28/9/2018 11:58 am

The Gregory Porter show was aired last November. This is what BING magazine had to say. 
"The publicity stated: “Born with the arrival of the microphone in the 1930s, crooning was initially about men seducing women and thrived through signature stars such as Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra. However, far from disappearing with the advent of rock ‘n’ roll, the art of crooning gained a new existential edge and was transformed by the likes of Roy Orbison, David Bowie and even Lana Del Rey into a haunting and abiding strain of contemporary pop. Contributors include Iggy Pop, Joshua Homme, George Benson and Beck.”
The programme opened with a clip of our man greeting David Bowie at the front door in his 1977 TV special. Bing was prominently featured for the next 15 minutes and film extracts from Blue of the Night and Swingtime with the Stars were used as Porter discussed Bing’s vocal prowess. We even saw an extract from the 1932 cartoon Crosby, Columbo and Vallee. The Crosby version of “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” was played to illustrate the harsh times of the Depression. A brief interview with Mary Crosby gave Mary the chance to point out that her Dad was one of only four singers to sell one billion units — the others being Elvis, The Beatles and Michael Jackson. Porter said that Bing set the standards for other to follow and he then moved on to look at Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and others finishing with David Bowie which led into…the Bing ‘n’ Bowie’ duet!"

Film » All Star Bond Rally » 28/9/2018 5:48 am

Thanks, Frans. Good to see this in such good quality. Pity that the film jumps slightly towards the end of Bing's song though but we shouldn't complain.

Swaps and Sales » Jonzo CDs for sale/swap - See details » 02/9/2018 7:42 pm

Michael Crampton of the International Club Crosby is always offering many of the Through the Years CDs.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 28/8/2018 7:59 am

Ron, to see all the songs they sang, go to the BING magazine web site and click on the Bing on TV link.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 24/8/2018 6:06 am

Looking into this matter, it seems that Time-Life asked Bing Crosby Enterprises for TV specials, as they did with the Carol Burnett, the Dean Martin, the “Dean Martin Roasts”, Bob Hope, and Andy Williams people, for their “The Best Of” series. Time-Life selects the specials and they do all the editing – BCE has no influence as that’s the standard contract Time-Life has.  BCE licenses the programs, and Time-Life selects, edits, pays for music rights, and pays to promote the packages. 
I suppose that the problem with us Crosby fans is that we’ve already got most of what’s provided by Time-Life, usually in lesser quality, but a lot more complete. My main complaint is with the ridiculous editing by Time-Life. Also I’m not too happy about the advertising which implied something rather different to what we’ve got.

Others of Note » RIP: MARY CARLISLE » 07/8/2018 1:27 pm

The Telegraph has replied.
"Your email regarding our obituary of Mary Carlisle was passed on to us here on the obituaries desk. In answer to your query regarding the source of Mary's quotes about Bing Crosby, they were part of a telephone conversation she had with the writer of the piece, one of many conversations they had over the years. I hope that helps."
I find it hard to believe.

Others of Note » RIP: MARY CARLISLE » 04/8/2018 7:28 am

I have written to the Telegraph asking for details of their source. I have suggested that they are disseminating fake news.

Others of Note » RIP: MARY CARLISLE » 03/8/2018 9:52 pm

I checked with Gary Giddins and this is what he says,

"This is so outrageous. None of the US obits have anything remotely like that, and speak only of their three films as highlights of her career. She spoke of him with such warmth to me that she initially made me turn off my tape recorder when telling the backgammon story, because she was afraid people would get the wrong idea about his competitiveness. Also, by 1937 Bing had control of who would be cast as his leading ladies; he had a contractual right of acceptance and refusal. So if they didn’t get along, why would he use her in the second and third films. She wasn’t box office and she wasn’t a great actress.And there were never rumors of him beating Dixie. In the first source note to chapter 1, I point out that Gary told me about Bing gently lifting her because he never touched her in any other way but gently. So that’s  nonsense, the kind of thing you can get away with when you write about the dead. Shame on the Daily Telegraph."

Others of Note » RIP: MARY CARLISLE » 03/8/2018 5:53 pm

Very disappointed to read the obituary in the Daily Telegraph today. Here's an extract.
"​She began in uncredited roles in such films as Grand Hotel (1932, starring Greta Garbo), before making her big break with Bing Crosby in College Humor (1933). She went on to co-star with him in Double or Nothing (1937) and Doctor Rhythm (1938).
But she never warmed to Crosby, whom she described in an interview in 2002 as “paranoid”: “He was not only terribly self-conscious about his height – he wore lifts in his shoes – but he had those giant ears of his pinned back, his teeth whitened constantly, and what is more, he drank like a fish.”
She often took him to task over his treatment of his then wife, the actress Dixie Lee: “He was so ghastly and mean to her. There were the rumours that he often beat her. On one occasion I offered her $50 to get out of town, but she couldn’t live with or without Bing.”"

​Mary was an honorary member of the ICC and had only good words to say about Bing. Gary Giddins interviewed her in depth and did not pick up anything like this. Wonder if they are confused with Kitty Carlisle.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 30/7/2018 3:21 pm

The 30 minute informercial is on http://bingcrosby.com/   Wonderful!

Film » "She Loves Me Not" on DVD » 22/7/2018 5:31 am

Greg Van Beek has spotted that "She Loves Me Not" has been released on DVD on the Universal Vault series:

See  https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CVPMRN7/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 

Believe this is the first appearance of the film on DVD. 

Announcements » BING magazine » 20/7/2018 5:40 pm

The summer edition of BING magazine is at the printers and should be available early in August.

Announcements » Phil Crosby Jr is coming to the UK. » 17/7/2018 12:31 pm

Phil will be doing a show in Chelmsford on Nov 16 and in Torquay on Nov 18 for an event called Riviera Swing!

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 12/7/2018 7:10 pm

ICC member Alan Matheson has received the following from TimeLife.

"This product is not yet available. It should be available by the end of next week. Please check back then.  We appreciate your interest in our products and the opportunity to be of assistance."

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 11/7/2018 3:24 pm

We'll no doubt get caught for import duty too so bear that in mind when ordering from a USA friend. Incidentally I understand that Robert Bader and Bing Crosby Enterprises deserve our sincere thanks for putting this wonderful set together.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 11/7/2018 6:40 am

Just tried to place an order. BUT TimeLife.com can only process service requests for and ship items to addresses in the United States and Canada. Due to copyright and licensing laws, not all products available at TimeLife.com are available for sale in other countries.
Will have to ask someone in the States to buy it for me.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 11/7/2018 5:47 am

The publication date for BING CROSBY: SWINGING ON A STAR: THE WAR YEARS, 1940–1946, the second volume of award-winning critic and scholar Gary Giddins’s eagerly anticipated Bing Crosby biography has been moved to October 30, 2018.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 02/7/2018 6:44 am

I have been sent an advance galley proof and the book is a masterpiece.  Superbly written, the incredibly detailed research is bolstered by access to many personal letters from the war years which have been released by Kathryn Crosby. This book tells us far more about Bing’s tremendous contribution to the war effort than we have ever known before and this was at a time when he was making his most successful films and records. The problems with his marriage and his relationship with Joan Caulfield are considered in depth. It’s a book all of you will want and will find hard to put down. The chapter about Bing's time in France in 1944 in particular is breathtaking!

Biography » New books about Bing » 30/3/2018 1:09 pm

The book has arrived! It has 76 A5 size pages. There are 19 pages of biography (nice to read so many sentences from my Day by Day book!) and 12 pages of black and white photos. The remainder comprises appendices of chart hits, films, TV appearances etc. Everything in the book is very accurate and it seems that the extensive information on the BING magazine web site and on Wikipedia has been intensively used.  The print is small. No author's name is quoted but I am guessing that it was probably an ICC member as the text reveals some long term knowledge. It reminds me of the Bing Crosby Information File the ICC put out many years ago.

Biography » New books about Bing » 28/3/2018 5:17 am

Thanks RickyG for your kind words.

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