Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 15/12/2018 4:27 am

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Thank you Malcolm that was very entertaining and interesting.
Just hope the book goes well and that Gary completes Bing's life before my life is completed.
Thanks again.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 11/12/2018 5:23 am

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Just finished the chapter on his entertaining in war torn France. Really enjoyed it.
I thought that I had read/heard that both Bing and Fred travelled together into German held territory for a couple of minutes but the book says it was just Bing and his driver.
So good that Gary had acces to Bing's notes.
Well done!

Announcements » New film about Bing » 07/12/2018 7:08 pm

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I thought that Kevin Spacey would have been a good contender to play Bung but that is now out of the question

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 05/12/2018 8:27 pm

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Paul, I was a Paymaster and you wouldn't wish Paul Bock to receive your pay etc.

Others of Note » George Hall - There's A Cabin In The Pines » 05/12/2018 6:27 am

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One of my favourite Bing records of that period. So many good songs in the 30's.

Biography » 20 Bing Crosby film clippings » 05/12/2018 6:21 am

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Thanks Frans.
Remember some of those events especially the golf at St. Andrews where Bing birdied the first hole. Also the knitted tam-o-shanter he.wore. I had Mum make me one like in red and gold/yellow. That died many years ago.
Donald Peers, whilst he was a popular British entertainer he had one big hit - I Told Them All About You. It was a very good ford and song. Must check YouTube to listen again.

Others of Note » Richard Baker » 21/11/2018 7:06 am

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This was a week of double identities as it was reported that a person was killed with the same name as a bloke who directed a couple of shows at the Roxythat I appeared in with him - Hamlet (had 2 parts) and The Importance of Being Ernest.
So, twice I was concerned and relieved that these 2 were not the ones I know.
However, RIP to those two.

Others of Note » Richard Baker » 20/11/2018 6:50 pm

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Have just read in the past day or two that Richard Baker has passed on - 93.
Gladly it is not OUR Richard.
The passed one was a news reader on BBC and also presented shows from the Royal Albert Hall including The Proms.
He was a good presenter.
RIP

Announcements » BING magazine » 19/11/2018 6:36 pm

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Bing does do a quick version of 'Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree'.
Or is it sings instead of sits?

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 18/11/2018 6:59 am

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Archiefit,
You will have to travel around and double check the spelling of theatre.
The Roxy theater in Morton when advertising movies theater is used but when advertising stage shows the producer uses theatre as do a large, large number of countries.
Look at the neon signs when you go to New York or Chicago.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 18/11/2018 1:07 am

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Into reading the book now but I noticed that Giddins refers to the Paramount TheaTRE in New York using the Yankee spelling of theater.
Going to the web the Paramount theatres are spelt with the tre ending - NY, LA, Seattle and numerous other centres.
Here in Morton the Roxy is '...ter' but the Roxy in Eatonville, 28 miles away is '...tre'.
So, he should have had that right.
I was a Paymaster and correct spelling was important.
I sometimes have an 'S' added to my name when there isn't one.
There was Sid Field and W.C.Fields.
Our name is the only thing we come into the world with and in New York it is theatre.
Tiny moan I know but otherwise I am enjoying the book.

Announcements » BING magazine » 17/11/2018 7:27 pm

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Might even have 'Kookaburra sings in the old gum tree" but probably not waltzing Matilda or The road to Gundagai.
That's a film that Bing, Bob and Dottie could have made - The Road to Gundagai - and the song was already composed. They may have run into Dad and Dave.
For non-Aussies. There was a radio serial called Dad and Dave and a woman named Mabel and a song about 'my Mabel waits for me.
Ah! What could have been.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 12/11/2018 6:55 pm

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Have finally got to view another of the DVD's - 50th. Anniversary show and the Argentina show.
The scissor man has been busy again. Was looking forward to the 50 which the booklet states includes Debbie Reynolds - no show, and the Crosby family - only Mary Frances pops up.
Thoroughly disappointed especially with the 50th as I was expecting to see when Bing fell.
The booklet should have been edited better but certainly the DVD content - almost like false advertising. It has happened right through the set.
Like ordering and paying for 2lb. oF mince meat and on arriving home you discover you only have a pound and a half.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 04/11/2018 12:30 am

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Just reading a book called 'Hideaway' by Dean Koontz. On page 108 of the paperback is.......'...no more ominous than the priest in Going My Way, a Latino Bing Crosby, and....'.
The book was written in 1992.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 03/11/2018 5:05 pm

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Just picked up my copy from the P.O. (Saturday).
Quickly looked at the pictures.
Now for the long read - 720++

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 02/11/2018 7:15 pm

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Just received an email (Friday) that my book will arrive on Saturday.
Trouble is the P.O. Is closed on Saturday. Sometimes they put an article in a locked box and other times over the counter.
Will have to ask the sorter today to put in a locked box.
We have to have a P.O. Box here in Morton as there is no street delivery.
Can't wait especially to view the photos.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 02/11/2018 3:51 am

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Just noticed that today - 1st. November is the anniversary of Dixie's passing in 1952.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 01/11/2018 8:56 pm

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And Anita's on the 6th.
Too bad Bing couldn't get Dixie into the recording booth for further duets - they made a good double in song.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 01/11/2018 8:52 pm

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Still the book hasn't arrived as I was hoping by now.
Just think of Bing's song - 'Soon' and the opening words - soon, maybe not tomorrow, but soon.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 31/10/2018 12:21 am

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Still haven't got to viewing number 7 yet.
As the others have been cut a bit I haven't been too enthused by finishing watching the DVD's.
Not a lot of comment so just wondering if we are all feeling a bit let down.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 29/10/2018 7:54 pm

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The book must be on the way as my Credit Card a/c has just been hit (29/10/18) for $27.45.
Better hurry up and finish reading my current book - written by Margaret Truman because when Bing arrives it will be all Bing.
Must get around to finish hearing the DVD set - next one up is disc 7 and I haven't rushed as the previous 6 have been cut to pieces worse than the censors of a nude film.

Biography » In Remembrance » 15/10/2018 6:08 pm

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Ricky,
Morton in Washington State. About 90 miles or so south of Seattle and about the same north of Portland, Oregon.
We're 31 miles east of I5 on highway 12.
Last year I showed Road to Bali plus Santa Fe Trail.
This year I showed the six Bing Mack Sennett shorts plus Errol's very first movie - In Wake of the Bounty - made 1932. It was half movie and half travelogue of Pitcairn Island.
Errol was only 23 at the time, then he went to England and appeared in a couple of films, now lost, and also in 1934 then to Hollywood and his first there Captain Blood 1935.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 15/10/2018 12:27 am

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Did report elsewhere that we had 25 paying customers.
On another note - just finished reading a book called McNally's Secret by Lawrence Sanders, an American author but uses British words like 'bloke'.
Anyway towards the end he writes of McNally.....I played more Sinatra, and Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, early Bing Crosby ('Just a Gigolo'), and Ella Fitzgerald singing Cole Porter. Then I listened to my favourite balladeer; Fred Astaire. ...... But no one has ever done a better vocal of 'A Fine Romance'.

I like Bing and Dixie's version of this song.
The book was published in 1991.

Biography » In Remembrance » 14/10/2018 5:13 pm

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Had to have my Bing and Errol double last Sunday because there is another event using the Roxy. I had 25 turn up. The movie last week-end had attendances of 7, 16 and 6, so I guess we did alright - I was, of course, hoping for more but 25 was okay.

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 08/10/2018 12:55 am

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We had 25 paying punters at the Roxy for the Bing/Errol screening, plus a camera exhibition.
They seemed to have enjoyed the programme.
Would have liked a few more but there were more than the regular Friday & Saturday night
Regular movies combined, so that pleased me.

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