Others of Note » Dame Vera Lynn at 100 » 20/3/2017 11:02 pm

What a wonderful experience! Glad the plaque is still there.

New and Re-issued materials » New Biography available for streaming on Amazon.com » 16/3/2017 7:10 am

Bing did not go out with Mona until after Dixie's death. The  alleged relationship with Joan Caulfield was in 1946.

Announcements » "JONZO" "The Chronological Bing Crosby" series » 13/3/2017 10:01 am

A friend of mine is looking for Jonzos 50 and 51. Let me know if you can help.

Announcements » Buddy Bregman » 05/2/2017 11:39 am

It was all right for you wealthy people. As a 17 year old. I had to buy the album as EPs when I could afford them and I never got the final one.

Recording » How do you know what lp or CD a particular Bing Song is on, anyway?? » 04/2/2017 1:43 pm

Also see page 39 of The Definitive Bing Crosby Discography issued by Wig in 2014 for the CD issue.

Others of Note » Maida Vale Studios » 24/1/2017 7:16 am

Jeremy, have you still got your photo of the plaque? Could you send me a jpg? Like to use it in BING magazine. I do have one already but it's not great.

Others of Note » Maida Vale Studios » 23/1/2017 7:51 pm

And the host of Brain of Britain, Russell Davies, is a Bing fan too.

Others of Note » Miguel Ferrer » 20/1/2017 8:09 am

Think Miguel was on drums at the Palladium.

Announcements » Buddy Bregman » 16/1/2017 8:38 am

Jeremy, you ought to read Fred Reynolds assessment too in Part 4 of his wonderful Crosby Collection books.

Announcements » Buddy Bregman » 16/1/2017 8:34 am

Jeremy, I don't remember Lionel talking about the album. It might have been Reg Bristo though. Ken Barnes was critical about it in his book.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 11/1/2017 7:24 pm

Just posted on Facebook.
GOOD NEWS! Gary Giddins has completed the second volume of his three-volume Bing Crosby biography: "Bing Crosby, Swinging On a Star, the War Years, 1940-1946," to be published by Little, Brown. Publication date will be announced here, along with cover art - when Little, Brown provides them!

Announcements » Buddy Bregman » 09/1/2017 10:16 pm

Sorry to read that Buddy has passed away.

Others of Note » RIP: Debbie Reynolds » 09/1/2017 10:01 pm

Interested to read that the duet reached the charts. Are we sure it wasn't Bing's solo version?

Film » Road movies » 09/1/2017 9:58 pm

Sorry to read about this, Ron. Better luck next time.

General Discussion » Christmas Greetings to all » 18/12/2016 8:07 am

Many thanks, Richard. You did a great job on this board.

Film » Holiday Inn VS White Christmas » 08/12/2016 3:48 pm

Don't remember that song in the film.

Film » Stagecoach » 03/12/2016 7:23 pm

Was it the Crosby version or the John Wayne film?

Film » Showdown at Ulcer Gulch » 30/11/2016 7:12 am

The review rather puts me off seeing it.
Jimmy “Shamus” Culhane was a major Disney animator and the author of a how-to book which continues to inspire budding artists to become animators. OnHollywood’s social ladder, animators have always occupied a very low rung … but Culhane was the son-in-law of Chico Marx, a relationship which enabled Culhane to socialize with the Marx Brothers and their famous Hollywood friends such as Bob Hope and Bing Crosby. Culhane shanghaied some of those big stars to appear in this awful little film.         “Showdown at Ulcer Gulch” is Culhane’s home movie. It’s about as funny as your Uncle Irving’s home movies, with slightly better production values. Like a lot of other Hollywood animators, Culhane wanted to escape from the cartoon ghetto and get a job making “real” movies; “Showdown at Ulcer Gulch” was apparently meant to be his demo reel. This film has lots of arty-tarty little “auteur” touches that make it even less funny than it started out to be. Ted Key, the creator of the grossly unfunny Saturday Evening Post feature “Hazel”, is credited (?) with the script of this film. There doesn’t really seem to be a script. Most of the participants (“actors” would be the wrong word) seem to be ad-libbing, and they’re ad-libbing very badly. Even those great improv-meisters Groucho and Chico Marx are ad-libbing badly here.         When you look at IMDB’s cast list for this film - Groucho, Chico, Hope and Crosby, Ernie Kovacs and his wife (the under-rated Edie Adams) - you’ll assume that “Showdown at Ulcer Gulch” must be a lost masterpiece of comedy, a sure-fire laff-riot. No, honestly: it’s awful. I’ll rate it one point out of 10.(Review dated April 2, 2002 by F Gwynplaine MacIntyre on the Internet Movie Database)

Biography » Trout Fishing with Bing » 29/11/2016 9:31 am

The picture is new to me too.

Radio » Variety Band Box. 27/08/44 » 28/11/2016 10:56 am

The links don't work for me. I'm on a PC.

Radio » Variety Band Box. 27/08/44 » 27/11/2016 6:06 pm

No Ron but the broadcast was issued on LP years ago.

Radio » Variety Band Box. 27/08/44 » 27/11/2016 2:54 pm

This is how  Melody Maker reported on the show.

…Six o’clock. The red light on the stage flickered its warning and then glowed steadily. The  BBC  announcer told the world “This is Variety Band-box” and we were off to an hour’s recording of this popular broadcast…And then Tommy’s (Handley) voice took on an excited, serious note. He announced the next artist, and, before the words were out of his mouth, the audience rose - for there he was ... the one and only Bing Crosby - the man whose voice has brought pleasure and sanity into every corner of a mad world at war.
He bounded on to the stage and stood there, beaming while the biggest reception ever accorded to an artist in my memory thundered through the vast hall. The minutes ticked by but the volume of sound didn’t diminish, even though producer Stephen Williams vainly tried to stem the tide. Finally, after many minutes, order was restored, and Tommy Handley welcomed Bing to England and presented him with a pipe, to which Bing made the rejoinder: “Well, isn’t that nice. What is it?”
And so the badinage went to and fro until Bing ejaculated, “Well, for ever more” and the stage cleared and it was song time. Accompanying him at the piano was Private James Rusin, second pianist of the Glenn Miller Band and a smashing ivory-tickler. Bing and Rusin had never met one another before this show. They had not rehearsed - just talked over the numbers for a few minutes beforehand - and neither of them had any music. But it didn’t matter. Rusin is a first-class pianist, able to tackle anything, and Bing is no slouch, either. Oh! But I’m running ahead. The female fans are dying to know what Bing looks like - and here I am talking music! Well, he looks much younger in the flesh than he does on the films, and he’s much slimmer. He’s baldish, but not gleamingly so, and he’s taller than you imagine. His eyes are just about the most vivid blue I’ve ev

Radio » Variety Band Box. 27/08/44 » 27/11/2016 2:16 pm

Some of the show was picked up on shortwave by a ship in the Indian Ocean (or so the story goes) and a recording was made. Tommy Handley is heard introducing Bing to a tremendous ovation. There is some corny dialogue and Bing sings "Long Ago and Far Away" and "Moonlight Becomes You".

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