Others of Note » RIP Charles Aznavour » 04/10/2018 3:05 am

Thanks Jeremy. They sang some beaut songs didn't they.

Announcements » Bing on UK TV » 03/10/2018 7:49 am

I'm envious that I wasn't able to see it 'Down under'

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 17/9/2018 5:41 am

Ron, I've not seen any versions of the Bounty movies. I hope your presentation goes well. Sorry I can't be there.

Film » "King Of Jazz" to be screened at The London Film Festival » 16/7/2018 2:08 am

The book you mentioned is fascinating isn't it. I also enjoyed the same authors' THE DAWN OF TECHNICOLOR : 1915-1935, published in 2015.

Film » Holiday Inn In Color » 16/7/2018 2:04 am

Here Comes the Groom is a splendid movie, even in black-and;white but, yes, it would be even better in colour.

Radio » Bing in London 1944 captured by British Pathé » 02/7/2018 7:48 am

Thanks, that was beaut. I presume that Bing's 'partner' was Jack Buchanan. One member of the audience at the Queensberry All-Service Club in August 1944 when Bing sang was a young member of the RAF, Percy Waters. After the war Percy migrated to Australia and now lives in Sydney. Last month Percy and some other Crosby fans attended a lunch arranged by the International Club Crosby's Australian representative, David Currington. Percy is looking forward to celebrating his 100th birthday in December.

Member Introductions » Hi from the DC area » 02/7/2018 7:13 am

G'day Kurt. I've just read and responded to your post on Hot Jazz Saturday Night. Your box set of Bing's Musical Autobiography reminded me that after the LP set was released in Australia in March 1955 a writer in a Sydney daily newspaper quoted a local record company executive in December of that year:  'We wondered if anybody would pay 12 pounds for four hours of Bing ... We need not have worried. We can sell as many of these as we can make.' By 1978 it was reported that more than 20,000 copies had been sold.

General Discussion » Help save good music (incl. Bing) on the radio! » 02/7/2018 6:57 am

I began listening to Rob's program after the death of Rich Conaty finished THE BIG BROADCAST on wfuv and although I'm not a jazz fan I enjoyed Rob's programs. I found them to be entertaining and informative.They introduced me to new artists, new songs and new versions of familiar tunes. I appreciated his preparation and his style of presentation.

Others of Note » A Trip Down Memory Lane - Web Episode 1 » 12/4/2018 6:43 am

A copyright block has prevented this Aussie from watching your video. Pity!

Recording » Brainwashing! » 12/4/2018 6:32 am

It's often difficult to separate the quality of the performance and the quality of the song in an exercise such as this. I'd be inclined to include Bing's recordings of 'Gigi', 'Thank you for a lovely evening'and 'Style' from the second half of his career.

Recording » My 8 Favorite Bing Crosby Albums (Video) » 12/4/2018 6:22 am

What an interesting selection. FANCY MEETING YOU HERE would be at the top of my album list and I enjoy BING SINGS WHILE BREGMAN SWINGS. As for SEASONS, I reckon it's a beauty.

Others of Note » Books on Vocal Jazz and Classic Pop by Will Friedwald » 12/3/2018 3:55 am

Thanks Anton. I've read the first three Friedwall books you described and agree that they are excellent: informative and very readable.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 12/3/2018 3:31 am

On the subject of dancing, on my weekly radio program this morning I played Fred Astaire's version of  'I won't dance'. I wonder if Bing sang it.

Film » "King Of Jazz" to be screened at The London Film Festival » 12/3/2018 3:22 am

The film was screened at  Sydney cinema last year and it was a treat, not just because of Bing but as an historic piece of cinema.

Recording » Underrated Recordings of 1946 » 12/3/2018 3:13 am

Thanks for those selections. For Australian Crosby fans, 1946 was a very good year. Twenty of his records were released and 33 of the songs became hits, although most had been recorded in previous years. In 1946, radio stations in Melbourne, Australia's second-biggest city, programmed more than five hours of programs each week which played on Crosby records. Surprisingly, when one station invited its listeners to select their own programs of recorded music, Bing was second to Richard Tauber.

Announcements » BING magazine » 12/3/2018 2:00 am

That's great news Malcolm.

Artistic Legacy » TRIBUTES TO BING » 09/2/2018 7:02 am

Quite apartt from the connection with Bing, it's a treat to see great old songs performed by contemporary artistes and to see people dance the way we used to dance. Thanks Frans for those two shows.

Others of Note » Phil Harris 45rpm » 08/2/2018 7:17 am

David, as a fan of Phil Harris you probably know that in 1927 he played drums in Carol Lofner's orchestra in Australia at the Palais de Danse in Melbourne. The band included American and Australian musicians. Subsequently Harris wrote to the music magazine TEMPO stating 'the year spent in Melbourne playing at the Palais was one of the happiest of my life'.His recording of 'The thing' was a number one hit here.

Biography » Interview with Geoff Milne » 08/2/2018 7:00 am

That was interesting. Thank you!

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 08/2/2018 6:54 am

Great news! I can hardly wait.

Television » Bilko's Boys » 08/2/2018 6:51 am

Bing's first appearance on Australian television was 3 June 1959 in an episode of the Phil Silvers Show (USA 22 January 1957). I was unable to see it unfortunately.

Radio » Kraft Music Hall - April 30, 1942 » 08/2/2018 6:46 am

Thank you, David. I enjoyed them.

Others of Note » A Trip Down Memory Lane - Web Episode 1 » 09/1/2018 6:17 am

That's another interesting episode David. The only record I'd heard before is Bing's. Suggestions for possible future episodes: Performers whom Bing admired greatly or influenced him in his early years OR artists or songwriters whom Bing assisted or encouraged early in their careers or to boost them after they'd slipped professionally or personally.

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