Biography » Bing in Spokane » 07/9/2017 6:33 pm

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Very enjoyable. It has been a long hard struggle trying to convince people that Bing wasn't a mean person. Gary's book did so much trouble.
Bing was really a down to earth ordinary person. I spoke to him on the phone a couple of times when living in England and he even rang me at work. Don't recall hearing about any other top stars/people being in contact with us ordinary folk. And I like the photo of Bing standing in the doorway on the New York subway.
On another note for anyone in the Pacific Northwest area of the USA. Remembering Bing (and Errol Flynn) on 14th. October at the Roxy Theatre, Morton, WA at 2.00pm a double bill programme - Santa Fe Trail followed by Road to Bali, admission $5.00.
Errol was 50 and Bing 74.
I'm hoping for a near full house.

Announcements » BING magazine » 14/8/2017 12:49 am

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Just received mine. About to open the envelope.

Artistic Legacy » Song writer » 09/8/2017 8:44 pm

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I see that they still have Bing's birthdate as 2nd. May and not the 3rd.

Television » Glen Campbell » 09/8/2017 8:42 pm

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They're starting to fall off the perch again.
Recent pas sings - Mervyn Rose (Aussie tennis), Golden girl Betty Cuthbert (Aussie), Doug Insole (England cricketer) and now Glen Campbell.
May they all RIP.
Interesting looking at Rose's playing record - long sets, played singles, doubles and mixed doubles in the same tournament, as they did then. These days most just play singles and get a bucket full of money.

Artistic Legacy » Song writer » 07/8/2017 2:09 pm

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Just now on TCM the Fred MacMurray, Eleanor Parker film - "A Millionaire For Christy" and music in the background 'I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You' and as the cast etc roles through it lists the song by Bing Crosby and Ned Washington.
Never noticed Bing's name on the screen before especially in a film he isn't in.
Interesting and I wonder how many other movies he may have cropped up in the credits.

Film » Bing in the 1945 film "State Fair" » 04/8/2017 3:08 am

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I seem to recall that it wasn't Bing. Just not the voice.
By the way, I was named after Ronald COLMAN.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 02/8/2017 6:20 pm

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60 years ago today!

Others of Note » RIP: Ruth Prigozy » 28/7/2017 5:17 pm

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I remember meeting Ruth at Hofstra as she organised the Bing venture. She was good to me at that meeting.
Vale Ruth and RIP.

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 28/7/2017 3:13 am

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No mistype Richard.
In 1957 I kept on my merry way on a Greyhound Bus.
We corresponded now and again then Anita said she was getting married and could I write to her sister, which happened. Then Carol died and her Mum and I wrote to one another and as I was moving around the two Mum's started writing one another.
I married for 10 years living in England. Mum and I came to Canada for a Lake Louise get together and went visited Anita's parents, so the two Mum's finally met. A few years later Anita and her husband divorced and somehow or other we re-connected with her visiting Australia to do some research etc for her degrees.
Finally we got together and married in Morton 10th. August 2003.
Now I'm worn out with that dialogue.

Others of Note » Barbara Sinatra » 27/7/2017 4:37 pm

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Vale to Barbara.
Apparently she was the boss as I heard that she wouldn't allow Frank to smoke in the house and he had to go outside.
Wonder what it was like to be a sister in law to those zany Marx Brothers?

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 27/7/2017 4:34 pm

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Oh, 10th. August will be our 14th. Wedding anniversary

Fan Interests » Remembering Bing » 27/7/2017 4:32 pm

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Come 2nd. August it will be the 60th. Anniversary of having met Bing in Seattle. Bing was the Marshall for the 1957 Seattle Seafarers Carnival. Then I ran into him the following day (Saturday) waiting in a store doorway before the start of the parade. Then later that day I first met Anita on a Greyhound bus. I was travelling from Seattle to Kelso, the bus stopped in Tacoma and I jumped off to take a photo of the street. as Bing was born in Tacoma (the house is still there with a plaque on the step). Back into the depot and the bus had left. Caught up with it in Olympia and Anita was sitting in the seat I had occupied. She refused to move (told her my coat etc was above her) so I sat next to her.
Dangerous business sitting next to strange females (she was only 17 and me an old 23).
Later on I met Bob and then Larry.
A diamond jubilee.

Recording » Return to Paradise Islands » 06/7/2017 10:05 pm

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And there is the second album with Rosie - That Travellin' Two Beat.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 05/7/2017 5:29 pm

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The way this is going I'll never get to read it. Wonder if there is a library in the afterlife.

Recording » Official UK Singles Charts Celebrates 60 Years » 29/6/2017 3:55 pm

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I have "Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear" on a 12" LP along with other songs from his shorts. The cover is yellow with blue printing..

Links » Who is a deserving modern comparison to Bing? » 18/6/2017 5:34 am

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Years ago I mentioned that if a movie was made about Bing, I thought that Kevin Spacey could have been a good one to play Bing.
I doubt that a movie bio will ever be made on Bing.

Film » Road films on Bluray? » 16/6/2017 7:26 pm

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Talking of 'Bali', on Saturday 14th. October 2017, we will be presenting that as part of a 'double header', with 'Santa Fe Trail'.
The reason?.
Well, Errol Flynn died on that date in 1959 aged 50, but probably lived a life of an 150 year old.
And of course we know that it will be the 40th. Anniversary of Bing's passing.
Amazing all those years and TCM in promos mention Errol Flynn, Gregory Peck etc but not Bing.

Announcements » BING magazine » 02/5/2017 12:47 am

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And tomorrow ( from where I'm writing in Australia) is birthday day for our man.

Others of Note » Alice Ludes » 29/3/2017 1:04 am

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Sorry Richard I didn't send you the Daily Telegraph notice. Did to Malcolm and Michael.
I was twiddling my thumbs in Portland trying to get a flight to LAX.
Now in Australia.
It was in Monday's Telegraph .
Ron

Others of Note » Dame Vera Lynn at 100 » 21/3/2017 3:14 pm

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Well done Jeremy. You must feel quite proud. Glad Bing plaques are still there.
One night I went in 1977 - opening and closing - all sorts of celebrities were there.
Henry Cooper just a few rows back, Ronnie Barker after show did a 'bobbies point traffic E control'
After I attended opening night I wrote to see if I would be able to lead a 'for he's a jolly good fellow' on closing night. Was refused of course as they said it would probably happen anyway.
Off to Aust on Monday.

Announcements » 'Going My Way' Spring branch meeting » 19/3/2017 4:03 pm

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Hope all goes well and you all have fun and great listening.
I'll be in the land of Aust.

New and Re-issued materials » New Biography available for streaming on Amazon.com » 17/3/2017 12:52 am

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I realise that Bing went out with Mona after Dixie died. There was newspaper talk of wedding bells with her. I think that happened every time Bing took someone out after Dixie died.

New and Re-issued materials » New Biography available for streaming on Amazon.com » 15/3/2017 5:27 pm

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I believe Hope was there. Have to double check though as I think he is in a photo behind the coffin, if I remember correctly.
Bing was going out with Mona Freeman (was she a friend of Terry's?) and also with Joan and talk that he might divorce Dixie, but because of being Catholic he didn't. A couple of brothers divorced and re-married as well as sons.

Others of Note » Robert Osborne - TCM Presenter » 07/3/2017 6:52 pm

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Robert died 6th. March aged 84.
He shared the same birthdate as Bing (and my brother in law).
He will be sadly missed as a great movie buff.
RIP.

Announcements » Buddy Bregman » 08/2/2017 7:38 pm

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Richard,
Talking of heavy arms - every time I visited my Nana I asked could I play the one Bing 78 stored in the old wind up gramophone. The 78 was 'Thanks' with Black Moonlight'  on the reverse. That poor old 78 was so worn that I had to turn the speed dial  down to about 60rpm to make it sound like Bing.
Can't alter the speed on turntables these days.
It is a wonder that the old 78's last so long.

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