Did anything bad happen around this time? Before the show you can hear Bing say "That's grim news," "That's grim news." The he goes into Where the Blue...
We don't know. Lionel Pairpoint in his book could not offer any explanation unfortunately.
As Malcolm implies, this has been the subject of speculation and interest. The show was recorded around 15th -16th November. There was no significant world event that stands out as very obvious at that particular point of time. Something local or sports connected??
Maybe Bing was referring to the tornado outbreak in the south that killed 20 people.
No it can't be that if show was recorded in Nov.
There is in fact muffled laughter in the background. It seems possible to me that it was something arising out of pre - show "warm up".
Yes, Richard, I heard that too. Could it be a laugh track? Anyway, I think you are right.
Perhaps Bob Hope had been honored for some reason, and it was a reference to that!
Last edited by Steve Fay (17/1/2016 11:04 pm)
Just clicked onto the Crosby site and Internet Radio.
For all you Aussies it was show 27 and Bing does a good 7 minutes talking about the Melbourne Olympics and the regulations Australia had and also the chefs that would be there cooking for the different countries and their likes etc.
Just realised that it was 60 years ago come November when the games were held.
I attended and my girl friend's brother, of the time was in the Australian athletics team. His name is Jim Bailey and he was the first man to break the 4 minute mile in the US. Jim was attending the Uni of Oregon in Eugene. That event was held in LA and he beat fellow Aussie John Landy.
In Sydney Jim ran for the St. George Club - my territory. The district had a good number of great sportsmen over the years in athletics, swimming, cricket, cycling, rugby, soccer, Aussie Rules, tennis - a number of world champions.
Jim is still alive (85 I think) and lives in Bellingham, WA above Seattle.
So, find Bing talking about the Melbourne Games.