Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 11/1/2017 9:28 pm

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That's fantastic news! I can't wait to see what's in store for this volume. That's a day one purchase for sure!

Film » The King Of Jazz » 13/4/2016 9:00 am

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jameslayton wrote:

Thanks for your message Jim. Unfortunately it is a little too early to talk about any DVD plans at this stage. Universal are at this moment still concentrating on completing the complicated restoration work in time for May.

The 93 minute version of the film that we know well from the old VHS release and TV broadcasts features all of the Bing Crosby footage that was ever in the film. The newly recovered footage and audio mostly consists of previously lost introductions to some of the numbers, an expansion of "The Property Man" sketch with Jack White, a comedy sketch called "The Piccolo Player" featuring Paul Whiteman and William Kent, and the film's original exit music.

The book will be available to Kickstarter supporters in September 2016. We are not yet sure if it will become more widely available after that.

I will tease that the sections in the film with Bing have never looked so good. His close-up in the "Bluebirds" number is simply breathtaking!

James

Wow, this is very exciting news! I can't wait to see Universal's restoration!

Fan Interests » Identifying the dates of certain Bing photos? » 09/4/2016 10:10 pm

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Hmm, it looks to be. The quality looks too good to be much earlier. 

http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/uncyclopedia/images/2/2b/Bingcrosby.gif/revision/latest?cb=20050417153643

This one on the other hand I would guess as between 1929-1930.

Fan Interests » Identifying the dates of certain Bing photos? » 09/4/2016 2:16 am

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I came across this wonderful picture of a very young Bing, would anyone have an idea of the date of this photo? 1929 perhaps? Also maybe we could use this thread for dating photos, as i'm sure you guys will agree it can be somewhat frustrating to come across a Bing photo and not have an appropriate date attached.



http://www.thefamouspeople.com/profiles/images/bing-crosby-5.jpg

Television » Bing interviewed by Bill Boggs » 29/3/2016 3:49 pm

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It's a great interview, although Bing is so humble when given any form of praise that it's almost frustrating!

Recording » What is your favourite 'era' for Bing recordings? » 27/3/2016 1:31 am

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48blonde wrote:

Sam, I thought I was a young Bing Fan at 51. I was around 28 when I became a dedicated fan back in the early 90's. But I always loved Bing. Since I was a little girl, I was hooked.

That's cool, I guess I was lucky that I grew up with in a family that loves Frank Sinatra and Dean, which of course led to me wanting to find out more about the originator! and the rest as they say, is history! Of course seeing High Society on TV was probably when I first really took notice of Bing, and the advent of YouTube has been a blessing when I wanted to find out more.

Recording » What is your favourite 'era' for Bing recordings? » 26/3/2016 10:43 am

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I haven't heard that one yet! But i'd even argue positives about songs like his version of Hey Jude which I find quite endearing. I think the reason for that is because there's nothing condescending about how he sings a songs. He'll give it a good and honest take, regardless of what the song is! Sometimes it depends more on other vocalists, like at the start of Sweet Leilani with Lani McCintire(?) Which isn't always my favourite version.

Speaking of compiling Crosby songs, I have made some compilations recently which I might post on the forum soon. I even made some artwork to go along with it which was quite fun! Besides that though i'll often play them on shuffle on iTunes, which is great fun when you just want non-stop Bing.

Recording » What is your favourite 'era' for Bing recordings? » 25/3/2016 11:54 pm

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Thank you! I couldn't agree more, but every era of his career has numerous highlights. Particularly in the mid-50s and later on during the end of his life (1975-1977) when he recorded some great albums like Seasons. I always wish we could have got a few more albums (and another Road picture!) out of him, but he'd already given so much in his lifetime that its hard to complain too much. I'm only 21 so there's still so much for me to absorb of his career!

Recording » What is your favourite 'era' for Bing recordings? » 25/3/2016 1:30 pm

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I'm sure most of us have our favourite moments in Bing's long and illustrious discography, but more and more often I like to go back to the 1920s material and his early solo career: 1926-1934. I love all of his music, but there were SO many classic recording's in that period, and his voice, while husky was just incredible. Bing was unparalleled during that period in terms of vocal performances, spell binding in fact.

Here are 'just' some of my favourites from that time: 

I'm Coming Virginia 
Mississippi Mud
You Took Advantage Of Me
Let's Do It (Let's Fall In Love)
My Kinda Love
Happy Feet
Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight 
One More Time
I Surrender, Dear
Just One More Chance
I'm Through With Love
Star Dust
Dinah 
St. Louis Blues
Some Of These Days
How Deep Is The Ocean?
Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?
Sweet Sue, Just You
You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
My Honey's Lovin' Arms 
Temptation
Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?
Ridin' Around In The Rain
Love In Bloom
Let Me Call You Sweetheart
With Every Breath I Take

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