Others of Note » Bing, Perry Como and Arthur Godfrey visit Kukla, Fran and Ollie » 26/7/2020 8:50 am

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No, not in reality, but it made a nice show 'make-believing' I think. I have never seen or heard of this puppet show which seems to have been quite popular in the United States. This show is interesting because of the song Fran Allison and the puppets sing about Bing, Perry and Arthur Godfrey and for the impersonations they do of songs by Perry and Bing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSzojoE3ym0

More on the Kukla, Fran and Ollie shows:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kukla,_Fran_and_Ollie

Radio » Bing Internet Radio site is Gone » 26/7/2020 8:44 am

frans
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Archiefit, the arrow is imposed on the picture of Bing direct to the left of the grey box with the description of the show playing at the moment. It's not easy to see if you don't know it; I missed it too the first time I looked.
If you don't see the grey box, maybe you should consider trying to refresh your browser and/or delete the cache.

Announcements » Joe Sinnott » 05/7/2020 10:41 am

frans
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A sad loss. I remember his wonderful artwork very well.

Others of Note » Don't fence me in - recreated note for note » 05/7/2020 10:40 am

frans
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I agree with you Richard, in what you write about the loss of creative individuality. But other than that, I feel it is a sincere tribute. An interesting group, these Puppini Sisters.

Announcements » BING magazine » 05/7/2020 10:36 am

frans
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Thank you Malcolm. I'm looking forward to the new issue!

Others of Note » Don't fence me in - recreated note for note » 29/6/2020 10:11 am

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This is a version of Don't fence me in by The Puppini Sisters (of Bing at Christmas fame) and singer Duncan Galloway. To me it looks like an almost note-for-note re-creation. Quite special, when you consider the original version by Bing was released in 1944. Trivia, but (I think) nice trivia.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAPAT_6YMvY

Film » Color Rhapsody, with Bing Crosby » 25/6/2020 9:16 am

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I know there are many cartoons which feature Bing Crosby, reflecting his popularity. This is one though that I haven't seen before. It's from Columbia Pictures and made in 1939. You see Bing for a short moment at 2m28s:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpULHdUFPPU

There's an informative article on the video page; I'll reproduce it below if I may:
"A Father is doing paperwork when he is interrupted by his baby girl Baby Snooks asking questions, her father gets annoyed and tells her the story of Mother Goose. Transition into the story, with Baby Snooks in it, all the characters are caricatures of famous Hollywood stars of the time, singing the old songs and nursing rhythms. Snooks tells them that this isn't the way to sing today, so they all start singing a jazzy swing instead. Celebrities caricatured include: Edna May Oliver, Martha Raye, George Raft, Edward G. Robinson, Claudette Colbert, James Cagney, Katharine Hepburn, Ned Sparks, Joan Crawford, Herman Bing, Shirley Temple, Hugh Herbert, Greta Garbo, Mickey Rooney, Cary Grant, Benny Goodman, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, W.C. Fields, The Marx Brothers, Joe E. Brown, Bing Crosby, William Powell, John Barrymore, Jack Benny, Clark Gable, Leopold Stokowski, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Wallace Beery, May Robson, Edward Everett Horton, Akim Tamiroff, Kay Francis, Tyrone Power, Robert Taylor, Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy.
The Color Rhapsody series is most notable for introducing the characters of The Fox and the Crow in the 1941 short The Fox and the Grapes. Two Color Rhapsody shorts, Holiday Land (1934) and The Little Match Girl (1937), were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons)."

Film » Bing in 'Hollywood on Parade', 1932 » 18/6/2020 7:29 am

frans
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Thank you for your information, Richard. I must have missed that video in the 1990s. No matter, finding something 'new' now and then keeps the interest going. :-)

Film » Bing in 'Hollywood on Parade', 1932 » 15/6/2020 9:56 am

frans
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I cannot remember ever having seen this before and I would very much like to hear from people who know more about this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brIOQqvzj9o

Film » Two plus fours » 11/5/2020 8:55 am

frans
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Maybe someone is interested in seeing this, in reasonable quality?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rVlMHoUp7s

Recording » The adventures of Tom Sawyer read by Bing » 01/5/2020 9:23 am

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Anyone who is interested in hearing Bing's 1976 reading of The adventures of Tom Sawyer (which has been unavailable for a long time) might be interested to see it published on YouTube:

Part one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64_5FO-E_60

Part two:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMrDJm6RwX8

Highly recommended!

Radio » Command Performance #169 ; GI Journal #86 » 30/4/2020 10:58 am

frans
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Thank you Richard. This is a very interesting source and I have enjoyed many of their shows.

Recording » Whatever happened to "Bing Sings The Hits" » 30/4/2020 10:57 am

frans
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An interesting discussion. I think it should be taken into account how the album was perceived by both record company and buyers at the time of the initial release. Fascinating topic though!

Others of Note » The Carol Burnett Show » 30/4/2020 9:29 am

frans
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Thanks for this information, Richard - although I had wished for a dvd or bluray release myself. Fortunately many of the shows are available on YouTube as well, probably in lesser quality, but nonetheless.

Announcements » BING magazine » 11/3/2020 2:53 pm

frans
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An interesting discussion! I know about the CD's with Philco material already in circulation, I have all the Philco shows, and yes, I love listening to the complete shows as well. But nonetheless I welcome the CD Malcolm mentioned with great anticipation, while practically all the CD's the ICC and Sepia have been involved in have something extra, be it in original research or concept, in sound quality, or in information (booklets) about the recordings.

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby and Star Trek: Picard » 27/1/2020 12:16 pm

frans
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Did you know? The new Star Trek series: Picard opens with the strains of Bing's Blue Skies!
A nice touch and a fitting one, as it connects the old with the new, I think.

Recording » Concept albums » 17/1/2020 11:17 am

frans
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An interesting selection! Do you know "The Bing Shift", Arne Fogel's weekly Bing Crosby radio show? Most of the times, if not all, de first half of the programme is dedicated to a theme - in other words, a concept.
If you do not know this show, it could be worth your while to check it out sometimes. It's easy to find on the internet; just google.
Unfortunately, the show does not offer an official download function and the programmes are only available for two weeks after broadcast. But, as said, they are excellent shows!

Radio » Where are the recordings for the Christmas Sing with Bing Shows » 17/1/2020 11:11 am

frans
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Most of these shows are available on the internet; try google.

Swaps and Sales » Looking for: A Christmas sing with Bing (1959 broadcast) » 17/1/2020 11:10 am

frans
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I already have the 1961 A Christmas sing with Bing. Thank you for responding though!

Swaps and Sales » Looking for: A Christmas sing with Bing (1959 broadcast) » 04/1/2020 4:41 pm

frans
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I am looking for the 1959 broadcast of 'A Christmas sing with Bing'. Is there anyone out there who has this programme and is willing to send me a copy?

Radio » A seldom heard Christmas song by Bing » 24/12/2019 9:58 pm

frans
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Hi Archiefit,
Your mention of this CD struck a cord; I believe I have it somewhere - but haven't played it in ages. I must look it up. Well, something to do for the Second Christmas day. (We actually have two over here: small country, long holidays!)

Recording » Bing and London Symphony Orchestra at Christmas » 24/12/2019 9:55 pm

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Richard Baker wrote:

Frans, you are clearly a born optimist!  A male of exact age 66 would have an average expectation of life of 17.54 years based on a sample of males in England over the period 2010 - 2012. It is probable that this may have improved a little since then, and there will be variations between countries, though not greatly within Europe. 

Hi Richard, yes, I confess: I like to accentuate the positive! Why go for the average in stead of aiming at the highest possible? Health depending, of course.

Just joking  ... https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
On a more serious vein, I do use these sentences from time to time though, when people are adamant in telling me that children are the future and should take priority above anything (or anyone) else. For me, that is an unseemly discarding of people of other age groups. One age group is no better than the other and, despite different needs, should not receive priority over others, in my opinion (and only that).




 

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