Recording » I've Got The Girl » 16/10/2021 6:11 am

Gary Giddins ,in his POCKET FULL OF DREAMS, notes the problem with IV'E GOT THE GIRL (pg. 145-147. For me, a long time before Giddons, it was my good friend, Richard Wagner. As a (Chicago, ILL) 78RPM  record collector, he found ways to play old 10 inch records using many speeds .He figured it out. It would be a good guess that Richard himself did the re-mastering before anyone else had thought of it? This very good man has been gone for a long time now, so he can't be asked. In any case, this is the kind of commercial recording that remains a huge WHAT IF.....

Recording » I've Got The Girl » 15/10/2021 6:13 am

I"VE GOT THE GIRL ,on original 78rpm release is still a fine collectable find. As played however ,it revealed  a botched job. Chipmunk voices? The very fine re-mastered version ,that I first got to hear myself (in 1977) , is an excellent piece of 1926  jazz band music. The peppy vocals (from Bing & Al) ,as re-mastered ,also add much joy to it!

Recording » Most Vocally Impressive Bing Song Range Wise? » 12/10/2021 5:49 am

I would ADD the following as titles rendered by BOTH Bing & Elvis :
ALOHA OE
WHAT A FRIEND WE HAVE IN JESUS
&
NEW VIENNA WOODS    ( Elvis as TONIGHT"S ALL RIGHT FOR LOVE)
This title found Presley's version recorded BEFORE Bing's version ( on his 2nd LP with Rosemary. It is very doubtful that Bing ( & Rosemary) even knew that Elvis had recorded it (in 1960). This comparison ,something I missed myself, ( in my book-JUST REMEMBER THIS). That 'traveling two beat', distracted me! I should have paid more attention! / These vocal comparisons SHOULD compliment BOTH of these popular singers ,noting the gap in time. As taste is (always) involved , it should be as FACT that Crosby's strong & durable baritone is  2nd to NO ONE, despite aged recording technics.

Recording » Most Vocally Impressive Bing Song Range Wise? » 10/10/2021 4:34 am

The baritone quality of both vocals be (sometimes) slip  into a tenor, or both. Perhaps Bing's DOWN BY THE RIVER (Decca) /TEMPTATION (Brunswick)/ AT YOU COMMAND (Brunswick) & I SURRENDER,DEAR (Victor) /BLACK MOONLIGHT (Brunswick) & DEEP PURPLE (Decca) seem to find that  vocal ability?/ Other titles like AFTER SUNDOWN (Brunswick), HERE LIES LOVE (Brunswick) ,HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN (Brunswick),YOU'RE STILL IN MY HEART (Brunswick) & WITH SUMMER COMING ON  reveal a vocal with a more playful baritone, with some power, at times./As far as comparisons between these very influential performers, perhaps it's best to have titles recorded by BOTH? / They are :
SILENT NIGHT
BLUE HAWAII
WHITE CHRISTMAS-the most debated-Elvis's was banned widely in 1957.
I"LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS
HERE COMES SANTA CLAUS
YOU BELONG TO MY HEART
TRUE LOVE
THE WIFFENPOOF SONG    ( Elvis as VIOLET)
HARBOR LIGHTS
BEYOND THE REEF
HAVE I TOLD YOU LATELY THAT I LOVE YOU
ADESTE FIDELES   ( Elvis as O COME ALL YE FAITHFUL)
WINTER WONDERLAND
THE FIRST NOEL
DANNY BOY
AULD LANG SYNE      
EL RANCHO GRANDE

Recording » Bing’s Recordings In Stereo » 09/9/2021 6:04 am

Bing is best in MONO-all of his 78s were MONO .Forget about all that FAKE STEREO-I'll take MONO-ORIGINAL MONO MASTERS/In 1962 (all tracks) -ORIGINAL STEREO -  LP "I Wish You A Merry Christmas found Bing in excellent vocal mode,& the MONO version is also great-but get the STEREO version on this one-& all subsequent REAL STEREO product ,especially most Christmas releases./

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 01/3/2021 6:20 am

It looks like Australia is THE place to start counting/

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 18/2/2021 6:00 am

Malcolm/ As a record collector of many, including Bing, a fan is always 'however much we would like them'. Perhaps 'taste' of a review of a recording is another matter, as I have noted in my own book "Just Remember This'. Yet THESE CROSBY SALES DID EXIST,& more so should be found .Perhaps in writer royalties credit, of payments to someone? Or annual record sales credit to Bing. Maybe Gary Giddins ,who seems to have gotten a lot of i(old) info, may find some? MORE recent claims (AMERICAN MASTERS) in 2014 as BING BY THE NUMBERS finds Bing 'close to one billion records ,tapes, compact disc & digital downloads'. As also noted (here) , Bing as just scored (2020) some very good  US (Billboard) charted success, in fact in the last few years, since Billboard CHANGED BACK it's policy for HOLIDAY songs, which stupidly omitted a lot of Christmas songs ( 5 decades) for a lot of other artists, but ESPECIALLY for Bing-on it's main Hot 100 pop chart. .So ,in light of all this,& these more recent sales claims, we should find out which claims & statements are valid .I think that we may just like them.

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 17/2/2021 7:18 am

Where is the Bing Crosby world? I will not give up. Record sales .long ago are important-always noting times of release. .I would like to note Bing's ORIGINAL 1931 :"Where The Blue OF THE NIGHT ,recorded in 1931.Despite Jack Kapp's (later) re-recordings on Decca, as well as disregarding them ,is it fair to assume that THIS recording ,INCLUDING DECCA's REISSUE of THIS ORIGINAL, in the 1940s & 1950s,on 78 & 45 ,as well as on (US) BRUNSWICK (silver) REISSUE up to 1939,as well as counting sales outside of the US got to over a million copies sold ?

Recording » Wikipedia Album entries » 17/2/2021 6:55 am

Moved down to 10 million sales?(27/12/2019)/ SILENT NIGHT /Which version? Decca in 1935 or Decca in 1942 ? / BOTH have valid claims over a million./Or millions?

Recording » Medley Of Gus Edwards Hits DLA-1796-A...... » 10/10/2020 5:39 pm

I got my 'fluff' from Curtin Call"/  It sounds like an outtake to me? / I also know this was bootlegged on a 78,but I do not have it   .I think my friend Richard Wagner HAD it/ Richard has passed away, so I can't ask him./

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 10/10/2020 5:21 pm

The sales of Bing Crosby recordings (records),is part of a legacy that should be noted & explored. Considering population, advances in recording technic,& historical events like the great depression & World War 2,the huge success of THIS recording artist should be more documented. Many of these recordings can be part of a huge social change as well. The very fine CROSBY ON RECORD, by Edward J. Mello and Tom McBride, as edited by Thomas Gleason painstakingly tried to figure an 'original issue'. While 1950 was a lot later than it's published time (1950), it's a lot closer than (later) generations, including (us)."I've Got The Girl" was THEN unknown to most, but a lot of  recorded  detail, seems to be now discarded, or dismissed./Mello & McBride's look into BRUNSWICK REISSUES ON U.S.LABELS, more so notes an appreciation for this material, as well as hidden sales .Crosby's sales on Banner, Oriole, Melotone, Perfect, Vocalion ,Okeh ,Conqueror ,Romeo ,Silvertone, as well as labels that I have previously noted on 1940s (Columbia) & (Decca owned US Brunswick reissues) should be rounded up & counted ,when possible. They also note (mostly) pre-WW2 BRUNSWICK REISSUES ON FOREIGN LABELS, on ENGLISH BRUNSWICK,ENGLISH COLUMBIA,INDIAN COLUMBIA,AUSTRALIAN COLUMBIA,REX (ENGLAND),LUCKY (JAPAN) & FRENCH BRUNSWICK. This re-issued stuff could be counted by title./Crosby has been short changed for a long time, as many of these brilliant original recordings became less known .This was also part of Decca's own strategy .to sell ONLY Decca masters, unless (then) owned (Brunswick) masters owned by Decca,

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 09/10/2020 10:14 pm

The 1946 publication by Dr.J.T.H.Mize found 'Crosby and The Bing Crosby Style' perhaps found Crosby at the height of his popularity, in records,radio & films. His noted appreciation of (then) radio success has little to compare to in 2020,but his listing of 'million' sellers ,I think ,does./'Sweet Leilani-',the (already aged) 1937 Decca release is noted at 850,000 copies, at the end of 1945.So (later) claims of over a million sales for this title just have to be from DECCA catalog sales-right? / As Crosby's 'White Christmas' is noted at 2,000,000 in the US & another 260,000 in Great Britain as a single, it's easy to figure that his (later) commercial re-recording in 1947,almost identical, could not have been figured in Mize's numbers. So should 'White Christmas' be listed as a million seller or twice, 'White Christmas 1,"White Christmas 'II? As the re-issued 1947 version IS the one generally being played on radio, as well as worldwide charted success ,into another century-correct?/The same would apply to Bing's first commercial  1935 Decca issue of  Silent Night'. In fact, along with  the other side 'Adeste Fideles',was noted, as a re-issue, as 'Bing Crosby's Biggest Seller' in a 1940 (US) Decca catalog. By the time Mize reviewed the 2 titles, Bing had re-recorded both sides (1942).Mize notes theses re-recordings as  'Silent Night'/Adeste Fideles, with sales (already re-issued to 1945, at 1,800,000.So,as subsequent re-issues, THESE are million sellers as 'Silent Night' I & II, and Adeste Fideles I & II-correct?/ The early 1940s ,as Mize, sometimes notes, was full of early 1930s re-issued (US) Brunswick product. As split between (then) Columbia re-issued original Brunswicks', & Decca re-issued Brunswick product, using the word 'Brunswick',these records,on 78 rpm 'albums',or  as singles ,sold very well.(They would later be re-issued on LATER 10 inch albums ,as well).Where are the combined sales of original Brunswick's,& the re-issued Columbia, & Decca's Brunswick

Recording » Medley Of Gus Edwards Hits DLA-1796-A...... » 09/10/2020 5:17 am

This 1939 recording had a 'fluff'-or outtake.(Jimmy Valentine) How come Jonzo (26) missed it.?/Is it around on CD? /Thank you/

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