Others of Note » RIP: Rhonda Fleming » 18/10/2020 12:41 pm

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She was indeed beautiful...

Visiting my grandparents in the mid ‘60s I used to enjoy looking through their small collection of the old F Maurice Speed “Film Review” annuals. I remember quite clearly a full-page colour studio portrait of Rhonda Fleming - probably in connection with “A Connecticut Yankee...” The caption referred to her as, “The Titian-haired Rhonda Fleming”. I had absolutely no idea what “Titian-haired” meant!

New and Re-issued materials » Tom Sawyer release » 10/10/2020 12:08 pm

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I’ve just downloaded this via my audible.co.uk account. I’ve got a long-ish train journey coming up in the next few days, so I’ll listen to it then and report back!

Recording » Medley Of Gus Edwards Hits DLA-1796-A...... » 10/10/2020 7:17 am

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Like Richard, I don’t think I’ve ever seen it on a CD, but it was on an old Curtain Calls LP...

https://www.discogs.com/Bing-Crosby-Both-Sides-Of-Bing-Crosby/release/4301039

Recording » Nomination for a Bing album to be re-released on CD... » 06/10/2020 10:20 am

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It would be great to see official CD releases of Hey Jude/Hey Bing and Bingo Viejo, if only to “square the circle” of CD releases of Bing’s LP albums. These two would seem to be the only two which haven’t seen any form of “official” CD release - from budget direct-from-LP transfers all the way up to the BCE de-luxe re-packagings.

I agree with Richard about “If I Had a Hammer”. I’ve got a very muddy version of it on Barry Whittingham’s privately-produced CD of Bing’n’Basie and it certainly deserves to be heard in better quality.

The other titles Richard mentions - including the Longines sides - were released on CD on the privately-produced Harry Lillis label, but these CDs are becoming increasingly hard to find. The Longines sides would make a fantastic 2-CD set. (Are you listening, Sepia..?!)

I would also love to see a properly remastered and annotated release of the “High Society” soundtrack. I’ve got a couple of budget-label CD versions - on one of which the “swish” of the LP is clearly audible! - but it would be great to hear some out-takes, studio banter, rehearsal tracks, piano demos, etc.

New and Re-issued materials » Tom Sawyer release » 09/8/2020 10:39 am

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This is good news - thanks for flagging it up Richard.

“Tom Sawyer” is listed for pre-order as an audio book download on audible.co.uk - Amazon’s audiobook division - where there is also a quite small but select range of Crosby titles, including an unabridged reading of the first volume of the Gary Giddins biography, a fifty-minute interview with Gary Giddins on the subject of Bing, a selection of the radio adaptations of Bing’s movies and a selection of Bob Hope’s radio shows with Bing as guest. (I would imagine that the latter two items are probably available elsewhere on the internet at no cost..!)

The press release talks about making the Argo catalogue, “...available on spoken word platforms for audio lovers around the world...”, which suggests that they might only be available as downloads, but fingers crossed we get the CDs as well.

Television » Crosby in Search of Crosby on Amazon Prime » 19/7/2020 1:01 pm

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Richard’s review of  “Crosby In Search Of Crosby” appeared in the “Keeping Track” section of issue 175 of “Bing” magazine, with a couple of follow-up opinions - from Ken Crossland and yours truly - appearing in “One Sweet Letter From You” in issue 176.

Others of Note » Dame Vera Lynn Has Died » 18/6/2020 5:03 pm

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Very sad news.

One of my most treasured memories is of having had the privilege of working alongside Dame Vera - in a minor capacity, but directly alongside her nevertheless! - in the 1990 Royal Variety Show at The London Palladium. The show was in celebration of the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, and Dame Vera sang an extended selection of her WWII hits interspersed with the wartime speeches of Winston Churchill delivered by the actor Robert Hardy.

She will be sadly missed...

Bing appeared on BBC2’s “The Vera Lynn Show” while he was in the UK in 1975, recording their session on 27th July for broadcast on 24th September. They sang “Sing” together and Bing sang, “That’s What Life Is All About”.

Announcements » I am back! I missed the great people here and this site! » 16/6/2020 9:38 am

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Sorry it’s taken me a while to get around to this, but -  welcome back, Carmela..!

Fan Interests » London Palladium plaque miniature. » 20/5/2020 7:55 am

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Yes, the plaque was unveiled by Bob Hope at The London Palladium on 29th March 1979. It’s at the bottom of one of the staircases just inside the main entrance on Argyll Street. I last saw it about a year ago when I was walking past The Palladium in what seems, in these strange times, like a former life!

I just wondered whether anyone remembers acquiring one of the miniature replicas offered on the flyer...

Announcements » New Episodes Now Posted for Sounds Like Radio Podcast Shows! » 19/5/2020 3:27 pm

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Hi Lee

I had a listen to one of the episodes this morning. Well done..! I have to admit that “The Great Gildersleeve” didn’t mean much to this particular Brit, so I had to Google it, but the whole thing was very entertaining - expertly put together and, of course, great music. Congratulations!

Fan Interests » London Palladium plaque miniature. » 19/5/2020 3:18 pm

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This is one for our - ahem - more mature readers..!

Whilst archiving a set of “Bing” magazine from the 1970s recently, I came across this flyer from 1979. As you can see, the full-sized plaque was unveiled by Bob Hope on 29th March of that year - and remains on display in the foyer of The London Palladium to this day - and this miniature was subsequently offered for purchase to ICC members. Does anyone out there know if this project ever came to fruition and if so, has anyone still got one of the miniatures..?

https://sites.google.com/site/crosbyfanworld/home/crosby-plaque/Crosby%20Plaque%205.jpg

Radio » Bing & Judy - Confess » 15/5/2020 8:40 am

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Thanks for posting that, David... I’ve got this track on various CD releases but this is an interesting transfer. To my ears there seems to be a bit more “air” around the voices - almost as if it was recorded on a separate mic from the studio feed. (It may well be that someone has just added a bit reverb, of course...) In any event, always a joy to hear Bing and Judy together...

Recording » Ol Man River - 1945 » 15/5/2020 8:30 am

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I completely agree about the 1945 version - those last few lines have amazing power to them, but on the whole I don’t think that that song at that tempo is suited to Bing. I know it sounds like a clichė, but you really do need a great rolling bass like Paul Robeson’s to bring it off successfully.

The ‘28 version was one of the first Crosby/Whiteman tracks I ever heard, so I’ve got a very soft spot for it, but the Buddy Cole version is just sooooo laid back..!

Recording » Jonzo Series... What happened? » 11/5/2020 9:13 am

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Some great tracks on Vol. 16, AND you get to hear the infamous argument with Jack Kapp..!

Recording » Whatever happened to "Bing Sings The Hits" » 28/4/2020 5:19 pm

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BING SINGS THE HITS

US Decca DL5520

Side One

Vaya con Dios
My Love, My Love
Stranger in Paradise
No Other Love

(All with Orchestra conducted by John Scott Trotter)

Side Two

Secret Love
I Love Paris
(Orchestra conducted by John Scott Trotter)
Changing Partners
Y’all Come
(Orchestra conducted by Perry Botkin)

UK Brunswick LA8674

Side One

Vaya, con Dios
My Love, My Love
Down by the Riverside (duet with Gary Crosby)
(Orchestra conducted by John Scott Trotter)
Hello, Young Lovers
(Orchestra conducted by Victor Young)

Side Two

Secret Love
(Orchestra conducted by John Scott Trotter)
I’ve Never Been in Love Before
(Orchestra conducted by Axel Stordahl)
Changing Partners
Y’all Come
(Orchestra conducted by Perry Botkin)

Recording » Whatever happened to "Bing Sings The Hits" » 28/4/2020 4:51 pm

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I think it’s probably because it’s a compilation album that ‘Bing Sings The Hits’ has never had the ‘Deluxe Edition’ treatment. I take your point about ‘New Tricks’ and ‘Some Fine Old Chestnuts’, though...

The Wikipedia entry is for the US release. Decca DL5520. Confusingly, the UK equivalent 10” LP release - Brunswick LA8674 - has a different track listing. Three of the JST tracks originally destined for the GE show are there, together with a duet with Gary, ‘Down By The Riverside’ -also from GE but not on DL5520 - and the two Perry Botkin items. The remaining two tracks are the commercial releases of  ‘Hello Young Lovers’ and ‘I’ve Never Been in Love Before’.

Anyone got any idea why the content is slightly different..?

Television » BEST OF BING CROSBY SPECIALS - TIME LIFE » 23/4/2020 11:25 am

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Richard’s review says it all, really...

I did buy the set when it was first released (thanks to Ron Field, who kindly dealt with ordering and forwarding on behalf of non-USA members) and shared the general feeling of a wonderful opportunity completely wasted. Given the editorial care that BCE took over their CD releases - and yes, I know they recycled a lot of stuff from the Mosaic release! - I can’t believe that they had much input into the selection and editing of the material.

Personally speaking, one of the most frustrating aspects of the whole enterprise was seeing snippets of shows in pristine quality that had previously only been available in fuzzy YouTube clips and realising that the entire shows were out there in amazing quality and we’re never likely to see them.

Others of Note » Vivian Blaine - The Last Round Up » 20/4/2020 7:18 pm

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Thanks for posting that, David. I’d certainly never heard it before...

I suppose Vivian Blaine is best remembered nowadays as the original “Miss Adelaide” in the original Broadway and London productions of “Guys and Dolls”, and the subsequent movie version, co-starring with Sinatra, Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons.

Recording » Jonzo Series... What happened? » 19/4/2020 1:44 pm

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The “Chronological” series is an amazing achievement and we all owe its originator a huge debt of gratitude, not to mention our friends at Sepia who took up the baton to complete the sequence up until the end of the Decca years.

There are indeed some great tracks on Vol. 33, but I hope you’ll persevere with the early years of Bing’s career. When I first started collecting in the early ‘70s I used always to gravitate towards the “golden era” of the late ‘30s through to the mid ‘40s. Then I bought an RCA LP, “Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams”, which had a great selection of tracks from 1927 through to 1931, with the Whiteman band  and Gus Arnheim’s Cocoanut Grove Orchestra. This LP really made me sit up and listen! This was the “jazzin’ Bing Crosby” before he became the global super-star of the Jack Kapp years. After more than 40 years I still find it fascinating to listen to Bing at different stages of his phenomenal career.

Radio » Kraft Music Hall - May 27, 1937 » 11/4/2020 7:04 pm

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I couldn’t agree more about “Where Are You”, Graham...
I hadn’t heard that song for quite a while but I’ve listened to it a few times today. It’s a pleasant enough song, but Bing just elevates it. I don’t want to sound too arty-farty about it, but I really do think it’s a remarkable piece of vocal artistry. Thanks for posting it, David...

I hope everyone is keeping safe and well.

General Discussion » The Great "What If" Thread » 08/4/2020 11:23 am

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Although Bing appeared on Vera Lynn’s TV show in September 1975, I’ve always thought it was a great shame that time couldn’t have been found while Bing was in the UK in July, August and September of that year, for them to go into a studio to record an album. Possibly a “themed” album with each of them singing the other’s wartime hits. Bing on “We’ll Meet Again”, Vera singing “Sunday, Monday or Always”, duetting on “Yours”...

Others of Note » Gisele MacKenzie - Please » 12/3/2020 8:32 am

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Thanks for posting that, David. As you say, a VERY restrained accompaniment from Billy May and I love the way Bing’s “...gloomy Romeo...” becomes a “...tearful Juliet...” !

Gisele MacKenzie has always been a favourite of mine. She was the resident guest vocalist on Mario Lanza’s radio show in the early ‘50s and as well as being a great singer, she was also an extremely talented violinist. Just in case anyone hasn’t seen it, here she is duetting with Jack Benny on, “Getting To Know You”...

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3cc0HlO7so

Announcements » BING magazine » 10/3/2020 7:12 pm

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Point taken.. There are the Sunflower Records releases of the Peggy Lee duets, the last two volumes of the JSP 4-CD “The Vintage Years” set featuring Judy Garland and Jimmy Durante and the AVID 2-CD, “Bing Crosby and his Hollywood Guests” release. Still plenty to choose from, though..!

Announcements » BING magazine » 10/3/2020 5:46 pm

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I love listening to the complete shows, but I agree with Richard that such a release would almost certainly not be a commercially viable proposition. With regard to the proposed Sepia/Philco compilation, I think it’s a great idea. I’ve got a complete run of the Philco shows either on CD or stored digitally and there really is a wealth of amazing material to choose from. The complete Philco Crosby/Jolson duets have already been issued by Sepia, but even a cursory glance at the relevant listings in Lionel Pairpoint’s “...And Here’s Bing!” radio listings show that - even apart from Bing’s solos - there’s an opportunity to hear duets with the likes of Peggy Lee, Groucho Marx, Judy Garland, Maurice Chevalier and the wonderful Beatrice Lillie. I hope it comes to fruition...

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