Recording » Project Records Recordings » Today 2:09 am

Ethel Waters NEEDS a foot note HERE. Every ear is different. I will conform however, that Bing himself, in his CALL ME LUCKY, noting Ethel at the COTTON CLUB, (Pg.63). Along with Duke Ellington, THIS timeline matches Ethel's introduction of STORMY WEATHER Also note that Water's 1933 recording was backed up by the Dorsey Brothers-Bing's good friends by that time.   More importantly (pg.299), he notes a lasting influence upon him earlier in 1928.At that time the still young musician became very much interested in an Ethel Waters performance in Chicago. Bing, like many others of the jazz age, was very much taken by her music & performances 

Recording » Project Records Recordings » 18/11/2022 4:14 am

Harold Arlen's own recording pre-ceded the ETHEL WATERS (1933 Cotton Club) BRUNSWICK recording of STORMY WEATHER. It was Ethel's own classic recording, noted by her own stage triumph that forever clinched it. Around the same time, Ivie Anderson (Ethel's own Cottn Club understudy), recorded a fab film short of the song. Years later in 1941, Lena Horne , produced a great recording on Victor. Later, in 1943 , Lena's filmed production defined it as something special. Frank Sinatra also a fan of Ethel, also recorded STORMY WEATHER. Taste's may vary, yet it's still ETHEL WATERS original 1933 recording that is still hard to beat! Too bad Bing did not record it then-or if he did it on radio in 1933, I have yet to find it! (Also note that ETHEL WATERS was a huge influence on popular music in the 1920s & 30s.More so, among her many followers, was Bing himself/

Recording » Bing & Satchmo (1960 album) » 07/10/2022 4:59 am

The BING And SATCHMO LP,released in 1960,found me reviewing it again,with the more recent posts about the previous 1956  HIGH SOCIETY soundtrack LP.When compared to the fab NOW YOU HAS JAZZ recording with Bing & Louis Armstrong,it's easy to note that the sheer excitement of the soundtrack  recording is missing.The expectations ,for the  full  1960 album,were huge.What results is a controlled recorded effort by Bing,as if it was a radio show- a dull one.Both of these great artists seemingly showed up for a job,with no sparks flying./ The comparision with the Bing And Rosemary Clooney FANCY  MEETING YOU HERE,finds both recording artists prepared,as both Bing & Rosemary interested in every track.While Rosemary does take to the singing honors a bit better,Bing's interchanges with her found him up to the challange.An excellent album!No so with Louis..

Recording » Bing's Final Album "Seasons" (1977) » 06/10/2022 5:24 am

Ian /I can't agree.This (later) Crosby vocal,while ok,had lost it's punch.On (especially) YESTERDAY WHEN I WAS YOUNG,noting stereo & a well done arraingement,Bing at least appreciated great material & did it well enough.Some years ago,my (late) friend Pete Cakanic (who used to contribute to BINGANG) ,noted THIS song as ONE of Bing's best.So your ears are at least in good company!For me, Charles Aznavor had defined it./ Another thing about Pete-When he challaged me about Bing's original song  I WISH I WAS ALLADIN,I dug it up an my car's (home made ) cassette player,& startled him! He seemed to indicate it was his favorite song! IFor my ears, it's Bing at his very best! Pete got this one right!Tastes vary,yet the real time between these song titles indicates a huge vocal change.I wish the Alladin vocal for Yesterday-not possible,but that's ok.

Others of Note » Crosby noted in film (1945)... » 14/9/2022 5:04 am

A recent TCM film  A WALK IN THE SUN,filmed in 1945,released in 1946 was a  serious WWII war drama  ,starring Dana Andrews In it actor Huntz Hall & (an actor I cannot identify) found a interesting,if short , conversation about ( then  contemporay music & records).The conversation noted the ANDREWS SISTERS,BING & ( RUSS COLUMBO-who had passed away some 11 years earlier).

Recording » New Trick's "Georgia On My Mind" » 05/9/2022 5:01 am

Georgia On My Mind?Hoagy Carmichael's (1930) vocal is just ok.Yet Louis Armstrong's contempary version was-it's a winner!Whatever Louis's vocal was-that's something else.Ray Charles's (1960s) revival was sung well,as well as a best seller.Bing's versions,sorry-I cannot agree that he did it at  right time.He should have recorded it in the early 1930s.Ella? Yeah,she's good,but that's ok,as it is better than Bing's .You can like Bing,but he should not have even attempted it.However,for my ears,Georgia On My Mind BELONGS to ETHEL WATERS,Her (1938) Bluebird recording of the Carmichael written song is melodious & sweet,in her masterful vocal.

Recording » 1932's "Lawd, You Made The Night Too Long" » 22/7/2022 5:38 am

'Lawd,You Made The Night Too Long'-found Bing (then) very much interested in producing music.The energenic Boswell Sisters made it even more interesting!It is not known if Bing & the Boswell's (then) knew about Louis Armstrong's excellent  version recorded about a month earlier (March 13th) ? In any case ,this moody vocal sharing of Crosby  &the Boswell Sisters IS serious stuff!,A "Cry' or" Heartbreak Hotel' type of 'pop' in it's (1932) day? They should have  made more of this !A forgotten gem for sure/

Others of Note » Margaret Whiting - True Love » 05/7/2022 5:37 am

I was not aware of Margaret Whiting's contemporary 1956 version of TRUE LOVE.Like most of her records, she's a pro,an already OLD pro.In 1957,Elvis Presley also recorded this fine (Cole Porter) penned song.It's also done well,as well putting his own (then new) vocal style.Perhaps adding a slight bit of drama in a still mello mood? This would turn out to be the only Cole Porter tune that Presley would ever record,& speculation had it that Porter himself did not like him.Elvis was (then) a young upstart anyway.It's also kind of sad .Yet Porter already HAD already made it years before,and getting older,as it's problems.It's not hard to figure that Bing & Frank Sinatra HAD defined MOST of Cole's songs.You CAN consider the 'Hight Society' LP the last of Porter's GREAT soundtracks-& Bing (with Grace Kelly) on TRUE LOVE,the HIT,the original model for later versions,including Elvis's re-working.

Others of Note » The HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT » 12/6/2022 4:57 am

The mid-1930s found Bing ,with Jimmy Dorsey perhaps in a parody of the old nursery rhyme 'THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT.The fine piece of  mid-tempo jazz ,also found Bing interested.A fab vocal!Was he refering to his mentor Jack Kapp?Speculation has it's limits? I ran across an old book by hollywood stuntman,Buster Wiles "My Days With Errol Flynn".While his only reference to Bing was his friendship with Wilma Wyatt (before) she was Dixie Lee,there is also  a reference to a PLACE called THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT..He does NOT name Bing nor  give a year, but this bar, near the Santa Anita Racetrack,did exist in the 1930s-1940s.Considering Bing's interests in racetracks, & in a bar  'watering-holes near them,it's good speculation that Bing could have paid a visit?Or a reason to record this  song title ?

Others of Note » Crosby imitation in film... » 28/5/2022 5:23 am

Something kind of interesting-A recent showing of the  ( pre-code) 1932 film on TV  "Bird Of Paradise',found the beutiful Dolores del Rio truly dominating the film,A VERY  short, but interesting rendering  of Bings  ' Where The Blue Of The Night;, from an actor I have identiied as Bert Roach ( although it could be Skeets Gallagher-who actually appeared in a real  Crosby film) .A bit later in the film, Joel McCrea hums short  a bit of "Where The Blue Of The Night" as well.It's no great thing, but adds to the fun of the movie,when Dolores is not seen! It is also a good look  of just how popular Bing was  with his (then) 1932  contemporaries .

Radio » What is your favorite Bing Crosby radio show? » 03/4/2022 5:16 am

Ian / Since you have the book,I list (page 331-32) Crosby RADIO titles, moslly from (1931-35).As written before the internet, many of these were found from various sources,& sometimes not in great shape.I also included radio commercials,or those I identified as such.After the book was published,like many other things, I discovered,to my delight, ( on the net  & on CDs )MORE pre-1935 Crosby radio programs, as well as some very well done programs after 1935.Yes- some very good stuff after 1935, although my ears still favour the earlier shows.There is so much MORE now out there! It is a lot easier NOW, to find vintage Bing on radio!/Some would include " 1932 :/Love Me Tonight/Say It isn't So / Some Of These Days / 1933 : The Day You Came Along / Beutiful Girl / 1934:For All We Know/I'm In Love/Just A Wearing For You/P.S.I Love You/The Moon Is Yellow/I'm Getting Sentimental Over You/Out In The Cold Again/If I Had A Million Dollars/ A New Moon Is Over My Shoulder/ I think I will stop here, as there is so MUCH more NOW out there- including some COMPLETE Woodbury shows.,& some excellent (early) Karft stuff.I must admit I now like a lot more, as I have NOW heard more./Hope you like them,as much as I have-when found & heard/

Film » Who is your favorite leading lady that Bing starred with in the 1930s? » 24/3/2022 5:26 am

MORE/ women in 1930s films/ Somehow, this question interests me.I like these films & these female leads.In addition to my previous post - these 3 performers could be noted- Even the young  Ida Lupino was good./ Screen stealing Martha Raye in (3) , always good,but not leading.The fine Shirley Ross was in (2).These performers (including the ones you noted ) were ALL great at what they did.I think Bing knew it, and respected more than good contributions for HIS films.Perhaps he got more pickier , with age after 1940-MORE control.The aging Bing also began to SHARE  a bit more,with top or equal status film 'stars'-something that happened after 1939../ 

Recording » Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings » 13/3/2022 6:51 pm

I covered this Bregman LP in my book "Just Remember This".I note Bing's lack of committment, still giving the nod to 5 titles.I also note ;he literally runs out of gas" (page 326). / There is a similar problem with his (then) contemporary " Songs I Wishe I Had Sung   LP , in which I picked only 2 titles worth it.I also noted the slightly later "Bing With A Beat" LP. I consider Bob Scobey's MUCH better, backing as Bing's only SOLO album performance that found him committed to EVERY title. Even when Bing slides a bit on "Mack The Knife", Scobey's jazz band saves it. / Bing  IS excellent on  the Hight Society  LP , but this is with other artists,  No, Bing was hardly an LP  ( 12 inch) entity , except for  his  very good LP with Rosemary Clooney  & Billy May & his fab 1962 Christmas LP for Warner Brothers. You can list his  Decca LP "Merry Christmas " , as still popular, noting the 12 inch product started in the later 1950s-all reissues-mostly 1940s singles..THIS ONE also does well over the hump of 2000-even NOW!  Later Christmas fodder was good, yet not on major labels. Ken Barnes did some good things with the (even)  older man.Let's call it  all nice.With no disrespect, for this kind of pop (LP) concept,Nat King Cole,Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin,- were more involved,committed. 

Film » Who is your favorite leading lady that Bing starred with in the 1930s? » 12/3/2022 7:41 pm

Another hard choice (for me). You need to include the fimed 'shorts'.Patsey O'Leary (2) , Babe Kane (2)  & especially Mary Kornman in (2) shorts & ( 1 ) feature film (College Humor)  ? / Keep in mind that these light comedies gave Bing a visual image , vocalizing on song titles ( with GREAT IMAGES  that put him over the top in the early 1930s./ Should these films  be at least considered ?

Recording » Banned by the BBC » 12/3/2022 6:36 am

I am not sure that Bing's SLEIGH RIDE (1952) got banned by the BBC, but I do know that many (US) radio stations ( at that time) banned it because of it's reference to "Currier And Ives"-corporate interests of the  card & postcard company./ Maybe that's why it did not appear on the (later) popular 12 inch LP  issues of 'Merry Christmas; & 'That Christmas Feeling'- ? It's a a bit of fine singing  & one of the first popular vocals of the ditty./

Film » Who is your favorite leading lady that starred with Bing in the 1950s? » 01/3/2022 6:09 am

Questions / Was Grace Kelly dubbed on 'True Love'  ? / 

Also : Nancy Olsen- 'High Tor 'was a TV venture, not a movie release, unless it had been released as a film in different countries ? ? Thank you /

Radio » What is your favorite Bing Crosby radio show? » 20/2/2022 6:27 am

BING CROSBY/ RADIO - there are many good radio programs AFTER 1935, that you note. They however, do not get (my ) vote./ / As a hard to find group, as a SOLO artist,the radio programs of 1931-32 , including , unsponsored & CREMO / MUSIC THAT SATISFIES -CHESTERFIELD'S 1933 / WOOD BURY SOAP 1933-35 -  are BETTER, in comparisons -when found & heard !/ 

Recording » Bing the jazz singer. » 07/2/2022 5:21 am

This is not easy . My 10 best  Crosby vocal 'jazz ' title picks (1929-1933) are :

1.Waiting At The End Of The Road  (Whiteman) 1929.
2.My Kinda Love (Dorsey Brothers version) 1929
3.Let's Do It (Dorsey Brothers version) 1929.
4. One More Time (Arnheim). 1931
5. St. Louis Blues (Duke Ellington) 1932
6.Sweet Georgia Brown (Isham Jones) 1932 
7. Dinah  with the Mills Brothers 1931.
8.Shine with the Mills Brothers 1932
9.   My Honey's Loving Arms with Mills Brothers 1933 
10. Stay On The Right  Side Of The Road .( Dorsey Brothers) 1933. 

Recording » Dixie Lee's and Bing's Renditions of "I Apologize" (1931) » 23/1/2022 7:13 pm

The young Dixie Lee found herself in entertainment for a good reason, she HAD to be good !She had not needed Bing Crosby before she hooked up with him./  By 1931, her clip of her singing ("I Apologize") is a playful parody of the Crosby version. By this time, she HAD known him, well enough./ This is a nice clip of Dixie Lee, I had NOT ever seen this one before./Excellent !  /

Recording » Ol Man River - 1945 » 12/11/2021 6:46 am

Ol Man River was defined  by Paul Robeson (also backed by Whiteman) in 1928.All subsequent versions by him or anyone else, have problems-EXCEPT for Crosby's exceptional (contemporary 1928) version., Bing's bouncy & jazzy dance band  (Whiteman) version is a  less serious vocal  & more fun. A true product of the REAL jazz age. ( Bing, the older man & voice  in 1945, should not have bothered).

Others of Note » Dixie Lee » 06/11/2021 4:03 am

Dixie Lee & Bing & Decca-907 (both sides) still sounds great / She holds her own /She's no slouch as a vocalist/

Recording » Pinetop's Boogie Woogie » 01/11/2021 6:05 am

Bing's vocal  got thrown off Lionel Hampton's rhythm .Flawed, yet hardly dull listening! ( It's still a Crosby pick in my "Just Remember This") .

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 :
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.

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