Artistic Legacy » Mel Brooks on Gary Giddins Volumes of Bing Crosby » Today 5:17 pm

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tedn wrote:

What's the latest on Giddins Vol. 3? When was the last time we heard anything? I know there was some concern about whether the publisher would green-light it.

(Luckily for us, Giddins is only 74 years old - Robert Caro is still cranking away on his unfinished LBJ series at age 87!)

I haven't heard much on my end. I believe Gary gave an interview saying he was getting too old to complete it but the reasearch is all done. Would anyone else know?
 

Television » Nelson Riddle » Today 5:16 pm

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I agree. Bing would have benefitted for more work with Nelson Riddle. 

Film » BING CROSBY: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS » Yesterday 4:01 pm

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I'm a little bit behind...

Episode 21 - 


 

Film » She Loves Me Not » Yesterday 4:00 pm

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dgmprod wrote:

Yes She Loves me Not was the first really early Bing film I saw as well. David’s story about recording the tv on the tape recorder reminded me of what I used to do before videotape. It must have been 1978 so I was 14 and there was a Crosby movie marathon from midnight until 6am on one of the Sydney tv channels. I still remember it was Rhythm on the River then Double or Nothing and finally She Loves me Not. My parents wouldn’t let me stay up to watch them as I had school the next day but I woke up around 3am and grabbed my tape recorder and secretly watched and recorded the last 15 minutes of Double or Nothing and the first hour of She Loves me Not. Whenever I watch these films now I remember back to the trouble we all used to go through to “capture the moment” and how nice it is that any hour of the day I can now watch them without any problems. 

Those were the days! Before I had records and CDs, I had recordings of these songs from a little mike held up to the tv speakers. Life was so simpler then!
 

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

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Colin Bratkovich wrote:

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/

I always forget Harold Arlen's own version. My personal favorite is Connee Boswells in the 1940s.
 

Artistic Legacy » Mel Brooks on Gary Giddins Volumes of Bing Crosby » 17/11/2022 3:43 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

I wasn't thinking of a well known actor to play the role (as I can't think of any that looks like Bing either) but I'm sure if they did a look-alike search you could find someone that resembles Bing.  Look-alikes are a thing in Hollywood anyway.  I remember on The Phil Silvers Sgt. Bilko show there was an actor that looked a lot like Bing who Bilko found to imitate Bing.  That particular actor may be busy now but there must be others that resemble our hero.

I'm sure any actor from Sgt Bilko has long since passed away. I used to think actor Matthew Mcconaughey resembled Bing somewhat, but not sure now.
 

Recording » Smarty » 17/11/2022 12:40 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

That was my first Bing CD too.  And I bought it before I ever owned a CD player.  I remember at the time I didn't want a CD player so I just taped it using my sister's CD player. 

The sound of that CD is still remarkable. I have become friends with Steve Hoffman, and he is really proud of that CD issue.

Others of Note » Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh » 17/11/2022 2:40 am

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Archiefit wrote:

Ohh, and going up those rickety old steps was pretty spooky too.  LIke traveling back to another time.  Great old building just helps to add the feeling of an old record store.  Can't imagine that feeling in a big warehouse type building like a Sam's Club.  Feeling just ain't the same.

I like going to record stores a couple times a year, but the greatest feeling when I was collecting records more is when I was younger and used to go to the flea market with my grandparents. You never knew what you would come across there. Now music is more at your finger tips, but there's nothing like vinyl!
 

Artistic Legacy » Mel Brooks on Gary Giddins Volumes of Bing Crosby » 17/11/2022 2:38 am

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Ron Field wrote:

I thought that Kevin Spacey could be a contender.

Kevin Spacey played Bobby Darin quite effectively in the movie Beyond The Sea, but I don't think anyone has come along that really captured a Bing Crosby look. 
 

Recording » Smarty » 17/11/2022 2:37 am

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A Bing Crosby song that was stuck in my head tonight was Bing's rendition of "Smarty". Bing introduced this in the 1937 film Double Or Nothing. Bing sings the song as he is trying to outsing a operatic chef. The version I love to play is from my first Bing CD - Bing Crosby Sings Again which came out in 1986. It was compiled and remastered by the great Steve Hoffman. It is hard to believe that CD is 36 years old!

Anyways, Bing recorded the song for Decca on July 12, 1937. It was stuck in my head tonight, and now I hope it is stuck in your head now...



 

Others of Note » Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh » 15/11/2022 9:03 pm

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Yeah I wanted to film more but I didn't want to draw attention to myself. The video didn't do it justice. I spent most of my time in the big band/jazz room. On my next visit I'll take a better video of the Bing records

Others of Note » Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh » 15/11/2022 9:02 pm

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Yeah I wanted to film more but I didn't want to draw attention to myself. The video didn't do it justice. I spent most of my time in the big band/jazz room. On my next visit I'll take a better video of the Bing records

Others of Note » Jerry's Records in Pittsburgh » 15/11/2022 6:24 pm

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Today I was off from work so I made a journey to the best record store in Pittsburgh - Jerry's Records. They have a HUGE Bing Crosby LP inventory. My video doesn't do it justice...



 

Artistic Legacy » Mel Brooks on Gary Giddins Volumes of Bing Crosby » 14/11/2022 9:15 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

I can think how I could do it.  Find an actor that looks like Bing, at least resembles him closely.  Then use real Bing Crosby recordings when the actor is "singing".   Like The Jolson Story. 

I don't think anyone even looks enough like Bing to do the role justice. Hollywood would just mess up Bing's story too.
 

Fan Interests » The Best Bing Christmas Ornament Not Just For Christmas Though » 14/11/2022 8:48 pm

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That's the one that I have. My parents got it for me way back when. 

Fan Interests » The Best Bing Christmas Ornament Not Just For Christmas Though » 14/11/2022 2:52 pm

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I have this ornament! I put it up every year on the tree. I have this and a White Christmas ornament as well. Also have a White Christmas muscial snow globe. 

Tis the season!

Others of Note » Charlie Barnet - I'm An Old Cowhand » 14/11/2022 4:03 am

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Archiefit wrote:

Yes, I've always thought Charlie Barnett had a real swinging big band.  By the way, do you have a CD recorder or do you transfer using the computer?   My CD recorder will no longer turn on.  I get the feeling if I could find someone to fix the on/off switch I'd be transferring to CD again.   Where are the fix-it shops of yesteryear?  Today I can only find fix it places that will only fix cell phones.  Wowzers, I don't even own a cell phone.

I have both. I have a sony CD burner that I got way back in 2002. For the most part it is quicker to just use my computer these days to burn CDs.
 

Others of Note » Charlie Barnet - I'm An Old Cowhand » 14/11/2022 2:09 am

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I was transferring from records to CD, and I dug up some early Charlie Barnet. Barnet had a nice sounding band in the 1930s and 1940s. This is his version of "I'm An Old Cowhand". The band is great, but the vocalist on this record, Joe Hostle, is no Bing Crosby!



 

Film » She Loves Me Not » 10/11/2022 1:42 pm

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I remember She Loves Me Not was the first early Bing film I saw. Not a great movie, but great Bing. It was the movie where part of the film Bing's ears were glued back and the rest of the film they were not. I recorded the songs from the film on a hand held microphone so I had Bing songs but with my dad's coughing or my sister talking in the background. Those were the days!

Film » BING CROSBY: THE HOLLYWOOD YEARS » 07/11/2022 12:44 pm

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Episode 19 - hot off the presses!



 

Radio » Hey There - November 18, 1954 » 04/11/2022 12:41 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

I remember seeing Sammy on TV singing this song.  But, yes, Rosemary had the definitive version.  Bing's version here though is very pleasant to the ear.  Now where is that orchestrated replacement version when you need it?

I think I like Sammy Davis's version better than Rosemary Clooney. I'm one of the strange Bing fans that does not love Rosemary Clooney 100%. She's a good singer but not my favorite singer!
 

Recording » REVIEW OF 'BING 'N' BASIE' » 04/11/2022 12:31 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

I remember people generally bad mouthing this record whenever it was mentioned on the old Bing board.  Honestly though, I don't find it all that bad.  Kind of nice but in a different sort of Bing mode.  But still not objectionable.  But yes, I agree, some good old standards both Basie & BIng were familiar with would have been a much better selection for them.   Basie had a good sounding Big Band, it just wasn't used to best effect with the "modern hep" songs of the '70's.  I can imagine some beautiful big band arrangements though similarly used in "Feels Good, Feels Right" album this time with Basie providing the Big Band sound.   Now that would have made quite a Bing album.https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/smug.png
  That's me dreaming.

I agree! A lot of times there was a lot of hype when a singer and big band joined forces for an album, but they didn't turn out that great (like Sinatra and Count Basie albums). Better songs definitely would have helped this album, but once a year the album is enjoyable listening.
 

Announcements » 2022 Bing Crosby Film Festival » 04/11/2022 12:27 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

You know, this program sounds really very good.  Sing You Sinners is even one of my favorite non-holiday Bing movies next to Welcome Stranger.   All real Bing movies of quality, I wonder what size screen they'll be shown on.  Very nice and thought out program. 

Now, who was Ted Crosby?  I've heard Bing mention Brother Bob & Everett but I don't believe he's ever talked about Brother Ted.  Bob was the youngest, Everett the oldest, Bing in the middle, where did Ted come in?

Ted was a couple years older than Bing. I don't think he was involved in Bing Crosby Enrterprises persay, but he wrote one of the first books about Bing in the 1940s. Hedied of a heart attack in 1973 at the age of 73. I believe he stayed in Spokane most of his life. He's buried in Spokane as well.
 

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