New and Re-issued materials » NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME » 13/5/2022 1:57 am

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You may have meant that you were unconvinced (of his reason to own all of Sinatra "just to have").   Like you I don't have any pre-Capitol Frankie other than a Columbia Christmas album (not a CD)  as I'm not interested either.   I can't say the same for early Bing for I do have it but unfortunately it seems it was "just to have" as I almost never listen.  Bought it when I was younger, today I doubt I'd do the same.

New and Re-issued materials » NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME » 13/5/2022 12:35 am

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Well, I must admit in the past 4 or 5 years I've cut back on buying the sort of thing I would always buy.  CDs, DVDs, doo-dads that had something to do with any of the great singers we like or movie people I like that I'd "decorate" the house with.   But after looking around I realized I had literally run out of any more space to put the stuff.  I still will see things I'd like to buy but then I think, Where am I going to put it?   That seems to be the spoiling question that stops my impulse buying.   Unless I want to start putting things in storage I have stopped buying (for the most part) I still will buy, once in a great while a DVD or a CD I can't resist, but nowhere near like I used to.  Since I like to actually see my stuff I'm not buying it for a storage unit, that doesn't make sense to me.  If I can't enjoy it what's the point in buying.

Also aside from nowhere else to put it all (unless I want to throw out a bunch of VHS tapes, which I can't bear) I'm also not getting any younger.   Even movies or shows I once would have recorded I don't bother recording anymore.  I'll just watch it and that's good enough.  I have videos recorded almost 40 years ago and may have seen just a few of them again since.  So anything new I record I wouldn't live long enough to see it again in 20 or 30 years.  Age and space are the cruel realites that hit and in the end are the only reasons to stop collecting. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/normal.png
 

Recording » 1928's I'll Get By » 12/5/2022 11:54 pm

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I wasn't familiar with this early version either.  I may have heard it sometime in the past but Bing's 20's and early '30's period are songs I don't listen to much.

General Discussion » On The TL, What Does That Mean? » 12/5/2022 11:52 pm

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Now DL is a phrase I've heard.  And as far as I know it's a lot more recent term than TL.   Mod folks of today use it, you know, hep cats like us.  Anyway, DL means Downlow, as in "On the downlow".   Which means a secret that you shouldn't repeat.  "Keep it on the downlow" meaning a confidentiality that's not to be repeated.
How's that for an official sounding definition of a term less official young people will use?
 

New and Re-issued materials » NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME » 12/5/2022 11:21 pm

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I know I have some of those songs from several different albums of Bing I've bought in the past.  It's very tempting to buy yet more Bing but for now I'm trying to control myself.

Fan Interests » Merchant Service Pipes » 12/5/2022 11:17 pm

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Sure looks classy.  If it weren't for mouth cancer I'd be glad to smoke a pipe.

Recording » 1928's I'll Get By » 12/5/2022 11:15 pm

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This was certainly a more lively version of this song.  But I still prefer Bing's later version he sang on the 11/30/44 Kraft Music Hall.  It just sounded more natural and more relevant to the song's meaning and sentiment.

General Discussion » On The TL, What Does That Mean? » 12/5/2022 11:11 pm

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Thank you Benclink.   That line of explanations was the best explanation of this term that I've seen.   While most of them do believe TL is an offer of an exchange of compliments heard by others for one of yourself.  It seems the second explanation there is more closer to how I think I've heard it (I say I think because it's been a while since I've heard it used).   That 2nd explanation of TL is: "The phrase "I've got a flash for you" would be a closer fit in these contexts. This would seem to be more consistent with the note that explains it as an alert, perhaps on the sarcastic side, that what is about to be said is a secret."   I believe that this may be the one.  But still till I hear it used again on another Bing radio show, I can't be sure. 

But thank you for the best thorough explanation of a term I haven't been able to figure out in 40 years.  I can now sleep again and boy are my eyes bloodshot. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png

 

Radio » Hear the Bing Crosby Show with Fred Astaire » 11/5/2022 10:05 pm

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There's Good news today!
Your Humble Host pulls from the Bing Crosby wing of the Vast Library of Sound Volume 102 only to find a great original tape of Bing Crosby's Chesterfield show from February 6, 1952 with guest, none other than Holiday Inn co-star, Fred Astaire!   This is another of my own tapes the sound of which is a vast improvement over that muffled mess you may have found on the interwebs elsewhere.   It always pays to go to the Library of Sound vault for the best in quality.   You got it now on the Sounds Like Radio podcast, it's Volume 102 of our Library of Sound editions.  Get ready to sing with Bing and dance a jig with Fred.
Where?  Right here:
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General Discussion » On The TL, What Does That Mean? » 11/5/2022 7:51 am

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I kind of forgot exactly how the phrase was used, I'm sure I was listening to a Bing radio show and that's where I heard the "on the TL" being used.  I get the feeling it meant something like a secret.   But I don't know, it didn't sound like it meant too long, but it's been so long since I heard this show I forget.  I still hear a Bing radio show every week so maybe it'll pop up again in a show.  I'll report back if it does. 

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 07/5/2022 10:37 pm

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So happy to hear you're enjoying the music on Sounds Like Radio.  I do put a lot of thought into what to play on the show and in trying to play songs that have something to do with the plot in the Great Gildersleeve show that's featured (when that's not possible I play some good music I've heard recently or have wanted to play for a while).    As you know there's a different Bing Crosby song in every episode, I really enjoy picking them out.  I do try to feature Bing songs that aren't all that well known or his "greatest hits" type songs.  In fact as I type this I am transferring my latest shows I recorded over to the computer, I can tell you some very nice Bing songs are coming up in each show too, including a 1930's Bing that is a special stereo version of his record.   Also coming is one of my favorite Bing's that I "discovered" not too long ago and when I did I added it to my computer's play list so it would pop up when I'm listening to music.  What usually happens is either I'm listening to a Bing radio show or maybe a Bing CD and I'll hear something unusual that Bing sings that isn't all that well known that strikes me as a real good one.  Those are the songs I keep in mind to include in a Sounds Like Radio show. 

In fact this week I'll be posting a Bing Crosby Show for a new Library of Sound edition.   I hope other folks are enjoying the shows, there's a little bit of all kinds of things to listen to, stories told by great speakers like Boris Karloff, classic radio detective shows, comedy shows, and a couple dramatic shows too.
Happy listening!
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Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 20/4/2022 11:42 pm

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As for talking up to Bing, on my shows everybody lives forever.   I don't talk about singers and such featured as if they're in the past and no longer here, I talk to them and about them as if they were standing next to me getting ready to sing.   I especially enjoy talking up Helen Ward songs as she always takes her time before she starts singing.  There's a Helen Ward song coming in a show soon but I've featured her before in past shows.   "The Girl Friend" was a Rogers & Hart song for a show of the same name back in the '20's.   That's the Tommy Dorsey orchestra you hear backing Bing up in Volume 94 of Sounds Like Radio.   It's here for those who'd like to hear it.
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I first became aware of Jaye P. Morgan from seeing her on the Gong Show in the '70's of all places.  She was one of the judges on that sort of talent show.    From there I got to listening for her songs and really like her style of singing and pronouncing words as she does.  Once I knew who she was now I enjoy seeing her in My Three Sons shows (she appeared in 2 episdoes a b/w one and a color one) and she sings in both.  Her style changed radically in the '70's became much looser and her sense of humor really shined then.
Yes, somewhere I heard something about those instrumentals and they went good for backing up my talk.
 

Radio » It's Easter Time With Bing » 15/4/2022 1:16 am

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Always good to hear from you.   I get an email telling me when someone has written something in a thread here that I've also written something in but I don't get emails telling me when there's a private message.  I don't know that till I actually log in here myself.   And I do check here everyday to see what people are saying but unless I have something to say I don't actually "log in" I just read.  But I have been logging in the past several days just to see if you had sent a message, in fact I checked earlier today but nothing till now.

Yes that picture is from Holiday Inn I found it colorized but it was so weakly colored and faded out looking I colorized it myself again just to brighten up the color.   It may have colored it too brightly now but I'd rather it be a bit too brightly colored than faded.  I used that same picture next to the Bing Easter show on the Sounds Like Radio site. 

If you haven't tuned in each day this week you'll now find 5 different Easter shows there.  I posted a different Easter show each weekday.   Some are funny some are just neat stories.  I even threw in a fairly unknown Perry Como Easter song on the Jack Benny Easter Show (Volume 92) posting as a bonus. 

I gave my normal Sounds Like Radio-Bing music and Gildersleeve shows an Easter vacation this week but it will return on Monday.   I hope you and everyone will enjoy them.     
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Radio » It's Easter Time With Bing » 11/4/2022 3:52 pm

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The Library of Sound Volume 90 is celebrating Easter this entire week.  Monday thru Friday each day we'll be presenting a different Easter episode of a classic radio show!   We start Easter week off with a rarely heard Bing Crosby GE Easter Show from April 2, 1953 with Rosemary Clooney & jazz violinist and funny man-Joe Venuti, yes "This Is The Place".   This tape comes straight out of the Bing Vault from our Library of Sound, it is not to be found anywhere on the interwebs so enjoy it now only on Sounds Like Radio's Library of Sound.   As an added bonus not only is this Bing show exclusively here but we're also playing you a Vintage Episode of Sounds Like Radio when Your Humble Host 1st recorded it back on April 6, 2003.   It's a time traveling Easter episode today.  Here's where all the Easter shows each day this week will be:  
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Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 05/4/2022 2:02 am

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While I don't do video recording like I used to but that's really because I already have most everything I wanted.  But I still find movies or old TV shows on either cable or over the air on the new digital channels that I still will record.   TCM just showed 2 interesting Japanese movies last night that I was happy to record.  My video recording ain't like it used to be but I still find things worthy.   A new DVD recorder would be always useful for me.  Luckily I'm set for now.   Though this hard drive recorder you speak of I am unfamiliar with as all my recorders have always used DVD-R or +R discs or DVD-Ram discs made only for Panasonic recorders (in the old days that is, no longer, unfortunately).

I was not familiar with either of the Bing albums you named but I looked for them on the web and found them, the pictures tell me I definitely never owned them.   But from reading the contents apparently they were more repeat type issues of the Barnes mixes, fortunately all the songs are found elsewhere.  In fact one of the albums appears to be a French release.

As for Bing, I'm afraid I was the only big fan of Bing in my family.  My grandparents never talked about him and my father claimed he didn't like him.   Though when I would play his songs in the car he always enjoyed them, until I told him "that's Bing!" then he'd get mad.   Afraid my Dad was always pretty contrary, a real joy to live with you can imagine.  Though he did have his few light moments when he'd sing a little bit or talk of Jolson or Sophie or (ugh) Victor Borge.   He had to be in a good mood though.   Though since I played so much Bing back then when I lived with my brother and sisters they also became familiar with him.   One sister liked him the other just got embarrassed when I'd sing with Bing in the car.    One of my funniest memories is playing Bing singing the "Whiffenpoof Song" and me loudly singing with him especially the "BAH BAH BAH" sheep sounds and that one sis

Radio » It's April Fool's Day On The Bing Crosby Show » 31/3/2022 1:14 am

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On Volume 88 of the Library of Sound celebrate April Fool's Day with Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter with a special 15 minute show from March 31, 1955 with an improved version of a song Bing features.   And as a Bing Bonus in this Library of Sound Bing edition of Sounds Like Radio's podcast we'll hear Bing's 1960 recording of Peggy Lee's "It's a Good Day"!   It is a good day any day with Bing!
There's a BIng song in every episode of Sounds Like Radio too.
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Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 31/3/2022 12:59 am

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Hmm, either you're more advanced recording video wise than I am or Britain has recorders made to record Blu-ray not to mention still making DVD recorders.   Neither of which we have in the good old backward USA.  If there are Blu-ray recorders here I'm unaware of it and I can only wish they still made DVD recorders here, they stopped that some 8 or 9 years ago.  My old troopers are still hanging on though.   I also can not record using "hard drive" in a recorder, the DVD recorder only records on a blank DVD-R or +R disc it doesn't hold information on it's interior hard drive (if it even has one) only on a disc can I store recordings.  
That version of "...In Good Old Summertime" was recorded in 1954 but was a Decca release using a radio recording.   Bing played it on that 1956 radio show.

The only thing I remember of my grandmother's stories of Sophie were that she liked her and interestingly enough she only saw her because she was escaping her 7 kids and life in Philly for a breather.  I don't even think my grandfather went with her, I think she had had it and needed a breather.   Least that's sort of the story I got.  She didn't have a record player so I brought my portable Singer record player that ran on batteries with me to her house.  We used to use it when we went to the beach to hear my 45's.  I definitely remember watching Sophie Tucker perform at least a couple times on the Ed Sullivan show.   She must have impressed a little kid like me for me to still remember it.   She was another of the great entertainers like Jolson and Durante (and Bing, of course).

Before the 10th Anniv. CDs of the Barnes/Bing recordings was sold I liked the stereo versions that Barnes did back in the '70's so much I bought the double album set that came out back then.   When CDs were invented I bought one CD that contained 28 of the Barnes-Bings then later another CD was released that contained 2 CDs in one and had 50 Barnes-Bing songs.   Finally all of th

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 26/3/2022 5:44 pm

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Good to hear you can at least still buy a DVD recorder there, I thought the only country that still sold them new was Japan.   I have never used a DVR they are only good for temporary recordings or as long as you pay your monthly fees.  Once you buy a DVD, CD etc. it's yours for life.   Good thing I didn't stream my Sophie Tucker album in 1962 or I wouldn't have it today.   I played that record at one time for my grandmother and she told me she once went to a nightclub, I believe in Atlantic City, and saw Sophie Tucker perform.   I remember my Dad liked seeing her on TV too as we watched her on Ed Sullivan.  So I guess this all influenced me to like her too and what made me want her album when I saw it when I was little.

That's horrible the CD version of 10th Anniv. getting lost.  They're hard enough to find I hope you were able to get another.  You bring up an interesting point.   You say you like "Straight Down The Middle" orch. version.   Well several years ago I noticed that the original version and the so-called orch. added version are exactly the same.  I don't believe that was really a orch. added version I think it was recorded that way to begin with.  I've heard both versions and I can't tell the difference.   Maybe an expert here will be able to tell what if any the difference is between the original and the supposed re-done version.   I don't think it was ever re-orchestrated, I never heard an organ version.

Yes, I far prefer Jolson's later deeper voice as opposed to his '30's and earlier style.   I mainly only own Jolson's '40's recordings both radio and Decca as I don't like his high voice earlier records.   I read he had to have a lung operation and after the operation that's when his voice went deeper.  
 

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 26/3/2022 1:12 am

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Probably the hardest thing about recording Utube using a DVD recorder is that they're no longer made anymore.   Most people today don't even have one.   If I use that device I bought several years back and hook it up from my computer over to the audio and video inputs on my DVD recorder then I can record.  But I have never figured out how to download from Utube.   There are other places that you can download but the rats at Utube are sneaky or greedy depending on how you look at it and they make it as difficult as possible. 

Really happy to hear you enjoyed the latest episode 92 of Sounds Like Radio.   I post new shows every week.   Epis. 93 goes up on Monday.   I'm currently planning out the next shows after that and I will be including your song requests, figuring how to relate them to the Gildersleeve show plots. 

Yes as for Epis. 92, I had not heard that Peggy Lee song before till I heard that album.   The Bing song "Guess I'll Have to Change My Plans" was originally a Buddy Cole radio recording with Bing, but the version I played was the orchestra added one they did in 1979 with Ken Barnes, I believe.   If I have a choice between the organ alone version or an orchestra added version I'll go for the orch. version every time.   There isn't always a choice.   I play a Bing song each week and have to figure which one that will best relate to each Gildersleeve plot, sometimes it's a stretch but Bing will always come through.  That was a rare one from Al Jolson, from his earlier radio shows.   That came off of an album I bought over 30 some years ago, it's not on CD as far as I know.   Sophie Tucker is always a hoot for me to hear.
 

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 25/3/2022 9:09 pm

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I have tried a couple of different internet gimmicks that were supposed to allow downloading Utubes but none of them ever worked.   Did the app you find allow you to turn a Utube video into an Mp4 file on your computer?   If so what was this app?

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 24/3/2022 11:06 pm

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Look at the glass 1/2 full, as I think we were both 1/2 right, you said Buddy, I said Billy add it up we were both right.   Least that's the way I like to see it.   Always on the sunny side, that's me.
The latest Sounds Like Radio was Episode 92 (wow, that means since I started the podcast I've done 92 Music & Gildersleeve shows, hard to believe) hope you heard it as I featured a not usually heard Peggy Lee song, our weekly visit with a Bing Crosby song, my imitation of Crazy Gugenheim and a Frank Fontaine song, a Gale Storm (My Little Margie girl) song, a fantastic Sophie Tucker song from the album I've had since I was 4 and a short retro song from Al Jolson.   Next week's show is already "in the can" but I'll get to your requests after that.  

Yes, I'm a long time fan of Jaye P. Morgan a woman with a great sense of humor and a great voice.   She's one of my "go to" singers for the show.  

As for your DVD finds of Bing Crosby TV shows, good job on the search.  Some of those shows though are available now on Utube, High Tor is one I know is there and so is that live concert show and Bing's 50th Anniv. show, so you might save some money going to Utube.   Unfortunately I have no idea how to download their junk, but you can buy a hook-up do-hickey that you hook up to your computer and to a DVD recorder and you can record the shows yourself.    
 

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 24/3/2022 1:13 am

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Ah Hah!  Now I know where I got the idea that "Longest Walk" was a Billy May song, I just re-listened to the Bing Show as heard in Vol. 35 of the Library of Sound editions and at the 3 minute mark Bing intro.s Longest Walk by saying it's a Billy May arrangement done by the Buddy Cole band.  
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So they were both equal co-horts.  Now I can close the books on the case of who done did the Longest Walk.  But I got to tell you I still like Jaye P. Morgan's version even better, her's was the original.   The arrangement Billy May uses in the Bing version is almost identical to Jaye P Morgan's original.  So maybe the real credit for the sound of this song goes to Jaye P's original.   I remember I have played Jaye's version at some time in the past, but not anytime recent.  I will definitely be playing it again in a future show as I've featured Jaye P. before both in Episode 39 and Epis. 56.   It's about time I featured her biggest song.

Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 23/3/2022 3:53 pm

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I didn't get what you meant by the "emerald green show"?   What is that or were you referring to my Sounds Like Radio St Patty show?  

That's funny in my Timothy Morgereth Bing discography and radio show listings the songs recorded on Nov. 23, 1955 are completely skipped, this includes the recording date of Longest Walk.  He goes from Nov. 22 and skips to Dec. 13, '55.  So Longest Walk isn't even listed.   I've caught a few other mistakes in the Morgereth book before but this is another one.   After reading your response I took my own advice and took a closer look at another discography and it does list the "Buddy Cole Orchestra" as being the backup to Longest Walk.    So you're right, but this was not the typical organ Buddy Cole accompaniment this was his orch. recordings, maybe he was trying to sound like Billy May.   But yes, it was Buddy Cole.  He used to be in the John Scott Trotter orchestra so I guess he must have learned a few things about it.  I must have imagined I read Billy May.  Sorry about that.

I remember watching an Abbott & Costello Christmas show from the '50's and he and the cast were going to sing White Christmas and Bud made sure he had a paper with all the words written out and he said Irving will sue if we don't get this right.  So he made a point of reading from the paper the words correctly.  That may be the reason Bing wanted the words written out exactly to be sure he didn't veer from them.  

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Radio » Time To Start The New Year Right With Our Guy & A Special Guest » 21/3/2022 8:20 pm

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Yes, there was a DVD and several years before that there was a CD release of the audio from the TV special.  That CD is called "A Little Bit of Irish".   As for Longest Walk, if you read the discography closely you see the Buddy Cole recordings come just before his Longest Walk Billy May Decca record.   I had to look carefully at that myself as it's not obvious.

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As for my singing Bing's theme (something I've done around the house for a long time), it is indeed John Scott Trotter leading the orchestra but this recording is from an album John Scott put out either in the late '50's or possibly the early '60's called "John Scott Trotter's Music Hall".   It featured all different popular songs of the time but it also included a nice new sounding stereo instrumental version of Bing's theme.  That's the instrumental I use to sing to, as it sounds just like the exact arrangement Trotter used when he played it on Bing's radio shows.   Thank you too for the complement, my Mom thinks I sound like Bing but when I listen I know better.  I try though.  When singing my biggest problem is not remembering the words, I'm always amazed at how singers in general and Bing himself could remember the words to all these songs.  I'm sure they must have had cue cards but it seems like it's all memorized.

Yes for that St. Patrick's Day Sounds Like Radio Special that's posted there for now (it's coming down in 2 weeks, as I don't like keeping holiday shows up long past the actual holiday)  the Irish song there that I had the same reaction to the first time I heard it was Bing singing, "My Girl's An Irish Girl".   Up until I first heard that Bing Irish Decca records CD I had never heard that song before and I really liked it as it had a personal meaning to me too.
I really appreciate your feedback and your questions I am always happy to answe

Recording » Buddy Cole Recordings- Summary of CD Appearances » 20/3/2022 3:06 am

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Bing's sitcom was from 1964-1965 broadcast over ABC here in the U.S., I really don't know if it made it "across the pond" to be shown there or not.   I have some episodes of it I've recorded onto DVD now but would really like to get the whole series one day.   This is one the Bing people should release commercially, I'd be happy to buy.   There's so much Bing video material that remains locked in the vaults, it's a shame.  Maybe if we wait another 50 years we can see it.   You'll have to hold a seance to tell me what it was like.

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