Announcements » King of Jazz » 03/4/2021 9:51 am

The King of Jazz is on TCM in the USA on April 14.

Announcements » Gary Giddins online on March 14 » 10/3/2021 7:07 am

Due to a loss in the family, Gary Giddins: Bing, Biography, and I has been rescheduled to Sunday, April 11 at 1:30pm.

Television » Bing on the Ed Sullivan show » 07/3/2021 7:22 am

Here's a bit more background to that appearance on November 11, 1956.

"The big hoopla, of course, and a rarity in the area of “live” tv, was the Crosby appearance and soloing of his “True Love,” with an enforced reprise hitched to a Sullivan wager that it’ll register second only to “White Christmas” in disclicks. “Love” was done to a Bing turn, but it was in the banter division, chiefly with Phil Silvers, that the Crosby personality asserted itself as of old." (Variety, November 14, 1956). 

"In preparation for an appearance by Bing Crosby singing “True Love,” he [Ray Bloch] decided that a small cabaret orchestra would play up on the stage, but off camera, while accompanying Bing. We had our music taped to the floor so that just in case the camera did pan over and see us playing, it would all appear to be very casual. During the rehearsals, we found it extremely difficult to watch Ray, who was conducting us and at the same time, read our music that was taped on the floor. He would not listen to our problem. The plan was that Bing and Ed would have a little chat out in front of the curtain and on a certain cue, we would start the musical intro of the song. Then the curtain would rise and Bing would sing. Good idea?—Not really. When we got on the air, we started the intro as we had rehearsed, but when the curtain was supposed to rise, it got stuck! And that was just as I started the solo cadenza. Ray Bloch was in a dither. All of us backstage could hear Ed and Bing adlibbing and trying to make light of this unexpected hang up. All the while, I just kept on playing and improvising while chaos was going on all around me. Finally the curtain did rise, and just before Bing started to sing, he paused for a moment, turned to me and said, “Thank you, Mr. Paganini of the accordion.” Ray Bloch was much more cordial to me in our subsequent meetings. Little did I realize at the time that years later, Bing and I would meet again and work toget

Announcements » BING magazine » 26/2/2021 2:35 pm

The spring 2021 edition of BING magazine is being prepared now.
See http://www.bingmagazine.co.uk/bingmagazine/BING187.html

Artistic Legacy » Bing Crosby Million Sellers updates /more/ » 17/2/2021 10:08 am

Sadly the figures you seek are just not available however much we would like them.

Swaps and Sales » Bing Crosby collection » 08/2/2021 7:07 pm

An International Club Crosby member, Trevor Wagstaff, died some years ago and his family have passed his large Crosby collection to the ICC for disposal. The proceeds are to be split equally between the ICC and a charity selected by the family. Jeremy Rose, who is based in Huntingdon in the UK, is handling the matter and has prepared a list of what is on offer and please email him at jeremyrose45@hotmail.com if you would like details. Certain items, such as a complete set of The Chronological Bing Crosby series, are being held back and bids will be sought in the spring edition of BING magazine.

Announcements » Things to watch this week » 25/1/2021 7:57 am

If you missed the Zoom event with Gary Giddins in December, you can catch it at https://vimeo.com/494250423/8d57d7e599

Announcements » Things to watch this week » 29/12/2020 7:37 am

If you enjoyed the Zoom event hosted by Will Friedwald last week, here's another opportunity to see Will and Gary discuss Crosby and both of the books Gary's written about Bing. This interview is from last January.https://youtu.be/3NrT6BBf2N4

Announcements » Things to watch this week » 23/12/2020 3:36 pm

Haven't heard whether the Zoom meeting is available for us to see. Let's hope so. 

Announcements » Things to watch this week » 23/12/2020 7:55 am

Jeremy, I  think the shows are available on demand too so download them now?

Recording » Help identifying this version of "Silent Night". » 23/12/2020 7:30 am

The December 25, 1952 radio version is closest in time  It can be found on the CD "The Crosby Christmas Sessions".

Announcements » Things to watch this week » 22/12/2020 8:50 am

Today, there's a zoom meeting at 7pm Eastern featuring Gary Giddins and Will Friedwald talking about Bing. THIS IS A FREE EVENT! BUT PLEASE REMEMBER THE VIRTUAL TIP JAR!
zoom link -Click Here --> https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86555791077...Meeting ID: 865 5579 1077 Passcode: 956582

Also, on December 24, "The Promise" is being shown on EWTN.
See EWTN Catholic TV Program Schedule | EWTN
This has Bing narrating the Family Theatre drama about the birth of the Christ child.

Recording » Bing Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook » 20/12/2020 9:40 am

I have found that many of the Kraft songs from the Rice tapes need speeding up by 4%.

Announcements » White Christmas - a Gonzaga tribute » 16/12/2020 10:40 am

Gonzaga University has put together a very good examination of "White Christmas".
See https://achristmasclassic.org/

Also, there is a new page from the Bing Crosby House.
Go to https://www.gonzaga.edu/give/advent-calendar/december-15

Announcements » Bing tribute » 15/12/2020 1:22 pm

ICC member Adam Swanson put on an excellent piano tribute to Bing yesterday on Facebook. See https://www.facebook.com/adam.g.swanson/videos/10221767376066356/  Start at 7 minutes 40.

New and Re-issued materials » New Year issues from Sepia » 13/12/2020 10:23 am

It's a superb set and our thanks to Richard Baker for his hard work and research on it.. See http://www.sepiarecords.com/sepia1360.html

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