Biography » Gary Giddins Book - Volume 2 » 10/1/2014 11:41 am

Ah! That makes more sense.

Biography » Gary Giddins Book - Volume 2 » 09/1/2014 11:17 am

Sorry, I haven't heard anything, but he said last year that he would never write an autobiography.

Artistic Legacy » Bing's influence on John Lennon » 08/1/2014 12:25 pm

John Lennon was a big Bing Crosby fan. His Aunt Mimi who brought him up, was a Bing fan, and John would have listened to his records as a child. 

The Beatles first number one record in the UK, "Please Please Me" was based on "Please" by Bing. John was looking for something for a new song and remembered the Bing song. 

Lennon recalled: "I remember the day I wrote it, I heard Roy Orbison doing "Only the Lonely", or something. And I was also always intrigued by the words to a Bing Crosby song that went, 'Please lend a little ear to my pleas'. The double use of the word 'please'. So it was a combination of Roy Orbison and Bing Crosby"

Lennon was a long-time fan of Bing's music, especially the early Crosby. According to Coleman:

"Yoko's gift to John for the 38th birthday was a very special antique: a bubble-top Wurlitzer jukebox of the style popular in American soda fountains. It took only 78 RPM records and its arrival coincided with John's increasing interest in nostalgia music. The first batch of records ordered were... as many Bing Crosby records as he could get." (p549)In a 1980 interview a few weeks before Lennon's death, Coleman asked Lennon what music he was currently listening to. He said, "Hank Williams, Carl Perkins, John Gielgud reading Shakespeare and anything that Bing Crosby had ever done."

Artistic Legacy » White Christmas: The best song ever written? » 08/1/2014 12:19 pm

I wouldn't say it was the best song ever written, but it is certainly one of the best songs ever written. It certainly worked better once the earlier verse was cut (I may be wrong, but I once heard that Bing told Berlin to drop the verse as it was too geographically specific).

The fact that it is still released every Christmas and that everyone knows it certainly marks it as a major contribution to musical history.

Biography » Gary Giddins Book - Volume 2 » 08/1/2014 12:15 pm

Hope it is out soon, as the first volume is excellent. Mind you, we shouldn't be too concerned. Volume one of a new biography of The Beatles has just come out; there will be three volumes in total, and the final one won't be complete until 2028!

General Discussion » Open Heart Surgery » 08/1/2014 12:11 pm

I wish you all the best, and am praying for your recovery.

Recording » Recordings for a Bing newbie » 29/12/2013 2:51 pm

Thanks for the recommendations!

Recording » Recordings for a Bing newbie » 27/12/2013 11:23 am

I have been a Bing fan since my teens. But if you had to recommed the best Bing recordings for a newbie fan, which ones would you suggest?

Member Introductions » Hello from Shropshire! » 26/12/2013 6:51 pm

Hi! My name is John and I live in Shropshire. I am a carer and have been a Bing fan since my teens. My late Grandfather was a big fan and introduced me to Bing.

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