Recording » Bing and London Symphony Orchestra at Christmas » 17/10/2019 4:15 pm

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These should never be used for comparisons to the originals. These are purely done for sound update/refreshments.

Recording » Bing and London Symphony Orchestra at Christmas » 17/10/2019 4:03 pm

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I have not been a fan of these "re-recordings" overall. Maybe the one done with Ella is still OK to my ears. However, anything to keep Bing "alive"...even if it's only another Christmas release...is surely welcomed. I am surprised at the rather inexpensive price of the CD despite the rather large undertaking this production was. Alos, that (in these days of "vinyl revival") there is not an LP issue offered.

The "White Christmas" track sounds rather good.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 17/10/2019 3:58 pm

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That is well-deserved news! Any way to find how the book is selling? That will certainly determine the fate of Volume 3. 

Member Introductions » New member! » 11/7/2019 4:14 pm

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Warmest of welcomes here! Don't be afraid to share or ask any questions. All friends here. ENJOY!

New and Re-issued materials » New Bing Sings Johnny Mercer CD » 27/6/2019 3:51 pm

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These BOTH look very tempting. When available please list here from where they can be ordered. Many thanks! 

Recording » The 2008 Universal Fire » 27/6/2019 3:49 pm

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Thanks for adding that. The lawsuits are coming out of the woodwork now over this. However, the horses have all fled the barn long ago!!!!!

Recording » The 2008 Universal Fire » 11/6/2019 3:19 pm

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Nothing REALLY new here per se as we all figured what was destroyed in that horrible fire. But there is some confirmation. I can still smell that sickening, acrid pitch black smoke that overtook Hollywood that morning.

 https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/11/us/master-recordings-universal-fire.html?smid=fb-nytimes&smtyp=cur&fbclid=IwAR3NyGtU-3fKk-qtMC0IEPKJW9K8YomNKlpxWTMdFX4TEOedusKSbPBRQKY

 

Recording » Bing Recordings Listening To Now » 04/5/2019 6:48 pm

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Dug out my copy of the 5 LP "Bing" biography for the birthday weekend. Playing sides 6-10 this afternoon. I'm surprised that it is mostly in VG+ to NM- shape. 

Member Introductions » A Quick Hello... » 05/1/2019 3:34 pm

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Archiefit wrote:

When you start collecting one particular thing, it's pretty exciting.   So much to get, so much to find, so much to enjoy.   You almost don't know where to start, and with Bing there's an awful lot of stuff, audio records, radio shows and video TV shows and movies.   Good luck to you, in some ways I envy you're beginning.   But you're lucky you're starting now, it's a heck of a lot easier to find odd recordings and albums today and movies today than it was in the 1970's and 1980's.   The only way I could get old Bing albums was to scour Used Record album stores and all you could do was hope you'd find something you've never seen.   But, don't get me wrong it was FUN and then that moment you find an album you've been looking for after thumbing thru 100's of albums and then BING, there  it is, an album you don't have.  YESHHH!   Oh, it was doubly exciting to find something that you could only find if you were lucky.   Today, you go on the internet and you can find just about anything you want with a simple search.   No internet then to spoil you, you had to really SEARCH, not just type in a word and watch it all appear.

EXAMPLE:  Several years ago (2010) I was on my knees in a dusty old bookstore in Hollywood, CA (which also had some records) flipping thru what they had in boxes. Lo and behold! I found a sealed monaural copy of  "El Senor BING" that had a price sticker of $3.00! More amazing was the fact that the price tag had a date on it of "10-00" typed at the bottom right. I asked the clerk what that meant and he told me that it was the month/year the record was placed on the floor for sale!!!  So not only was the price a miracle, but here was a sealed copy some 50 years old which came from God knows where and laid on that store's floor for 10 years before anyone cared to buy it!!!! 
 

Announcements » VERY BEST WISHES FOR CHRISTMAS & THE NEW YEAR TO ALL » 24/12/2018 2:49 pm

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The Happiest Wishes of the season for all here. Many thanks to all who have shared and contributed this past year. 

Recording » Favorite Decade Of Bing's Recording Career » 20/12/2018 5:38 pm

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I picked the 70's because (as I have said before) I feel the Latter Day Bing is a more "honest" singer.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 15/12/2018 3:16 pm

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Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

There is now an even better interview with Gary available. 
Go to https://vimeo.com/marvicpaulo/review/300885463/5e8b6c7b84

 More GREAT stuff! Thanks for sharing this. 

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 15/12/2018 3:15 pm

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Malcolm Macfarlane wrote:

This is well worth watching.
https://livestream.com/flp/Giddins/videos/184655197

WONDERFUL!  Many thanks for sharing.

Announcements » Book signing by Gary Giddins in Brooklyn » 04/12/2018 2:01 pm

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I'll be interested to hear how many people show up for the signing.In NYC it can very well be the "thermometer" to the 3rd book. 

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 29/11/2018 5:36 pm

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frans wrote:

Here you go, Paul. http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/happy.png
It has probably to do with our different geographical locations. Commercialism has created several Earths as one obviously doesn't generate enough profit! http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/wink.png


Nothing but blue skies (WSJ)
By Ted Gioia
Nov. 8, 2018 7:41 p.m. ET
During the final days of World War II, a military commander wrote an urgent letter to singer Bing Crosby, insisting he had “something big” to say, “something too big not to have you know and understand.
”Crosby was more than familiar with effusive fans. At that moment, he was both the top box-office draw in movies and the most popular singer in America. His latest picture, “Going My Way,” would sweep the Oscars and win one for Bing himself, while his rendition of “White Christmas” was already the best-selling record of all time (a distinction it still holds). Even so, the sober words from this officer weren’t the typical stuff of fan letters.
Crosby’s music, he insisted, possessed the “power to soften the hearts of the man who so shortly after goes back to shoot down his brother man” and somehow manages to keep “our boys from turning into the beasts they are asked to be.” The singer’s voice “strikes to the bottom of the hearts of men. I have watched it happen, often, not just in the rare case but in many many thousands of men—sitting silent, retrospective, thoughts flying back to home and loved ones.” Somehow, in these barbarous times, Crosby had tapped into the “power of music, put into humble, throbbing words, as these fellows want it, need it, bow to it.”
Gary Giddins, Crosby’s indefatigable biographer, calls this aspect of his singing “a zone of emotional safety.” You could even claim that Bing Crosby invented emotional restraint in popular music. As leader of the first generation of singers to take advantage of the improved microphones of the late 1

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 29/11/2018 5:32 pm

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Ron Field wrote:

Into reading the book now but I noticed that Giddins refers to the Paramount TheaTRE in New York using the Yankee spelling of theater.
Going to the web the Paramount theatres are spelt with the tre ending - NY, LA, Seattle and numerous other centres.
Here in Morton the Roxy is '...ter' but the Roxy in Eatonville, 28 miles away is '...tre'.
So, he should have had that right.
I was a Paymaster and correct spelling was important.
I sometimes have an 'S' added to my name when there isn't one.
There was Sid Field and W.C.Fields.
Our name is the only thing we come into the world with and in New York it is theatre.
Tiny moan I know but otherwise I am enjoying the book.

EXTREMELY small potatoes.....

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 29/11/2018 4:16 pm

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I must admit that after reading "Coventry" I was left feeling quite empty, sad and rather ill-feeling.

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 29/11/2018 4:15 pm

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NONFICTIONHow Bing Crosby Changed the Course of Pop MusicBING CROSBY 
Swinging on a Star: The War Years, 1940-1946
By Gary Giddins
Illustrated. 724 pp. Little, Brown & Company. $40.
Television viewers who grew up in the 1970s knew Bing Crosby as the grandfatherly singing star of wholesome family specials, tuned into by their parents. Crosby was pipe-smoking, unruffled and witty, much like Father O’Malley, the Catholic priest he had played in two oft-rerun films, [color=#326891]“Going My Way” and “The Bells of St. Mary’s.” By his side were his smiling wife and their model children, none of whom an even vaguely countercultural youth would have wanted to sit next to in the school cafeteria.[/color]Since his music was not theirs, newer generations had no way to know that Crosby had not only changed the course of American popular singing, he had helped create it. It was he who, more than any other vocalist, had freed that art from its turn-of-the-century stiffness and transformed it into conversation. Drawing on black influences, he made pop songs swing, while treating a new invention, the microphone, as if it were a friend’s ear. Without him, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Dean Martin and countless other intimate singers could never have happened. A workhorse, he turned out a staggering number of recordings (including dozens of No. 1 hits) as well as films, radio shows and personal appearances. Whatever he did seemed off-the-cuff and effortless.For all that, his reputation hasn’t much endured. He lacked the qualities that have made Sinatra eternally seductive: coolness, sex appeal, danger, risk and a singing style that opened a window into his hard living and emotional extremes.[color=#cccccc]AD

Artistic Legacy » More Bing Memorabilia Added to Web Page » 16/11/2018 2:08 pm

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FABULOUS!  Thank you for sharing!

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 12/11/2018 1:58 pm

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frans wrote:

Thanks, everybody, for the links and copied reviews and comments.
Unfortunately my copy has been delayed somewhat - eight more days to go ... But I'm really looking forward to it!

Thanks, but no it does not open up. Can you PLEASE cut & paste and post here for all of us to openly enjoy? 
 

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 09/11/2018 5:12 pm

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We cannot read it unless we are members. If anyone here IS a member PLEASE cut and paste the entire article here for all to enjoy. THANK YOU!http://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/grin.png
  

Biography » Gary Giddins - Volume Two » 31/10/2018 10:08 pm

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My pleasure. I am sorry that they were so hurriedly copied but I knew you'd enjoy them!

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