Artistic Legacy » More Bing Magazines Added » 26/11/2020 3:59 am

Jon O.
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After a long dry spell--and with an assist from Malcolm Macfarlane--I've discovered over a half-dozen "new" vintage magazines that featured Bing on the cover during his lifetime. Countries of publication for these recent finds range from the US, UK, France, and Brazil, and they've been duly added to the list, with a couple of photos also added. 
https://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-magazine-covers.html 

Artistic Legacy » More Bing Memorabilia Added to Web Page » 08/11/2018 11:09 pm

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I hope that by now everyone has begun reading Gary Giddins's Swinging On a Star: The War Years, 1940-46. As a third and final volume depends on how well this volume sells, be sure to buy copies for friends and family for Christmas as well! 

To help commemorate the occasion of the release of this much anticipated book (in my own small way), I've added several new photos to my Bing Memorabilia web page. Many of them are from the War Years, and many have never been published before.

Enjoy. And happy reading! 

https://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html

Recording » More LP Cover Images Added to Blog Page » 29/12/2017 4:23 am

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Just added cover images of two LPs that some feel represent the nadir of Bing's long and varied recording career: Thoroughly Modern Bing (1968) and Hey Jude/Hey Bing (1969), the latter featuring the relentlessly (and, IMHO, unfairly) maligned recording of the title song. There's also a composite image of all 15 of the historic Bing's Hollywood series of LPs from 1962. 

https://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html 

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-E-CoU_E79NA/WkVqd6NushI/AAAAAAAAL9w/jIOag-Brk9AE7Dqypsqc-o9uCGRX-Lg_gCLcBGAs/s1600/1%2BBings_Hollywood_set_62.jpg

 

Recording » Item added to Bing Records and Album Covers page. » 27/12/2017 5:19 am

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I've added something of an oddity to my "Bing Crosby Records and Album Covers" blog page: a regionally distributed 45 rpm pressing of "How Lovely Is Christmas"/"Never Be Afraid" (with picture sleeve), which was made for the purpose of promoting Crowley's dairy products in 1957. At the time, Crowley's Milk Co., Inc. -- which still exists today, as Crowley Foods (a subsidiary of HP Hood LLC) -- was headquartered in (ahem) Binghamton, NY. 

https://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html

Artistic Legacy » Additions to the Bing Memorabilia Page » 26/12/2017 7:08 am

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Merry Christmas, Bing folk. It's been awhile since my last update, but I have finally gotten around to scanning a couple more interesting items* from my collection and adding them to my Bing "Memorabilia, Advertising, and Promotional Items" blog page: (1) a special Road to Zanzibar script that was used as a guide for writing subtitles for overseas release, and (2) a September 2, 1944 copy of Melody Maker, which covered Bing's visit to England to entertain troops during the Second World War. Enjoy! 

http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html 

*Most of the new images are too small to read on the web page itself, but they can be downloaded to your computer and enlarged. 
 

Recording » Musical Autobiography Added » 18/7/2016 4:33 pm

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I've added a photo of the contents of Bing's landmark 1954 Musical Autobiography 5-LP set with booklet. 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html

Film » Welcome Stranger Movie Still Added » 18/7/2016 4:10 pm

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I've added a promotional still of Bing with Percy Kilbride (who incidentally would have turned 128 on July 16) to my Bing Memorabilia blog page:
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html

Recording » Additions to Bing Records and Album Covers page, + more... » 05/4/2016 3:00 am

Jon O.
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A half-dozen more images of LPs and EPs have been recently added. 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html

Plus, for those who enjoy browsing the Bing Records page, here's one that covers a wider swath of vinyl & shellac, some of which might be to your liking; some perhaps not so much.  
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/vintage-vinyl-lp-covers-and-picture.html

Recording » New images added to Bing Records and Album Covers page » 29/2/2016 5:36 pm

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I've just added the Bells of St. Mary's 78 album, the How the West Was Won LP set, and, just in time for St. Paddy's Day, Bing's first collection of Irish songs on 78. 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html 

Artistic Legacy » New Photos Added to My Bing Memorabilia Page » 06/2/2016 7:04 am

Jon O.
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Seek and find original movie stills from Road to Morocco and Going My Way (the latter signed by Rise Stevens), a publicity shot of Bing tipping some porters after a train trip, and a rare pic of a bearded Bing (the real deal, not the bogus bristles of Anything Goes) after an extended Elko excursion. Browse and enjoy... 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html

Artistic Legacy » 'Tis not the season, but... » 26/4/2015 7:59 pm

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I was surprised to see that Bing had made it onto this, um, eclectic (let's just call it odd) list of "The 25 Greatest Christmas Albums of All Time," compiled by Rolling Stone magazine back in 2012.

To the author's credit, here is a telling quote taken from the blurb about Bing's White Christmas (formerly Merry Christmas) album: 

"This is what great singing is. If you don't like it, you're looking for something else." 

At least they got that right.

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/the-25-greatest-christmas-albums-of-all-time-20121219
 

Television » Bing heard in PBS documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History » 20/9/2014 4:50 am

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I've been sporadically catching bits and pieces of Ken Burns' 14-hour Roosevelts documentary (while I DVR it to watch at a later date), and tonight heard a familiar voice in the background during the description of Churchill's Christmas 1941 visit to the White House. Of course it was Bing, first singing what sounded like a radio recording of "O Little Town of Bethlehem," followed immediately with (I think) the movie version of "White Christmas"; it was hard to pin down exactly which version of each song was being played due to the dominance of the voiceover narration. "O Little Town" was an anachronism, as Bing first sang it on radio in 1945. "White Christmas" was first heard on the radio on Christmas Day 1941, but that's definitely not the version that was used. Nitpicking aside, it was nice (and altogether fitting and proper) to hear Bing's voice accompanyiing this historical epic documentary.

Artistic Legacy » More Bing items added to blog page... » 17/9/2014 2:57 am

Jon O.
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A 1966 hat ad, a ticket to the world premiere of Going My Way (in the "officer's section"), a 1-page magazine piece on High Time, and Charles Schulz's Snoopy's Grand Slam, dedicated to Bing. 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html

Artistic Legacy » New items added to Bing blog page... » 03/5/2014 8:38 pm

Jon O.
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A half-dozen magazine covers featuring Bing have been added to the gallery. 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-magazine-covers.html

Artistic Legacy » More Items Added to Bing Blog Pages » 23/3/2014 5:40 am

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After a longish hiatus, I’ve finally gotten around to scanning a few more Bing items from my collection, which have been duly posted to my blog. Recently added to the Records page you’ll find the cover of the 10” LP Auld Lang Syne from 1949, the 45 picture sleeve and record of “Nothing in Common,” a few public service radio recordings, and Bing’s San Francisco Experience LP from 1970. New to the Memorabilia page are more than a half-dozen movie stills and publicity photos (one a stunning signed portrait from the early 1930s), including representatives from Billboard Girl, The Big Broadcast, Rhythm on the Range, Double or Nothing, and Rhythm on the River. Happy scrolling.
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-records-and-album-covers.html
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-memorabilia-advertising-and.html

Recording » "The First Hip White Person..." » 05/11/2013 8:59 pm

Jon O.
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"Some of These Days," 1932.

Fan Interests » Collectors - John Newton » 13/10/2013 2:57 am

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Thank you for posting this fascinating overview of John Newton's collection, Richard. He, Jack Souther, and precious few others are, as you say, to be treasured by all of us. Acquiring rarities of any kind was a much more daunting undertaking even twenty years ago than it is today. Thanks to those in the pre-internet era with the fortitude to seek out scarce, historically significant recordings before they were relegated to oblivion (or worse, destroyed), and preserving them for posterity, we now all benefit. We are, as Mr. Newton's namesake famously said, standing on the shoulders of giants.

Links » Historical Music Magazines » 16/8/2013 10:15 pm

Jon O.
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I came across this very useful and and relatively comprehensive magazine archive the other day: 
http://lantern.mediahist.org/ 

And of course, for Bing covers there's always this page: 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/bing-crosby-magazine-covers.html

Others of Note » Any Jack Benny fans among us? » 02/8/2013 11:37 pm

Jon O.
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For those of you who can't make the trek to Waukegan, IL, Jack Benny's hometown, you can view my pencil drawing of him (the original of which is now a part of the Waukegan History Museum's permanent collection) by following this link and scrolling down to the Benny section: 
http://derbingle.blogspot.com/p/images-from-golden-age-of-radio.html

Fan Interests » Historic item added to my Bing Memorabilia page » 29/7/2013 8:29 pm

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Supposedly JFK's brother, U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, fearing potential political fallout over Sinatra's mob ties -- real or perceived -- advised the president against staying at the Swooner's place.

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