01/4/2020 10:07 pm  #1


Ol' Man River Recordings

1928-with Paul Whiteman
1941-?
1945-Caramata
1954-Buddy Cole Trio

I've listened to 3/4 of these being the 1928, (1941 or 1945 version), and the 1954. What one is your favorite? Mine would have to be any of his ballad versions.

Also if someone can, may they send me the 1941 and 45 ones?


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02/4/2020 1:37 am  #2


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

None is my favorite, I think this song doesn't fit Bing's style at all.  Usually I skip it when it pops up.

 

02/4/2020 1:50 am  #3


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

It doesn’t as a ballad, although I still like his version, but as a swing it fits. Now Old Man River as a swinging song doesn’t fit necessarily, but the way Bing does it almost makes up for it.


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02/4/2020 2:47 am  #4


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

I like this song by Bing especially the earlier renditions.
The 1945 recording is at a different arrangement and tempo than those by other artists which sang it in the normal rendition.
Bing also sang it at his concerts in a faster beat as well.
That 1945 I don’t care for much.

 

02/4/2020 3:02 am  #5


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

Then I don't think I've heard the 1945 one then. There's 2 'unmarked' versions on YouTube, that, since I don't have those versions on CD, I can't identify.


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02/4/2020 10:26 am  #6


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

The 1954 version, although all are great. 

 

04/4/2020 1:15 am  #7


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

Out of his commerical recordings, it has to be the 1928 one with Paul Whiteman.

However, my favorite version is the one he did for his TV special in 1959.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yTqSgCHy9c

 

04/4/2020 1:55 am  #8


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

That one is wonderfully relaxed.


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04/4/2020 10:39 am  #9


Re: Ol' Man River Recordings

Lobosco wrote:

Out of his commerical recordings, it has to be the 1928 one with Paul Whiteman.

However, my favorite version is the one he did for his TV special in 1959.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yTqSgCHy9c

I hadn't seen that. Thanks for sharing!

 

11/4/2020 5:35 am  #10


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Bing does a great job of the up-tempo versions so I like the Whiteman and TV versions.

 

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