08/10/2021 12:37 pm  #1


Introduce/Reintroduce Yourself

Hello, to get the conversation going how about we have a shout out from people. Where are you from? What is your favorite Bing Crosby record/movie and when did you first start collecting Bing.

I'll start:

I am 47 from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Favorite Bing record is You Are Too Beautiful
Favorite Bing movie is The Country Girl

I started collecting Bing when I bought my first Bing 45rpm in 1980 at the age of 6

 

08/10/2021 1:09 pm  #2


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Hello Long Lost Stranger!   Nice to see you back "on the boards" it's been a while hasn't it?   But it's always good to hear from you and see what you're doing with Bing. 
As for Bing, it's hard to narrow the choices down to one, but if forced I'd say:

Favorite Bing Record:  The 2nd recording of "I Can't Begin To Tell You".  I like Carmen Cavallaro's opening piano riff better in this version than in the released take.

Favorite Bing Movie:  Welcome Stranger   I like everything about this movie, Bing in his prime, funny, Barry Fitzgerald, cute as a button Wanda Hendrix with the crush, Pa Kettle driving a cab and Mrs. Trumble from I Love Lucy-Elizabeth Patterson.  

Started collecting Bing when I heard his Philco Radio Time show, that's when I became a fan about 1976.  I discovered Big Band music a couple years before but Bing was not on my radar till later.  I had seen Bing when I was a kid in his Christmas TV specials in the '60's but liked the Bob Hope Christmas shows more.  And I remember watching him on Hollywood Palace, but still never became a fan till I heard those funny Philco shows with BIng singing some unforgettable songs and his quick sense of humor is what I liked just as much as his singing style.   First record I ever bought was his single album "Greatest Hits".  Then I got his "Best of Bing" double album, that's where I first heard my favorite song (which I didn't know was the unreleased version at the time) "I Can't Begin To Tell You".   Been a fan ever since.

 

 

11/10/2021 4:05 pm  #3


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I am from Iowa, I started collecting around 2 and a half years ago now, my favorite Bing songs varies as there are so many that I love. At the moment I, for some reason, am really enjoying Bing’s 1945 version of Ol’ Man River. My favorite Bing movies are The Country Girl, Little Boy Lost, and Here Comes The Groom.


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11/10/2021 4:29 pm  #4


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ModernBingFan0377 wrote:

I am from Iowa, I started collecting around 2 and a half years ago now, my favorite Bing songs varies as there are so many that I love. At the moment I, for some reason, am really enjoying Bing’s 1945 version of Ol’ Man River. My favorite Bing movies are The Country Girl, Little Boy Lost, and Here Comes The Groom.

You have great taste! Since I have been collecting Bing now over 40 years, I tend to listen to his more obscure material and steer away from Swinging On A Star and White Christmas type songs.
 

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11/10/2021 4:50 pm  #5


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Lobosco wrote:

ModernBingFan0377 wrote:

I am from Iowa, I started collecting around 2 and a half years ago now, my favorite Bing songs varies as there are so many that I love. At the moment I, for some reason, am really enjoying Bing’s 1945 version of Ol’ Man River. My favorite Bing movies are The Country Girl, Little Boy Lost, and Here Comes The Groom.

You have great taste! Since I have been collecting Bing now over 40 years, I tend to listen to his more obscure material and steer away from Swinging On A Star and White Christmas type songs.
 

I'm fine with White Christmas at Christmas, but I tend to go for the rarer performances, in fact I don't really like the studio recordings too much! A similar thing with movies is that while the basic Holiday Inn, White Christmas, and  High Society are great movies on their own, I feel like there are many movies in Bing's catalogue that are better than those.

Thankfully, I had a friend online who sent me the Chronological series so I have most of Bing's commercial discography at this point, although of course not physically, but on my computer.


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12/10/2021 12:19 am  #6


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Oh, what a task!
Pushing about 6,000 song titles sung over the years, but I like  - Down By the River, The Touch of Your Lips,  Lovely Lady and depends on one’s ‘mood’.
Mississippi is a favourite film plus a couple of others.
Been a fan for about 77 years or so (I’m 87).
Had the pleasure of meeting Bing, Bob and Larry in 1957.
Then other members of the Crosby family including Phil when he was in Sydney and caddied for Nathaniel.
Spoke to Bing on the phone a couple of times and he even rang me at the office when I worked in London.
A hard task in deed.

 

12/10/2021 2:12 am  #7


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One of my pet peeves has always been that classic popular music stations that used to exist 10 20 years ago (I don't think even they are around anymore) when it came to Bing the only songs I ever heard them play was Swinging On A Star, True Love & Accentuate The Positive.  It would steam me every time because I'd think there are 100s and 100s of different great Bing songs they could choose from yet you'd have thought Bing only recorded 3 records, least if you were new to Bing.  

But maybe I didn't know when I was well off, as today there aren't any good type music stations anymore.  One reason I started up my Sounds Like Radio show was to play some of that great music.   By the way I have yet to play any of those 3 songs they used to only play.   I refuse to play the stuff they all played over and over.

 

12/10/2021 2:14 am  #8


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Archiefit wrote:

One of my pet peeves has always been that classic popular music stations that used to exist 10 20 years ago (I don't think even they are around anymore) when it came to Bing the only songs I ever heard them play was Swinging On A Star, True Love & Accentuate The Positive.  It would steam me every time because I'd think there are 100s and 100s of different great Bing songs they could choose from yet you'd have thought Bing only recorded 3 records, least if you were new to Bing.  

But maybe I didn't know when I was well off, as today there aren't any good type music stations anymore.  One reason I started up my Sounds Like Radio show was to play some of that great music.   By the way I have yet to play any of those 3 songs they used to only play.   I refuse to play the stuff they all played over and over.

I agree with you 100%. Although I have a radio version of Accentuate The Positive that Bing does without the Andrews Sisters and it's even better than the commercial recording.
 

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12/10/2021 2:22 am  #9


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Yes, if you're talking about the same radio version I'm thinking of from that "Great Moments With Friends" CD set that is one version of that song I do enjoy.  It's a whole lot bouncier and looser than the Decca record.  That CD I put on my computer so I can hear that song when it pops up in the random play mode.
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12/10/2021 3:15 am  #10


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A lot of the radio versions of Andrews Sisters tracks I find better than the studio version, as they are indeed much looser.


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12/10/2021 1:54 pm  #11


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Archiefit wrote:

Yes, if you're talking about the same radio version I'm thinking of from that "Great Moments With Friends" CD set that is one version of that song I do enjoy.  It's a whole lot bouncier and looser than the Decca record.  That CD I put on my computer so I can hear that song when it pops up in the random play mode.
https://external-content.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fcps-static.rovicorp.com%2F3%2FJPG_400%2FMI0002%2F434%2FMI0002434416.jpg%3Fpartner%3Dallrovi.com&f=1&nofb=1

That's it. I love that CD. Very underrated.

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03/11/2021 5:27 pm  #12


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Hello everyone!  My name is Chris Hammond.  I am in East Tennessee and I run the Dixie Lee website/blog, https://www.dixieleefan.com

I first learned about Bing and Dixie when I was boy listening to Bing's Christmas album.  I later learned that Dixie Lee (Wilma Wyatt) was born in Harriman, Tennessee, about 30 minutes from where I grew up.  I believe that I may actually be very distantly related to her Scarbrough line through my great, great grandmother's family.  I was fortunate enough to work with Bing and Dixie's granddaughter, Dixie Lee Crosby Goodwin, who sadly is no longer with us, on getting a Tennessee state historical marker installed in Harriman for Dixie Lee.  

My goal is to research and preserve Dixie's legacy here in her home state of Tennessee, while also sharing more about her story and career.  

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06/11/2021 2:53 pm  #13


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DixieLeeFan wrote:

Hello everyone!  My name is Chris Hammond.  I am in East Tennessee and I run the Dixie Lee website/blog, https://www.dixieleefan.com

I first learned about Bing and Dixie when I was boy listening to Bing's Christmas album.  I later learned that Dixie Lee (Wilma Wyatt) was born in Harriman, Tennessee, about 30 minutes from where I grew up.  I believe that I may actually be very distantly related to her Scarbrough line through my great, great grandmother's family.  I was fortunate enough to work with Bing and Dixie's granddaughter, Dixie Lee Crosby Goodwin, who sadly is no longer with us, on getting a Tennessee state historical marker installed in Harriman for Dixie Lee.  

My goal is to research and preserve Dixie's legacy here in her home state of Tennessee, while also sharing more about her story and career.  

Welcome to the board! Look forward all you have to share. By the way you are the 400th member to this board. Congrats!
 

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09/11/2021 1:15 am  #14


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Lobosco wrote:

DixieLeeFan wrote:

Hello everyone!  My name is Chris Hammond.  I am in East Tennessee and I run the Dixie Lee website/blog, https://www.dixieleefan.com

I first learned about Bing and Dixie when I was boy listening to Bing's Christmas album.  I later learned that Dixie Lee (Wilma Wyatt) was born in Harriman, Tennessee, about 30 minutes from where I grew up.  I believe that I may actually be very distantly related to her Scarbrough line through my great, great grandmother's family.  I was fortunate enough to work with Bing and Dixie's granddaughter, Dixie Lee Crosby Goodwin, who sadly is no longer with us, on getting a Tennessee state historical marker installed in Harriman for Dixie Lee.  

My goal is to research and preserve Dixie's legacy here in her home state of Tennessee, while also sharing more about her story and career.  

Welcome to the board! Look forward all you have to share. By the way you are the 400th member to this board. Congrats!
 

Very cool!!! You all should create badges for that kinda stuff!  Love the site.  Thank you for the kind words!

 

19/11/2021 5:54 am  #15


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I'll begin with a confession. I don't mean that I'm old, although I am (87) but that in my late teens in Melbourne, Australia, I tired of hearing Bing's records on radio because he was so popular you couldn't avoid them. Then a friend introduced me to his early 1930s records and I was hooked. I enjoy especially his duets with Connee Boswell and many with The Andrews Sisters. As for my favourite movies, I'd say High Society, The Emperor Waltz and  Here Comes the Groom.

 

19/11/2021 2:24 pm  #16


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Graham Pascoe wrote:

I'll begin with a confession. I don't mean that I'm old, although I am (87) but that in my late teens in Melbourne, Australia, I tired of hearing Bing's records on radio because he was so popular you couldn't avoid them. Then a friend introduced me to his early 1930s records and I was hooked. I enjoy especially his duets with Connee Boswell and many with The Andrews Sisters. As for my favourite movies, I'd say High Society, The Emperor Waltz and  Here Comes the Groom.

You're only as young as you feel. Today I feel like I am 101!

Bing's duets with Connee Boswell were amazing!
 

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