25/10/2021 6:45 pm  #1


NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME

Sepia, as always, is issuing another great CD of Bing Crosby radio material...

https://bingfan03.blogspot.com/2021/10/new-cd-release-bing-crosby-guest-star.html

More info will be in the next issue of Bing from the ICC...

Tracks info is:

Disc 1:

On Treasure Island
I’m Hummin’, I’m Whistlin’, I’m Singin’
Love in Bloom
Straight from the Shoulder
This Can’t Be Love
I Have Eyes
Don’t Let That Moon Get Away
I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams
Small Fry
Frenesi
My Melancholy Baby
The Birth of the Blues
My Old Kentucky Home
Winter Wonderland
Be Careful, It’s My Heart
Moonlight Becomes You
As Time Goes By
Old Glory
It Ain’t Necessarily So
You’ll Never Know
Memphis Blues
Basin Street Blues / Shine / The Birth of the Blues
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
If You Please
She’s from Missouri
Sunday, Monday or Always
Dixie
Pennies from Heaven
I’ll Get By
Easter Parade
With a Song in My Heart
Long Ago (and Far Away)
Amor

Disc 2:

Swinging on a Star
Poinciana
San Fernando Valley
Parody Medley
Going My Way
Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral
You’re a Grand Old Flag
De Camptown Races
Home on the Range
When You Were Sweet Sixteen / The Band Played On
God Bless America
You Belong to My Heart
Red River Valley
Haunted Heart
The Bells of St. Mary’s
Buttons and Bows
A Little Bird Told Me
Road to Morocco
Friendly Mountains
Get Yourself a Phonograph
I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
The Kiss in Your Eyes
O Sanctissima
Ida, Sweet as Apple Cider
St. Louis Blues
Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie
The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
America the Beautiful
Sam’s Song
Anytime
To See You Is to Love You
Way Back Home
 

 

07/12/2021 5:38 pm  #2


Re: NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME

If anyone has hesitated to get this latest Sepia CD, I think you should buy it. It's a wonderful CD issue and some real gems on here. I recommend it!

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09/12/2021 1:41 am  #3


Re: NEW CD: BING CROSBY - GUEST STAR TIME

As Bing sings - At MyTime of Life - (87) who do I leave all my CD’s etc to? My brother certainly isn’t interested and my nephews and nieces aren’t or their children. A visit to the local Council library is on the agenda.

 

09/12/2021 9:51 pm  #4


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Ron Field wrote:

As Bing sings - At MyTime of Life - (87) who do I leave all my CD’s etc to? My brother certainly isn’t interested and my nephews and nieces aren’t or their children. A visit to the local Council library is on the agenda.

I have my collection going to fellow collectors. I checked into libraries and sometimes they are forgotten there. 

There are young collectors coming up that are starting from the beginning of collecting.
 

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16/2/2022 11:34 pm  #5


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I suppose it was thanks to old collectors of Bing who must have died that I was able to find so many Bing albums in used record stores in the '70's and '80s.  It must have been the relatives that sold the records to used record stores, I'm sure those original Bing fans must have been turning over in their graves if they had known their precious collections were given away.  It'll be the same story with me when I drift off into that big Philco Radio Time in the sky as all my "kin folk" don't understand my being a fan of Bing either.   Well, I suppose if I have to go one day 100 years from now it's better that future Bing fans get them than if they were simply tossed into the trash!   Now then I'd really be spinning in my grave.

 

17/2/2022 12:45 pm  #6


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Archiefit wrote:

I suppose it was thanks to old collectors of Bing who must have died that I was able to find so many Bing albums in used record stores in the '70's and '80s.  It must have been the relatives that sold the records to used record stores, I'm sure those original Bing fans must have been turning over in their graves if they had known their precious collections were given away.  It'll be the same story with me when I drift off into that big Philco Radio Time in the sky as all my "kin folk" don't understand my being a fan of Bing either.   Well, I suppose if I have to go one day 100 years from now it's better that future Bing fans get them than if they were simply tossed into the trash!   Now then I'd really be spinning in my grave.

You can always put me in your will. I take record donations!

My wife says before I am ready to die, to put stickers on my records and CDs that are worth money for when she sells them. Just to be mean, I may put them on the wrong LPs! HAHA
 

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10/4/2022 4:41 am  #7


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Archiefit wrote:

I suppose it was thanks to old collectors of Bing who must have died that I was able to find so many Bing albums in used record stores in the '70's and '80s.  It must have been the relatives that sold the records to used record stores, I'm sure those original Bing fans must have been turning over in their graves if they had known their precious collections were given away.  It'll be the same story with me when I drift off into that big Philco Radio Time in the sky as all my "kin folk" don't understand my being a fan of Bing either.   Well, I suppose if I have to go one day 100 years from now it's better that future Bing fans get them than if they were simply tossed into the trash!   Now then I'd really be spinning in my grave.

I don't know whether this has also been anyone else's experience but in my case, it was the 1980's when, as with Archiefit, I was buying (and in my case "buying in" during my time when working at a couple of record shops) quite a lot of Bing on both newly released LP compilations and second hand LP albums, that I never ceased to be amazed at the often outstanding,  pristine physical quality of the latter. It would as part of my job to sort through all sorts of different collections.

The contrast between the condition of both the cover sleeves and discs (choose almost any eighties pop solo singer or band album) and Bing's would almost invariably be far, far superior, having so obviously been treated in the long term with far more care. Many of these would appear not that far removed from having just plopped off their original production/pressing lines. Original pressings of  "A Couple of Song and Dance Men" "Bing 'n Basie" and "A Southern Memoir"  spring immediately to mind.
 

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12/5/2022 11:21 pm  #8


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I know I have some of those songs from several different albums of Bing I've bought in the past.  It's very tempting to buy yet more Bing but for now I'm trying to control myself.

 

13/5/2022 12:03 am  #9


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Yes, I know the feeling. I'm finding at least a little restraint can come with age. Space can also eventually become something which has to be considered (although quite when that will be, goodness only knows).

My late, beloved and dear paternal grandfather and I shared an enthusiasm for most things Bing - but he drew the line at Pete Moore's later arrangements (" … that band!!") which I love. I remember him once telling me thirty-five years ago, quite seriously, albeit affectionately … that he thought I'd now, "got enough records". Oh grandad, if only you could see it all, today!

Years ago, I once heard UK broadcaster Danny Baker in conversation and responded to a radio guest (who'd also been told the same thing) by saying, "How on earth can anyone have enough books and records???"

Amen to that. 

 

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13/5/2022 12:35 am  #10


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Well, I must admit in the past 4 or 5 years I've cut back on buying the sort of thing I would always buy.  CDs, DVDs, doo-dads that had something to do with any of the great singers we like or movie people I like that I'd "decorate" the house with.   But after looking around I realized I had literally run out of any more space to put the stuff.  I still will see things I'd like to buy but then I think, Where am I going to put it?   That seems to be the spoiling question that stops my impulse buying.   Unless I want to start putting things in storage I have stopped buying (for the most part) I still will buy, once in a great while a DVD or a CD I can't resist, but nowhere near like I used to.  Since I like to actually see my stuff I'm not buying it for a storage unit, that doesn't make sense to me.  If I can't enjoy it what's the point in buying.

Also aside from nowhere else to put it all (unless I want to throw out a bunch of VHS tapes, which I can't bear) I'm also not getting any younger.   Even movies or shows I once would have recorded I don't bother recording anymore.  I'll just watch it and that's good enough.  I have videos recorded almost 40 years ago and may have seen just a few of them again since.  So anything new I record I wouldn't live long enough to see it again in 20 or 30 years.  Age and space are the cruel realites that hit and in the end are the only reasons to stop collecting. https://cdn.boardhost.com/emoticons/normal.png
 

 

13/5/2022 1:08 am  #11


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This is all very true. So much of this I can relate to. I'm fortunate in having quite a lot of room in the house for these things but yes, with age I do now pause before purchasing and consider a little more, first. What I will say is that other than two or three single item exceptions, I do not consciously "collect". I have ended up with a collection over the years but I view this as different for having acquired things for the sake of it.

Twenty years ago, a then twenty-five year old work colleague of my better half's was staying with us for a few months, as he was at rather a crossroads in his life. He took quite an interest in my collection and actually (very kindly) created a catalogue database for my hundreds of VHS tapes (the hundreds of home recorded ones - now mostly disposed of - with more soon to be shed).

Old Bing was a bit too much of a vintage stretch for him but he was curious over my Sinatra record collection but was most puzzled as to why I had nothing of Frank's recordings pre-1953 (I do how have an expanded "ten inch" reissue on CD from 1950) . I explained this period didn't interest me enough to warrant owning any of it. He answered but surely to "complete" the collection, they would be worth owning, "just to have". He remained unconvinced. 

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13/5/2022 1:57 am  #12


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You may have meant that you were unconvinced (of his reason to own all of Sinatra "just to have").   Like you I don't have any pre-Capitol Frankie other than a Columbia Christmas album (not a CD)  as I'm not interested either.   I can't say the same for early Bing for I do have it but unfortunately it seems it was "just to have" as I almost never listen.  Bought it when I was younger, today I doubt I'd do the same.

 

13/5/2022 12:02 pm  #13


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Archiefit wrote:

You may have meant that you were unconvinced (of his reason to own all of Sinatra "just to have").   Like you I don't have any pre-Capitol Frankie other than a Columbia Christmas album (not a CD)  as I'm not interested either.   I can't say the same for early Bing for I do have it but unfortunately it seems it was "just to have" as I almost never listen.  Bought it when I was younger, today I doubt I'd do the same.

I have room at my house to gather anyone's collection that they want to will for me. HAHA! I've cut back on my purchases lately, but by cutting down does not mean I stopped buying. I have really cut down on buying 78s and LPs. 

Like you both, I prefer the Sinatra from the 1950s on. I do have some Columbia sets that I got at gifts but I rarely ever play them. 
 

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17/5/2022 10:55 pm  #14


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"I, Ian Kerstein being of admittedly questionable sound mind and judgement hereby on death, donate my entire collection of books, LPs, CDs, DVDs, VHS and tape cassettes to Mr David Lobosco of Pennsylvania, USA. However, you are all instructed to turn to page four of this document, as those present are requested to note the affixed legally binding clause obliging the beneficiary, despite his above protestations of plentiful storage capacity, to accept the deceased's entire and endless accompanying and unidentified non-Bing articles (all formats as per listed above), without the benefit of any considerations directed towards Mr Lobosco's dwelling space, sanity, future marital status and general well being."

… yes, Francis Albert's mature swinging and ballad-plumbed emotional depths don't quite fully emerge until 1953, right gang?

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20/5/2022 12:20 am  #15


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Archiefit wrote:

You may have meant that you were unconvinced (of his reason to own all of Sinatra "just to have").   Like you I don't have any pre-Capitol Frankie other than a Columbia Christmas album (not a CD)  as I'm not interested either.   I can't say the same for early Bing for I do have it but unfortunately it seems it was "just to have" as I almost never listen.  Bought it when I was younger, today I doubt I'd do the same.

You may well be right, Archiefit but what I was clumsily trying to say was that after our little chat about this, our house guest still remained unconvinced that I was doing the right thing by not just owning all of Frank's earlier recordings, even though they would have remained largely unplayed. I think this was due to him being impressed that I had most of Sinatra's released studio recordings from 1953 to 1994 … plus quite a number of live concerts.

I realise this is increasingly wavering ever more “off topic” (I'm hoping to at least partially redeem myself at the end of this, though) - but with regard to these concerts, I have two very long term friends (a married couple) who affectionately and lovingly tease me (along now with their teenage twin boys) over how many versions of Frank singing the same song do I need?

I laughingly try to explain (and once attempted to demonstrate by playing) the merits and differences of each performance, their interpretation and Sinatra's attitude and mood within each concert. However and inevitably, all I ended up doing was sounding increasingly mad and obsessional the longer I tried to explain and the more we all just laughed.

The husband also loves to make deliberately provocative statements about (his perceived) Frank's (and Bing's) lack of relevance, now. The biggest laugh and satisfaction I ever received with all of this, was when his wife once very quietly telephoned me for advice as to which Sinatra album it should be, as he was now showing keen interest in one for Christmas!!!!

That was almost twenty years ago. Maybe in another decade, she'll quietly delegate herself once again to consult with me over a seasonal collection by the Christmas Crosby himself? Hopes for Bing always spring eternal. I have the perfect album in mind … 
 

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Yesterday 2:00 am  #16


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Well, I don't know.  Those sound like pretty jerky "friends" to me.  When someone is serious about a passion a friend shouldn't make fun of it.  If that happens to me I dismiss their comments and don't consider them a friend.  They're free to like what they want and so am I.  You don't need to try to justify yourself to anyone.  Don't bother, they're not worth it.  You'll probably disagree, but I guess I just don't value friendship as much as you. 

 

Yesterday 2:39 am  #17


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Archiefit wrote:

Well, I don't know.  Those sound like pretty jerky "friends" to me.  When someone is serious about a passion a friend shouldn't make fun of it.  If that happens to me I dismiss their comments and don't consider them a friend.  They're free to like what they want and so am I.  You don't need to try to justify yourself to anyone.  Don't bother, they're not worth it.  You'll probably disagree, but I guess I just don't value friendship as much as you. 

Thanks for you faithfully fighting my corner, Archiefit - but they really are genuine, deeply devoted and extremely close friends. They are only kidding me because my musical tastes are viewed by most who know me as an integral (albeit "quirky") part of my make up. It's an English habit to show the love for someone by affectionately  ribbing them over a difference. Think Bing and Bob.

The Christmas album I'd recommend if ever the occasion presented itself would be Bing's 1962 "I Wish You a Merry Christmas" which surely must count as one of his very best long players? The combination of Bob Thompson's arrangements and that resonant mature voice of Bing and the perfectly pitched choir make it a shimmering Christmas treat each year. It gives me goose bumps at each listen.

I first heard and owned an edited 1977 UK vinyl edition at aged sixteen and the season has never been the same since. Towards the end of my tenure running an independent record store, I was then delighted to discover some more songs from the original sessions which had been omitted from my old LP and subsequently featured with the rest of the tracks on an a Crosby Christmas EMI compilation CD. 

So Christmas came twice that year!

All I need now is an immaculate stereo pressing of the original vinyl and I'll die a happy man (well, after a more than few further Christmases, hopefully). 


 

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Yesterday 2:54 am  #18


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I have a vinyl album of that '62 Christmas lp (bought before CDs were invented) but mine is the later version with the cover showing a piano and a picture of Bing on it where music would normally be read.  The original LP had that painting of Bing in a Santa suit.  Since then I have bought 2 versions of the CD, the early one and the later one that featured a lot of extra songs not found on the LP.   If I did have the original LP and that painted Bing I'd hang it up on the wall each Christmas.   Other than that, I'm happy with the music most of all.

 

Yesterday 3:12 am  #19


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That's the same piano cover LP version I first bought! 
Wherever I am (even if balancing atop a step ladder, decoratively trimming), I always come to a sudden halt when I first hear, "Sleigh Bells ring, are ya' Listenin' …?

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Yesterday 10:40 pm  #20


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Hope you've had a chance to listen to my Christmas shows I've done the past couple years.  I'm talking about the shows where I feature a Gildersleeve Christmas episode and a whole lot of Christmas music before and after Gildersleeve.   And you know on my Christmas Sounds Like Radio you are guaranteed to hear a goodly share of Bing.   Normally with Holiday shows I do I take them down after a few weeks past the holiday.  But I've left all my Christmas shows up all year long for those folks that may want to have Christmas in July or some such thing.  Personally, I never listen to Christmas music till the last couple weeks of November and then all thru Dec. till the first week of Jan.  After that it's another wait till the following November to return to Christmas music. 

This reminds me.  Has anyone bothered to check out the Bing Internet radio site?   They used to be late in switching from 24 hour a day Christmas Bing to regular Bing.  But this year it's gone beyond ridiculous.  They are STILL playing 24 hour a day Christmas Bing and it's already near the end of May!   Do they no longer have anyone at all in charge of their music place?  Or are they purposely now only playing Christmas music all year long?  I haven't listened to them since December as in case they haven't noticed Christmas is over.  So I don't get it, I hope they wake up and realize Christmas is long past. 

This is especially important to fight the popular image of those of simpler minds who already think that Bing is only good for singing White Christmas.  I've tried on my shows to purposely play a variety of Bing songs just to wake people up who don't know it that Bing sang 100s and 100s of songs besides Christmas songs.  For the Bing site to play nothing but Christmas Bing only reinforces this false imaging.  I'd think they more than anyone would want people to realize this.
 

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