Welcome to our diamond anniversary party! Amazing to think that the year has arrived when the International Club Crosby can boast 75 consecutive years as an organization and Greg Van Beek looks back at the origins of the U.S. Club Crosby in this issue. In addition, we have a very special audio CD we’ll be offering exclusively to our members, details of which can be found in this magazine.
There has been a lot happening since our last issue. We have reports on a major Crosby event in Los Angeles, a Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival in Spokane and the long-awaited showing of the 1960 baseball film in Pittsburgh. There is news of a most important donation of recordings by Universal Music Group to the Library of Congress. Interesting information is supplied about Bing’s albums “Hey Jude, Hey Bing” and “The Great Country Hits” and a Frank Capra season in London has encouraged us to look again at the two films Bing made with Capra.
The Bing ‘N’ Bowie duet seems to gather as much publicity for Bing as almost anything else nowadays and it has spawned two different adaptations in recent months as you will read in this edition.
Bing’s niece, Carolyn Schneider, continues to be busy publicising her uncle and there have been a number of significant radio interviews featuring Mary Crosby Brodka, Robert Bader, Gary Giddins and Ken Crossland which we describe.
It is very pleasing to note the plethora of Crosby movies which have been seen in the USA and the UK in recent months. The arrival of White Christmas on Blu-ray has been widely welcomed and you will read in an expanded “Keeping Track” of many new albums, some of which are being made available solely as downloads. We have come a long way since our formation 75 years ago when all we had to concern ourselves with was our 78s!
All the regulars are here too. Keith Parkinson in his Celluloid Crosby section looks at High Society and he continues his A-Z of Bing’s movies. Gord Atkinson tells of his days with the early Club Crosby branch in Canada and Bing on the Box has a comprehensive review of Bing’s recent appearances on TV and radio.
This magazine is a ‘must’ for the serious Crosby supporter.
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