BING158.jpgOur diamond anniversary party continues with another packed issue and there’s another interesting mixed bag for you this time around.

There is an update on the Collectors’ Choice Music situation and there is good news about Kathryn Crosby’s continuing recovery from injuries received in a serious auto accident. Bing Crosby Enterprises, in order to mark Bing’s 108th birthday on May 3rd, unveiled a newly revamped BingCrosby.com website with much useful information, including photo, audio, and video archives. Richard Baker has a more detailed review.

John Newton is back with an article about Bing’s “B” masters (you’ll have to read it to find out what they were) and Martin McQuade celebrates the centenary of Ronald Reagan’s birth with a look at the overlaps between him and Der Bingle. As we continue to enjoy our club’s 75th anniversary, Greg Van Beek completes his account of the development of Club Crosby and I chime in with some background on the International Crosby Circle.

In May, I went to the USA to research the book on Rosemary Clooney being prepared by Ken Crossland and me. In the process I met many people – including Nick Clooney and Rich Little – who had very nice things to say about Bing as you will read in this issue. In addition, we have tracked down one of the Bob Mitchell Boys Choir – Tony Butala (later of The Lettermen) – and we also take a look at Mildred Bailey, who played an important part in Bing’s early career.

All of the regular features are in place. Keith Parkinson describes Bing’s Hollywood, Ken Crossland considers the recent releases on CD and other formats, Gord Atkinson remembers a very special anniversary cake for Bing and as usual we have some great letters from members. There is plenty more too. 

The front cover is displayed here and the picture on our back cover has been provided by Greg Van Beek and shows Bing and Anissa (‘Buffy’) Jones in the ABC-TV presentation Feelin’ Groovy at Marine World broadcast on February 15, 1969.

 

                                                Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor

 

The magazine continues to be essential reading for the serious Crosby supporter and order your copy of the magazine now by calling Wig Wiggins on (703) 241-5608 or by e-mailing the Editor.

 

 

 

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