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