This issue has a variety of articles
for your consideration. Greg Van Beek highlights the
tenth anniversary of the Hofstra conference about Bing, there is an in-depth
report on the Leeds meeting from Bob Halls and a fascinating Bing-related
letter from a US soldier in France in 1944. We reprint Lionel Pairpoint’s examination of the Christmas Sing with Bing series and all the regular contributors
are well in evidence too. Keith Parkinson looks at White Christmas and Gord Atkinson recalls
an amusing incident with Bing. Sadly we have an obituary for Andy Williams, who
was one of our honorary members. The Letters page is particularly interesting
this time as we have responses to the detailed independent appraisal of the
seen in the last issue. Our front cover shows a scene from High Society and the back cover has been specially designed by
Crosby stalwart Arthur Blood.
We do not have any news from Bing
Crosby Enterprises or Gary Giddins but you will find information about a new
Bing release from Sepia Records in this issue. This ‘twofer’ CD containing the
LPs of “Say One for Me” and “The Road to Hong Kong” should be available late in
January. Sepia is also planning to issue a CD of some of Bing’s songs from the
Kraft Music Hall which he never recorded commercially in May 2013 and they hope
to follow up later in the year with a CD of songs from Bing’s shows for the
Armed Forces Radio Service (Command Performance, Mail Call etc.).
And finally, may I remind you that BingCrosby.com continues to add fascinating items to
its site and it’s well worth taking the time to sit down to watch and listen to
the contents of the video and audio vaults. Wonderful stuff!
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