Again we have a packed magazine for you with articles that cover many facets of Bing’s life. We go from his childhood in Spokane through to his final years and beyond. One of the highlights is a lengthy interview Greg Van Beek conducted by phone with our honorary member Regis Philbin. As Greg discovered, Regis has nothing but high praise for our man and this publication
It is a real pleasure to report that our Honorary President, Kathryn Crosby, has been performing again in New York. Martin McQuade was there and has sent us a report on what seems to have been a very enjoyable evening. We have an interesting article about Harry Crosby and there is news of Bing’s grandson Phil Jr. and of his nephew Chris Crosby. An important legal case involving the Crosby family has been settled and the details are given in this issue.
Many of you have been asking about Gary Giddins’ second volume about Bing and we have an update for you. All of the regular contributors are with us again with the exception of Gord Atkinson who will be back in the summer. Martin McQuade has uncovered a hitherto unknown short film featuring baseball legend Ted Williams and Bing which can be viewed on the Internet.
A suggestion was made some issues ago that we were not having enough articles catering for collectors and in this issue we have a major contribution from Crosby Collector extraordinaire, John Newton, as well as a look at 78rpm collecting in Australia.
Plenty to write about in “Bing on the Box” this time but sadly the obituaries section of the magazine remains enlarged as contemporaries of Bing pass on.
Our front and back covers show Bing when he was filming Emperor Waltz. Now that’s a film that would look good in the Blu-ray format!
Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor
This 56 page glossy 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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CONTENTS OF THE SPRING ISSUE
Secretary / Treasurer’s Report
If Music Be the Food of Love, Play On
Road to happiness - Me and my MBA
Bing Crosby – The Truth behind the Legend
Straight Down the Middle
Tony Jacobs - The Bing Crosby Years
A Conversation with Regis Philbin
Books ‘n’ Bing
Bing’s First Wife Denied His Publicity Rights
The Look of Love
Walt’s First Park
One Sweet Letter from You
Ken Crossland’s “Crosbyana”
John Newton - Crosby Collector
Record Collectors’ Nightmares
Bing on the Box
Once in a While
The Way We Were