congratulations and gratitude are due to Bing Crosby Enterprises and Robert
Bader in particular for the tremendous exposure Bing obtained in the run-up to
last Christmas. Much of this focused on the superb PBS documentary Bing Crosby Rediscovered but the many
new DVD and CD releases plus a special Crosby Christmas Internet Radio channel
added to the impact. I cannot speak too highly about the PBS documentary. It’s
just what was needed to help re-launch Bing’s name.
Bing enjoyed his usual seasonal renaissance
in December and it was good to see being shown
at for a historic on and .
This issue of BING magazine rightly gives pride of place to a
consideration of the PBS documentary but in addition
Greg Van Beek has an unusual offer for you in his
article. All the regulars are there as usual and we also have interesting
contributions from ICC members Anton
Garcia-Fernandez, Perry Huntoon, Bruce Hanson and Roger Schore.
Michael, our Secretary / Treasurer, highlights possible
future financial problems for the ICC in his article. The British Sinatra Music
Society appears to be facing the same challenges. However they are still
holding their annual convention whilst we are making this year our last
official annual dinner / meeting in the UK. Something we lack which our Sinatra
friends have in abundance are local groups which meet regularly but without the
expense of an elaborate meal. Very difficult to arrange in the USA because of
the vast distances involved but perhaps it’s something that could be considered
in the UK to replace the Leeds meeting.
In BING #167, John Newton told us
about the rare Kraft Music Hall material he had purchased and he has kindly
released this to be put on a CD by JSP Records. The
ICC is purchasing a supply of 250 copies of the CD for issue to members at
advantageous prices and we hope that members will strongly support this
venture. It’s a fascinating CD with the younger Bing in excellent voice. Our
thanks go, not only to John Newton, but also to Geoff Milne who spent many
hours mastering the tracks for us.
Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor
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CONTENTS OF THE SPRING ISSUE
In Memory of Marie
“White Christmas” back in the charts
Bing Crosby House
The 9th Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival
to Bing Crosby
Spotify Has More Than
900,000 Xmas Songs
– In Front Royal, Virginia
Books ‘N’ Bing
Confessions of a
Letter from You
Ken Crossland’s “Crosbyana”
Bing on the
Once in a
Gord Atkinson’s “The Crosby Years”
The Way We
Bing Crosby Way