BING #180

It was typical that, having bemoaned the lack of new releases, the large Time Life DVD collection appeared whilst the previous magazine was in the process of being printed. We did manage to include a “Stop Press” item which hopefully alerted you all to what has unfortunately turned out to be a costly and rather controversial set. I wonder if we really should have kept quiet because the advertising was somewhat misleading in view of the severe editing of many of the shows. Richard Baker reviews it for us in Keeping Track. A pleasant surprise for us though is the release of “Holiday in Europe” by Sepia Records. I only became aware of this CD in the later stages of its development but I was able to suggest that one of the rehearsal tracks recorded in the UK in 1960 be included.

Gary Giddins’ excellent new book is now available and Ken Crossland discusses it in his Crosbyana section. It’s a book you just can’t put down and anyone interested in Bing should read it. Also, Howard Crosby and Bob Ferguson have put together a very interesting article about Bing and the family, Ron McBride shares some rare photos from the Edsel show and all the regular contributors are here too including Jeremy Rose who examines “A Little Bit of Irish”. David Lobosco remembers the film of Pennies from Heaven.

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I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor


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Secretary / Treasurer's report

Wayne Martin (1930-2018)

The Gwen Harvey Collection

Bing Crosby Holiday Film Festival

An Invitation to the San Fernando Valley

Going My Way in Warrington

Opening of Del Mar is a cool summer treat

Richie Sambora channels Bing Crosby

What’s playing at the Roxy?

Bing ‘n’ Basie: A Missed Opportunity
The Edsel Show
The Harasen Line
Trading Post
Books ‘N’ Bing
Uncle Bing and Our Family
Celluloid Crosby

A Little Bit of Irish

Bing’s Buildings

Never Forget to Remember

One Sweet Letter from You
Ken Crossland’s Crosbyana

The Churchillian Sweep of Crosby’s Life
A Note from Australia
Bing on the Box
Once in a While
Gord Atkinson’s ‘The Crosby Years’
The Way We Were
Keeping Track
Legacy: In the Key of Bing