A fascinating variety of articles awaits you in this issue. Greg Van Beek has provided our front cover and the back cover originated from Arthur Blood who sadly passed away in January.
The main talking point in recent months has been the wonderful new book from Gary Giddins and we have a number of reviews of this. Gary has promoted his masterpiece very heavily indeed and I do hope the sales are going well because we badly want a volume 3. Have you got your copy yet?
In this issue David Lobosco examines Top O’ the Morning, a film that has not been reviewed in Celluloid Crosby before, probably because of the difficulty of actually seeing a copy. Thankfully TCM showed it in March, the first time it has been seen on TV since 1998.
In an article I found in the archives, I recall the memorable time that Bing’s butler, Alan Fisher, visited our Leeds meeting in 2000 and Ken Crossland discovers how Crosby collectors shared their recordings in years gone by. Martin McQuade has contributed several diverse articles and Graham Pascoe continues to amaze me with his knowledge of the Australian scene.
Richard Baker has had a struggle to find new Bing releases but at least he does have the excellent “Holiday in Europe” CD to consider this time. We owe a huge debt to Richard Tay of Sepia Records for his ongoing efforts to issue Crosby CDs at a time when CD sales everywhere are falling. Streaming has become the norm for younger folks but this development helped the Crosby cause around Christmas time because it resulted in Bing appearing in the best-seller charts again.
Do please read Michael Crampton’s report carefully because we shall need to take decisions for the future of the club later this year. Jeremy Rose and I have had some success in raising some funds for the club from the collections of Gwen Harvey and John Norris Wood but it was very hard work and not something we should like to repeat too often.
Malcolm Macfarlane - Editor
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CONTENTS OF THE SPRING ISSUE
Secretary / Treasurer's report
750+ Visitors at the Bing Crosby Theater
Bing back in the charts
Bing, The Early Years
Going My Way in Warrington
The Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar
London Palladium honours stars with wall of fame
A Bel Canto Baritone Named Bing Crosby
“No man is a hero to his valet”
“Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical”
Maybe Bing deserves a Spokane birthday bash
250,000 Americans won’t be home for Christmas
The Crosby Building
The Harasen Line
Books ‘N’ Bing
The Swinging Star
Nothing but blue skies
Conversations with Gary Giddins
Der Bingle Dialogues
How I learned to love ‘White Christmas’
On the road with Paul Whiteman
One Sweet Letter from You
Ken Crossland’s Crosbyana
Bing: An American Institution
A Note from Australia
Bing on the Box
Once in a While
The Way We