As we head into the Christmas
it will be great to hear Bing’s voice all over the place and on the
always annoys us Crosby supporters that the general public knows so
about the rest of Der Bingle’s vast repertoire but let’s be grateful
Christmas recordings are so popular and help to keep his legacy alive
thriving, even in these strange times as we battle the dreadful virus.
We had a minor panic with
our last issue as one of the eight parcels dispatched to Perry went
Fortunately we had sufficient spares due to the requirement of a
print run to replace the missing parcel. However it did mean that about
members were a little late in getting their magazine.
was with great sadness that we received the
news of the passing of our honorary member Regis Philbin. A life-long
fan, Regis was constantly mentioning Bing in his dealings with the
have a more detailed obituary later in this edition.
There’s a tremendous variety
of material in this issue, ranging from Bing’s early days until his
performance at the London Palladium. Anton considers some less
Christmas recordings by The Groaner, Chris Hammond looks in detail at
John Bassett finds a “time capsule” and David Lobosco examines a 1956
Richard Baker has something to review in Keeping Track at last, Ken
Crossland has some beautiful
memories and Martin McQuade talks about the output of BCP (you’ll have
his article to find out who they were!). Jeremy Rose reviews a rarely
1975 album and we give details of a long forgotten film song. There is
research into Bing’s radio work in 1931/32 plus a lot more. Plenty for
read over the holidays.
I wish you all the best for
Christmas and the New Year. Stay safe!
Macfarlane - Editor
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