BING CROSBY ENTERTAINS

 

THE MAKERS OF WOODBURY FACIAL SOAP PRESENT BING CROSBY

 

In the search for details of Bing Crosby’s radio appearances, the Woodbury Soap programmes have proved more difficult to unravel than the secrets of the Sphinx.  Three complete shows from the series plus an odd song, survive but despite countless hours, hunting through scores of reels of microfilm and approaching every possible source for information, the contents of a great proportion of the broadcasts remain unknown. Having sailed through the, relatively, few programmes, that comprised the ‘Music That Satisfies’ series, the reasons for this sudden paucity of data has been frustrating, to say the least but I still have the feeling that somewhere, perhaps some small town newspaper may hold those ‘lost’ secrets which have eluded us. 

In my possession, is a yellowing clipping from an unidentified journal {the only indication of its source is a reference to ‘Stations WHAS and WKRC’ (Louisville? Cincinnati?) which furnished full details for Programme No.15}.  It may be possible that these writings will access a larger audience than we have previously enjoyed and so, I make this appeal to readers in the USA to select just one or two dates for which we have drawn blanks and consult their local libraries.  Do not be deflected by the footnotes to Programmes Nos.3, 70 and particularly, No.72 which suggest that Bing (if he had not already done so!) was ‘finding his feet’ professionally and was making his feelings known, in certain matters.  The orchestra and other artistes might still have welcomed a set agenda for rehearsals! Meanwhile, it is hoped that it will be sufficient to say that it has been considered pointless to annotate the programmes, ‘details unknown’ or ‘further details unknown’.  You can be assured that every scrap of information that, so far, has been uncovered is contained herein.

 

boswELL5June 2003 – Since writing the above, directly due to the kind offices of Wig Wiggins and Michael Feinstein, plus a little nagging from Malcolm Macfarlane and more particularly, with the gracious permission of Kathryn Crosby, to whom we are especially indebted, a quantity of further information has now come to light, in the form of scripts (some of them annotated in Bing’s own handwriting), together with timing sheets, details of some commercials and comedy routines.

A gross oversight must be corrected, immediately.  The series for Woodbury had a title. This was, quite simply, ‘Bing Crosby Entertains’.  Unfortunately, the compiler had been too bleary-eyed (or just plain dumb!), to recognise the significance of a slogan that had stared him in the face, on several occasions, during years of perusing microfilm of the newspapers of the day.

But naturally, things are never quite as straightforward as they might appear.  Puzzles and pitfalls lie in wait and at first sight, it might be considered fortunate that we have the benefit of being able to hear two complete shows that have appeared on microgroove issues and comparing them with these documents.

The first of these is the first show for the second season (No.34).  This has been represented on two microgroove issues, (Spokane 1 - ‘Bing Crosby - On The Air’ and on Totem LP1008 - ‘Bing Crosby - On The Air’). There are no less than four scripts/cue sheets for this programme, all written by Claude Binyon.  (Some indication of Binyon’s lengthy association with Bing Crosby can be checked by reference to Fred Reynolds’ book ‘The Road To Hollywood’). 

These papers are dated up to six weeks before the actual broadcast and to the layman, the cues seem so painstakingly, explicit, as to border on ‘insulting’ to a thirty-one year-old singer with some 250 radio appearances behind him .  For example, ‘Orchestral number with Bing singing only one chorus – and that chorus should be followed by at least 32 instrumental bars to give Bing a chance to catch his breath before speaking’!

Had we not had the aural reference, the problem would have been that no titles are given to the orchestral items and there is no mention of the Boswell Sisters.  Two of the scripts are virtually identical and for the musical items, Binyon has left gaps and merely typed ‘Number 1 - Song by Bing and Orchestra’ or ‘Number 4 – Orchestra Number’ etc., and it obvious that, at this date, the scriptwriter had no indication that either the Boswell Sisters or Georgie Stoll Orchestra would be involved.  A third, undated copy, is almost a complete rewrite that was not used.

However, the fourth script appears to have passed through Bing’s hands and we must surmise that the same disagreements, regarding the show’s theme song that arose in the first series, (See press quote from ‘Variety’ – Programme No.3), surfaced again, in the new season.

The opening page, reads as follows: ‘MUSIC: Few bars of new theme – Bing and Orchestra’.  The words ‘new theme’ have been ruthlessly (?) struck out and Bing has inserted, ‘Blue of Night’ – ‘16 Bars’!  It is possible that the sponsors might have preferred, ‘Beautiful Lady’, the number that was regularly played by the orchestra, as a lead-in to commercials. There is still no mention of Connie, Vet and Martha but the introduction for the Georgie Stoll Orchestra is written exactly as broadcast.  That is, with exception of just one deleted line, ‘Listen to the boys who have been a sensation on the Shell Oil program’.  No free plugs from the sponsors of Woodbury Soap!

Amid a confusing jumble of pencilled arrows and crossing out, the crooner was, apparently, also scheduled to sing, ‘Straight from the Shoulder (Right from the Heart)’ and ‘Someday Sweetheart’.  It seems feasible that these songs were shelved to accommodate the Boswells’ appearances and both were to be used later, on Programme No.36.  In complete contrast, the other complete show of which we have indisputable audio evidence is Programme No.60 (Microgroove issues on Avenue International AV.INT1018 - ‘Bing Crosby At His Extra Speciale’ and Spokane 12 - ‘Bing In The Thirties’).  This is virtually word for word as scripted, excepting the deletion of a single page of excruciatingly, unfunny dialogue with guest, Charlie Irwin.

Almost all of the second series for Woodbury Soap is represented in the mass of papers, together with a few programmes from the first series. Details of these latter shows (Nos.21, 22, 26 and 27) should be the most authentic, having been compiled in retrospect, as timing sheets, either from a rehearsal or, more probably, from the actual broadcast.

To illustrate, here is an example from Programme No. 22 of 12th March 1934:

 

MARCH 12/34

 

ORCHESTRA: FANFARE, SHORT ANNOUNCEMENT, BLUE OF THE NIGHT                     0:25

 

BING CROSBY: 8 BARS PIGGY                                                                                                   0:37

 

ANNOUNCEMENT:                                                                                                                      0:50

 

CROSBY: LOVE LOCKED OUT    (2:17)                                                                                     3:07

 

ORCHESTRA: SPIN A LITTLE WEB OF DREAMS (3:03)                                                          6:10

 

THEME AND COMMERCIAL (1:00)                                                                                            7:10

 

CROSBY AND MILLS BROTHERS: NAGASACKI (Sic) (1:50)                                                  9:00

 

ORCHESTRA: YOU OUGHTA BE IN PICTURES (1:45)                                                            10.45

 

CROSBY: THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET (2:50)                                                       13:35

 

THEME AND DRAMATISED COMMERCIAL (2:15)                                                                  15:50

 

ORCHESTRA: MOONLIGHT ON THE WATER (2:35)                                                               18:25

 

MILLS BROTHERS: HEAVEN ON A MULE (Sic) (1:25)                                                             19:50

 

ORCHESTRA: SWEET MADNESS (:35)                                                                                      20:25

 

CROSBY: SPINNING WHEEL (Sic) (4.45)                                                                                  25.10

 

THEME AND COMMERCIAL (1:25)                                                                                           26:35

 

CROSBY: CARIOCA (1:40)                                                                                                             28:15

 

THEME AND COMMERCIAL, BLUE OF THE NIGHT, CROSBY,

TAG GOODNIGHT LOVELY LITTLE LADY AND CLOSING (1:15)                                        29:30

 

There is also a handwritten breakdown of aggregate times which reads as follows:

 

CROSBY                    11:32

MILLS BROS                3:15

ORCH                                   7:58

OPEN & CLOSE          2:05

THEME & COMM       4:40                          

                                    29:30

 

A further analytical page is headed, ‘TYPICAL SETUP WOODBURY’S PROGRAM’ and offers the following summary:

 

BING CROSBY (3 songs of about 2:20-3:00)                                  11:00

BOSWELL SISTERS (2 songs of about 2:20-3:00)                            5:30

ORCHESTRA (3 songs of about 2:00-2:30)                                      6:30

OPENING AND CLOSING                                                            2:00

COMMERCIALS                                                                             4:30

                                                                                                        29:30

It should be pointed out that the times shown against Bing’s name would not, accurately, reflect his total contribution, as he would also have been actively involved, in the other four classifications, by way of introductions, ‘lead ins’ and dialogue with Ken Niles. Bearing this in mind, a timing sheet for the show of 16th April 1934 is marked, ‘WITH CROSBY ALONE’.  The time allotted for Bing’s ‘singing’ chores, on this occasion, had increased to a shade under fourteen minutes and required him to sing five songs. 

The Mills Brothers had bowed out on the show immediately preceding this and for the concluding broadcasts of the 1933/34 series, no evidence has come to light of any other guest appearances, suggesting that, apart from the usual couple of orchestral items, he carried these last seven programmes, without other support. Indeed, an edited version of the final broadcast of this first season (No.33), was issued on Fanfare Records LP-40-140 - ‘Great Singers Of The 1930’s - Live Broadcasts’ and the audio evidence contained therein reveals that, on this occasion, he was obliged to sing, six numbers.

Recalling the slight contretemps with the sponsors which was to occur later, in the Kraft Music Hall series, regarding the possible overuse of his talents, the feeling is that this ‘extra’ burden would not have sat too well with Bing and there were indications that he was pressing for ‘guests’ to share the workload.  (Refer to quote from ‘Variety’ following Programme No.72) Significantly, none of the 39 shows that comprised the last season with Woodbury were aired without some form of additional, vocal or instrumental assistance.

It is also noticeable that for the last 16 of these programmes, Bing did not participate in the sometimes, lengthy, commercials.  This duty was mainly taken over by Ken Niles and a ‘Miss Janet Parker’, who is variously described as being from ‘the Woodbury staff’ or, more grandly as, ‘Woodbury’s well-known beauty consultant’.

The specimen timing sheet reproduced above also illustrates the problems encountered by the researcher who may be attempting to identify the correct titles of the songs used. Casual abbreviation was the order of the day and is exemplified by the laconic, ‘8 Bars Piggy’.  In this case, head-scratching is unnecessary as the full title is shown later.  By-passing the misspelling of ‘Nagasacki’, we are then confronted with, ‘Heaven On A Mule’ (‘Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule’) and ‘Spinning Wheel’ (‘The Old Spinning Wheel’) both of which are likely to pose problems when consulting a purely, alphabetical song thesaurus. A few of the instrumental numbers have proved to be difficult to trace and the titles shown in the scripts have been taken, exactly as written.

Although there is still little or no knowledge of half of the programmes that made up the first series for Woodbury, this monumental and unexpected discovery must be considered, a landmark in the chronicling of Bing Crosby’s early career on radio.


WOODBURY 1933-1934 SEASON

The show had a 25.1 rating for the season putting it in 14th. position for evening programs. The highest rated evening program as assessed by the Co-operative Analysis of Broadcasting for the 1933-34 season was the Eddie Cantor show (with a Crossley rating of 50.2) with Rudy Vallee coming in at 39.0.

 

No. 1   16th October 1933  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus and Mary Lou Raymond.

 

*Thanks

*Tomorrow

*The Last Round-Up

 

  Medley:                                                                     Lennie Hayton Orchestra                               

  The Gold Diggers’ Song (We’re In The Money) (Warren)

  The Shadow Waltz (Warren)

  I’ve Got To Sing A Torch Song  (Warren)                                                  

                                                                                                                                                           

(Headline) Bing Crosby Returns To Air - Singer Heard On KHJ Today - Crooner To Preside Over New Feature Event”

Bing Crosby the ace of crooning baritones returns to a regular broadcast schedule over a nation-wide Columbia network with the first of a series of half-hour programmes originating in the studios of KHJ at 5.30 pm.  In the new feature, Crosby will serve as Master of ceremonies and sing, ‘Tomorrow’, ‘Thanks’ and the much played and sung, ‘Last Round-Up’.  His long-time friend, Lennie Hayton, will direct an orchestra and vocal Chorus and offer a piano solo and an orchestral medley from ‘Gold Diggers Of 1933’  Lou (sic) Raymond, eighteen year old Californian songstress who made her network debut recently on ‘California Melodies’ will be the special guest on the inaugural programme”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 16th October 1933)

 

Reviewed Monday, 8.30-9 pm.  Style – Baritone and Orchestra.  Sponsor – John H. Woodbury, Inc.  Station – WABC (CBS network).

“Selling a product to the women must of necessity use a program of definite appeal to them and in Crosby, Woodbury Soap has chosen wisely.  For Bing is in the middle of a brilliant career and the motion picture successes in which he appears add to his strength as a radio draw.  Further, he has not been heard too often of late and his performance is better than ever as to both voice and choice of selections.  On this particular program he neither whistled nor dabbled in his famous impromptu obbligatos.

Lennie Hayton, an able accompanist, arranger and conductor, has always shown a distinctive style about his work and Crosby, through past association, naturally feels at home when Hayton wields the baton or is at the piano.  All of which makes for efficiency.

With Crosby and Hayton is a chorus of mixed voices that comes in occasionally, while a good piece of showmanship was a solo by a feminine vocalist about the middle of the program which seemed to offer the precise bit of relief and contrast.  Hayton also injected some piano parts played by himself for further diversity of the musical end of the half-hour.  Crosby himself offered an excellent selection of ballads, mostly of the romantic type and closed with ‘The Last Round-Up’ for good measure.  Orchestral interludes were well done, smooth and soft, plus plenty of rhythm.

Show originated on the Coast, where Crosby, of course, is making pictures.  Credits, done against a partly faded-out musical background with the theme ‘Beautiful Lady’, leaned towards the lower price of the product and its value as a complexion requisite.  These were not overdone considering the background of Woodbury, which was used by many grandmothers of today when they were girls”

(‘Billboard’ 28th October 1933)

 

No. 2  23rd October 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus and Mary Lou Raymond.

 

*The Day You Came Along

*To Be Or Not To Be In Love

*Goodbye, Love                                

*I Would If I Could But I Can’t

  Lazy Bones (Mercer/Carmichael)                             Lennie Hayton Orchestra & Chorus

  The Peanut Vendor (Simons)                                    Lennie Hayton Orchestra

  Selections from ‘Girl Crazy’                                     Lennie Hayton (Piano)

  Allah’s Holiday (Friml)                                             Lennie Hayton Orchestra

 

“Bing Crosby, dubbed by scribes as ‘the triple threat’ entertainer of radio, stage and screen continues his new Columbia network series from KHJ.  His numbers for the current release are, ‘Day Will Come Along’ (sic), ‘To Be Or Not To Be In Love’, ‘Goodbye Love’ and ‘I Would If I Could But I Can’t’.  The Chorus will sing Lennie Hayton’s special arrangement of ‘Lazybones’ and Hayton will play a medley of numbers from ‘Girl Crazy’

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 23rd October 1933)

 

No. 3  30th October 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Ed Lowry and Joan Marsh.

 

*This Is Romance

*Shame On You

*Three Wishes

*After Sundown

 

“Spice is added to Bing Crosby’s weekly programme over KHJ when Ed Lowry, vaudeville comedian appears as Master of Ceremonies and Joan Marsh is recruited from the motion picture colony to sing a number with radio’s ace crooner an augmented choral ensemble and Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra round out the bill”.

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 30th October 1933) 

 

“Controversy between Bing Crosby and Woodbury Soap over what theme song shall prevail in that commercial Monday night session over CBS, has been settled.  Commercial and its agency, Lennon & Mitchell, yielded to the baritone and henceforth, ‘In (sic) The Blue Of The Night’ stays in the programme and ‘Loveliness’ is out.  Crosby argued that the logical theme for the stanza was ‘Blue Of The Night’, on the grounds that the song had been identified with him ever since he’s been on the air.  Sponsor and agency’s contention was that the ‘Loveliness’ tune has always been the theme of the Woodbury programmes, no matter what name was connected with them and for this reason the old bars should stick.  In answer to this, Crosby pointed out, that even though there were some listeners who associated the ‘Loveliness’ melody with the product, it seemed to him that the listener association of ‘Blue Of The Night’ and himself at the opening of the programme would be of greater benefit all round.  Crosby and the combo headed by Lennie Hayton will broadcast the Woodbury affair from New York starting November 13th, with the December 4th programme, the origin will again be the West coast.  Entry of Dale Winbrow as Woodbury’s producer last week started with a verbal set-to between Crosby and Winbrow, who had been sent out to the West coast from New York by the Lennon & Mitchell agency.  After introducing himself, Winbrow listened to the programme that Crosby and his combo pilot, Lennie Hayton, had prepared for the next broadcast and gave voice to an opinion that rounded no corners.  The flare up that was provoked from Crosby wound up with the warbler and Hayton declaring themselves out of the show.  The baritone’s management later prevailed upon him to hold on while the situation was being straightened out with the agency on the New York end.  Winbrow’s previous air connection was as MC and plug-reader on the Crisco Chipao show”.

(‘Variety’ 31st October 1933)

 

No. 4  6th November 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus.

 

*Going Hollywood

*Temptation

  Cinderella’s Fella (Brown)                                                    Lennie Hayton Orchestra

*Beautiful Girl

*Ah! But Is It Love

 

No. 5  13th November 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus.

 

*Night Owl

*Everything I Have Is Yours

*Yes, My Dear

  Flying Fingers                                                                       Lennie Hayton (Piano)

 

No. 6  20th November 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus.

 

“Bing Crosby and Lennie Hayton will be the central figures in a musical serenade, broadcast over an international Columbia network today (KFRC 5.30 to 6 pm).  Crosby will sing four popular selections, including two from motion pictures in which he has appeared. Bing will also serve as Master of Ceremonies for the broadcast and introduce the various vocal and orchestral selections.  The Hayton Orchestra will be heard in several sparkling interpretations of hits of the hour.” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 20th November 1933) 

 

WJSV 8.30 pm - Bing Crosby & Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra with Crosby singing four popular selections, two from his recent moving pictures.”

(‘The Washington Post’ 20th November 1933)

 

“Some of the readers and listeners heap criticism upon my brow for mentioning from time to time (Oh, how infrequently!) the name of Bing Crosby. The call of the mass must be answered, however. After-midnight dialers may try KHJ between 12 and 1 if they care to hear the king of crooners' latest works.

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 20th November 1933)

 

No. 7  27th November 1933

 

Announced by Ken Niles. With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings.

 

“Bing Crosby planned to go to New York earlier this month but changed his mind and remained in the Southland, to rest at Palm Springs, between his weekly nation-wide broadcasts which originate at KHJ at 5.30 pm.  His assistants on today’s programme are Kay Thompson, the Three Rhythm Kings and Lennie Hayton and his Orchestra.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 27th November 1933)

 

No. 8  4th December 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles. With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night

 

“KFRC 5.30 to 6 pm With the brass section of Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra, uttering a stentorian version of ‘When (sic) The Blue of The Night’ another programme featuring the singing of Bing Crosby will get under way”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 4th December 1933) 

 

“KHJ garners the honours for variety shows with the presentation of Bing Crosby at 5.30 pm and the release of ‘The Show’ at 8 pm.  Crosby will be assisted by Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra, which is programmed to offer a novelty version of, ‘When (sic) The Blue Of The Night’, the Three Rhythm Kings and Kay Thompson”.

(‘Los Angeles Times’ 4th December 1933)

 

“Bing Crosby, having discarded his plan to head eastward in November, will continue to present his weekly singing affair from Los Angeles, thus costing his sponsors extra shekels for line-reversal charges. He'll again have the snappy Rhythm Kings trio and Kay Thompson as musical accoutrements, plus the incomparable Lennie Hayton, pianist extraordinary. Hear the lot at 5:30pm on KHJ.”

(‘Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News’) 4th December 1933

 

No. 9  11th December 1933

 

Announced by Ken Niles. With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings.

 

*Bless Your Heart

  Not For All The Rice In China                                 Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings

*Beautiful Girl

*Temptation

*Thanks 

  By A Waterfall                                                         Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings

  Dinner At Eight (McHugh)                                       Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus

  Tea For Two (Youmans)                                          Lennie Hayton Orchestra

  Kashmiri Love Song (Woodforde-Finden)               Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus

*The Last Round-Up

 

“Today marks the first appearance of Kay Thompson and the Three Rhythm Kings on the Bing Crosby show, as contract performers.  The unit was engaged as a result of listeners’ response to its guest appearances”.

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 11th December 1933) 

 

“Bing Crosby interrupts a Palm Springs vacation to interpret ‘The Last Round-Up’ at 8.30 pm tonight on WJSV.”

(‘The Washington Post’ 11th December 1933)

 

“Bing Crosby will offer his interpretation of ‘The Last Round-Up’, in his programme tonight (KFRC 5.30 to 6 pm).  Kay Thompson and the Rhythm Kings will be, hereafter, heard regularly with Crosby and Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra.  Crosby’s other songs tonight will be ‘Bless Your Heart’, ‘Beautiful Girl’, ‘My (sic) Temptation’ and ‘Thanks’.  Hayton’s Orchestra will be heard in ‘Dinner At Eight’, ‘The Cashmir (sic) Song’ and ‘Tea For Two’.  Miss Thompson and the Rhythm Kings will present two specialities, ‘Not For All The Rice In China’ and ‘By A Waterfall’.

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 11th December 1933) 

 

No. 10  18th December 1933

 

Announced by Ken Niles. With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Heaven Only Knows

*Goodnight, Little Girl Of My Dreams

*Night And Day

*Thanks

  Dinah                                                                         The Mills Brothers

  Lazy Bones                                                               The Mills Brothers

  No More Love                                                          Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings

  You’re Gonna Lose Your Girl                                    Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings

  Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? (Revel)            Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus

  Sweet Sue (Just You) (Young)                                   Lennie Hayton Orchestra

  From The Land Of The Sky Blue Water (Cadman)    Lennie Hayton Orchestra

 

“A four star Hollywood revue with Bing Crosby, Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra, Kay Thompson and the Rhythm Kings will be heard tonight from Los Angeles.  Crosby will sing ‘Heaven Only Knows’, ‘Goodnight, Little Girl Of My Dreams’, ‘Thanks’ and ‘Night And Day’.  Miss Thompson and the Rhythm Kings will present, ‘You’re Gonna Lose Your Gal’ and ‘No More Love’ while the Orchestra will play ‘Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?’, ‘Land Of The Sky Blue Water’ and ‘Sweet Sue’”.

 (‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 18th December 1933)

 

“Lured to the coast by lucrative motion picture contracts, the Mills Brothers, amazing exponents of harmony, with the ability to simulate orchestral effects with the vocal chords, enter a new phase of their radio career as entertainers on Bing Crosby’s Columbia programme which originates at KHJ at 5.30 pm.  They will offer their novelty arrangements of ‘Dinah’ and ‘Lazybones’.  Crosby is billed to sing ‘Heaven Only Knows’, ‘Goodnight Little Girl Of My Dreams’ and ‘Thanks’.  Lennie Hayton’s Orchestra provides the orchestral features and Kay Thompson and the Three Rhythm Kings continue to lend their talents to the show”. 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 18th December 1933)

 

No. 11  25th December 1933 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Dinah                                                                          with The Mills Brothers

 

No. 12  1st January 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Shine                                                                          with The Mills Brothers

 

“Bing Crosby will turn sports commentator, to inaugurate 1934 and will heard in a report on the game between Columbia and Stanford, during his programme, today.  Crosby, who engaged in football, basketball and baseball, among other sports while in college will attend the game just prior to his broadcast.  He will sing several songs, as usual.”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 1st January 1934) 

 

Bing Crosby's “noodling,” in the cupboard of forgotten accomplishments for so long, has returned prominently since Bing and the Mills Brothers joined company for the Monday evening broadcast. “Dinah” last week and “Shine” this week show Crosby as a fellow who sings anything and sings it well. I remember when he either dared not or cared not to hit high notes. Now he goes one or two notes higher than necessary at the finish of a song and his expression seems to express a satisfaction which might be interpreted as "Well, Mr. Note, you were HIT. Right on the nose.

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 3rd January 1934)

 

No. 13  8th January 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Lennie Hayton, his Orchestra and Chorus, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

“Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra has been signed to replace Lennie Hayton’s Band on Bing Crosby’s Monday night programme, originating in Los Angeles.  Hayton had difficulties, he said, in finding competent musicians in Los Angeles who were not already engaged with some other orchestra.  Incidentally, Crosby is not as popular on the air today, as he was last year - the day of the crooners seems to have passed.” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 7th January 1934)

 

“CBS brings startling information in headline manner that Bing Crosby will broadcast from California. Where has he been? Mills Brothers continue to form an important part of the program. Bing's reading of the football summary last week was given in a manner which made numerous announcers blush. Stumbling and confusion were conspicuous by their absence. He had all the self-assurance of a Husing. The Crosby broadcast is heard at the usual hour, 5:30 pm, through KHJ.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 8th January 1934)

 

“Gus Arnheim and his orchestra will begin playing for Bing Crosby on Jan.15, and the Mills Brothers will continue to sing on this program until February when Bing will return to the East.”

(‘Los Angeles Evening Herald Express’ 8th January 1934)

 

No. 14  15th January 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

“Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra will make its initial appearance with Bing Crosby over a coast to coast Columbia network from Los Angeles, tonight.  In accompanying Bing, the Arnheim Orchestra will resume the association built up during the days when Crosby was making his first recordings.  The orchestra will be led by Lou Kosloff.  Another feature of the half-hour series will be the unique harmonies and instrumental impersonations of the Mills Brothers.”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 15th January 1934)

 

“This is the night when Bing Crosby and Gus Arnheim's Orchestra enjoy their radio homecoming. Apart for the past three years, since both were featured in a nightly broadcast, the combination is revived on Crosby's coast-to-coast program at 5:30 o'clock, released here through KHJ. Much water has flowed beneath the bridge since the Crosby-Arnheim rhythm team last ruled the airialto. Bing has gone to a perch atop the crooning field. Arnheim has gone to dazzling heights in the orchestral world. There is sentiment attached to the reunion. It may be noticeable.

It would be gross negligence to fail to mention the Mills Brothers, who are part of the show. Originally signed for three weeks as guest artists, they proved so popular that they were made a regular feature.

One can speak of Crosby and Russ Columbo in the same breath nowadays. In New York they seldom saw each other and reports had it that they cared little if meetings were never arranged. We've heard Crosby's story and we've had Columbo's. Apparently outside influence tried to build a bitter feud between them. Since neither saw nor talked to the other, each believed that he was the victim of disparaging remarks. Not long ago they talked things over and found that the "battle of the baritones" was a fight in which neither took part. Both are fine fellows, successes in radio and in motion pictures. Crosby is pleasantly aggressive and a wit. Columbo, on the other hand, is a listener, who allows the other fellow to talk.

Both are good looking, but widely different in type. Bing is of medium height and stocky, with a light complexion. Columbo is typically Latin.  About 6 feet tall, he resembles the late Rudolph Valentino. His olive complexion is inherited from Italian forbears.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 15th January 1934)

 

No. 15  22nd January 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

*One Minute To One

  My Dancing Lady (McHugh)                                                       Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra

*Someone Stole Gabriel’s Horn                                                     with The Mills Brothers

*We’ll Make Hay While The Sun Shines                                          

*Mine                         

  Like Me A Little Bit Less (Love Me A Little Bit More) (Burton)   Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra

  Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)                                                       Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra

 

“A variety show built around Bing Crosby, offering the harmonies of Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra and the vocal and instrumental arrangements of the Mills Brothers will be heard over a nation-wide Columbia network, today from Los Angeles.” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 22nd January 1934)

 

“Kay Thompson, singer and pianist at KHJ, was called to St. Louis on Friday by the serious illness of her mother.”

(‘Hollywood Citizen News’ 22nd January 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby features another song from Marion Davies' latest Cosmopolitan production, Going Hollywood, which opens Thursday at Loew's State Theater, when he takes the air with Gus Arnheim's Orchestra today (5:30pm, KHJ). Songs from this picture are among the finest in Bing's repertoire, and little wonder, since he is the leading man in the production. This time it will be "We'll Make Hay While the Sun Shines," a tuneful score by Nacio Herb Brown and Arthur Freed.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 22nd January 1934)

 

No. 16  29th January 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Hits from ‘Going Hollywood’

 

“Bing Crosby will head another variety show to be broadcast from Los Angeles with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra and the Mills Brothers, tonight.  Crosby will sing a group of solo numbers and will also serve as Master of Ceremonies.”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 29th January 1934)

 

No. 17  5th February 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

No. 18  12th February 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra, Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Dancing In The Moonlight

*Last Year’s Girl                                                                        with The Mills Brothers

  Smoke Rings (Eugene)                                                             Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra

  My Old Man                                                                           The Mills Brothers

*The Day You Came Along

*On The Wrong Side Of The Fence

  Mine

  Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule                                                   The Mills Brothers

  Little Dutch Mill (Barris)                                                           Gus Arnheim & his Orchestra

 

“Bing Crosby, Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra and the Mills Brothers will contribute their special type on their programme tonight, from Los Angeles.  Crosby’s solos will be ‘Last Year’s Girl’, ‘Day You Came Along’ and ‘On The Wrong Side Of The Fence’.  Other tunes on the programme are ‘Dancing In The Moonlight’, ‘Smoke Rings’, ‘Mine’, ‘My Old Man’, ‘Dutch Mill’ (sic) and ‘Going To Heaven On A Mule’. 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 12th February 1934)

 

No. 19  19th February 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*So Shy

*Love Locked Out

*Our Big Love Scene

*Stay On The Right Side Of The Road                                     with The Mills Brothers

  Got The Jitters                                                                       The Mills Brothers

  Blue Moon                                                                            The Mills Brothers

 

“A group of love songs will be sung by Bing Crosby with Gus Arnheim’s Orchestra and the Mills Brothers, broadcasting from Los Angeles, tonight.  ‘So Shy’, ‘Our Big Love Scene’ and ‘Love Locked Out’ are Crosby’s solo numbers and with the Mills Brothers, he will offer, ‘Stay On The Right Side Of The Road’.  The Mills boys will harmonise on ‘Blue Mood’ (sic) and ‘Got The Jitters’ 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 19th February 1934)

 

No. 20  26th February 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

No. 21  5th March 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Shadows Of Love

  Dancing In The Moonlight (Donaldson)                               Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider                                                with The Mills Brothers

  Easter Parade (Berlin)                                                        Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

  Jungle Fever                                                                       The Mills Brothers

 

   Medley:                                                                           Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

   Who Walks In When I Walk Out? (Hoffman)       

   Sophisticated Lady (Ellington)

 

  I Found A New Baby                                                        The Mills Brothers

*Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule

*She Reminds Me Of You

*This Little Piggy Went To Market                (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only.

 

“Into the Bing Crosby Monday evening program, there enters another orchestra. This time it is Carol Lofner, the mustachioed wand-waver, who undertakes the task of accompanying the crooner, as well as co-featuring with special musical numbers. Lofner bows into the picture today, KHJ, 5:30, as Gus Arnheim and his troupe bow out. It is an assignment on which Lofner will bend his best efforts, for it is a Coast-to-Coast assignment, and such things often lead to other—and remunerative—calls.  As far as Crosby is concerned, Arnheim filled the bill to satisfaction. But Gus is called to San Francisco, and contracts there have been signed - he is on his way.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 5th March 1934)                                    

 

No. 22  12th March 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*This Little Piggy Went To Market                (a)

*Love Locked Out

  Spin A Little Web Of Dreams (Fain)                                   Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra   

*Nagasaki                                                     (b)                   with The Mills Brothers

  You Oughta Be In Pictures (Suesse)                                    Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

*This Little Piggy Went To Market

  Moonlight On The Water                                                    Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

  Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule                                              The Mills Brothers

  Sweet Madness (Young)                                                     Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra

*The Old Spinning Wheel

*Carioca

*Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady                      (a)

 

Notes:

(a)                A few lines only in each case.

(b)               An air check of this item was issued on the LP PP-3 ‘Personalities On Parade Volume 3’.

 

No. 23  19th March 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Carol Lofner’s Beverly Wilshire Orchestra and Kay Thompson & the Three Rhythm Kings.

 

“Kay Thompson and the Rhythm Kings go back to the Bing Crosby programme tonight at 5.30 pm on KHJ, due to the absence of the Mills Brothers, who are in San Francisco.

(‘Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News’ 19th March 1934)

 

No. 24  26th March 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

“The husky young daddy known as Jimmy Grier was placed on the Bing Crosby program last week (with his orchestra, of course) as an experiment. In one program he was told to ‘make the grade.’ So successful was his debut that the sponsor not only signed him for the remaining three weeks of the broadcast but extended the broadcast eight additional weeks and gave Grier the entire eleven weeks’ work. Four string instruments were added to the Grier orchestra for this occasion. The Crosby weekly, therefore, instead of leaving the air early in April, continues to May 27 - at so many thousand per week. The combination is available this evening at 5:30 through KHJ.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 26th March 1934)

 

Highlights
5:30pm KHJ—Bing Crosby and Jimmy Grier’s orchestra (D.L. CBS).
Jimmy Grier’s orchestra wasn’t up to snuff on the Bing Crosby broadcast last Monday...Perhaps the dance leader will whip his boys into shape for today’s program.
(Carroll Nye, ‘Los Angeles Times’ 26th March 1934)


CBS studios were swamped with telegrams and letters asking why the Mills Brothers were not on the program with Bing Crosby last Monday night. The reason is that the quartet's contract for the Crosby series was not renewed because they have only a few days to finish the pictures they've contracted for and make the steamer for Europe.

(Unidentified newspaper, 31st March, 1934)

 

No. 25  2nd April 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra, The Mills Brothers and Carole Lombard.

 

*I Positively Refuse To Sing

*Love Thy Neighbour

*Once In A Blue Moon

*May I

 

“Carole Lombard, the screen actress, will make a guest appearance on Bing Crosby’s radio programme, today (KFRC 5.30 to 6 pm).  Crosby and his guest will take part in a dramatised preview of their new film, ‘We’re Not Dressing’.  In addition, Miss Lombard and Crosby will sing their outstanding solos and duets from the score.  These melodies to be presented on the air for the first time, during the broadcast, will include, ‘Love Thy Neighbour’, ‘May I’, ‘Once In A Blue Moon’ and ‘I Positively Refuse To Sing’.  Jimmy Grier’s Orchestra will furnish the support”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 2nd April 1934)

(As ‘Miss Lombard’ was not involved in any ‘outstanding solos or duets’ during the film, we must assume that this is misinformation!)

 

“Tonight’s Bing Crosby broadcast will present a scene from his forthcoming starring picture, ‘We’re Not Dressing’ which will be re-enacted by Carole Lombard and the crooner.  Four songs from the same picture will be included in this programme from KHJ at 5.30 pm. Jimmy Grier’s band, of course, provide the musical background for Crosby’s crooning”  

(‘Los Angeles Times’ 2nd April 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby with the Mills Brothers and Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra and Carole Lombard in a preview of ‘We’re Not Dressing’ WNAC at 8.30 pm”

(‘Boston Post’ 2nd April 1934)

 

 No. 26  9th April 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Your Love                                                              (a)

*Old Roses

  Exactly Like You (McHugh)                                               Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

  I Found A New Baby                                                         The Mills Brothers

  Cocktails For Two (Johnston/Coslow)                                Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

*You Oughta Be In Pictures

  Midnight On Main Street                                                     Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

  Nagasaki                                                                            The Mills Brothers

*Your Love

*Without That Certain Thing

*Love Thy Neighbour                                                (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby is a firm believer in the National Recovery Act but in his own special version of it.  Each day at five he starts singing (with the addition of Boop-a-doops), ‘I’m quitting at six!  I’m quitting at SIX!’ – and, ladies and gentlemen, at SIX  he quits.  Smart fella  

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 9th April 1934)

 

No. 27  16th April 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

*Love Thy Neighbour                                                 (a)       

  Two Blue Eyes, Two Little Baby Shoes (Morse)                 Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

  Call Of The Rockies (Tobias)                                              Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

*Dixie Lee                                         

  Live And Love Tonight (Johnston)                                       Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

*Love Thy Neighbour

  Star Dust (Carmichael)                                                        Jimmy Grier & his Orchestra

*The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams

*True

*She Reminds Me Of You                                         (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

No. 28  23rd April 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

“Al Jarvis begins an ether contest on KFVD at 5.30 pm for the best slogan to describe Bing Crosby’s personality” (!!?)

(‘Los Angeles Times’  23rd April 1934)

 

No. 29  30th April 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

No. 30  7th May 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

No. 31  14th May 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

No. 32  21st May 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

No. 33  28th May 1934  (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra.

 

*May I?                                                                       (b)

*With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming

*I Knew You When

  Blue Moon (Rodgers)                                                                       Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra

*Ridin’ Around In The Rain

*The House Is Haunted

*A Thousand Goodnights

  Little Dutch Mill (Barris)                                                                   Jimmy Grier and his Orchestra

*May I?

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Fanfare Records LP-40-140 - ‘Great Singers Of The 1930’s - Live Broadcasts’. All songs by Bing were included.

(b)        A few lines only.

 

WOODBURY 1934 -1935 SEASON 

The audience share during the season was 15.5 which left the show just outside the top twenty programmes.

 

No. 34  18th September 1934  (a)

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Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*Love In Bloom                                              (b)

*I’m Hummin’, I’m Whistlin’, I’m Singin

  Heebie Jeebies                                                                          The Boswell Sisters

 

  Medley:                                                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Try To See It My Way (Wrubel)

  I Only Have Eyes For You (Warren)

  Dames (Warren)       

                                   

*I Kiss Your Hand Madame                           (b)

  The Girl Friend (Rodgers)                                                         Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Just A-Wearyin’ For You

  Why Don’t You Practice What You Preach?                             The Boswell Sisters

*Love In Bloom                                             

*The Very Thought Of You                           (b)

 

Notes:

(b)               The complete programme was issued on Spokane 1 - ‘Bing Crosby - On The Air’ and on Totem LP1008 - ‘Bing Crosby - On The Air’

(c)                A few lines only in all cases.

 

It comes out that the reason Bing Crosby didn’t choose Jimmy Grier’s band for his coming series, apparently was, because he couldn’t get him.  Seems another sponsor wants Grier’s services, exclusively.  But Crosby didn’t do bad in selecting Stoll…Reason, the Boswell Sisters went with the Crosby sponsor”. 

(‘Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News’ 7th September 1934)

 

 “Boswell Sisters arrived in Los Angeles this week to take up a thirteen week contract on Bing Crosby’s radio programme, starting September 18th.  Crosby said this week he would forget the old-time gingerbread and trick boo-boo’s he used to affect while singing and in the new radio series will sing straight baritone”.

(‘Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News’ 18th September 1934)

 

“America’s best crooner joins with America’s best girls’ trio when Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters join hands tonight in the first of a new series of broadcasts.  Backed by Georgie Stoll’s band, the nation will hear them from KHJ at 5 pm”.

(‘Los Angeles Illustrated Daily News’ 18th September 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby and New Orleans’ own Boswell Sisters will make their season’s debut at 7 o’clock tonight  on a network from Los Angeles through WDSU.  They will appear together for the first time although, in the past, they have served on separate programmes for the same sponsor.  They will be supported by Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra, a newcomer to radio” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 18th September 1934)

 

“Two types of delivery, both the finest in their line and a first rate orchestra to round it out.  This one sounded sure-fire on paper and lives up to all expectations on the air.  Crosby is Crosby and calls for no comment.  His four songs on this initial programme rang the bell.  The Boswells are more torrid than ever in their close harmony.  This sister combination has withstood the competitive radio gaff for a long while now and there is no indication of them weakening.  The Georgie Stoll Orchestra, a Coast aggregation (program emanates from there), is capable in both accompaniment and its own moments.  Woodbury here, has a Tuesday evening show that’s bound to be tuned in on”

(‘Variety’ 25th September 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby may have taken all the singing glory for himself on last Tuesday’s opening broadcast but he distributed ample honors in other directions. Georgie Stoll was introduced as a ‘swell band leader’. Announcer Ken Niles was given recognition and the Boswells were affectionately introduced.  Crosby overlooked no one, not even the twins.  He spent so much time telling his audience what fine people other were that he plumb forgot to build up himself”

(‘Hollywood Citizen News’ 21st September 1934)


No. 35  25th September 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*Please                                                                      (a)

*Long May We Love

  I Only Have Eyes For You                                                   The Boswell Sisters

 

  Medley from ‘Belle Of The Nineties’:                                    Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  My Old Flame (Johnston)

  Troubled Waters (Trad)

 

*I Found A Million Dollar Baby

(In A Five & Ten Cent Store)             (a)

  La Cucaracha                                                                                  Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*I Love You Truly

  And I Still Do                                                                       The Boswell Sisters

*The Very Thought Of You

*The Sweetheart Waltz                                               (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters will offer a rhythmic half-hour during the second of their new series of the programme at 7 o’clock through WDSU.  Crosby will sing five new songs, the New Orleans trio will offer three tunes and Eddie (sic) Stoll’s Orchestra will play several numbers, including, ‘My Old Flame’”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 25th September 1934)

 

No. 36  2nd October 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*Say It

  Rock And Roll                                                                      The Boswell Sisters

  The Continental (Conrad)                                                      Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*I Found A Million Dollar Baby

(In A Five & Ten Cent Store)             (a)

  I’m In Love (Kreisler)                                                           Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Straight From The Shoulder (Right From The Heart)

  If I Had A Million Dollars                                                     The Boswell Sisters

*Someday Sweetheart

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only to introduce commercial.

 

“With Bing Crosby acting as Master of Ceremonies and featured soloist, another of the programmes including the Boswell Sisters will be heard through WDSU at 8 pm” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’  2nd October 1934)

 

No. 37  9th October 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*For All We Know                                                     (a)

*I’m In Love

 

 Medley: Selections from ‘Girl Crazy                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Embraceable You

  Bidin’ My Time

  I Got Rhythm

 

*I Never Had A Chance                                             (a)

  Lost In A Fog                                                                      The Boswell Sisters 

  Chinatown, My Chinatown (Schwartz)                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*The Sweetheart Waltz

  Karibali                                                                                Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Talkin’ To Myself                                                                 The Boswell Sisters

*For All We Know   

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only.

 

“Bing Crosby and the popular trio, the Boswell Sisters, will offer another half-hour of harmony and rhythm tonight over WDSU at 8 o’clock”  

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’  9th October 1934)

 

Bingsie-Wingsie Crosby and Georgie-Worgie Stoll and Kensie-Wensie Niles,in their weekly broadcast from coast to coast, are fast becoming favorites with the children. Stoll's interpretation of a new musical score from a motion picture was the best musical work on the program thus far. Stoll admitted his first broadcast with Crosby was not up to expectation,but charged it to nervousness. Eastern network moguls have announced themselves as satisfied with the work of the orchestra.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 9th October 1934)

 

No. 38  16th October 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*The Moon Was Yellow                                          (a)

*I Saw Stars

  ShoeinThe Mare (Arlen)                                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Troubled Waters                                                                   The Boswell Sisters

*Out In The Cold Again

  Star Dust (Carmichael)                                                         Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Here Come The British (Bang! Bang!)                                   The Boswell Sisters

*Love In Bloom

*Don’t Let It Bother You                                                       with The Boswell Sisters       

*The Moon Was Yellow

 

Note

(a)        A few lines only

 

No. 39  23rd October 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*You’re A Builder Upper

  Pardon My Southern Accent (Malneck)                               Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Twenty Four Hours In Georgia                                            The Boswell Sisters

*They Didn’t Believe Me                                           (a)

 

  Medley from ‘Student Tour’:                                               Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  A New Moon Is Over My Shoulder (Brown)

  By The Taj Mahal (Brown)

 

  Don’t Let It Bother You                                                      The Boswell Sisters        

*Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady                                (b)

*The Moon Was Yellow

 

Notes:

(a)                A surviving script indicates that Bing may have introduced this item as, ‘They Wouldn’t Believe Me’.  No trace has been found of a song matching this title.  However, Jerome Kern’s, ‘They Didn’t Believe Me’, written in 1914, enjoyed a minor revival in the fall of 1934, mainly due to a successful recording by Morton Downey.

(b)        A snatch only to close a commercial.

 

No. 40  30th October 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*Two Cigarettes In The Dark                                  (a)

*P.S. I Love You                                                    (b)

  Chinatown, My Chinatown (Schwartz)                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  The Very Thought Of You (Noble)                                      Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Down On The Delta                                                             The Boswell Sisters 

*I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

  The Object Of My Affection                                                The Boswell Sisters

  ‘Rain’ songs medley                                                             Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

 *Two Cigarettes In The Dark 

*A New Moon is Over My Shoulder                       (a)

 

Note

(a)        A few lines only

(b)        Bing Crosby Enterprises CD - Bing Crosby Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook

 

“From the land of the film folk will come the broadcast, tonight of Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters and George Stoll’s Orchestra.  This three-way combination of tune purveyors will brighten the WDSU entertainment calendar from 8 until 8.30 pm” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 30th October 1934)

 

No. 41  6th November 1934 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*I Saw Stars

  Sweetie Pie                                                                           The Boswell Sisters

  Diga Digo Doo                                                                      Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Maybe I’m Wrong Again

  Vilia (Lehar)                                                                          Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  It’s Written All Over Your Face                                             The Boswell Sisters

*Dinah

*A New Moon Is Over My Shoulder

                                                                                               

“Bing Crosby, tonight, will sing ‘New Moon Over My Shoulder’, ‘I Saw Stars’ and ‘It’s All Forgotten Now’ (KFRC 6 to 6.30 pm)” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’  6th November 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby, the Boswell Sisters and Stoll’s Orchestra will be heard in a series of popular melodies.  Bing will sing, ‘A New Moon Over My Shoulder’, ‘I Saw Stars’ and ‘It’s All Forgotten Now’ over WDSU at 8 pm”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’  6th November 1934)

 

No. 42  13th November 1934  (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

* Love In Bloom                                                         (b)

*If I Had A Million Dollars                                                   

  Stay As Sweet As You Are                                                  The Boswell Sisters

*Out In The Cold Again

  Old Man Harlem                                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra            

*St. Louis Blues                                                                      with The Boswell Sisters

  Poor Butterfly (Hubbell)                                                        Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Alexander’s Ragtime Band                                                    The Boswell Sisters

*Love In Bloom

*Stars Fell On Alabama                                              (b)

*The Moon Was Yellow                                             (b)

 

Notes:

(a)        It will be a matter of conjecture that the later ‘Kraft Music Hall University’ routine, attributed to Carroll Carroll, had its beginnings here.  For this and the next six programmes, after the opening theme, the orchestra launches into ‘Boola Boola’ and the listener is transported to the ivy-covered walls of ‘Woodbury Prep’.  Ken Niles is president of the student body and Bing, the venerable Dean. The Boswell Sisters are co-eds.  It is worth explaining that ‘Prep’ is not an abbreviation for ‘Preparatory’ but ‘is short for preparation and Woodbury’s is the finest preparation of its type on the market’!

(b)               A few lines only.

                                   

“Bing Crosby raises his voice to sing, ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’, on his programme with The Boswell Sisters, tonight.  ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and ‘Stay As Sweet As You Are’ will be sung by the Boswell’s.  Other Crosby numbers will include ‘Love In Bloom’, ‘Out In The Cold Again’ and ‘Dinah’ (KFRC 6 to 6.30 pm)”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 13th November 1934)

 

“The Boswell Sisters are scheduled to sing Irving Berlin’s first song hit, ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ and the popular ‘Stay As Sweet As You Are’ while Bing Crosby has chosen ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’, ‘Love In Bloom’ and ‘Out In The Cold Again’ as his contributions when their programme is aired over WDSU at 8 pm”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 13th November 1934)

 

No. 43  20th November 1934  (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

  Hot Cha Cha                                                                         Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Rain                                                                                       The Boswell Sisters

  The Moon Was Yellow (Ahlert)                                             Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra            

  The Lonesome Road                                                             The Boswell Sisters

  Selections from ‘Caravan’                                                      Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Indiana                                                                                  Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Rock And Roll                                                                      The Boswell Sisters

 

Note:

(a)        Bing opens the show by announcing, in a hoarse voice, that he will not be able to sing. He had attended the football match between Santa Clara and St. Mary’s University at the weekend in San Francisco. It rained throughout the game and Bing did a lot of shouting in support. As a result he lost his voice. He takes no further part in the show until the conclusion when he returns to announce that next week he will sing songs from his new film Here Is My Heart. 

 

No. 44  27th November 1934  (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, The Boswell Sisters, Marian Mansfield and Kitty Carlisle.

 

  Your Guess Is As Good As Mine                                         The Boswell Sisters

  Lost In A Fog                                                                      The Boswell Sisters

*Love Is Just Around The Corner                                         

*With Every Breath I Take

*June In January                                                                     with Kitty Carlisle

*Be Still My Heart

*Maybe I’m Wrong Again

*Be Still My Heart                                                      (b)

 

Notes:

(a)                Unusually, the Boswell Sisters have the first two vocals, allowing the bulk of the programme to be given over to a potted version of Bing’s new Paramount release, ‘Here Is My Heart’.  Kitty Carlisle re-enacts her role, in the picture, as ‘Princess Alexandria’.

(b)               A few lines only.

 

“Bing Crosby (barring throat trouble) is to croon numbers from the Rainger and Robin score for the film, ‘Here Is My Heart’ on his current broadcast over KHJ at 6 pm.  Special guests on the programme are Kitty Carlisle and Marian Mansfield, Paramount featured players.  The Boswells will sing ‘Lost In A Fog’.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 27th November 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby will sing ‘Love Is Just Around The Corner’ from his forthcoming picture ‘Here Is My Heart’ in his programme from Hollywood, tonight.  His other numbers will be ‘Be Still My Heart’ and ‘Maybe I’m Wrong Again’.  The Boswell Sisters will sing about ‘Lost In A Fog’ (KFRC 6 pm)” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 27th November 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby will play host to Kitty Carlisle and Marian Mansfield, two of the featured players in one of Bing’s forthcoming movie productions at 8 pm over WDSU.  Some of the songs scheduled to be heard are ‘Here Is My Heart’, ‘June In January’, ‘With Every Breath I Take’ and ‘Love Is Just Around The Corner’”.

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 27th November 1934)

 

No. 45  4th December 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*June In January

  Here Come The British (Bang! Bang!)                                         The Boswell Sisters

*Have A Little Dream On Me

*One Night Of Love

  Stars Fell On Alabama                                                                The Boswell Sisters

*Be Still My Heart

 

“Bing Crosby will sing ‘June In January’, the hit tune from his forthcoming picture, ‘Here Is My Heart’, during his half-hour with The Boswell Sisters, tonight.  He will continue with ‘Have A Little Dream On Me’ and ‘One Night Of Love’.  The Boswell Sisters have chosen ‘Here Come The British’ and ‘Stars Fell On Alabama’ (KFRC 6 to 6.30 pm)”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 4th December 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby is scheduled to sing three songs on his programme with the Boswell Sisters, to come from WDSU at 8 pm.  They will be ‘June In January’, from his forthcoming picture, ‘Have A Little Dream On Me’ and ‘One Night Of Love’.  The Boswell’s have chosen ‘Here Come The British’ and a hot arrangement of ‘Stars Fell On Alabama’ for their vocals” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 4th December 1934)

 

No. 46  11th December 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Boswell Sisters.

 

*It’s All Forgotten Now

  Serenade For A Wealthy Widow (McHugh)                                    Georgie Stoll &  his Orchestra

*Stars Fell On Alabama

  You Ain’t Been Living Right                                                           The Boswell Sisters

  My Heart, At Thy Sweet Voice (Saint-Saens)                                 Georgie Stoll &  his Orchestra

*Love Is Just Around The Corner

  If I Had A Million Dollars                                                               The Boswell Sisters

*One Night Of Love                                                             

*Stay As Sweet As You Are                                      (a)

 

Note:

(a)                A few lines only.

 

“Bing Crosby will headline another half-hour programme through WDSU at 8 pm.  He will be assisted by the Boswell Sisters and Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra.  Stoll will be featured in violin selections”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 11th December 1934)

 

“When Bing Crosby’s eye fell on the Boswells while he was crooning soulfully at a recent broadcast, he almost forgot to finish the song. Connie had blacked out two of Martha’s and Vet’s front teeth, had done the same for herself, and the three of them were grinning loathsome smiles at Bing. Tonight Bing sings, "One Night of Love," and the Boswells grit their teeth to offer "You Ain’t Been Livin’ Right’. KHJ at 6 o’clock”.

(‘Los Angeles Evening Herald Express’ 11th December 1934)

 

No. 47  18th December 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Marian Mansfield and Pinky Tomlin.

 

*With Every Breath I Take                                        

  Serenade To A Wealthy Widow (McHugh)                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  The Object Of My Affection                                                            Pinky Tomlin

*Just A-Wearying For You

  Maybe I’m Wrong Again (Bennett)                                                  Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  In The Middle Of A Kiss                                                                 Marian Mansfield

*Stay As Sweet As You Are

*Sweetie Pie

 

“Bing Crosby and The Boswell Sisters - Connie, Vet and Martha will sing something old and something new in the way of rhythm numbers during their programme, tonight. Marian Mansfield, young songstress, prominently cast in the new Crosby picture, ‘Here Is My Heart’ and Pinky Tomlin, pianist will be Crosby’s guests.”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 18th December 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby and the Boswell Sisters - Connie, Martha and Vet will sing something old and something new in the way of rhythm numbers in their programme on WDSU at 8 pm  The old favourite tune ‘Minnie The Moocher’ will be featured, ‘With Every Breath I Take’, ‘Stay As Sweet As You Are’, ‘Just A-Wearying’, ‘Object Of My Affection’ and ‘Love Is Just Around The Corner’ are other current numbers included” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 18th December 1934)

 

“A local lad and a local lady will sing to the nation this evening as Bing Crosby’s programme begins a three week series of ‘guest artist’ shows (KHJ 6.00).  The lad is Oklahoma’s fair-haired one, the affectionate Pinky Tomlin.  With him will be Marian Mansfield who, between radio and motion pictures, is quite a busy songstress these days.  Gone are the Boswells from Bing’s half-hour, their contract having run its course.  On the way to the programme are four boys and a guitar, the Mills Brothers.  It is due to their delay in reaching the Coast that the guest artist series is being presented”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 18th December 1934)

 

“Boswell Sisters have been zipped from Crosby’s show with Mills Brothers due on in a few weeks.  Meantime Bing will pad with guest stars” 

(‘Variety’ 18th December 1934)

 

Conflicting views from four separate newspapers (two for and two against) regarding the presence of the Boswell Sisters.

The first two from diverse parts of the country are similar enough to have sprung from the same press release. Would this have been issued with the knowledge that the girls’ contract had expired?

 

No. 48  25th December 1934

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Irene Taylor and Charles Bourne.

 

  Jingle Bells (Pierpont)                                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra with Choir                  

*Be Still My Heart

  Toyland (Herbert)                                                                         Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Ol’ Man River (Kern)                                                                   Charles Bourne (Piano)

*If I Had A Million Dollars

  A Needle In A Haystack                                                               Irene Taylor

*I Woke Up Too Soon

*Christmas Dawn In Harlem

  My Moonlight Madonna (Scott)                                                   Georgie Stoll (Violin) with Orchestra

*Silent Night                                                                                  with cast

           

“Bing Crosby will lament that, ‘I Woke Up To Soon’, tonight, when he presents his weekly programme.  He will also sing, ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’, the hymn, ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ and ‘Be Still My Heart’ (KFRC 6 pm)”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 25th December 1934)

 

“Bing Crosby will present Irene Taylor, well known blues singer and Charles Bourne, eccentric jazz pianist, as guest stars on his programme from WDSU at 8 pm.  Bourne, although he does not read a note of music is known in musical circles as a brilliant and original pianist.  He will furnish as a highlight, his unique keyboard interpretation of ‘Old Man River’.  ‘If I Had A Million Dollars’, ‘Be Still My Heart’ and ‘I Woke Up Too Soon’ will be three of Bing’s selections” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 25th December 1934)


By 1936 (sic) we thought it was time to try “Silent Night” on the Christmas radio show. Perhaps some of you remember that show. As a finale, it had a shortplay, set on a college campus. I was supposed to be a professor bidding the students good-by for the holidays. The problem was that I had no home of myown to go to and would have to face Christmas alone. After a brief sequence of events, during which I cheered up another lonely soul, I heard “SilentNight” being sung outside my quarters, the students having come back to serenade me. I opened the door and joined in, singing a solo as the show ended. Wereceived thousands of enthusiastic letters, and “Silent Night” has been part of the Christmas show ever since.
(Bing Crosby, writing in Good Housekeeping magazine, circa 1956)

Bing sang “Silent Night” there for the first time. All by himself. He sang it like nobody—I mean, nobody, had ever sung it before. And all of us watching him stood stone still. It was unbelievable. So moving. Bing shouldn’t have worried about it. Everything went off so beautifully, and even before we went off the air, the telephones started ringing.

(Burt McMurtrie, producer of the Woodbury show, speaking in 1979. As reproduced in Bing Crosby—The Hollow Man, page 177)


No. 49  1st January 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Eddie McGill’s Negro Choir and Ginger Rogers.

 

*June In January

  Okay Toots (Donaldson)                                                          Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Swanee River                                                                           with Eddie McGill’s Negro Choir

  Isle Of Capri (Grosz)                                                                Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*I Love You Truly

  See Four And Twenty Elders On Their Knees                          Eddy McGill’s Negro Choir

  You’re The Top                                                                       Ginger Rogers

*Someday Sweetheart

 

“A phenomena in broadcasting takes place in Hollywood today, with three important network programmes, originating simultaneously in the cinema capital at 6 pm.  Bing Crosby’s show originates in the studios of KHJ.  Grace Moore signs in at the RCA studios and Ben Birney and his lads go through their paces at RKO.  Eddy McGill’s Negro Choir which sang with Crosby in his new Motion picture, ‘Mississippi’ appear on his current radio programme”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 1st January 1935 )

 

“Bing Crosby will sing ‘I Love You Truly’ and ‘P.S. I Love You’ on his programme over WDSU at 8 pm.  A big New Year programme of orchestral music and features are also carded for the programme’ 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 1st January 1935)

 

No. 50  8th January 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*What A Difference A Day Made                             (a)

  Take A Number From One To Ten                                       The Mills Brothers

*Winter Wonderland

  Shine (Dabney)                                                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*I Love You Truly

  Maybe I’m Wrong Again (Bennett)                                       Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  The Object Of My Affection                                                 The Mills Brothers

*One Night Of Love                                                             

*What A Difference A Day Made

*Hands Across The Table                                           (a)

 

Note:

(a)                A few lines only in each case.

 

“The Mills Brothers, ‘Four Boys And A Guitar’, return to the Bing Crosby on Columbia programmes by KHJ.  They appeared with America’s ace crooner in his first picture, ‘The Big Broadcast’ and offered their unique harmonies on his network series, last year” 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 8th January 1935)

 

“Four Boys and a Guitar - The Mills Brothers, who form one of radio’s most popular harmony combinations, will be heard with Bing Crosby on his programme over CBS & WDSU at 8 pm, tonight.  In 1931, without official recognition, the Mills Brothers crashed the CBS Studios and managed to get an audition.  They were signed up as a feature and their success was instantaneous” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 8th January 1935)

 

No. 51  15th January 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Hands Across The Table                                           (a)

*I Woke Up Too Soon

  My Melancholy Baby (Burnett)                                            Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Love Is Just Around The Corner                                          The Mills Brothers

*It’s Dark On Observatory Hill

  Isle Of Capri (Grosz)                                                           Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  It’s My Night To Howl                                                         The Mills Brothers

*Hands Across The Table

*Take A Number From One To Ten                           (b)

*You’re Not The Only Oyster In The Stew

 

Notes:

(a)                A few lines only.

(b)               A snatch only, a cappella.

 

“Bing Crosby will feature the lively ditty, ‘An Earthful (sic) Of Music’ during his broadcast with the Mills Brothers, tonight’

 (‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 15th January 1935)

 

“The popular potentate of song, Bing Crosby, will feature the selection, ‘An Earful Of Music’ during his broadcast with the Mills Brothers and Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra over WDSU at 8 pm”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 15th January 1935)

 

“Last week in New York, while Bing Crosby’s program was on, a young lady called up CBS requesting Bing to include ‘One Night of Love’ in the halfhour. The production department explained that Bing was in Los Angeles. ‘Oh, that’s all right,’ she replied a la Gracie Allen. ‘When you phone, just be sure to ask him to sing the chorus three times.’ Tonight Bing sings "I Woke Up Too Soon," and the Mills Brothers offer, ‘It’s My Night to Howl’.” KHJ at 6.

(‘Los Angeles Evening Herald Express’ 15th January 1934)

 

No. 52  22nd January 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Home On The Range                                                 (a)

*With Every Breath I Take

  Sleepy Head                                                                           The Mills Brothers

*I’m Getting Sentimental Over You

  I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody) (Pitts, Egan, Marsh)   Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra

  No Lovers Allowed                                                                 The Mills Brothers

*Blue Moon

*Home On The Range

 

Note:  

(a)        A few lines only                                 

 

“Bing Crosby rues the day he went on the air and made a prediction about the outcome of Alabama/Stanford football game.  He’s supplied twenty-one fraternity houses with ping-pong tables as a result of his lack of psychic powers.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 22nd January 1935)

 

“A programme of sweet and hot tunes will be offered tonight when Bing Crosby sings a number of hit tunes from his recent pictures, accompanied by Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra and the four Mills Brothers with their characteristic interpretations of a Harlem jazz band.” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 22nd January 1935)

 

“At 8 pm, Bing Crosby, accompanied by the orchestra under the direction of Georgie Stoll and with the four Mills Brothers will be heard in a programme of popular tunes.  The programme will originate from the West coast and will come over CBS through WDSU” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 22nd January 1935)

 

“He sings on the radio. He is at the top, largely because his name appears in most radio and motion picture columns daily. One would imagine he hires a high-salaried staff of publicity men. On the contrary, there is no one to ballyhoo his name. His office staff consists of a few secretaries, a business manager, a check-signer, a buffer. If he never had his name in a column it would suit him perfectly. One of my most grievous offenses would be to miss his name for a day. Now, should I or not? His feelings, I imagine, would be injured were I to neglect him for a twenty-four hours. ‘I am slipping,’ he probably would say. ‘Ray doesn’t care for my stuff any longer.’ I am not cruel, I would not harm a flea, much less him. Therefore, to keep everyone satisfied, even those who write and say ‘Is he the only man on the air?’ I maintain my policy of each day squeezing in a mention for the fellow who doesn’t really care two hoots: Bing Crosby.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 22nd January 1935)

 

No. 53  29th January 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Stay As Sweet As You Are                                      (a)

*Believe It, Beloved

  I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)                                       Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Sweet Lucy Brown                                                              The Mills Brothers

*Tiny Little Fingerprints

  My Melancholy Baby (Burnett)                                            Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  When We Fell Out Of Love                                                 The Mills Brothers

*Stay As Sweet As You Are

*Hands Across The Table

 

Note:  

(a)    A few lines only.

           

“Bing Crosby will have a new bag of vocal tricks for the radio audience during his broadcast tonight, with the Mills Bros.” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 29th January 1935)

 

‘Bing Crosby is scheduled to have a new bag of vocal tricks for the CBS-WDSU audience during his broadcast at 8 pm.  The Mills Brothers, not to be outdone, will emulate a four-piece orchestra in rhythm and blues numbers.  Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra complete the programme’ 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 29th January 1935)

 

No. 54  5th February 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Love In Bloom                                              (a)

*Blue Moon                                                                           

  Medley: Selections from ‘Girl Crazy’                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Moaning                                                                             The Mills Brothers

*Blame It On My Youth

Body And Soul (Green)                                                      Georgie Stoll (Violin) with Orchestra & Joe Sullivan (Piano)

  An Earful Of Music                                                             The Mills Brothers

*Love In Bloom

*You’re The Top

*Soon                                                              (a)

 

Note:  

(a)    A few lines only in each case.

 

“A half-hour of rhythm will be offered by Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers during their broadcast from the West Coast through CBS and WDSU at 8 pm.  Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra will form the musical background”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 5th February 1935)

 

No. 55  12th February 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, The Mills Brothers and Joan Bennett.

 

*Soon                                                               (a)

*You And The Night And The Music                                               

  On The Good Ship Lollipop (Whiting/Clare)                       Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Medley: Selections from ‘Anything Goes’                            Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra                                         

  Sweetie Pie                                                                        The Mills Brothers

*Down By The River

*Soon

*It’s Easy To Remember

*I’ll Follow My Secret Heart                              (a)

 

Note:

(a)                A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers will feature selections from the new Paramount picture, ‘Mississippi’, in which the crooner is featured, during their programme tonight.  Among the selections to be sung are, ‘Easy To Remember’; ‘Soon’; ‘Down By The River’; ‘Pablo You Are My Heart’ and ‘Roll On (sic) Mississippi’

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 12th February 1935)  

 

“Joan Bennett is scheduled to appear as guest star with Bing Crosby when the popular singer makes his microphone appearance with George Stoll’s Orchestra at 8 pm over CBS and WDSU.  Joan and Bing will present a scene from their picture ‘Mississippi’ and the Mills Brothers will add to the programme with several harmony numbers”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 12th February 1935)

 

No. 56  19th February 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*I’ll Follow My Secret Heart                              (a)

*Tiny Little Fingerprints

  The Carlo (Brown)                                                                Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Tell Me What You Mean                                                      The Mills Brothers

*Soon

  You Fit Into The Picture                                                        Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  What’s The Reason?                                                             The Mills Brothers

*Swanee River                                                                                   

*I’ll Follow My Secret Heart

*Isle Of Capri                                                      (a)

 

Note:

(a)      A few lines only in each case.                                        

 

“Bing Crosby and The Mills Brothers will feature a number of tunes from the crooner’s latest picture, ‘Mississippi’, during the broadcast tonight (KFRC 6 to 6.30 pm)  Among the selections are, ‘Easy To Remember’; ‘Soon’; ‘Down By The River’; ‘Pablo You Are My Heart’ and ‘Roll Mississippi’  

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 19th February 1935)

(N.B. The ‘San Francisco Chronicle’ appears to have picked up last week’s press release, in error!)

 

“Bing Crosby - Listeners to ‘When The Moon’ (sic) - Crosby and his fellow entertainers will find them available at 8 pm through KNOX, WDSU, KSL and other outlets”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 19th February 1935)

 

No. 57  26th February 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, The Rhythmettes, Three Shades of Blue and The Mills Brothers.

 

*It’s Easy To Remember                                      (a)

*Isle Of Capri

  Restless (Johnston)                                                               Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Sweeter Than Sugar                                                              The Mills Brothers

*Sweet Music

  Heat Wave (Berlin)                                                               Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Sweet Lucy Brown                                                               The Mills Brothers

*It’s Easy To Remember                                                        with The Rhythmettes & Three Shades of Blue

*Throwin’ Stones At The Sun

*Just One More Chance                                        (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby, available over CBS and WDSU at 8.30 pm.  Crosby is carded to sing. ‘Tiny Little Fingerprints’, ‘Isle Of Capri’, ‘Throwing Stones At The Sun’ and ‘Sweet Music’”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune” 26th February 1935)

 

No. 58  5th March 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Just One More Chance                                         (a)

*I Believe In Miracles

  Liza (Gershwin)                                                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  That Pretty Baby                                                                   The Mills Brothers

*You And The Night And The Music

  Karibali                                                                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  You’re The Top                                                                    The Mills Brothers

*Just One More Chance

*Got Me Doin’ Things

*My Heart Is An Open Book                                 (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Only a few years ago, three young fellows known as, ‘The Rhythm Boys’ were broadcasting during dance intermissions at The Cocoanut Grove.  One song, in particular, was requested chiefly because of the throaty, rhythmic intonations of one member of the trio.  The singer was Bing Crosby: the song, ‘Just One More Chance’.  Bing revives it on his current Columbia over KHJ at 6 pm.” 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 5th March 1935)  

 

“Crosby repeats ‘Just One More Chance’ - Bing Crosby’s first hit song will be repeated by him over CBS and WDSU at 8 pm. ‘You And The Night And The Music’ will also be included on his list” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 5th March 1935)

 

No. 59  12th March 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Down By The River

*Soon

  It’s An Old Southern Custom                                                          The Mills Brothers

  Where Were You On The Night Of June The Third?                       The Mills Brothers

 

“The Mills Brothers make their final appearance on Bing Crosby’s programme over KHJ at 6 pm.  Beginning with Bing’s March 19th broadcast, the first of a group of guest artists will share the microphone with the crooner.”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 12th March 1935)

 

No. 60  19th March 1935  (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Marian Mansfield and Charles Irwin.

 

*Ole Faithful                                                               (b)

*Blame It On My Youth

  The Japanese Sandman (Whiting)                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Things Might Have Been So Different                                             Marian Mansfield

*It’s Easy To Remember                                                                   

  Alexander’s Ragtime Band (Berlin)                                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Ole Faithful

*Lullaby Of Broadway

*Clouds                                                                       (b)

 

Notes:    

(a)                The complete programme was issued on Avenue International AV.INT1018 - ‘Bing Crosby At His Extra Speciale’ and  on Spokane 12 - ‘Bing In The Thirties’

(b)               A few lines only in each case.

 

“With the Mills Brothers on tour, Bing Crosby is going to introduce various guest stars on his future CBS-KHJ broadcasts on Tuesdays at 6 pm.  Marian Mansfield starts the regime today.”  (‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 19th March 1935)

 

“Crosby and guests -  Marian Mansfield and Charlie Erwin will be guests of Bing Crosby over CBS-WDSU at 8 pm when Bing will sing, ‘Old (sic) Faithful’, ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’, ‘Easy To Remember’ and ‘Blame It On My Youth’”.

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 19th March 1935)

 

No. 61  26th March 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Joy Hodges and Joe Sullivan.

 

*Clouds                                                                       (a)

*Blue Moon

  You’re A Builder Upper (Arlen)                                                    Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Nagasaki (Warren)                                                                        Joe Sullivan (Piano)

*When I Grow Too Old To Dream

  I’m Just An Ordinary Human                                                         Joy Hodges

  Selections from ‘Love In Bloom’                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Clouds                                  

*Ev’ry Day

*Please                                                                        (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby - ‘Every Day’, ‘Blue Moon’ and ‘Clouds’ are announced for Bing’s programme over CBS-WDSU at 8 pm”.

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 26th March 1935)

 

No. 62  2nd April 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Rhythmettes.

 

*Please                                                                    (a)

*If The Moon Turns Green

  Tea For Two (Youmans)                                                            Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Going Shopping                                                                          Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra & The Rhythmettes

*Down By The River

  Beyond The Blue Horizon (Whiting)                                            Georgie Stoll Orchestra / Johnny Kiado (Accordion)

*Please                                   

*The Words Are In My Heart

*Let Me Call You Sweetheart                                 (a)

 

Note:

(a)                A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby - Bing’s old favourite, ‘Please’ and ‘If The Moon Turns Green’, ‘Down By The River’ and ‘Words Are In My Heart’ will be sung by him over CBS-WDSU at 8 pm” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 2nd April 1935)

 

No. 63  9th April 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Mills Brothers.

 

*Let Me Call You Sweetheart                                (a)

*My Heart Is An Open Book

 

  Medley from ‘Roberta’                                                             Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  I Won’t Dance (Kern)

  Lovely To Look At (McHugh)

 

  She’s A Latin From Manhattan                                                 The Mills Brothers

*Soon

*I’m Just An Ordinary Human                                 (b)               Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Fare Thee Well, Annabelle (Wrubel)                                         The Mills Brothers

*Let Me Call You Sweetheart

*I Believe In Miracles

*Thanks                                                                  (a)

 

Notes:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

(b)        The piece has just been performed by the orchestra with vocal trio when Bing comes up with the line, ‘Nice going, Georgie.  You enthuse me to try a bit of that myself’ and sings a special chorus.

           

“As his featured number, Crosby is scheduled to sing ‘My Heart Is Like An Open Book’ over CBS-WDSU at 8 pm” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 9th April 1935)

 

No. 64  16th April 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Randall Sisters.

 

*Thanks                                                                  (a)

*Lullaby Of Broadway

  Hawaiian Medley                                                                        Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Ol’ Man River (Kern)                                                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Let Me Sing You To Sleep With A Love Song

  She’s A Latin From Manhattan (Warren)                                    Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra            

  I Like Mountain Music                                                               The Randall Sisters

*Restless

*Thanks

*Solitude                                                                (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby - For his programme over CBS-WDSU at 8 pm, Bing Crosby is scheduled to sing, ‘Thanks’, ‘Lullaby Of Broadway’, ‘Let Me Sing You To Sleep With A Love Song’ and ‘Restless’”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 16th April 1935)

 

No. 65  23rd April 1935

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and Wini Shaw.

 

*Solitude                                                                 (a)

*Night Wind

  St. Louis Blues (Handy)                                                                Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Medley from ‘Love In Bloom’                                                       Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Would There Be Love

  The Girl Friend (Rodgers)                                                             Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  The Lady In Red                                                                          Wini Shaw

*Solitude

*Someday Sweetheart

*Star Dust                                                               (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Bing Crosby - Carded over CBS-WDSU at 8.30 pm - Bing is scheduled to Sing ‘Night Wind’, ‘Lost My Rhythm’ (sic) and ‘Solitude’.  A guest artist also will be heard on the programme” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’  23rd April 1935)

 

No. 66  30th April 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Williams Sisters.

 

*Star Dust                                                                (a)

*When I Grow Too Old To Dream

  I Get A Kick Out Of You (Porter)                                                Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  The Japanese Sandman (Whiting)                                                  Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Lost My Rhythm, Lost My Music, Lost My Girl

  About A Quarter To Nine                                                             The Williams Sisters

*Star Dust

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only.

 

(Photograph) “Presenting The Williams Sisters - Alice, Ethelyn and Laura, vocal trio from Tacoma who will be guests of Bing Crosby on his KHJ programme at 5 pm” 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 30th April 1935)

 

“Bing Crosby - Songs carded for Bing on his programme are ‘Star Dust’, ‘Lost My Rhythm’, ‘It’s Easy To Remember’ and ‘Clouds’ - CBS-WDSU at 7 pm”  

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 30th April 1935)

 

No. 67  7th May 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Henry Busse and The Williams Sisters.

 

*I Surrender Dear                                           (a)

*Ev’ry Day

  You Fit Into The Picture                                                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Emaline (Perkins)                                                                           The Williams Sisters

*I See You Whenever I Close My Eyes                                            

  The Very Thought Of You (Noble)                                                 Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Unknown instrumental                                                                    Henry Busse (Cornet)                                    

*I Surrender Dear

*She’s A Latin From Manhattan

*Life Is A Song (Let’s Sing It Together)          (a)

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only in each case.

 

“Highlights - Varieties - KHJ 5 pm - Bing Crosby’s programme - The Williams Sisters will be guests”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 7th May 1935)

 

“Bing Crosby’s selections for his broadcast today, include ‘There’s A Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart’; ‘Every Day’ and ‘She’s A Latin From Manhattan’ (KFRC 5 to 5.30 pm)” 

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 7th May 1935)

 

“Bing Crosby is scheduled to sing ‘There’s A Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart’, ‘I See You Whenever I Close My Eyes’, ‘Every Day’ and ‘She’s A Latin From Manhattan’ over WDSU”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 7th May 1935)

 

No. 68  14th May 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and The Williams Sisters.

 

*Heavenly Thing

  Medley from ‘Folies Bergere                                                           Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  It’s An Old Southern Custom                                                           The Williams Sisters

*The Words Are In My Heart

  The Very Thought Of You (Noble)                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Down By The River

  Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin)                                                         Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Life Is A Song (Let’s Sing It Together)

*Anything Goes

 

“5 pm KHJ  - The Williams Sisters will be guests on  tonight’s Bing Crosby programme”

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’  14th May 1935)

 

“Some of the older tunes will be mixed with current melodies by Bing Crosby when he’s heard at 7 pm over CBS-WDSU” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 14th May 1935)

 

No. 69  21st May 1935  

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and Martha Tilton.

 

*Everything’s Been Done Before                               (a)

*(There’s A) Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart

  I Won’t Dance (Kern)                                                                       Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  You Saved My Life                                                                           Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*Solitude

  Pardon My Love                                                                               Martha Tilton

*Everything’s Been Done Before

*Lost My Rhythm, Lost My Music, Lost My Girl

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only.

 

“These are the songs that Bing Crosby will intone during his weekly broadcast this evening ‘Everything’s Been Done Before’; ‘There’s A Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart’; ‘Solitude’; ‘Down By The River’ and ‘I Won’t Dance’”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 21st May 1935)

 

“Bing Crosby - For his scheduled programme over CBS-WDSU at 7 pm Mr. Crosby will sing, ‘Everything’s Been Done Before’, ‘There’s A Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart’, ‘Solitude’, ‘Down By The River” and ‘I Won’t Dance’”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 21st May 1935)

 

No. 70  28th May 1935   (a)

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, Valerie Hobson and Andy Devine.

 

*Lovely To Look At                                                   (b)

*Would There Be Love?

  Vilia (Lehar)                                                                                     Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*I Cried For You                                                                                                       

*Lovely To Look At

*I Won’t Dance

*Tell Me That You Love Me                                      (b)

 

Note:

(a)                The Los Angeles Evening Herald Express of the following day (29th) commented on ‘the non-appearance of Bing Crosby due to a row with the sponsors over a certain song’.  No other evidence to support this has been found. 

A copy of the script for the show, without the first page, indicates that Valerie Hobson was scheduled to sing.  Her introduction is in Bing’s own handwriting:

“When a young lady comes to this country and in a period of eight months, succeeds in making 6 pictures, it’s really news.  You’ve seen her in ‘Frankenstein’ and other films – The charming Valerie Hobson – Valerie, what have you for the radio audience this evening – Val – M.D. & Eg etc.(?) – Nothing derisive(?) of the mother country, I hope.” 

There is no mention of the title of the song that Miss Hobson was supposed to sing but taking this song and other evidence into account, something may have had to be cut.  Bing was scheduled to sing, four songs, plus eight bars each of two others; there was also an orchestral item plus two quite lengthy commercials and three pages of dialogue, involving Bing, Andy Devine and Georgie Stoll. 

(b)               A few lines only in each case.

 

“Andy Devine, screen comedian, will be Bing Crosby’s guest star on the Columbia crooner’s weekly broadcast, this afternoon”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 28th May 1935)

 

GRAVEL THROAT

Sharing the spotlight with Bing Crosby on his weekly nationwide feature, this evening, will be Andy Devine, the youthful screen comedian with the "gravel-throated" voice. The program, starring the popular Crosby voice, Devine and Georgie Stoll’s orchestra will be broadcast by KHJ and the Columbia network, from 5 to 5:30.

The fun begins when Stoll discovers some excess baggage in the orchestra in the person of Devine, erstwhile drummer. In other words, Devine, in loafing on the job, has gone "high hat" for the moment, and thinks he should be starred as a singer. Crosby’s songs, the episode featuring Devine and a brace of numbers by the orchestra round out the half-hour.

(‘Los Angeles Post-Record’ 28th May 1935)

 

No. 71  4th June 1935   

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra, The Williams Sisters and Mildred Stone.

 

*Tell Me That You Love Me                                      (a)

*She’s A Latin From Manhattan

  Gesture To June Brides                                                                    Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Young Ideas                                                                                    The Williams Sisters

*Thrilled

  Paris In The Spring                                                                           Mildred Stone

*Tell Me That You Love Me                                                 

*Soon

*I Wished On The Moon                                            (a)

 

“Mildred Stone - With Bing Crosby’s programme, this newest movie star will heard over CBS-WDSU at 7 pm.  Bing will be Master of Ceremonies for the programme and with Miss Stone, will sing several hit numbers”

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 4th June 1935)

 

No. 72  11th June 1935

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With Georgie Stoll and his Orchestra and Martha Tilton.

 

*I Wished On The Moon                                            (a)                  with Chorus

*Seein’ Is Believin

  Oh, Lady Be Good (Gershwin)                                                        Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

  Chasing Shadows                                                                             Martha Tilton

*In A Little Gypsy Tea Room

  St. Louis Blues (Handy)                                                                   Georgie Stoll & his Orchestra

*You Saved My Life                         

*I Wished On The Moon                   

 

Note:

(a)        A few lines only.

 

Rhap-Rhapsody for Bing Crosby the King Of The Krooners.  He’s grown a bit careless about his radio programmes, of late - sauntering into the station a few minutes before the broadcasts and announcing that he hasn’t any idea what numbers he is going to sing.  Some of his shows have suffered from lack of adequate preparation.  Well, wouldn’t you be inclined towards indifference if you were well on the road to becoming a millionaire.  Yet, Bing’s tremendous popularity and wealth has done nothing to change his charm and forthright personality.  He’s generous to a fault and can take a rhap (sic) with a grin” 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 9th June 1935)

 

“When Bing Crosby, premier crooner, sings over KFRC between 5 and 5.30 tomorrow afternoon, it will be for the last time in his present series of broadcasts.  Assisting in his summer swan song will be a chorus of twelve mixed voices which supported him in musical numbers of his recent picture, ‘The Big Broadcast Of 1935’(sic)”

(‘San Francisco Chronicle’ 10th June 1935)

 

“Bing Crosby concludes his current series of radio programmes over CBS and KHJ at 5 pm, featuring a novel presentation of, ‘Wishing (sic) On The Moon’.  Bing will sing the lead supported by four trios (?!) and Georgie Stoll’s Orchestra.” 

(‘Los Angeles Examiner’ 11th June 1935)

 

“Bing and a chorus - Bing Crosby will harmonise with a chorus of twelve voices when he is heard over CBS-WDSU at 7 pm.  He is scheduled to sing, ‘In A Little Gypsy Tea Room’, ‘You Saved My Life’ and ‘Seeing Is Believing’ as solos on the broadcast” 

(‘New Orleans Times-Picayune’ 11th June 1935)

 

(Headline) “Crosby, Woodbury Ideas Disagree”

“Woodbury has not renewed with Bing Crosby for the fall.  Primarily, standing in the way of a new contract is the refusal of the account to again allow the singer to have full control over the programme. Under the past season’s arrangement, Crosby picked his own supporting cast and numbers.  Crosby has turned down other propositions because they call for his being part of a variety show”.

(‘Variety’ 15th May 1935)

 

WOODBURY INDEX 1

 

Lists, alphabetically the songs or musical items in which Bing Crosby participated

 

After Sundown 3

Ah! But Is It Love 4  

Anything Goes 68

 

Beautiful Girl 4, 9

Believe It, Beloved 53

Be Still My Heart 44, 45, 48

Blame It On My Youth 54, 60

Bless Your Heart 9                                        

Blue Moon 52, 54, 61

Boulevard Of Broken Dreams, The 27

 

Carioca 22

Christmas Dawn In Harlem 48

Clouds 60, 61

 

Dancing In The Moonlight 18

Day You Came Along, The 2, 18

Dinah 11, 41

Dixie Lee 27                                                  

Don’t Let It Bother You 38

Down By The River 55,59,62,68

 

Everything I Have Is Yours 5

Ev’ry Day 61, 67

Everything’s Been Done Before 69

 

For All We Know 37

 

Going Hollywood 4

Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule 21

Goodbye, Love 2                               

Goodnight, Little Girl Of My Dreams 10

Goodnight, Lovely Little Lady 22, 39          

Got Me Doin’ Things 58

 

Hands Across The Table 50, 51, 53

Have A Little Dream On Me 45

Heavenly Thing 68

Heaven Only Knows 10

Home On The Range 52

House Is Haunted, The 33

 

I Believe In Miracles 58, 63

I Cried For You 70

Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider 21

If I Had A Million Dollars 42, 48                              

I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five & Ten Cent Store) 35, 36

If The Moon Turns Green 62

I Kiss Your Hand Madame 34                                                                                                          

I Knew You When 33                                               

I’ll Follow My Secret Heart 55, 56    

I Love You Truly 35, 49, 50

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You 40, 52

I’m Hummin’, I’m Whistlin’, I’m Singin’ 34            

I’m In Love 37

I’m Just An Ordinary Human 63

In A Little Gypsy Tea Room 72

I Never Had A Chance 37

I Positively Refuse To Sing 25

I Saw Stars 38, 41

I See You Whenever I Close My Eyes 67                 

Isle Of Capri 56, 57   

I Surrender Dear 67

It’s All Forgotten Now 46

It’s Dark On Observatory Hill 51

It’s Easy To Remember 55, 57, 60

I Wished On The Moon 71, 72          

I Woke Up Too Soon 48, 51

I Won’t Dance 70

I Would If I Could But I Can’t 2

                                                                       

June In January 44, 45, 49     

Just A-Wearyin’ For You 34, 47       

Just One More Chance 57, 58

 

Last Round-Up, The 1, 9

Last Year’s Girl 18                                        

Let Me Call You Sweetheart 62, 63

Life Is A Song (Let’s Sing It Together) 67, 68

Little Picture Playhouse In My Heart (There’s A) 69

Long May We Love 35

Lost My Rhythm, Lost My Music, Lost My Girl 66, 69

Love In Bloom 34,38,42,54                           

Love Is Just Around The Corner 44,46         

Love Locked Out 19, 22

Lovely To Look At 70

Love Thy Neighbour 25, 26, 27                     

Lullaby Of Broadway 60, 64

                                               

Maybe I’m Wrong Again 41, 44

May I? 25, 33

Mine 15

Moon Was Yellow, The 38, 39

My Heart Is An Open Book 58, 63

 

Nagasaki 22                                                   

New Moon Is Over My Shoulder, A 40, 41

Night And Day 10

Night Owl 5

Night Wind 65

 

Old Roses 26

Old Spinning Wheel, The 22

Ole Faithful 60

Once In A Blue Moon 25

One Minute To One 15

One Night Of Love 45, 46, 50

On The Wrong Side Of The Fence 18

Our Big Love Scene 19

Out In The Cold Again 38, 42

 

P.S. I Love You 40                            

Please 35, 61, 62

 

Restless 64

Ridin’ Around In The Rain 33

 

Say It 36

SeeinIs Believin 72

Shadows Of Love 21

Shame On You 3

She Reminds Me Of You 21, 27

She’s A Latin From Manhattan 67, 71

Shine 12                                             

Silent Night 48

Solitude 64, 65, 69                             

Someday Sweetheart 36, 49, 65

Someone Stole Gabriel’s Horn 15

Soon 54, 55, 56, 59, 63, 71

So Shy 19                   

St. Louis Blues 42                                          

Star Dust 65, 66

Stars Fell On Alabama 42, 46

Stay As Sweet As You Are 46, 47, 53

Stay On The Right Side Of The Road 19     

Straight From The Shoulder (Right From The Heart) 36

Swanee River 49, 56

Sweetheart Waltz, The 35, 37

Sweetie Pie 47

Sweet Music 57

 

Take A Number From One To Ten 51

Tell Me That You Love Me 70, 71

Temptation 4, 9                                                          

Thanks 1, 9, 10, 63, 64

They Didn’t Believe Me 39   

This Is Romance 3

This Little Piggy Went To Market 21, 22

Thousand Goodnights, A 33

Three Wishes 3

Thrilled 71

Throwin’ Stones At The Sun 57

Tiny Little Fingerprints 53, 56

To Be Or Not To Be In Love 2

Tomorrow 1

True 27

Two Cigarettes In The Dark 40

 

Very Thought Of You, The 34, 35

                       

We’ll Make Hay While The Sun Shines 15               

What A Difference A Day Made 50

When I Grow Too Old To Dream 61, 66                  

Where The Blue Of The Night 8

Winter Wonderland 50

With Every Breath I Take 44, 47, 52                         

With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming 33

Without That Certain Thing 26

Words Are In My Heart, The 62, 68

Would There Be Love? 65, 70

 

Yes, My Dear 5

You Ain’t Been Living Right 41                   

You And The Night And The Music 55, 58              

You Oughta Be In Pictures 26

You’re A Builder Upper 39

You’re Not The Only Oyster In The Stew 51

You’re The Top 54

Your Love 26

You Saved My Life 72


WOODBURY INDEX 2

 

Lists, alphabetically, the songs or musical items performed solely by guests during the programmes.

 

About A Quarter To Nine 66

Alexander’s Ragtime Band 42, 60

Allah’s Holiday 2

An Earful Of Music 54

And I Still Do 35

           

Beyond The Blue Horizon 62

Bidin’ My Time 37

Blue Moon 19, 33

Body And Soul 54

By A Waterfall 9                                                       

By The Taj Mahal 39

 

Call Of The Rockies 27

Carlo, The 56

Chasing Shadows 72

Chinatown, My Chinatown 37, 40

Cinderella’s Fella 4

Cocktails For Two 26            

Continental, The 36

Cucaracha, La 35

 

Dames 34

Dancing In The Moonlight 21                                   

Did You Ever See A Dream Walking? 10                 

Diga Diga Doo 41

Dinah 10                                                        

Dinner At Eight 9                                                      

Don’t Let It Bother You 39

Down On the Delta 40

           

Easter Parade 21                                                        

Emaline 67

Embraceable You 37

Exactly Like You 26

                                                           

Fare Thee Well, Annabelle 63

Flying Fingers 5                                             

From The Land Of The Sky Blue Water 10

 

Gesture To June Brides 71

Girl Friend, The 34, 65

Goin’ To Heaven On A Mule 18, 22                         

Going Shopping 62

Gold Diggers’ Song, The (We’re In The Money) 1

Got The Jitters 19      

 

Hawaiian Medley 64

Heat Wave 57

Heebie Jeebies 34                                                                                                                   

Here Come The British (Bang! Bang!) 38, 45

Hot Cha Cha 43

 

If I Had A Million Dollars 36, 46

I Found A New Baby 21, 26                         

I Get A Kick Out Of You 53, 66

I Got Rhythm 37

I Like Mountain Music 64     

I’m In Love 36

I’m Just An Ordinary Human 61

I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody) 52

Indiana 43

In The Middle Of A Kiss 47

I Only Have Eyes For You 34, 35

Isle Of Capri 49, 51

It’s An Old Southern Custom 59, 68

It’s My Night To Howl 51

It’s Written All Over Your Face 41

I’ve Got To Sing A Torch Song 1

I Won’t Dance 63, 69

           

Japanese Sandman, The 60, 66

Jingle Bells 48

Jungle Fever 21

                                                                                                                                                                       

Karibali 37, 58

Kashmiri Love Song 9

                                                                       

Lady In Red, The 65

Lazy Bones 2, 10                                                       

Like Me A Little Bit Less (Love Me A Little Bit More) 15

Little Dutch Mill 18, 33

Live And Love Tonight 27

Liza 58

Lonesome Road 43

Lost In A Fog 37, 44 

Love Is Just Around The Corner 51  

Lovely To Look At 63

 

Maybe I’m Wrong Again 47, 50                    

Midnight On Main Street 26                         

Mine 18

Moaning 54

Moon Was Yellow, The 43    

Moonlight On The Water 22  

My Dancing Lady 15

My Heart, At Thy Sweet Voice 46    

My Melancholy Baby 51, 53

My Moonlight Madonna 48

My Old Man 18

My Old Flame 35

 

Nagasaki 26, 61

Needle In A Haystack, A 48

New Moon Is Over My Shoulder, A 39

No Lovers Allowed 52

No More Love 10                                                      

Not For All The Rice In China 9

                                                             

Object Of My Affection, The 40, 47, 50

Oh, Lady Be Good 68, 72

Okay Toots 49

Old Man Harlem 42

Ol’ Man River 48, 64 

On The Good Ship Lollipop 55

 

Pardon My Love 69

Pardon My Southern Accent 39

Paris In The Spring 71

Peanut Vendor, The 2                        

Poor Butterfly 42       

 

Rain 43                                                           

Rain songs medley 40

Restless 57

Rock And Roll 36, 43

 

See Four And Twenty Elders On Their Knees 49

Serenade For A Wealthy Widow 46, 47

Shadow Waltz, The 1

She’s A Latin From Manhattan 63, 64                      

Shine 50

ShoeinThe Mare 38

Sleepy Head 52

Smoke Rings 18                                                         

Sophisticated Lady 15, 21

Spin A Little Web Of Dreams 22

St. Louis Blues 65, 72

Star Dust 27, 38         

Stars Fell On Alabama 45

Stay As Sweet As You Are 42

Sweeter Than Sugar 57

Sweetie Pie 41, 55

Sweet Lucy Brown 53, 57

Sweet Madness 22                             

Sweet Sue (Just You) 10                                                                   

Take A Number From One To Ten 50

Talkin’ To Myself 37

Tea For Two 9, 62

Tell Me What You Mean 56

That Pretty Baby 58

Things Might Have Been So Different 60

Toyland 48

Troubled Waters 35, 38

Try To See It My Way 34

Twenty Four Hours In Georgia 39

Two Blue Eyes, Two Little Baby Shoes 27

                                   

Vilia 41, 70    

Very Thought Of You, The 40, 67, 68          

 

What’s The Reason? 56

When We Fell Out Of Love 53

Where Were You On The Night Of June The Third? 59

Who Walks In When I Walk Out? 21           

Why Don’t You Practice What You Preach? 34                                                                   

You Ain’t Been Living Right 46

You Fit Into The Picture 56, 67

Young Ideas 71

You Oughta Be In Pictures 22

You’re A Builder Upper 61

You’re Gonna Lose Your Girl 10

You’re The Top 49, 58

Your Guess Is As Good As Mine 44

You Saved My Life 69

 

SUNDRY RADIO APPEARANCES 1933 -1935

 

1933

November 1 (8:00 - 9:00 p.m.) Takes part in a nation-wide programme launching a new CBS station (WBBM) in Chicago.

 

1934

February 3 (7:30 - 9:00 p.m.) Bing is one of several artistes featured in a special radio programme marking the opening of the Columbia Playhouse in New York.

September 20 Makes a short guest appearance on the Dorsey Brothers opening radio show of the season and sings ‘Love In Bloom’.

October 22 Bing and Jimmy Grier’s orchestra have made an electrical transcription for the Community Chest which is broadcast by various Los Angeles radio stations as follows: KMTR, 6:35 p.m., KHJ at 6:45 p.m., KECA and KNX at 8:00 p.m. Bing sings “Fare Thee Well To Harlem” and “With My Eyes Wide Open I’m Dreaming”.

 

 

1935

January 16 Bing and Dixie guest on the Jimmie Fidler radio show.

April 20 (8:45 a.m.) Bing sings four songs in an ‘International Week-End’ radio programme which is broadcast to England and transmitted by the BBC as ‘Six Hours Back’.  The songs are ‘June In January’, ‘Love Is Just Around The Corner’, ‘Soon’, and ‘It’s Easy To Remember’.

August 15 Appears on Paul Whiteman’s Kraft Music Hall show singing songs from the film Two For Tonight.

September 14 ‘The Big Broadcast of 1936’ has its first showing at the Paramount Theatre in Los Angeles.  Bing, Ethel Merman and Frances Langford are in attendance. The proceedings are broadcast nationally on the NBC Red Network through the ‘Lucky Strike Hit Parade’ programme between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m.

December 7 Guests on a radio show celebrating the opening of NBC studios in Hollywood.  Al Jolson introduces Bing who sings ‘On Treasure Island’.

 

 

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