ARMED FORCES RADIO SERVICE

 

On the 7th December 1941, the radio networks flashed the news to a stunned American nation that they were at war.

 

The first ‘Command Performance’ was broadcast almost exactly, three months after the bombing of Pearl Harbour, under the aegis of the Office of War Information.  Its success paved the way for the creation of the Armed Forces Radio Service in May 1942, under the command of Colonel Tom Lewis. Time magazine described ‘Command Performance’ as being, ‘the best wartime programme in America’.  This dallied a little with the truth, as very few listeners in the United States ever heard it and it would appear that the Christmas ‘Command Performance’ of 1942 was the only programme of the series to be broadcast to a general audience. In Britain, we were more fortunate, as the BBC Forces programme had been transmitting the series, on Monday evenings, virtually since its inception.

 

All talent was donated, including production staff, gratis and the major networks allowed free use of their studios for the shows. On ‘Command Performance’ No. 162, an all star cast including, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Dinah Shore, Jimmy Durante, The Andrews Sisters and others, spoofed the popular comic strip, ‘Dick Tracy’ in a sixty minute operetta. It was estimated that the total bill for this assembly would have run to well over $100,000 - an enormous sum for the time. Requests from homesick G.I.’s kept the sound effects men on their toes, entrusting the microphone to deliver,  - ‘a sigh from Carole Landis’; ‘ foghorns on San Francisco Bay’; ‘Errol Flynn taking a shower’ (I’ll bet he didn’t!); ‘a slot machine delivering the jackpot’ and ‘Bing Crosby mixing a bourbon and soda for Bob Hope’.

 

At the outset, the AFRS was short waving the shows but obviously, lacking the modern marvels of today’s satellite links, the reception was often distorted or spoiled by fading and static.  They had also overlooked that many servicemen had no access to a short wave receiver.  These problems were resolved when the Armed Forces Radio Service sought permission from the four major networks to record favourite programmes on 16" transcription discs.  As many as seventy of these programmes were recorded and produced each week, especially for the armed forces, together with ‘Command Performance’, ‘Mail Call’, ‘G.I. Journal’ and various other series.  At the peak of the war, around 21,000 transcriptions were being shipped to troops in Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and over 800 radio stations, operated by servicemen and for servicemen, were set up to cover all theatres of war, in order to provide music and laughter from home. The United Kingdom boasted 44 of these AM stations and a great deal of ‘dial twiddling’ was employed by the an enthusiastic population in pursuit of their favourite American bands and vocalists. 

 

Positive identification and dating of Command Performances’ can pose difficulties, largely due to inconsistencies on the part of the AFRS.  The regular weekly broadcasts were normally allotted thirty minutes of air time and although numbered consecutively, they were not necessarily issued in that order.  Whereas, programmes designated as ‘Specials’, were unnumbered (apart from the same general matrix) and again, but not always, may have been of a different duration to those of the regular series.

 

Some shows are politely, described as ‘assembled’, being composed, either entirely or partially, of so-called ‘wild’ tracks, probably ‘lifted’ from the domestic radio series.  Remembering that this was before the advent of magnetic tape, the shows were produced and transcribed with some expertise. To this day, any ‘joins’ are remarkably unobtrusive and untutored listeners would have harboured few doubts that, at the very least, they were hearing a bona fide recording of a live show.  It may well be that these huge incursions into the previously ‘no go’ area of transcribed radio programmes may have been fundamental in fostering Bing’s own interest and later involvement with the process.

 

Precise details of some programmes are still incomplete but it has been established that, including ‘Special Command Performances’, Bing Crosby was featured in, at least, forty of the shows, frequently, as Master of Ceremonies and a glance at the index will reveal that, during the series he sang (including medleys) in excess of a hundred songs, rarely repeating a title.

 

‘Mail Call’ was heralded as, ‘a letter written by the folks at home to a serviceman abroad’ and the first of these thirty minute programmes was recorded on 11th August 1942, at the CBS Studios in Hollywood.  In the beginning, the series included sound track excerpts from current movies and in fact, Bing Crosby’s first appearance on ‘Mail Call’ No. 11, recorded on the 4th November 1942, was with Fred Astaire in a potted version of ‘Holiday Inn’. However, after three months, this format was abandoned in favour of the combination of music, songs and comedy routines that had ensured the success of ‘Command Performance’ and again, servicemen were encouraged to ‘write in with their requests’.

 

Occasionally, ‘Command Performances’ had been given a particular theme, such as, an ‘All Western Programme’ or an ‘All Female Programme’ or, they were specially dedicated, ‘A Tribute To The British Army’ or ‘A Tribute To Walt Disney’ etc.  ‘Mail Call’ became even more embroiled with this procedure, choosing, ‘American states’ for their dedications and it will be appreciated that, once started, this ‘theme’ would have been difficult to conclude before running the whole gamut.  Bing took part in a number of these ‘dedications’ and there will be many who cherish the famous outtake from ‘Mail Call’ No. 73 when he encounters a few problems with Meredith Willson’s new song, ‘Iowa’.

 

‘G.I. Journal’ made its appearance, almost a full year after the advent of ‘Mail Call’ and was described as ‘a newspaper of the air’.  The first ‘edition’ was recorded on 29th June 1943.  The M.C. was known as ‘the Editor’ and for the first year, this post was filled, variously, by Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Kay Kyser and Jack Carson.  Perhaps the cast lists were not quite so star-studded as those of ‘Command Performance’ or ‘Mail Call’ but the ‘journalistic staff’ were portrayed by regular appearances of, ‘Rochester’, Jerry Colonna, Ish Kabibble, Arthur Q. Bryan and Mel Blanc, who found more or less permanent residence as ‘Private Sad Sack’.

 

There were more than a hundred of these programmes.  The presence of Bing has been traced to nineteen of them but again, as with the ‘Command Performance’ and ‘Mail Call’ series, details are sketchy or incomplete for many of the shows, so there may be more.  A particular feature of Bing’s appearances was that the ‘closer’ for the programme was a ‘community sing’ of a perennial favourite, incorporating the cast and audience, such as, ‘Down By The Old Mill Stream’, ‘Daisybelle’, ‘In The Good Old Summertime’ etc. There are indications that some of the songs used were taken from Kraft Music Hall broadcasts.

 Special thanks are offered to George O’Reilly whose generosity and tenacity of purpose, allowed access to many shows that otherwise, I might never have heard.

 

COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA!”

 

No.  17  11th June 1942 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Paul Douglas.  With John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, The Merry Macs, George Givot, Max Baer, Carole Landis, Hugh Herbert, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby and Don Ameche (m.c.)

 

  Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                                              The Merry Macs

  Triumphal March from ‘Peter & The Wolf’ (Prokofiev)         The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland                (a)      with The Music Maids & Hal

  Mad About Him, Sad About Him, How Can I Be Glad

                                                About Him Blues                    Dinah Shore


Note:

(a)      Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

Bureau Of Public Relations Show 30th August 1942  (75 mins) (S1)

 

Produced at National Theatre, Washington, DC.  Announced by Paul Douglas.  With Dr Frank Black and the NBC Orchestra, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, Frank Ladd, Bert Wheeler, Ginny Simms, Dinah Shore, Hedy Lamarr, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Connie Boswell, James Cagney and Bing Crosby (m.c.)


  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love                                 Connie Boswell
*Clementine                                                                        with The Music Maids
  Embraceable You                                                             Ginny Simms

*Vaudeville Parody                                                            with James Cagney
*Down By The Old Mill Stream                                         with James Cagney
  Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                                          Kay Kyser & his Orchestra with

                                                                                          Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (Vocal)
  How Come You Do Me Like You Do?                            Dinah Shore
  Bolero (Ravel)                                                                  Larry Adler (Harmonica)
*Basin Street Blues                                                            with Connie Boswell
*Stardust        

Note: The programme was edited to create Command Performances Nos.30 & 31 and a portionof No. 34

 

No.  30  30th August 1942 K

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Paul Douglas.  With Dr Frank Black and the NBC Orchestra, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, The Music Maids, Bert Wheeler, Hank Ladd, Larry Adler, James Cagney and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love                                 Connie Boswell

*Clementine                                        (a)                           with The Music Maids & Kay Kyser and his Orchestra

*Vaudeville Parody                                                            with James Cagney

*Down By The Old Mill Stream                                         with James Cagney

 

Note:

 (a)       Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

 

No.  31  30th August 1942 K

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Paul Douglas.  With Dr Frank Black and the NBC Orchestra, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, Connie Boswell, Hedy Lamarr, Ish Kabibble, Bud Abbott & Lou Costello and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

  Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                                         Kay Kyser & his Orchestra with

                                                                                         Harry Babbitt & Julie Conway (Vocal)

*Basin Street Blues                                                           with Connie Boswell

*Star Dust                                           (a)       

 

Note:

Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5” (Shown as originating from Command Performance No. 30)

 

NOTE:      K The two programmes noted above were assembled from - “The Bureau Of Public Relations Washington Show”


No.  36  13th October 1942 

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Don Wilson.  With John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, The Charioteers, The Music Maids & Hal, The Ambassadors, Mary Martin, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*You Are My Sunshine                                              (a)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  Do It Again!                                                                         Mary Martin

*Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie                                             with Mary Martin

  Ride, Red, Ride                                                                    The Charioteers (James Sherman - Piano)

  I’ve Got A Gal In Kalamazoo                                                Dinah Shore with The Ambassadors

*My Old Kentucky Home                                          (b)        with Dinah Shore

 

*Medley                                                                  (c)        with Dinah Shore

  One Dozen Roses; Sleepy Lagoon; Put On Your Old                    

  Grey Bonnet; Blues In The Night, Honeysuckle Rose;

  Deep Purple; Only Forever; Three Little Words;

  Always In My Heart.

 

*Star Dust                                                                                          

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 (d)

           

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”                     

(b)        This item does not appear on the AFRS listing.

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(c)        Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah”    Unaccompanied fragments - Titles in italics are by

Dinah Shore only.

(d)       A few lines only at the close of the programme.

 

Christmas Command Performance 1942   24th December 1942  (60 mins)  (S2)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With 20th Century Fox Orchestra conducted by Alfred Newman, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, The Charioteers, Harriet Hilliard, Charles Laughton, The Andrews Sisters, Red Skelton, Edgar Bergen, Ginny Sims, Ethel Waters, Jack Benny, Fred Allen, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  Pennsylvania Polka                                                   The Andrews Sisters

  Jingle Bells                                                                Spike Jones and his City Slickers

  Saving Myself For Bill                                               Ginny Simms

*Basin Street Blues                                                     with The Charioteers

  Dinah                                                                        Ethel Waters

  Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition               Kay Kyser & his Orchestra with The Glee Club

  Why Don’t You Fall In Love With Me?                     Dinah Shore

  Friendship                                                                 Jack Benny & Fred Allen

 

The War Department on Christmas Eve gave domestic listeners their first taste of a series that had been going out to the Armed Forces on short-wave for 43 consecutive weeks. The purpose of the special occasion as Elmer Davis, Office of War Information chief, expressed it in a forward to the show, was to forge a link between the servicemen abroad and the folks on the Home Front.  A recorded version of the show was short-waved, all over the world, the next day….Hope emceed, tossed off a monologue and cross-fired with Crosby.  A special treat in the vocal department was the version of ‘Basin Street Blues’ that came out of the tonsil partnership of Bing Crosby and The Charioteers’

(“Variety” 30th December 1942)

 

No.  44  28th December 1942  

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, ‘Brenda and Cobina’, Victor Borge, Jose Iturbi, Bing Crosby and Kay Kyser (m.c.)

 

Further details unknown.

 

No.  52  13th February 1943 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unknown orchestra, The Music Maids & Phil, The Merry Macs, The Charioteers, Richard Crooks, Pat O’Malley, Martha O’Driscoll, Janet Blair and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Abraham                                                       (a)        with The Music Maids & Phil and The Charioteers

  Embraceable You                                                      Janet Blair

  The Lion And Albert (Edgar)                                     Pat O’Malley (Madge O’Malley - Piano)

  Ave Maria (Schubert)                                                Richard Crooks

*De Camptown Races                                     (b)       with Richard Crooks

*Beautiful Dreamer                                          (c)        with Richard Crooks

  Brazil                                                                         The Merry Macs

*Miss You                                                       (a)       

 

Notes:

(a)         Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

(b)         Delos CD DE5501 "Richard Crooks: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945)"
             Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(c)         Delos CD DE5501 "Richard Crooks: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945)"

 

Any time the old groaner, Bing Crosby, feels like singing, he can be sure of a ready-made audience. So, for that matter, can Richard Crooks, star of ‘Voice of Firestone’. Put the two together and what do you have? A ‘command performance’. Also some darn good harmony. Also a priceless record. But that’s the last line of this story.

Earlier this year, the two silver throats stood before a group of servicemen on the West Coast as talent on the shortwaved program, Command Performance. Bing did his stuff on a couple of hits and Crooks sang ‘Ave Maria’. When they tried to leave, the boys clamored for more, preferably a duet.

“What’ll we do?” asked Crooks. Bing suggested Stephen Foster’s ‘Camptown Races’. That suited Crooks, so they began, completely unrehearsed, while Meredith Willson’s men filled in. Sometimes Bing carried the melody, sometimes Crooks. Sometimes they both jumped to the harmony, at which points the orchestra heightened the melody.

Nowadays, one of Crooks’ prized possessions, played for friends with a great deal of needle lifting, is the single battered record of this high-class, hilarious jam session.

(Bob Bentley, writing in an unidentified magazine)

 

No.  54  24th February 1943  - A Tribute To The British Army

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.  With AAF Orchestra conducted by Major Eddie Dundstedter, (Guest conductor - Meredith Willson), The Music Maids & Phil, Carmen Miranda, Dinah Shore, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c)

 

  Moonlight Becomes You                                                       Dinah Shore

*It’s A Long Way To Tipperary                                 (a) (b)   with Dinah Shore

  Stairway To The Stars                                                           The AAF Orchestra 

  O Tic Tac Do Meo Coracao                                                  Carmen Miranda

*You Are My Sunshine                                              (b)         with The Music Maids

*It Ain’t Necessarily So                                             (a) (c)    with Dinah Shore & Orchestra conducted by Meredith Willson

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah”

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)        V-Disc No. 24-B

(c)        V-Disc No. 2-A

 

No.  60  1st April 1943  

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With John Scott Trotter and his Orchestra, The Charioteers, The Music Maids & Phil, Bob Burns, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Great Day                                                                 (a)       with The Music Maids & Phil

  Taking A Chance On Love                                                   Dinah Shore

  Smiles (Roberts)                                                                   Bob Burns (Bazooka)

  Were You There When They Crucified My Lord                  The Charioteers (James Sherman - Piano)

 

*Medley:                                                                     (b)      

  Margie; Tangerine; Somebody Else Is Taking My Place;     with Dinah Shore       

  I Love You Truly; Conchita Marquita Lopez; I’ll Be With 

  You In Apple Blossom Time; Basin Street Blues; Dear Mom;

  Blues In The Night

 

*Easter Parade                                                            (c)        with Dinah Shore

*As Time Goes By                                                      (a)       

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)        Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah” (Parodied fragments - titles in italics by Dinah Shore only)

(c)        Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah”

 

No.  71  19th June 1943  - Dedicated To The British Commonwealth

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Vaughn Monroe and his Orchestra, The Murphy Sisters, ‘Baby Snooks & Daddy’ (Fanny Brice & Hanley Stafford), Mel Blanc, Ziggy Talent, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby (m.c.’s)

 

  I Don’t Want Anybody At All                                             Dinah Shore

  When I Grow Up                                                               Vaughn Monroe Orch (Ziggy Talent - Vocal)

*It Can’t Be Wrong                                           (a)           

  Let’s Get Lost                                                                   Vaughn Monroe Orch (Vaughn Monroe & The Murphy Sisters Vocal)

*Summertime                                                    (b)              with Dinah Shore

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)        Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah”

 

No.  75  11th July 1943 

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, Harry James and his Orchestra, Trudy Erwin, Leo ‘UkieSherin, Artur Rubinstein, Betty Grable and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Wait For Me, Mary                                       (a)           with Trudy Erwin

  The Right Kind Of Love                                                Harry James Orch (Helen Forrest - Vocal)

*My Melancholy Baby                                                    with Leo ‘UkieSherin (Ukulele)

  Ritual Fire Dance (De Falla)                                         Artur Rubinstein (Piano)

  Back Beat Boogie                                                        Harry James Orchestra

*I Never Mention Your Name                         (b)       

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air”   

(b)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

 

No.  81  28th August 1943 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Kay Kyser and his Orchestra, Pinto Colvig, Julia Conway, Georgia Carroll, Sully Mason, Judy Garland, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

  Embraceable You/The Man I Love                                       Judy Garland

  Ma! He’s Making Eyes At Me                                              Kay Kyser Orchestra

*Sunday, Monday Or Always                                     (a)       

*Inka Dinka Doo                                                        (b)        with Jimmy Durante

 

*Medley:   (c) 

  You Made Me Love You; I Remember You; That Old          with Judy Garland

  Black Magic; I’m Always Chasing Rainbows; Over The

  Rainbow; Moonlight Becomes You; Why Don’t You Do  

  Right?; This Love Of Mine; You’d Be So Nice To Come

  Home To; Three O’Clock In The Morning; Where The Blue

  Of The Night; Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life; I Ain’t Got

  Nobody; It’s A Great Day For The Irish

 

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                (d)        with Judy Garland

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

(b)        Natasha Imports NI-4026 (CD) - “Jimmy Durante - September Song” (Bing’s contribution is minimal)

(c)        Parodied fragments only.  Titles in italics are by Judy Garland only.

(d)       JSP 965 4-CD set - “Judy Garland – The Lost Recordings 1929-1959”

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  86  25th September 1943 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Charioteers, Tony Romano, Frances Langford, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  You’ll Never Know                                                              Frances Langford

  Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                             The Charioteers

  You’re Priceless                                                                    Tony Romano (Guitar & Vocal)

*On Moonlight Bay                                                    (a)         with The Charioteers

*These Foolish Things                                                             with Frances Langford

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

 

The Bing Crosby Christmas Album  Christmas 1943  (15 mins)   (S3)

 

  *Jingle Bells  (commercial recording used)                                       with The Andrews Sisters

  *Adeste Fideles

  *Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (commercial recording)                with The Andrews Sisters

  *Silent Night

  *White Christmas

 

No.  97  18th December 1943  (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With The 370th Army Air Force Band conducted by M/Sgt. Skinnay Ennis, The Charioteers, Leo ‘UkieSherin, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby (m.c.’s)

 

  Over There                                                                Ken Carpenter

*Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean (parody)                      with Dinah Shore & Ken Carpenter              

*Basin Street Blues                                            (b)      with The Charioteers (James Sherman - Piano)

*Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean (parody)                      with Dinah Shore

  How Deep Is The Ocean?                                          Dinah Shore

  I’m An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande)           Dinah Shore with Leo ‘UkieSherin (Ukulele)

*San Antonio Rose                                                      with Leo ‘UkieSherin (Ukulele)

*Empty Saddles                                                           with Dinah Shore & Leo ‘UkieSherin (Ukulele)

  Shoo Shoo Baby                                              (b)     The Charioteers (James Sherman - Piano)

 

*Medley:                                                           (c)       

  Little Brown Jug; When You Wore A Tulip; I Want             with Dinah Shore

  A Girl Just Like The Girl; Put Your Arms Around Me

  Honey; Pistol Packin’ Mama; I Can’t Give You Anything

  But Love, Baby; Blues In The Night; Jim; Where The Blue Of

  The Night; White Christmas; I’ll See You In My Dreams;

  Lover, Come Back To Me; Little Brown Jug

 

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                               with Dinah Shore

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 31 - “Bing & Dinah”

(b)        JASCD 714 "SwingLow, Sweet Charioteers"

(c)        Parodied fragments. Titles in italics by Dinah Shore only

 

No.  104  1st February 1944 

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, Ticker Freeman, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore (m.c.)

 

  Blues In The Night                                                               Dinah Shore

  Speak Low                                                                          Frank Sinatra

*Candlelight & Wine                                        (a)                  with John Scott Trotter (Piano)

 

*Medley:                                                         (b)

  Little Sir Echo; This Is The Guy; Was That The Human      with Frank Sinatra & J.S. Trotter (piano)

  Thing To Do?; The Last Round-Up; If I Had My Way;                                          

  Pony Boy; Falling In Love Again; I Wonder What’s Become    

  Of Sally; It Makes No Difference Now; I Heard You Cried  

  Last Night; The Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze;

  Learn To Croon; Dinah; Stardust; Sunday, Monday Or

  Always; Deep Purple

                                                                                               

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                            with Frank Sinatra

                                                                                   

Note:

(a)          Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)          Parodied fragments only.  Titles in italics are by Frank Sinatra only.

 

No.  115  15th April 1944 

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Myrtle Cooper & Scott Wiseman (‘Lulubelle & Scotty’), Shirley Mitchell, Yehudi Menuhin, Dinah Shore and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Mexicali Rose

  Sunday Monday Or Always                                                 Shirley Mitchell

  Unknown composition                                                          Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)

  Does Your Spearmint Lose Its Flavour

                             On The Bedpost Overnight?                      ‘Lulu Belle & Scotty’

  It’s Love, Love, Love                                                           Dinah Shore

 

*Medley:                                                      (a)

  She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain; I’m Forever             with Dinah Shore

  Blowing Bubbles; Put Your Arms Around Me Honey;

  I Like Mountain Music; Alone; Why Don’t You Fall

  In Love With Me?; As Time Goes By; Take It Easy;

  I’ll Be Home For Christmas; In The Evening By The

  Moonlight; Your Feets’ Too Big; These Foolish

  Things; Let The Rest Of The World Go By

           

*Dancing In The Dark                                                               with Dinah Shore

 

Note:

(a)        Parodied fragments.  Titles in italics are by Dinah Shore only.

 

No.  118  6th May 1944 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, The Music Maids, Gypsy Rose Lee, Betty Hutton, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

*Swinging On A Star                                                 (a)             with The Music Maids

  Pig Foot Pete                                                                            Betty Hutton

*Long Ago And Far Away                                        (a)

*‘Schoolroom’ Sketch                                              (b)

*A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody                                                      

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

(b)        The sketch involves the cast singing parodied fragments of songs (sometimes only one line).  Ken Carpenter plays the schoolteacher and piano accompaniment is provided by Ticker Freeman.  Titles used include, ‘I’ll Get By’, ‘The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise’ & ‘Say A Prayer For The Boys Over There’ - Bing Crosby; ‘Did I Get Stinkin’ At The Club Savoy’ & ‘They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old’ - Betty Hutton; ‘When The Lights Go On Again All Over The World’ - Bob Hope; ‘I Want My Mama’ - Gypsy Rose Lee

 

No.  122  3rd June 1944   (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  The Dixieland Band                                                              Judy Garland

*I Love You (Porter)                                                             

  All The Things You Are                                                         Frank Sinatra                          

*You Are My Sunshine                                              (b)         with Frank Sinatra

*You’re The Top                                                       (b)         with Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope

*Sonny Boy                                                                (b)        with Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope

*You’re The Top (reprise)                                          (b)        with Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope

*Something To Remember You By                             (c)         with Judy Garland

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Tandem Records LP-1903 “Mail Call” and on Laserlight 15413 (CD) - “Mail Call” and as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”.

(b)        Parodied versions.

            Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years”

(c)        JSP 965 4-CD set - “Judy Garland – The Lost Recordings 1929-1959”

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  123  3rd June 1944   (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, Shirley Ross, Lena Horne, Lotte Lehman, Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Connie Haines (m.c.)

 

  Gee, I Love My GI Guy                                           Connie Haines

  Good For Nothing Joe                                              Lena Horne

  Thanks For The Memory                                          Shirley Ross

  Brahm’s Lullaby                                                       Lotte Lehman

  I’ll Be Seeing You                                                    Frances Langford

*If I Had My Way (Parody)                                       with Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope & Jerry Colonna

 

Note:

(a) The complete programme was issued on HLC Records 6647 (CD) – “Crosby In Command”

                                                                                                                                         

No.  125  17th June 1944  

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, Harpo Marx, Gary Cooper, Georgia Gibbs, Ann Miller, Bing Crosby and Jack Benny (m.c.)

 

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby                  (a)       

  Stormy Weather                                                                    Georgia Gibbs

*My Blue Heaven                                                    (b)           with Harpo Marx (Harp)

*One Alone                                                             (c)             

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 32 - “Der Bingle - Volume 5”

(b)          Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(c)        Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  129  15th July 1944 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, The Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby (m.c.’s)

 

*Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?                       with The Andrews Sisters

  Long Ago And Far Away                                        Judy Garland

 

 Medley - ‘Your All Time Flop Parade’:   (a)

*Yachting                                                                              

  Hammacher Schlemmer                                            Judy Garland

  K-K-K-Katie (parody)                                            The Andrews Sisters

  Yes, We Have No Bananas                                     Unidentified vocalist

*Thanks For The Memory                      (b)       

                                                                                   

*I’ll Remember April                                                             

 

*Medley:                                                (c)                  with Judy Garland & Sgt. Gene Plummer (Piano)   

Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (parody);   

De Camptown Races (parody); Beyond The Blue Horizon;

  The Music Stopped; My Old Kentucky Home;

  Alabamy Bound; Goodnight, Wherever You Are

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete medley was issued on Curtain Calls No. 100/2 - “Both Sides Of Bing Crosby”

(b)        Unaccompanied fragment

(c)                Fragments only.  Titles in italics by Judy Garland only

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  142  14th October 1944  -  Highlights Of 1944  (a)

 

Produced In Hollywood.  Announced by and m.c. Ken Carpenter.  With various Orchestras, Lena Horne, Dinah Shore, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Groucho Marx, Bob Hope, Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton, Ziggy Elman, Les Paul, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby.

 

  Life’s Full Of Consequence                                         Lena Horne & Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson

  Long Ago And Far Away                                           Dinah Shore

  Lydia, The Tattooed Lady                                          Groucho Marx

  Honeysuckle Rose                              (b)                   Ensemble

*Going My Way                                                        

  Dena                                                                         Danny Kaye

*Medley:        

  Your All Time Flop Parade                 (c)                   with Judy Garland & The Andrews Sisters

 

Notes:

(a)        This was an ‘assembled’ programme

(b)        The ensemble consisted of Tommy Dorsey (Trombone); Artie Shaw (Clarinet); Ziggy Elman

(Trumpet); Illinois Jacquet (Tenor Sax); Lionel Hampton (Vibraphone); Ed McKinney (Bass);

Les Paul (Guitar) and Buddy Rich (Drums) 

(c)                Dubbed from Command Performance No. 129

 

Swinging Round The Clock   October 1944  (a)  (60 mins)    (S5)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Don Wilson.  With the Orchestras of Count Basie, Jimmy Dorsey, Harry James, Benny Goodman, Woody Herman, Kay Kyser, Gene Krupa, Vaughn Monroe and Tommy Dorsey, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, Ella Mae Morse, Ginny Simms, Lena Horne and Bing Crosby.

 

  Grand Central Getaway                                             Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra

  Patty Cake Man                                                        Ella Mae Morse

  Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby                           Louis Jordan (Vocal) & his Tympany Five)

  I’ll Get By                                                                 Harry James Orchestra (Buddy Moreno - Vocal)

  Milkman Keep Those Bottles Quiet                           Kay Kyser Orchestra (Sully Mason - Vocal)

  ‘Deed I Do                                                                Lena Horne

  Air Mail Special                                                        Benny Goodman Orchestra

*Swinging On A Star                                     (b)         with The Charioteers & The Music Maids

  Dance With A Dolly                                                  Ginny Simms with The Bombardiers

  Amen                                                                        Woody Herman (Vocal) with his Orchestra

  Amor                                                                         Tommy Dorsey Orchestra & The Sentimentalists

  Drumboogie                                                               Gene Krupa Orchestra

  Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                 Johnny Mercer with The Pied Pipers

  Lili Marlene                                                               Vaughn Monroe (Vocal) with his Orchestra

  Holiday For Strings                                                    Spike Jones & his City Slickers

  Jumping At The Woodside                                         Count Basie Orchestra

 

Notes:

(a)        An ‘assembled’ programme designed for transmission on New Year’s Eve

(b)        Probably from Command Performance No. 44

 

No.  154  16th December 1944  (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, The Stan Kenton Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, Lauren Bacall, Stan Kenton, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  Rum And Coca Cola                                                     The Andrews Sisters

  And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine                                 Stan Kenton Orchestra (Anita O’Day - vocal)

*More And More                                                                               

*Don’t Fence Me In                                                       with The Andrews Sisters

 

Note:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Tulip TLP-108 - “Bing Crosby Command Performance/Music Hall”

 

No.  155  16th December 1944

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, The Andrews Sisters, Ann Sheridan, Benny Goodman Quartet, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

*Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                           with The Andrews Sisters

*More And More                                                                               

  Rachel’s Dream                                                                     Benny Goodman Quartet

*Brahm’s Lullaby                                                       (a)       

*Put It There Pal                                                                     with Bob Hope

 

Note:

(a)        A capella included in comedy routine

 

No.  160  1st February 1945 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Edward Arnold, Carmen Miranda, Jack Carson, Bing Crosby and Gloria de Haven (m.c.)

 

  The Man I Love                                                                     Gloria de Haven

  Tico Tico                                                                               Carmen Miranda

  The Music Stopped (Parody)                                                 Jack Carson

*Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral                                                                             

                                               

No.  162  15th February 1945 - Dick Tracy In B Flat  (a)  (60 mins)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Major Meredith Willson, Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Jerry Colonna, Bob Hope, Frank Morgan, Judy Garland, The Andrews Sisters, Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra and Cass Daley.

 

*Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (Overture)                  with Cast

*Whose Dream Are You?                                                                  

*Barnacle Bill The Sailor (Parody)                                         with Dinah Shore

  Tess’s Torch Song (Parody)                                                Dinah Shore

  You’re The Top (Parody)                                                    Bob Hope

  A Wandering Minstrel I (Parody)                                         Frank Morgan

  The Music Goes ‘Round And ‘Round (Parody)                    Jimmy Durante

  Over The Rainbow (Parody)                                                Judy Garland

  I’m Strong For You                                                             Judy Garland & Bob Hope

*Whose Dream Are You? Reprise)                                       

  I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time                             The Andrews Sisters

*All The Things You Are (Parody)                                         with Frank Sinatra

*Sunday, Monday Or Always (Parody)                                 with Frank Sinatra & Bob Hope

  The Trolley Song                                                                  Cass Daley

*Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day (Finale)                       with Cast

  I’m Strong For You                                                  (b)        Bob Hope

  I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time (Parody)    (b)        The Andrews Sisters

  The Music Goes ‘Round And ‘Round (Parody)         (b)        Jimmy Durante

  The Trolley Song (Parody)                                        (b)        Cass Daley

  All The Things You Are (Parody)                              (b)        Frank Sinatra

  Meet Me In St. Louis (Parody)                                 (b)        Judy Garland & Frank Morgan with Chorus

*Whose Dream Are You?                                          (b)        with Dinah Shore & Chorus

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on the following: For Collectors Only 100B - “Bing Crosby  - For Collectors Only”; Scarce Rarities Productions SR5504 - “Dick Tracy In B Flat”; Pro-Arte

CD505 (CD) - “The Original Dick Tracy”; EMI Comedy 7243 53950927 (CD) “Dick Tracy In B Flat”; and as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”.

(b)                These items represent ‘curtain calls’ from the main members of the cast as they are introduced, individually, at the close of the programme by Harry Von Zell.

 

No.  169  5th April 1945  (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Marilyn Maxwell, The Charioteers, Lionel Barrymore, Dame May Whitty, Johnny Mercer and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*This Heart Of Mine                                                     (b)        

  Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week)               Marilyn Maxwell                    

*Mr. Crosby And Mr. Mercer                                                    with Johnny Mercer

*Dear Old Girl                                                                            with The Charioteers

*The Fifth Marines

 

Notes:

(a)     The complete programme was issued on HLC Records 6647 (CD) – “Crosby In Command”

(b)     Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

                                                           

No.  172  26th April 1945 

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Lauritz Melchior, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*My Dreams Are Getting Better All The Time                                 

*A Little On The Lonely Side                                                           

  Mattinata (Leoncavello)                                                        Lauritz Melchior

  Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                           Lauritz Melchior        

  Down By The O-Hi-O (Parody)                                           Jimmy Durante & Lauritz Melchior

*After Awhile                                                                        

 

VE Day Show  May 1945   (30 mins) (S6)  (a)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  With AFRS Orchestra, “GI Jill” (Martha Wilkerson) , The Ken Darby Singers, Dinah Shore, Frances Langford, Ginny Simms, Johnny Mercer, Judy Garland, Loretta Young, Charles Boyer, Lin Yu Tang, Herbert Marshall, Michael Chekhov, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby (m.c.’s)

 

  America The Beautiful                                                          The Ken Darby Singers

*Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition                          with The Ken Darby Singers

  This Is The Army Mister Jones                                             Frances Langford

  I’ve Been Working On The Railroad                                    Dinah Shore with The Ken Darby Singers

  Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree                                          Ginny Simms

  Gee Mom I Want To Go Home                                           Dinah Shore with The Ken Darby Singers

  The G.I. Jive                                                                       Johnny Mercer

  The Battle Hymn Of The Republic (Parody)                         Frances Langford, Dinah Shore & Ginny Simms with The Ken Darby Singers

 

Medley: We’re Off To See The Wizard (Parody);

  I’ve Got Sixpence; Bless ‘Em All                                        Judy Garland with The Ken Darby Singers

 

  The Beer Barrel Polka                                                         Bob Hope with The Ken Darby Singers and cast

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                      (b)        with The Ken Darby Singers

  Old Hundredth Doxology                                                    The Ken Darby Singers

*The Battle Hymn Of The Republic                                       with The Ken Darby Singers

 

Notes: 

(a)     This programme of thanksgiving is not included in the AFRS listing of Command Performances, nor is an exact date of transcription or broadcast known.  Regardless of possibly more specific classification, the compiler believes that it is of sufficient importance in the official wartime broadcasts of Bing Crosby to merit entry herein.  Of course, this excuse would be superfluous if any significance can be attached to the fact that the Command Performance of the 15th August was entitled “Victory Extra.

(b)      Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  182 5th July 1945   (Celebrating G.I. Jive’s 1000th Programme)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Ella Mae Morse, “GI Jill” (Martha Wilkerson), Spike Jones and his City Slickers, Tommy Dorsey and Bing Crosby (m.c)

 

*Sentimental Journey                                                             

  Star Dust                                                                   Tommy Dorsey (Trombone)

  Cow Cow Boogie                                                      Ella Mae Morse

  Chloe                                                                         Spike Jones & his City Slickers with Red Ingle

                                                                                               

  Medley:                                                                                

*Don’t Fence Me In

*Paper Doll

*I’ll Walk Alone

 

  I’m Getting Sentimental Over You                             Spike Jones & his City Slickers

                                                                                   with Tommy Dorsey (Trombone)

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                                               

 

Command Performance - Victory Extra   15th August 1945  (a)  (120 mins)  (S7)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, with Martha Wilkerson (‘GI Jill’),  Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball, Lionel Barrymore, Janet Blair, Claudette Colbert, John Conte, Bette Davis, Marlene Dietrich, Jimmy Durante, Jinx Falkenburg, Greer Garson, Ed Gardner, Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth, Lena Horne, Ruth Hussey, Jose Iturbi, Danny Kaye, The King Sisters, Diana Lewis, Ida Lupino, Herbert Marshall, Bill Mauldin, Marilyn Maxwell, Johnny Mercer, Burgess Meredith, Carmen Miranda,  George Montgomery, Robert Montgomery, William Powell, Edward G. Robinson, Lina Romay, Ginger Rogers, Dinah Shore, Ginny Simms, Frank Sinatra, Risë Stevens, Claire Trevor, Orson Welles, Ernest Whitman, Don Wilson, Loretta Young, Harry Von Zell and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

  Ave Maria (Schubert)                                                           Risë Stevens

  I’ll Walk Alone                                                                     Dinah Shore

  Polonaise in A Flat Op.33, No. 6 (Chopin)                           Jose Iturbi (Piano)

  You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To                                Ginny Simms

 

*Medley:

  You Are My Sunshine (Parody)                                           with Frank Sinatra

  Sonny Boy (Parody)

  You’re The Top (Parody)     

 

  The House I Live In                                                              Frank Sinatra

  What Is This Thing Called Love?                                          Janet Blair      

*San Fernando Valley                                                                       

  Shoo Shoo Baby                                                                  The King Sisters

  The Man I Love                                                                    Lena Horne

  The G.I. Jive                                                                         Johnny Mercer

  The Lobby Song                                                                   Danny Kaye

  I’ve Got Rhythm                                                                    Marilyn Maxwell

  Tico Tico                                                                               Carmen Miranda

*White Christmas                                                                  

 

Note:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Radiola MR-1100 - “Command Performance - Victory Extra” - and Radiola CDMR1100 (CD) - “Command Performance - Victory Extra”. (Neither of these issues includes the rendition of ‘White Christmas’)

 

Special VJ Day Show   2nd September 1945  (S8)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  With AFRS Orchestra, President Harry S. Truman, Frances Langford, Dinah Shore, Orson Welles, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

 

  America, The Beautiful                                                          Dinah Shore

  The House I Live In                                                              Frank Sinatra

  I’ve Been Working On The Railroad                                     Dinah Shore

  Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree                                           Frances Langford

  Gee Mom I Want To Go Home                                            Orchestra & Chorus

  We Gather Together (To Ask The Lord’s Blessing)               Frances Langford

*White Christmas                                                                  

 

Further details unknown

 

No.  190 6th September 1945  

 

This was a re-broadcast of Command Performance No. 122

 

Christmas 1945 Command Performance 25th December 1945 (a)  (Broadcast date) (120 mins) (S9)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, Harry James and his Orchestra, The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir, The Pied Pipers, President Harry S. Truman, Mel Blanc, Jerry Colonna, Cass Daley, Jimmy Durante, Ed Gardner, Judy Garland, Eddie Jackson, Kay Kyser, Frances Langford, Johnny Mercer, Herbert Marshall, Dinah, Shore, Ginny Simms, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

*On The Atchison, Topeka and The Santa Fe                                   

  Along The Navajo Trail                                                          Dinah Shore

  Two O’Clock Jump                                                               Harry James Orchestra

  So I Ups To Him                                                                   Jimmy Durante & Eddie Jackson

  Till The End Of Time                                                             Ginny Simms

  De Camptown Races                                                            Johnny Mercer

  Long Ago And Far Away                                                      Judy Garland

  Embraceable You                                                                  The Pied Pipers

  Baia                                                                                      Frances Langford

  You Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying                         (b)         Cass Daley

  If I Loved You                                                                     Frank Sinatra

  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town                                          The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir

  Joy To The World                                                                Male choir

  O Come All Ye Faithful                                                        Frances Langford with male choir

  Hark! The Herald Angels Sing                                              Ginny Simms with male choir

  O Little Town Of Bethlehem                                                 Dinah Shore with male choir

  It Came Upon A Midnight Clear                                           Judy Garland with male choir

*Silent Night

 

Notes:

(a)                The complete programme was issued on Jasmine JASCD607 (CD) – “A Night With Stars hosted by Bob Hope”

(b)               Includes parodied arrangements of “It Could Happen To You”; “Swinging On A Star”; “My Ideal”; “Going My Way”; “Together”; “Murder, He Says”; “That Old Black Magic”; “Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition”; “I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night”; “I’ll Never Smile Again”.

 

No.  212  21st February 1946

 

Produced in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter.  A compilation broadcast, Bing's contributions were "Dear Old Girl" and exchange with Dame May Whitty originating from CP 169 plus his skit with Anne Sheridan and Bob Hope assumed sourced from CP 155 in which Bing plays Bob's child visiting Anne's movie set.

 

Army Day Command Performance  6th April 1946  (45 mins)   (S10)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Harry Von Zell.  With AFRS Orchestra & Chorus directed by Meredith Willson, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, General Dwight D. Eisenhower, The Andrews Sisters, Dinah Shore, Bette Davis, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy                                     Dinah Shore

*Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief                                                                                                         

  Oh! What It Seemed To Be                                                  Frank Sinatra

*You’re The Top (Parody)                                                      with Bob Hope & Frank Sinatra

  You Always Hurt The One You Love                                    Spike Jones and his City Slickers (Carl Grayson & Red Ingle - Vocal)

  Chickery Chick                                                                     The Andrews Sisters

  Aura Lee                                                                               AFRS Orchestra & Chorus

  What Do You Do In The Infantry?                                        Frank Sinatra

  This Is The Army Mister Jones                                              Dinah Shore   

*U.S. Field Artillery March                                                   

 

No.  217  14th April 1946   Academy Awards

 

Produced in Hollywood.  With Johnny Gray Orchestra, Frank Sinatra, George Murphy, Ray Milland, Ingrid Bergman and Charles Boyer.

 

Bing was heard in extracts from “The Bells Of St. Mary’s”

 

5th Anniversary Command Performance  29th May 1947  (Broadcast date) (60 mins) (S11)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, Fred Allen, Secy. of War Robert P. Anders, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Jack Benny, Lt. Gen. J. Lawton Collins, Jimmy Durante, Nelson Eddy, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Greer Garson, Peter Lind Hayes, Danny Kaye, Ernst Lubitsch, Paul Lukas, Lauritz Melchior, George Murphy, Lina Romay, Dinah Shore, Ginny Simms, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, Don Wilson, Bing Crosby and Lionel Barrymore (m.c.)

 

  Brazil                                                                                    Lina Romay

  The House I Live In                                                              Frank Sinatra

  The Peanut Vendor (Parody)                                                Nelson Eddy & George Murphy

  The Anniversary Song                                                           Dinah Shore

  Song Of The Volga Boatmen                                                Clark Gable

  Durante - The Patron Of The Arts                                         Jimmy Durante

  Comic Operetta                                             (a)                   Danny Kaye, Judy Garland & Lauritz Melchior

*Dear Old Girl                                                (b)                   with The Charioteers

 

Notes:

(a)        This sketch with a ‘railroad’ background is comprised mainly of parodied versions of familiar

operatic themes.

(b)              Dubbed from Command Performance No. 169

 

6th Anniversary Command Performance  29th May 1948  (Broadcast date) (a) (60 mins) (S12)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With unidentified Orchestra, Jack Benny, Claudette Colbert, Jerry Colonna, Ronald Colman, Dennis Day, Jimmy Durante, Rita Hayworth, Betty Hutton, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby and Bob Hope (m.c.)

 

  It’s Love, Love Love                                                                        Dinah Shore

 

*Medley 

  She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain; I’m Forever  (a)                 with Dinah Shore

  Blowing Bubbles; Put Your Arms Around Me Honey; 

  I Like Mountain Music; Alone; Why Don’t You Fall

  In Love With Me?; As Time Goes By; Take It Easy;

  I’ll Be Home For Christmas; In The Evening By The

  Moonlight; Your Feets’ Too Big; These Foolish

  Things; Let The Rest Of The World Go By

                       

*Dancing In The Dark                                                  (b)                  with Dinah Shore

  Nancy (With The Laughing Face)                                                     Frank Sinatra

  His Rocking Horse Ran Away                                                          Betty Hutton

  I’m Gonna Hang My Hat                                                                 Jimmy Durante, Betty Hutton, Ronald Colman & Claudette Colbert

  For The First Time (I Saw You)                                                        Dennis Day

*If I Had My Way                                                      (c)                  with Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra & Jerry Colonna

 

Notes:

(a)        Fragments only.  Titles in italics are by Dinah Shore only.

(b)        Dubbed from Command Performance No. 115

(c)        Dubbed from Command Performance No. 123

 

Christmas Command Performance 25th December 1948 (120 mins)  (S13)

 

Produced in Hollywood.  Announced by Hy Averback.  With various orchestras, The Richard Davis Choir, Andy Russell & Gloria De Haven (m.c’s), Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen & ‘Charlie McCarthy’, Mel Blanc, The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir, Ken Carpenter, Shirley Dinsdale & ‘Judy Splinters’, Jimmy Durante, Walter Gross, Bob Hope, Herbert Marshall, Robert Maxwell, Lauritz Melchior, Marvin Miller, Dinah Shore, Robert Young and Bing Crosby.

 

  Somebody Loves Me                                                            Gloria de Haven

*On The Atchison, Topeka and The Santa Fe            (a)       

  Along The Navajo Trail                                           (a)        Dinah Shore

  Durante -The Patron Of The Arts                            (a)        Jimmy Durante

  Just For Now                                                                      Andy Russell

  Intermezzo (Souvenir de Vienne)/Tea For Two                    Walter Gross (Piano)

  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town                             (a)        The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir

  Without You                                                                        Andy Russell

 

  Gershwin Medley:

  It Ain’t Necessarily So, Oh, Lady Be Good,                       Robert Maxwell (Harp)

  The Man I Love, I Got Rhythm

 

  O Holy Night                                                                      Lauritz Melchior

  Silent Night                                                                         Lauritz Melchior

  ‘The Other Wise Man’ (Narration)                                      Robert Young & Marvin Miller

 

Note:

(a)                A largely, ‘assembled’ programme.  These items are from the Christmas Command Performance of 1945.

 

Christmas Command Performance 1949 (120 mins) (S14) (a)

Announced by Ken Carpenter, Edmund Gwenn (m.c.), The Andrews Sisters, Gene Autry, Harry Babbitt, Mel Blanc, Francis X. Bushman, Jerry Colonna, William Conrad, Donald Crisp, Cass Daley, The Hoosier Hotshots, Bob Hope, Harry James, Lauritz Melchior, Lum ‘N’ Abner, The Pied Pipers, Lisa Roy & Jacques Normand, Jeffrey Silver and Bing Crosby.

 

Back In The Saddle Again                                          Gene Autry

*Here Comes Santa Claus

(Right Down Santa Claus Lane)           with Gene Autry & The Andrews Sisters

La Vie En Rose (You’re Too Dangerous, Cherie)        Lisa Roy

Il Faut De Tout Le Monde                                          Jacques Normand

*Jingle Bells                                                                with The Andrews Sisters

Put On Your Old Red Flannels                                   The Hoosier Hotshots

Etiquette Blues                                                            The Hoosier Hotshots

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth        Harry Babbitt

Somehow                                                                    The Pied Pipers

Tuxedo Junction                                                          Harry James (Trumpet) & Ensemble

O Holy Night                                                              Lauritz Melchior

Cottontail                                                                    Harry James (Trumpet) & Ensemble

Together                                                                     Cass Daley

I Remember Momma                                                  Harry Babbitt

‘S Wonderful                                                              The Pied Pipers

‘This One Brief Moment’ (Playlet)                               Donald Crisp, Francis X. Bushman, William Conrad, Jeffrey Silver & Jane Webb

 

Medley                                                                      Choir

Hark, The Herald Angels Sing

O Little Town Of Bethlehem

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear

Joy To The World

 

Jingle Bells                                                                  Cast and Audience

 

Note:

It has not been possible to establish a precise date for this programme but it would seem highly likely that the broadcast date would have been 25th December. In his excellent book ‘Command Performance USA!’, Harry Mackenzie shows a content for this show that does not match any of the details shown above and offers the following author’s note: ‘Details of this programme were taken from AFRS Weekly Radio Round-Up of Christmas issues for 1949. Two of the tunes featured were written in 1946 and research into other issues on this sheet, strongly suggest that, in all probability, this is a repeat of Christmas Command Performance 1946’Employing a similar yardstick to the details shown above, ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’, written and performed by Gene Autry in 1947, achieved top position in the charts in 1949 – The same year that Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters recorded the song. A song entitled ‘Somehow’ was a minor hit for Billy Eckstine in 1949. Edmund Gwenn mentions that Donald Crisp presented him with his Academy Award for his part in ‘Miracle On 34th Street’ – This ceremony took place in March 1948.

 

35th Anniversary Command Performance  May 1977  (60 mins)  (S15)

 

With various orchestras, Ken Carpenter, Bob Hope (m.c), Bud Abbott & Lou Costello, Jack Benny, Edgar Bergen, Fanny Brice & Hanley Stafford (‘Baby Snooks’ & ‘Daddy’), George Burns & Gracie Allen, Eddie Cantor, Dennis Day, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland, Dorothy Lamour, Mary Livingston, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinatra, Red Skelton Don Wilson and Bing Crosby.

 

  Blues In The Night                                                               Dinah Shore

  Speak Low                                                                          Frank Sinatra

*Star Dust                                                                              

*Inka Dinka Doo                                                                    with Jimmy Durante

  No Love, No Nothing                                                           Judy Garland

 

Note:

(a)        This assembled show was the final programme, probably broadcast in 1977.  It would seem likely that these Crosby contributions originate from Command Performance No. 31 & No. 81, respectively.

 

There were so-called “Special” programmes considered to be items which did not belong to the series or had a longer running time than 30 minutes.  In spite of the fact that AFRS created a matrix to cover these, they do not appear to have conformed to their own rules and no number was allocated to them.  To simplify identification within this Directory and the index, they have been consecutively numbered with the prefix “S”

 

In the annals of wartime radio, no brighter spot is to be found than in the brilliant and deserved success of ‘Command Performance’, the programme faithfully and unselfishly put together by showfolk for the exclusive enjoyment of servicemen, overseas. Week after week, the great of Hollywood and Broadway frolicked through a constantly, superb half-hour, providing all-round good fun and entertainment, nowhere equalled on the civilian kilocycles.Like so many magnificent contributions to the war effort, the record of ‘Command Performance’ will have to be closed without the general public ever knowing, fully, what they missed by being in mufti or, what all the branches of radio did without the ballyhoo ordinarily accompanying their ever move.  If it has not already been done, the complete file of ‘Command Performance’ recordings would seem deserving of a niche in the Library of Congress, for it would be difficult to unearth a more fitting and permanent account of our sense of humour, in war and more particularly, how the country’s performers helped us keep it”

(Jack Gould “New York Times” 21st October 1945)


 


COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA!”   INDEX 1  

 

INDEX 1 – Lists, alphabetically the songs or musical items in which Bing Crosby participated

 

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 155

Abraham 52

Adeste Fideles S3

After Awhile 172

Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life 81

Alabamy Bound 129

All The Things You Are 162

All Time Flop Parade 142

Alone 115,S12

Always In My Heart 36

As Time Goes By 60,115,S12

 

Barnacle Bill The Sailor 162

Battle Hymn Of The Republic, The S6

Basin Street Blues 31, 60, 97, S1, S2

Beautiful Dreamer 52

Beyond The Blue Horizon 129

Blues In The Night 36,97

Brahm’s Lullaby 155

 

Candlelight And Wine 104

Clementine 30,S1

Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer S6

 

Dancing In The Dark 115,S12

Daring Young Man On The Flying Trapeze, The 104

Dear Old Girl 169, 212, S11

Dear Mom 60

De Camptown Races 52,129

Deep Purple 36

Dinah 104

Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief S10

Don’t Fence Me In 154,182

Down By The Old Mill Stream 30,S1

 

Easter Parade 60

Empty Saddles 97

Falling In Love Again 104

Fifth Marines, The 169

 

Going My Way 142

Goodnight, Wherever You Are 129

Great Day! 60

 

Hand Me Down My Walking Cane 129

Happy, Happy, Happy Wedding Day 162

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) S14

Honeysuckle Rose 36

 

If I Had My Way 104,123,S12

I’ll Be Home For Christmas 115,S12

I’ll Be Seeing You 182

I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time 60

I’ll Get By 118

I’ll Remember April 129

I’ll See You In My Dreams 97

I’ll Walk Alone 182

I Love You 122

I Love You Truly 60

I’m Always Chasing Rainbows 81

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles 115,S12

I Never Mention Your Name 75

Inka Dinka Doo 81,S15

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t Ma Baby 129

It Ain’t Necessarily So 54

It Can’t Be Wrong 71

It Makes No Difference Now 104

It’s A Long Way To Tipperary 54

I Want A Girl, Just Like The Girl 97

 

Jim 97

Jingle Bells S14

 

Learn To Croon 104

Let The Rest Of The World Go By 115,S12

Little Brown Jug 97

Little On The Lonely Side, A 172

Little Sir Echo 104

Long Ago And Far Away 118

Lover, Come Back To Me 97

 

Margie 60

Mexicali Rose 115

Miss You 52

Moonlight Becomes You 81

More And More 154,155

Mr. Crosby And Mr Mercer 169

Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean 97

My Blue Heaven 125

My Melancholy Baby 75

My Old Kentucky Home 36,129

 

Oh! What A Beautiful Morning 97

One Alone 125

One Dozen Roses 36

On Moonlight Bay 8 

On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe S9, S13

 

Paper Doll 182

People Will Say We’re In Love 81,104

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition S6

Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, A 118

Put It There Pal 155

Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet 36

Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 97,115,S12

 

San Antonio Rose 97

San Fernando Valley S7

Say A Prayer For The Boys Over There 118

Sentimental Journey 182

She’ll Be Comin’ Round The Mountain 115,S12

Silent Night S3, S9

Sleepy Lagoon 36

Somebody Else Is Taking My Place 60

Something To Remember You By 122

Sonny Boy 122,S7

Stardust 31, 36, S1,S15

Summertime 71

Sunday, Monday Or Always 81,104,162

Swinging On A Star 118, S5

 

Take It Easy 115,S12

Thanks For The Memory 129

That Old Black Magic 81

These Foolish Things 86,

This Heart Of Mine 169

This Love Of Mine 81

Three O’Clock In The Morning 81

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral 160

 

US Field Artillery March S10

 

Vaudeville Parody S1,30

 

Wait For Me, Mary 75

Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie 36

Was That The Human Thing To Do? 104

Where The Blue Of The Night 36,81

White Christmas 97,S3, S7, S8, S10

Whose Dream Are You? 162

World Is Waiting For The Sunrise, The 118

 

Yachting 129

You Are My Sunshine 36,54,122,S7

You Made Me Love You 81

You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby 125

You’re The Top 122,S10,S7

Your Feet’s Too Big 115,S12

 


COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA!” - INDEX 2

 

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

 

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 172,S5

Air Mail Special S5

All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth S14

All The Things You Are 122

Along The Navajo Trail S9,S13

Amen S5

America, The Beautiful S6, S8

Amor S5

And Her Tears Flowed Like Wine 154

Anniversary Song, The S11

Aura Lee S10

Ave Maria 52,S7

 

Back Beat Boogie 75

Back In The Saddle Again S14

Baia S9

Battle Hymn Of The Republic, The S6

Beer Barrel Polka, The S6

Bless ‘Em All S6

Blues In The Night 60,104,S15

Bolero (Ravel) S1

Brahm’s Lullaby 123

Brazil 52, S11

 

Chickery Chick S10

Chloe 182

Comic Operetta S11

Conchita, Marquita Lopez  60

Cottontail S14

Cow Cow Boogie 182

 

Dance With A Dolly S5

De Camptown Races S9

‘Deed I Do S5

Deep Purple 104

Dena 142

Did I Get Stinkin’ At The Club Savoy 118

Dinah S2

Dixieland Band, The 122

Does Your Spearmint Lose Its Flavour? 115

Do It Again! 36

Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree S6,S8

Down By The O-Hi-O 172

Drumboogie S5

Durante, The Patron Of The Arts S11,S13

 

Embraceable You 52,81,S1,S9

Etiquette Blues S14

 

For The First Time (I Saw You) S12

Friendship S2

 

Gee, I Love My G.I. Guy 123

Gee, Mom I Want To Go Home S6,S8

G.I. Jive, The S6,S7

God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen S14

Going My Way S9

Good For Nothing Joe 123

Grand Central Getaway S5

 

Hammacher Schlemmer 129

Hark! The Herald Angels Sing S9, S14

His Rocking Horse Ran Away S12

Holiday For Strings S5

Honeysuckle Rose 142

House I Live In, The S7,S8,S11

How Come You Do Me Like You Do? S1

How Deep Is The Ocean? 97

 

I Ain’t Got Nobody 81

I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby 30,97,S1

I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night S9

I Don’t Want Anybody At All 71

If I Loved You S9

I Got Rhythm S13

I Heard You Cried Last Night 104

Il Faut De Tout Le Monde S14

I Like Mountain Music S12

I’ll Be Seeing You 123

I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time 162

I’ll Get By S5

I’ll Never Smile Again S9

I’ll Walk Alone S7

I’m An Old Cowhand 97

I’m Getting Sentimental Over You 182

I’m Gonna Hang My Hat S12

I’m Strong For You 162

Intermezzo S13

In The Evening By The Moonlight S12

I Remember Momma S14

I Remember You 81

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby S5

It Ain’t Necessarily So S13

It Came Upon A Midnight Clear S9, S14

It Could Happen To You S9

It’s A Great Day For The Irish 81

It’s Love, Love, Love 115,S12

I’ve Been Working On The Railroad S6,S8

I’ve Got A Girl In Kalamazoo 36

I’ve Got Rhythm S7

I’ve Got Sixpence S6

I Want My Mama 118

I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally? 104

 

Jingle Bells S2, S14

Jingle, Jangle, Jingle 31,S1

Joy To The World S9, S14

Jumping At The Woodside S5

Just For Now S13

 

K-K-K-Katie 129

 

Last Round-Up, The 104

La Vie En Rose S14

Let’s Get Lost 71

Life’s Full Of Consequence 142

Lili Marlene S5

Lion And Albert, The 52

Lobby Song, The S7

Long Ago And Far Away 129,142,S9

Lydia, The Tattooed Lady 142

 

Ma! He’s Making Eyes At Me 81

Man I Love, The 81,160,S7,S13

Mattinata 172

Meet Me In St. Louis 162

Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet S5

Moonlight Becomes You 54

Murder, He Says S9

Music Goes ‘Round And ‘Round, The 162

Music Stopped, The 160

My Ideal S9

 

Nancy (With The Laughing Face) S12

No Love, No Nothing S15

 

O Come All Ye Faithful S9

Oh, Lady Be Good S13

O Holy Night S13, S14

Oh! What It Seemed To Be S10

Old Hundredth Doxology S6

O Little Town Of Bethlehem S9, S14

Only Forever 36

O Tic Tac Do Meo Coracao 54

Over The Rainbow 81,162

Over There 97

 

Patty Cake Man S5

Peanut Vendor, The S11

Pennsylvania Polka S2

Pig Foot Pete 118

Pistol Packin’ Mama 86

Polonaise (Chopin) S7

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition S2,S9

Put On Your Old Red Flannels S14

 

Rachel’s Dream 155

Ride, Red, Ride 36

Right Kind Of Love, The 75

Ritual Fire Dance 75

Rum And Coca Cola 154

 

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town S9,S13

Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week) 169

Saving Myself For Bill S2

Shoo Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy S10

Shoo Shoo Baby 97,S7

Silent Night S13

Smiles 60

So I Ups To Him S9

Somebody Loves Me S13

Somehow S14

Song Of The Volga Boatmen S11

Speak Low 104, S15

Stairway To The Stars 54

Star Dust 104,182

Stormy Weather 125

Sunday Monday Or Always 115

Swinging On A Star S9

S Wonderful S14

 

Taking A Chance On Love 60

Tangerine 60

Tea For Two S13

Tess’s Torch Song 162

Thanks For The Memory 123

That Old Black Magic S9

These Foolish Thing S12

They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old 118

This Is The Army, Mr Jones S10,S6

This Is The Guy 104

This One Brief Moment S14

Three Little Words 36

Tico Tico 160,S7

Till The End Of Time S9

Together S14

Trolley Song, The 162

Tuxedo Junction S14

Two O’clock Jump S9

 

Wandering Minstrel I, A 162

We Gather Together S8

We’re Off To See The Wizard S6

Were You There When They Crucified My Lord? 60

What Do You Do In The Infantry? S10

What Is This Thing Called Love? S7

When I Grow Up 71

When The Lights Go On Again All Over The World 118    

When You Wore A Tulip 97

Without You S13

Why Don’t You Do Right? 81

Why Don’t You Fall In Love With Me? S2,S12

 

Yes, We Have No Bananas 129

You Always Hurt The One You Love S10

You Can’t Blame A Girl For Trying S9

You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To 81,S7

You’ll Never Know 86

You’re Priceless 86

You’re The Top 162

You’re Too Dangerous, Cherie S14


“COMMAND PERFORMANCE USA!” - INDEX 3

 

Details, alphabetically, the people and places concerned in the programmes. 

 

Abbott, Bud S1,31,S15

Adler, Larry 30

Allen, Fred S2, S11

Allen, Gracie S15

Allman, Elva 44

Ambassadors, The 36

Ameche, Don 17

Anders, Robert P. S11

Anderson, Eddie ‘Rochester’ 142,S11

Andrews Sisters, The S2,129,142,154,155,162,S10, S14

Arnaz, Desi S7

Arnold, Edward 160

Autry, Gene S14

Averback, Hy S13

 

Babbitt, Harry 31, S14

‘Baby Snooks & Daddy’ 71,S15

Bacall, Lauren 154

Baer, Max 17

Ball, Lucille S7

Barrymore, Lionel 169,S7,S11

Basie, Count 142,S5

Benny, Jack S2,125,S11,S12,S13,S15

Bergen, Edgar S2,S13,S15

Bergman, Ingrid 217

Black, Frank S1,30,31

Blair, Janet 52,S7

Blanc, Mel 71,S13, S14

Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir S9,S13

Bombardiers, The S5

Borge, Victor 44

Boswell, Connie S1,31

Boyer, Charles S6, 217

‘Brenda & Cobina’ 44

Brice, Fanny 71,S15

Burns, Bob 60

Burns, George S15

Bushman, Francis X. S14

 

Cagney, James S1,30

Cantor, Eddie S15

Carpenter, Ken S2,44,52,60,71,75,81,86,97,104,115,118,122, 123,125,129,142,154,155,160,169,172,182,S8,S9,S11,S12, S13, S14, S15

Carroll, Georgia 81

Carson, Jack 160

Chekhov, Michael S6

Colbert, Claudette S7,S12

Collins, Lt.Gen. J. Lawton S11

Colman, Ronald S12

Colonna, Jerry 123,162,S9,S12, S14

Conrad, William S14

Conte, John S7

Conway, Julie 31,81

Cooper, Gary125

Cooper, Myrtle 115 

Costello, Lou S1,31,S15

Crisp, Donald S14

Crooks, Richard 52

 

Daley, Cass 162,S9, S14

Davis, Bette S7,S10

Day, Dennis S12,S15

De Haven, Gloria 160,S13

Dietrich, Marlene S7

Dinsdale, Shirley S13

Dorsey, Jimmy S5

Dorsey, Tommy 142,S5

Douglas, Paul 17,S1,31

Dunstedter, Major Eddie 54

Durante, Jimmy 81,162,172,S7,S9,S11,S12,S13,S15

 

Eddy, Nelson S11

Eisenhower, General Dwight D. S10

Elman, Ziggy 142

Ennis, M/Sgt Skinnay 97

Erwin, Trudy 75

 

Falkenburg, Jinx S7

Freeman, Ticker 104

 

‘G.I. Jill’ S6,S7

Gable, Clark S11

Gardner, Ed S7,S9

Garland, Judy 81,122,129,142,162,S6,S9,S11,S15

Garson, Greer S7,S11

Gibbs, Georgia 125

Givot, George 17

Glee Club, The S2

Goodman, Benny S5,155

Grable, Betty 75

Grant, Cary S7

Gray, Johnny 217

Grayson, Carl S10

Gross, Walter S13

Gwenn, Edmund S14

 

Haines, Connie 123

Hampton, Lionel 142

Hayes, Peter Lind S11

Hayworth, Rita S7,S12

Herbert, Hugh 17

Herman, Woody S5

Hilliard, Harriet S2

Hoosier Hotshots, The S14

Hope, Bob S2,54,60,86,118,122,123, 142,154,155,162,S6,S8, S9,S10,S12,S13, S14, S15

Horne, Lena 123,142,S5,S7

Hussey, Ruth S7

Hutton, Betty 118,S2

 

Ingle, Red S10

Iturbi, Jose 44,S7

 

James, Harry 75,S5,S9, S14

Jones, Spike S2,S5,S10

Jordan, Louis S5

 

Kaye, Danny S7,S11

Ken Darby Singers, The S6

Kenton, Stan 154

King Sisters, The S7

Krupa, Gene S5

Kyser, Kay S1,30,31,S2,44,81,S5,S9

 

Ladd, Hank S1,S30

Lamarr, Hedy S1

Lamour, Dorothy S15

Landis, Carole 17

Langford, Frances 86,123,S6,S8,S9

Laughton, Charles S2

Lee, Gypsy Rose 118

Lehman, Lotte 123

Lewis, Diana S7

Livingston, Mary S15

Lubitsch, Ernst S11

Lukas, Paul S11

Lulubelle & Scotty’ 115

Lum ‘N’ Abner S14

Lupino, Ida S7

 

Marshall, Henry S6,S7,S9,S13

Martin, Mary 36

Marx, Groucho 142

Marx, Harpo 125

Mason, Sully 81,S5

Mauldin, Bill S7

Maxwell, Marilyn 169,S7

Maxwell, Robert S13

McKinney, Ed 142

Melchior, Lauritz 172,S11,S13, S14

Menuhin, Yehudi 115

Mercer, Johnny S5,169,S6,S7,S9

Meredith, Burgess S7

Merry Macs, The 17,52

Milland, Ray 217

Miller, Ann 125

Miller, Marvin S13

Miranda, Carmen 54,60,160,S7

Mitchell, Shirley 115

Monroe, Vaughn 71,S5

Montgomery, George S7

Montgomery, Robert S7

Moreno, Buddy S5

Morgan, Frank 162

Morse, Ella Mae S5

Murphy, George 217,S11

Murphy Sisters, The 71

Music Maids, The 30,118,S5

Music Maid & Hal, The 17,36,44

Music Maids & Phil, The 52,54,60,S5

 

Newman, Alfred S2

Normand, Jacques S14

 

O’Driscoll, Martha 52

O’Malley, Madge 52

O’Malley, Pat 52

 

Paul, Les 142

Pied Pipers, The S5,S9, S14

Plummer, Sgt Gene 129

Powell, William S7

 

Rich, Buddy 142

Richard Davis Choir S13

Robinson, Edward G. S7

Rogers, Ginger S7

Romano, Tony 86

Romay, Lina S7,S11

Ross, Shirley 123

Roy, Lisa S14

Rubinstein, Artur 75

Russell, Andy S13

 

Sentimentalists, The S5

Shaw, Artie 142

Sheridan, Ann 155

Sherin, Leo ‘Ukie’ 75,97

Sherman, James 36,60,97

Shore, Dinah 17,S1,36,54,60,71,97,104,115,142,162,S6,S7,

S8,S9,S10,S11,S12,S13,S15

Silver, Jeffrey S14

Simms, Ginny S1,S2,S5,S6,S7,S9S11

Sinatra, Frank 104,122,123,162,S7,S8,S9,S10,217,S11,S12, S15

Skelton, Red S2,S15

Stafford, Hanley 71,S15

Stevens, Risë S7

Stewart, Blanche 44

 

Talent, Ziggy 71

Tang, Lin Yu S6

Trevor, Claire S7

Trotter, John Scott 36,60,104

Truman, Harry S. S8,S9

 

Von Zell, Harry 54,162,S7,S10

 

Waters, Ethel S2

Webb, Jane S14

Welles, Orson S7,S8,S11

Wheeler, Bert S1,30

Whitman, Ernest S7

Whitty, Dame May 169

Wilkerson, Martha S6,S7

Willson, Meredith 54,118,123,125,129,162,S10

Wilson, Don 36,S5,S7,S11,S15

Wiseman, Scott 115

 

Young, Loretta S6,S7

Young, Robert S13

 

MAIL CALL    (All programmes produced in Hollywood)

 

No.  11  4th November 1942   (a)

 

Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With AFRS Orchestra, Fred Astaire, Betty Rhodes, Fibber McGee and Molly and Bing Crosby.

 

  Hit The Leather                                                                     Orchestra & Chorus

*I’ll Capture Your Heart                                                         with Fred Astaire

*White Christmas                                                                   with Betty Rhodes

  Easy To Dance With                                                             Fred Astaire

*Abraham                                                                              with Betty Rhodes

*Be Careful It’s My Heart

*Easter Parade

*White Christmas (reprise)

*Hit The Leather (Parody)                                                      with Fibber McGee & Molly & Chorus

 

Note:

(a)        The major part of the programme is a potted version of the film “Holiday Inn” with narration

by Bing

 

No.  21  20th January 1943

 

Announced by Chet Huntley.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Music Maids and Hal, Alice Faye, Tommy Dorsey, Andy Devine, Cesar Romero and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

Further details unknown.

 

No.  54  2nd September 1943

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra, 370th Army Air Force Band, The Merry Macs, Nan Wynn, Robert Benchley, Ben Lyon (m.c) and Bing Crosby

 

  I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles                                              The Merry Macs

*Paper Doll                                                                                        

  Saludos Amigos                                                                   370th AAF Band

  It’s Always You                                                                   Nan Wynn

*You’ll Never Know

 

No.  61  20th October 1943

 

Announced by Harry Von Zell.  With AFRS Orchestra, Frank Morgan, John Conte, Nora Lou Martin, John Brownlee and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*McNamara’s Band                                                                with Music Maids and Hal

  Blue Lou                                                                               370th Army Air Force Band of the San Bernardino Air Service Command
  You’ll Never Know                                                               Nora Lou Martin
  Waltzing Matilda                                                                    John Brownlee
  Comedy Routine                                                                    Bing, Frank Morgan, John Conte
  There’s a Ridin’ Ropin’ Cowboy                                             Nora Lou Martin
*White Christmas

 

No.  73  12th January 1944  -  Salute To Iowa 

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Meredith Willson/Skinnay Ennis, Dorothy Lamour, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*San Fernando Valley                                                        with Orchestra conducted by Skinnay Ennis

  Got A Date With An Angel                                               Skinnay Ennis

  It Could Happen To You                                                  Dorothy Lamour

*Iowa                                                                                with Orchestra conducted by Meredith Willson

  I Love Life                                                                       Jerry Colonna

*Something To Remember You By                                    with Dorothy Lamour

 

No.  78  16th February 1944 -  Dedicated To Washington State 

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Les Paul Trio, Richard Crooks, Connie Boswell and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*My Ideal                                                               (a)              

  My Heart Tells Me                                                              Connie Boswell

  Star Dust                                                                             Connie Boswell

  Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                                            Connie Boswell

  Songs My Mother Taught Me (Dvorak)                               Richard Crooks

*Timber / In The Evening By The Moonlight/

You Are My Sunshine (Parody)                   (b)         with Richard Crooks

  Begin The Beguine                                                               Les Paul Trio

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street               (c)         with Connie Boswell

 

Notes:

(a)                Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)        Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(c)        On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The Radio Shows”


 

No.  91  17th May 1944  -  Tribute To Minnesota  (a)

 

Announced by Harlow Wilcox.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Music Maids, Stella Friend, Arthur Treacher, Jimmy Durante, Judy Garland (m.c.) and Bing Crosby

 

  The Trolley Song                                                                   Judy Garland

*It’s Love, Love, Love                                                                      

  Can Do, Will Do (The Song Of The Seabees)                        Judy Garland

*Amor                                                                                    

*The Groaner, The Canary And The Nose                 (b)        with Judy Garland & Jimmy Durante

 

Note:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on the following:

            Tandem Records LP-1903 - “Mail Call”

            Laserlight 15413 (CD) - “Mail Call”

(b)        Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years” 

            Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"


No.  102  26th July 1944 - Tribute To Hawaii 

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With Harry Owens Orchestra,  Paul Taylor’s Douglas Aeronaders, The Merry Macs, Hilo Hattie, Connie Haines, Betty Grable and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Hello Hawaii                                                                        

*Blue Hawaii                                                 (a)                     with Connie Haines

  Hawaiian War Chant                                                             The Merry Macs

  Ukulele Lady                                                                        Connie Haines

  Song Of The Islands                                                              Les Paul Trio

  I’ve Got To Learn To Speak Hawaiian                                  Hilo Hattie

  The Cock-Eyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai                                 Hilo Hattie

  Sing Me A Song Of The Islands                                            Betty Grable

*Sweet Leilani                                               (b)                     with Paul Taylor’s Douglas Aeronaders

  Aloha Oe                                                                              Harry Owens Orchestra


Notes:

(a)         Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)        Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  120  22nd November 1944

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Sportsmen, Risë Stevens, Garry Moore, Peggy Ryan, The Andrews Sisters and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                                      

  Down In The Valley                                                             The Andrews Sisters

*Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby                                      with The Andrews Sisters

  If You Were The Only Girl In The World                              Garry Moore

*The Day After Forever                                                                    

  Habanera from ‘Carmen’ (Bizet)                                           Risë Stevens

  Lullaby Of Broadway                                                           The Andrews Sisters

*The Amphibians Battle Hymn (We’re Going In)                            

 

No.  122  6th December 1944

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra, Sgt Jerry Hauser, Tito Guizar, Jo Stafford, Humphrey Bogart, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Betty Grable (m.c.)

 

Bing Crosby’s contribution is restricted to a cameo appearance at the close of a comedy sketch based on “The Princess And The Pirate”

 

No.  128  24th January 1945  

 

Announced by Harry Von Zell.  With AFRS Orchestra, The Charioteers, Martha Mears, Lauritz Melchior, Cass Daley and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive                                                      

  Goodnight, Wherever You Are                                            Martha Mears

  E Lucevan Le Stelle (Puccini)                                               Lauritz Melchior

  Together                                                                              Cass Daley

*More And More                                                                               

*One Meat Ball                                                                     with Lauritz Melchior

 

No.  138  28th March 1945  -  Honouring Oscar Winning Film ‘Going My Way”    (a)

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra, Leo McCarey, Connie Haines, William Frawley, Barry Fitzgerald, Jack Benny, Bette Davis (m.c.) and Bing Crosby

 

*Swinging On A Star                                                            

  Come And Live In Lankersham                                            Leo McCarey

*You Belong To My Heart                                                    

*Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral                                                                 

*Ida (Sweet As Apple Cider)                                                 with William Frawley

 

Note:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 20 - “Der Bingle - Volume 3” and Double Gold DBG53042 - “Bing Crosby - Those Great World War II Songs”

 

No.  154  18th July 1945 

 

Announced by Don Wilson.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Alvino Rey, Marilyn Maxwell, Johnny Mercer (m.c.) and Bing Crosby

 

  Gotta Be This Or That                                                          Johnny Mercer

  I’m In A Jam With Baby                                                       Marilyn Maxwell

*Along The Navajo Trail                                                                   

  Holiday For Strings (Rose)                                                   AFRS Orchestra

*Small Fry                                                                             with Johnny Mercer

*Mr. Gallagher & Mr. Shean                                                  with Johnny Mercer

 

No.  205 12th August 1946  (a)

 

With Dorothy Lamour, Cass Daley, Richard Crooks, Jerry Colonna, Connie Boswell, Marguerite Chapman (m.c.) and Bing Crosby.

 

  I’m In The Mood For Love                                                  Dorothy Lamour

  They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old                                 Cass Daley

*Timber                                                                                with Richard Crooks

*You Are My Sunshine (Parody)                                           with Richard Crooks

* Amor

  I Love Life                                                                           Jerry Colonna

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                             with Connie Boswell

 

Note:

(a)        This appears to be a largely ‘assembled’ programme.  Bing’s contributions originate from Mail Calls Nos.73, 78 and 91.


“MAIL CALL” - INDEX 1 

 

INDEX 1 – Lists, alphabetically the songs or musical items in which Bing Crosby participated

 

Abraham 11

Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive 120,128

Along The Navajo Trail 154

Amor 91,205

Amphibians’ Battle Hymn, The (We’re Going In) 120

 

Be Careful It’s My Heart 11

Between 18th and 19th On Chestnut Street 78,205

Blue Hawaii 102

 

Day After Forever, The 120

 

Easter Parade 11

Groaner, Canary And The Nose, The 91

 

Hello, Hawaii 102

Hit The Leather 11

 

Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider 138

I’ll Capture Your Heart 11

Iowa 73

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby 120

It’s Love, Love, Love 91

 

McNamara’s Band  61

More And More 128

Mr Gallagher And Mr Shean 154

My Ideal 78

 

One Meat Ball 128

 

Paper Doll 54

 

San Fernando Valley 73

Small Fry 154

Something To Remember You By 73

Sweet Leilani 102

Swinging On A Star 138

 

Timber 78,205

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral 138

 

White Christmas 11, 61

 

You Are My Sunshine 78,205

You Belong To My Heart 138

You’ll Never Know 54

 

MAIL CALL” - INDEX 2 

 

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

 

Alohe Oe 102

 

Begin The Beguine 78

Blue Lou  61

 

Can Do, Will Do (The Song Of The Seabees) 91

Cock-Eyed Mayor Of Kaunakakai 102

Come And Live In Lankersham 138

 

Down In The Valley 120

 

Easy To Dance With 11

E Lucevan De Stelle (Puccini) 128

 

Goodnight, Wherever You Are 128

Got A Date With An Angel 73

Gotta be This Or That 154

 

Habanera (Bizet) 120

Hawaiian War Chant 102

Hit The Leather 11

Holiday For Strings 154

 

If You Were The Only Girl In The World 120

I Love Life 73,205

I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles 54

I’m In A Jam With Baby 154

I’m In The Mood For Love 205

It Could Happen To You 73

It’s Always You 54

I’ve Got To Learn To Speak Hawaiian 102

 

Lullaby Of Broadway 120

 

My Heart Tells Me 78

 

Oh! What A Beautiful Morning 78

 

Saludos Amigos 54

Sing Me A Song Of The Islands 102

Song Of The Islands 102

Songs My Mother Taught Me 78

Star Dust 78

 

There’s a Ridin’ Ropin’ Cowboy  61

They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old 205

Together 128

Trolley Song, The 91

 

Ukulele Lady 102


Waltzing Matilda 61


You'll Never Know 61




 

 


G.I. JOURNAL    (All programmes produced in Hollywood. There are indications that some of the songs used were recordings of songs used in Kraft Music Hall broadcasts)

 

No.  8  4th September 1943  

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With unknown Orchestra, Falstaff Openshaw, Mel Blanc, Linda Darnell, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

Further details unknown.

 

No.  9  10th September 1943

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, Pat McGeehan, Falstaff Openshaw, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Linda Darnell, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Wait For Me Mary                                                         with Trudy Erwin

*Ridin’ Herd On A Cloud                             (a)                                            

*It’s Always You                                                                              

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                                       with Trudy Erwin & The Music Maids & Hal

*Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean (Parody)                         with Jimmy Durante

*Home On The Range                                                     with Cast & Audience (Charlie La Vere - Piano).


Note:

(a)         Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  10  17th September 1943 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, Pat McGeehan, Mel Blanc, Falstaff Openshaw, Arthur Q. Bryan, Linda Darnell, Trudy Erwin, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                     with Trudy Erwin

*Sunday Monday Or Always

*Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey                 (a)          with The Music Maids & Hal

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                             with The Music Maids & Hal

*Mr Gallagher And Mr. Shean (Parody)                          with Jimmy Durante

*My Wild Irish Rose                                         (b)          with Cast & Audience (Charlie La Vere - Piano).


Notes:
(a)
       Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

(b)       Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  11  24th September 1943 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Pat McGeehan, Falstaff Openshaw, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Linda Darnell, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*MacNamara’s Band                                                        with The Music Maids & Hal

*If You Please

*Cuddle Up A Little Closer                     (a)

*What Do You Do In The Infantry?                                  with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Mr. Gallagher And Mr. Shean                                         with Jerry Colonna

*Let Me Call You Sweetheart                                           with Cast & Audience


Note:
(a)
       Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  12  9th October 1943 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Hal, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Georgia Carroll, Ish Kabibble, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Thank Your Lucky Stars                                                                  

*Poinciana      

  Do It Again                                                                           Georgia Carroll                                  

*The Vict’ry Polka

  You’re My Everything                                                          Jerry Colonna                         

*Daisy Bell                                                                             with Cast & Audience

 

No.  13  15th October 1943 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With unknown Orchestra, Pat McGeehan, Arthur Q. Bryan, Mel Blanc, Georgia Carroll, Ish Kabibble, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

Further details unknown.

 

No.  20  11th December 1943 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids, Anita, Arthur Q. Bryan, Wally Maher, Bill Wright, Linda Darnell, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Paper Doll                                                                             with The Music Maids

*How Sweet You Are

  The Dreamer                                                                         Anita

*Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey                                       with The Music Maids           

*MacNamara’s Band                                                              with The Music Maids

*Shine On Harvest Moon                                                        with Cast & Audience

 

No.  25  circa 21st January 1944    (exact date unknown)  

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell. With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids, Anita, Mel Blanc, Ransom Sherman, Linda Darnell, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.).

 

*San Fernando Valley

*My Heart Tells Me

  Speak Low                                                                            Anita

*Paper Doll                                                                              with The Music Maids

*When You Wore A Tulip                                                       with Cast & Audience

 

No.  31  18th February 1944 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids, Mel Blanc, Ransom Sherman, Linda Darnell, Eddie ‘Rochester’ Anderson, Gloria De Haven and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Iowa                                                                                          with The Music Maids

*September Song                                                                                                       

  I’ve Got A Crush On You                                                          Gloria de Haven

*After You’ve Gone                                                              

*I Want A Girl, Just Like The Girl (That Married Dear Old Dad)    with Cast & Audience

 

No.  33  3rd March 1944 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids, The Charioteers, Mel Blanc, Ransom Sherman, Arthur Q. Bryan, Anita Ellis, Linda Darnell, Andy Devine, Hedda Hopper and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Shoo Shoo Baby                                                                   with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                                  

  I Can’t Get Started                                                               Anita Ellis

*My Ideal                                                                              

*(Back Home In) Indiana                                                       with Cast & Audience

 

No.  41  28th April 1944  (a)

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, Mel Blanc, Ransom Sherman, Jerry Colonna, Judy Garland and Bing Crosby (m.c.).

 

*Sunday                                                                                             

*The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else                                  

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                            with Judy Garland

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                                               

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                                     with Judy Garland, Cast & Audience

 

Note:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Tandem Records LP-1904 - “Mail Call - Volume 2” 

 

No.  44  19th May 1944 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids, The Charioteers, Mel Blanc, Arthur Q. Bryan, Ransom Sherman, Phyllis Brooks, Anita Ellis, Jerry Colonna and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Great Day                                                                             with The Music Maids

*Long Ago And Far Away                                                               

  I’ll Remember April                                                              Anita Ellis

*Swinging On A Star                                                              with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi                                               with Cast & Audience

 

No.  48  16th June 1944 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Men, Ransom Sherman, Mel Blanc, Lena Horne, Henny Youngman and Bing Crosby (m.c.).

 

*Bless ‘Em All                                                                        with The Music Maids & Men

*September Song                                                                               

*The Day After Forever                                                                    

  Honeysuckle Rose                                                                Lena Horne

*Girl Of My Dreams                                                               with Cast & Audience

 

No.  52  14th July 1944

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Men, Ransom Sherman, Mel Blanc, Linda Darnell, Andy Devine, Helen Forrest and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Snoqualme Joe                                                                      with The Music Maids & Men

*I’ll Get By                                                                            

  The Man I Love                                                                    Helen Forrest

*In My Merry Oldsmobile                                  (a)                 with Cast & Audience


Note:

(a)         Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service"

 

No.  53  21st July 1944 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Music Maids & Men, Ransom Sherman, Mel Blanc, Jo Stafford, Lynn Bari, Peter Lorre and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*The Bombardier Song                                                            with The Music Maids & Men

*I’ll Remember April                                                             

  Love Is Just Around The Corner                                            Jo Stafford

  Pan Americana                                                                      John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Down By The Old Mill Stream                                               with Cast & Audience

 

No.  69  17th November 1944 

 

Announced by unknown.  With John Scott Trotter Orchestra, The Charioteers, Mel Blanc, Pat Friday, Joan Blondell, Jimmy Durante and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby                                      with The Charioteers

  Tojo Is Forced To Vacate                                                     Pat Friday

*Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral                                                                 

*There’s A Long, Long Trail                                                   with Cast & Audience

 

No.  86  16th March 1945 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With unknown Orchestra, Mel Blanc, Leo Cleary, Marilyn Maxwell, Allen Jenkins and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*You Belong To My Heart                                                    

*You Made Me Love You                                                                

  How Come You Do Me Like You Do?                   (a)        Marilyn Maxwell                                

*Beautiful Love                                                                                 

*In The Good Old Summertime                                             with Marilyn Maxwell, Cast & Audience

 

Note:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x - “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

 

No.  94  11th May 1945 

 

Announced by Harry Mitchell.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Dick Aurandt, Mel Blanc, Chili Williams, Elvira Allman, Andy Devine and Bing Crosby (m.c.)

 

*Aren’t You Glad You’re You

*These Foolish Things

*Personality

*By The Light Of The Silvery Moon                                     with Andy Devine, Cast & Audience

 

No.  105  31st July 1945 

 

Announced by Ken Niles.  With AFRS Orchestra conducted by Alvino Rey, Gee Gee Pearson, Charles La Torre, Mel Blanc, Claudette Colbert, Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby (m.c.).

 

*After You’ve Gone                                                              

  Good, Good, Good                                                        Frank Sinatra

*Dream                                                                                              

*Mademoiselle From Armentieres                                     with Frank Sinatra, Claudette Colbert & Mel Blanc



G.I. JOURNAL” - INDEX 1  

 

INDEX 1 – Lists, alphabetically the songs or musical items in which Bing Crosby participated

 

After You’ve Gone 31,86

Aren’t You Glad You’re You 94

 

Beautiful Love 86

Bless ‘Em All 48

Bombardier Song, The 53

By The Light Of The Silvery Moon 94

 

Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer 10

Cuddle Up A Little Closer 11

 

Daisy Bell 12

Day After Forever, The 48

Down By The Old Mill Stream 53

Dream 105

 

Girl Of My Dreams 48

Great Day 44

 

Home On The Range 9

How Sweet You Are 20

 

If You Please 11

I’ll Be Seeing You 41

I’ll Get By 52

Indiana (Back Home In) 33

Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby 69

In My Merry Oldsmobile 52

In The Good Old Summertime 86

Iowa 31 

It’s Always You 9

It’s Only A Paper Moon 33

I Want A Girl Just Like The Girl 31

 

Let Me Call You Sweetheart 11

Long Ago And Far Away 44

 

MacNamara’s Band 11, 20

Mademoiselle From Armentieres 105

Mr. Gallagher And Mr Shean 9,10,11

My Heart Tells Me 25

My Ideal 33

My Wild Irish Rose 10

 

Oh! What A Beautiful Morning 9

One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else, The 41

 

Paper Doll 20, 25

People Will Say We’re In Love 10, 41

Personality 94

Poinciana 12

Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey 10, 20

 

Ridin’ Herd On A Cloud 9

 

San Fernando Valley 25

September Song 31, 48

Shine On Harvest Moon 20

Shoo Shoo Baby 33

Snoqualme Joe 52

Sunday 41

Sunday, Monday Or Always 10

Swinging On A Star 44

 

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral 69

Thank Your Lucky Stars 12

There’s A Long, Long Trail 69

These Foolish Things 94

 

Vict’ry Polka, The 12

 

Wait For Me Mary 9

What Do You Do In The Infantry? 11

When You Wore A Tulip 25

 

You Belong To My Heart 86

You Made Me Love You 86

You Tell Me Your Dream 41

 

G.I. JOURNAL” - INDEX 2

 

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

 

Do It Again 12

Dreamer, The 20

 

Good, Good, Good 105

 

Honeysuckle Rose 48

How Come You Do Me Like You Do? 86

 

I Can’t Get Started 33

I’ll Remember April 44

I’ve Got A Crush On You 31

 

Love Is Just Around The Corner 55

 

Man I Love, The 52

 

Pan American 53

 

Speak Low 25

 

Tojo Is Forced To Vacate 69

 

You’re My Everything 12

 

 


SUNDRY GUEST APPEARANCES 1936-1946

 

A list of the main guest appearances we know about during Bing’s time on the Kraft Music Hall is provided below.  Apart from the main AFRS programmes of ‘Command Performance’, ‘Mail Call’ and G I Journal’, Bing also recorded other programmes for servicemen and details of these recording sessions are given, although actual broadcast dates are not known.

 

1937

February 1 Takes part in the Red Cross Relief Programme on the Blue Network and sings ‘One, Two, Button Your Shoe’.

May 23  Appears in a five hour benefit for pianist Joe Sullivan at the Pan-Pacific Auditorium and the proceedings are carried by two different radio stations.

July 12   Takes part in a tribute to the late George Gershwin.

November 8 Stars in a CBS radio version of the film ‘She Loves Me Not’ on the Lux Radio Theatre.  Bing sings ‘Love in Bloom’, ‘I’m Hummin’, I’m Whistlin’, I’m Singin’ and ‘Straight From The Shoulder’.  The complete programme was issued on the LP Totem LP-1004 - ‘She Loves Me Not’.

December 31 Guests on the premiere broadcast of Paul Whiteman’s new radio show for Chesterfield on CBS.

 

1938

July 20 Appears on the Tommy Dorsey radio show on NBC and plays drums as part of a musical instrument amateur talent competition with other stars. Bing sings ‘Honeysuckle Rose’ and then takes part in a presentation of ‘When You and I Were Young Maggie’ with the other guests.

December  25  Live broadcast from Bing’s home as he helps his children open their presents.

 

1939

January 22 Appears on the first “The March of Dimes” radio program.

February 5 Stars in the Gulf Screen Guild broadcast with Jane Withers on CBS.  Bing sings ‘This Can’t Be Love’, ‘I Have Eyes’ and ‘Small Fry’.

June 14 Takes part in ‘America Calling’ radio show and sings ‘God Bless America’.

July 12 Bing is at Suffolk Downs, Boston to see his horse Ligaroti run in the Massachusetts Handicap and he is interviewed during the race meeting by Clem McCarthy on the NBC Blue Network.

December 10 Stars in Gulf Screen Guild radio show ‘Mr. Jinx Goes To Sea’ on CBS.  Bing sings ‘Are You Having Any Fun?’, ‘South of the Border’ and ‘Make With The Kisses’.

 

1940

January 6  Bing sings ‘South Of The Border’ on the Bob Crosby radio show "Caravan".

 

‘Bob Crosby Orchestra with Mildred Bailey.  Production attempted to create a homey and intimate atmosphere by explaining that Mildred Bailey was a childhood friend of the Crosby’s.  The angle was furthered by dialogue from brother Bing piped in from the coast. Bing socked over ‘South Of The Border’’

(‘Variety’ 10th January 1940)

 

January 15 In radio version of the film ‘Sing You Sinners’ for Lux Radio Theatre on CBS. Bing sings ‘Small Fry’, ‘I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams’ and ‘Don’t Let That Moon Get Away’.  The complete programme was issued on the LP Spokane 8 ‘Sing You Sinners’.

January 20. Appears on “The March of Dimes” radio program.

February 18. Appears on a radio program called "Nobody's Children".

August 16 Hosts a live radio show from Del Mar for the premiere of the film ‘Rhythm on the River’.  Sings ‘Where The Turf Meets the Surf’, ‘That’s For Me’, ‘Rhythm on the River’, ‘When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square’ and with Mary Martin, ‘Only Forever’.  Extracts from the show can be heard on the LP Curtain Calls 100/2 - ‘Both Sides of Bing Crosby’.

October 29 Takes part in a broadcast for Community Mobilisation for Human Needs.

 

1941

January 30 Bing is thought to joined in a nation-wide all-network radio hook-up to celebrate President Roosevelt’s birthday.

February 23 Takes part in the Gulf Screen Guild radio production of ‘Altar Bound’ with Bob Hope and Betty Grable on CBS.  Bing sings ‘Frenesi’. (The complete programme was issued as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”)

March 18 (7:00 p.m.) Guests on Bob Hope’s radio show.

April 18 Bing guests on Alec Templeton’s radio programme.

June   Stars in ‘Man In the Street" with Mary Martin, part of a series of dramatised upmarket stories.

July 9 (6.00 – 7.00 pm) Appears in ‘Millions for Defense’ radio show with Bob Hope.

July 19 Acts as an announcer to describe the scene as the Hollywood Gold Cup is run at Hollywood Park.

August 2 Hosts a show from Del Mar and sings ‘It Makes No Difference Now’.

August 9 Hosts another show from Del Mar.

October 14 Broadcasts in Argentina on Radio El Mundo.  Speaks in Spanish on the show.

     

      Buenos Aires Oct. 14

      One shot of Bing Crosby over radio El Mundo on the Red White and Blue network here, with singer's fee going to the Patronato Nacional de Infancia children's charity drew much favourable comment as goodwill builder.  Crosby down to vacash and look at horses refrained entirely from personal appearances, refused to attend the opening of 'Road To Zanzibar' and fought all official greeting.  Sponsor was Kraft Argentina.  J. W. Thompson local office handled arrangements for one-time broadcast.  Script cleverly handled with singer piecing out enough Spanish to play straight man to film star, Nini Marshall and others.  Eduardo Armani orchestra gave out jive which Crosby rated a best 'yanqui' beat.  Fee not disclosed. Agency say while high for here, like peanuts in US.”

      (‘Variety’, 15th October, 1941)

 

November 1 Appears in a sponsored broadcast ‘Silver Anniversary of the Blues’ with Mary Martin and Johnny Mercer to promote his film 'Birth of The Blues’.

November 15 Takes part in ‘Free For All’, a show to celebrate the 15th. anniversary of NBC.

 

1942

January 18. Appears in the Silver Theater production of "Weekend in Havana" on CBS.

January 24  Guests on ‘Hollywood March of Dimes’ radio show.

March 8 Stars in Gulf Screen Guild version of ‘Too Many Husbands’ with Bob Hope.

March 28 Bing appears on the Lucky Strike ‘Hit Parade’ radio programme following heavy demand from servicemen. 

May 30  Joins in an all-star radio programme to support the USO.

June 18 Takes part in the Gershwin Memorial Concert at the Shrine Auditorium.  The proceedings are recorded and broadcast on WEAF-NBC on July 4.  Bing sings, ‘Maybe’, ‘Somebody Loves Me’ and ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’.  Also, he duets with Dinah Shore on ‘Summertime’ and ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’.

July 4 Bing and Dinah Shore sing in a tribute to Stephen Foster transmitted on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

July 23 Takes part in ‘Treasury Star Parade’, a War Bond radio programme.  Thought to have sung ‘I’m Saving a Dime Out of Every Dollar’ with the Al Newman Orchestra.

August 26 Takes part in a radio preview of "Holiday Inn".

September 10 Bing records the AFRS ‘Front Line Theater’ radio show No. 1 with Bob Hope, Hedy Lamarr and Glenn Miller’s Orchestra.

October 1  Records the first of the ‘Personal Album’ series of AFRS shows for servicemen.

October 5 (7.15 pm) Appears in ‘Between The Lines’ radio programme.

October 19 Records ‘Song Sheet’ shows No. 14 and No. 16 for servicemen through the AFRS.  Sings ‘White Christmas’ on one of the shows and gives the lyrics of the song at dictation speed.

November 20 Records ‘Song Sheet’ shows No. 20 and No. 22.

December 16 Makes a guest appearance in a radio play called "The Mayor of the Town" with Lionel Barrymore.

December 26 Appears on the "Soldiers with Wings" show on the Mutual Broadcasting System.

 

1943

January 11 Stars in radio version of ‘Holiday Inn’ with Dinah Shore.  Bing sings ‘Happy Holiday’, ‘Be Careful It’s My Heart’, ‘Abraham’ ‘Easter Parade’ and with Dinah Shore, 'White Christmas’.  The complete programme was issued on the LP’s Spokane 15 ‘Bing Crosby’ and Sandy Hook SH2409 ‘The Bells Of St. Mary’s/Holiday Inn’. It was also issued as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”.

January 26 Guests on Bob Hope’s radio show on NBC.

January 30 Sings ‘Home on the Range’ on radio programme ‘America Salutes the President’s Birthday’ (March of Dimes Show).

February 6 Records 'Song Sheet' show No. 40.

February 8 Records another ‘Personal Album’ show for the AFRS.

April 5 (6:00 p.m.) Stars in Lux Radio Theatre version of ‘Road to Morocco’ with Bob Hope and Ginny Simms on CBS. Bing sings ‘Moonlight Becomes You’ and ‘Road to Morocco’. (The complete programme was issued as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”)

May 16 (6.30 pm) Acts as guest quizmaster on ‘Quiz Kids’ programme broadcast on the Blue network.

June 2 Bing plays golf at Nashville at Belle Mead Country Club and gives a short show afterwards on the course and auctions various items to help sell War Bonds. The event is broadcast over station WSM. and Bing sings ‘As Time Goes By’ and ‘Dinah’

June 30 (9:00 - 10:00 p.m.) Takes part in a show from the Hollywood Bowl to launch the ‘Build the Cruiser Los Angeles Campaign' which is broadcast over NBC.  Bing sings ‘Old Glory’ and ‘As Time Goes By’.

July 4 Guests on the Paul Whiteman radio show on NBC with Harry Barris and Al Rinker.  They sing 'Mississippi Mud’ together.  Bing also takes part in a Gershwin medley with Dinah Shore and sings ‘Summertime’, ‘It Ain’t Necessarily So’ and ‘I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’.  The song ‘Mississippi Mud’ was issued on the LP London HA-Z 2365 - ‘Paul Whiteman’s 50th. Anniversary Record’.

     

      “Chase and Sanborn Summer series (NBC) still has 8 weeks to go but it still seems a good bet that it reached the acme of musical entertainment, as far as this series is concerned, on last Sunday's (4th) broadcast.  Everything meshed so perfectly and the performance produced such rare enjoyment in the genre of popular music, that it's hard to conceive other show's pilots even coming within reaching distance of this event.  The program was divided into two sections, and each was a darb of showmanship and execution.  The first section offered a revival of the original Rhythm Boys; namely Bing Crosby, Al Rinker and Harry Barris and the ten minutes of raillery vocalising and special business that ensued was a treat of uncommon dimensions.  The trio's interpretation of 'Mississippi Mud' would undoubtedly become a must for record collectors if it were recorded.  It was in the second section that the program took off to the heights of brilliant musical entertainment.  The scripted material was amended from George Gershwin's' 'Porgy and Bess' and what Dinah Shore and Crosby, supported by Paul Whiteman's sterling orchestral background, did with the vocals can best be described by borrowing a phrase from the Swing and its lexicon, namely "out of this world."”

      (‘Variety’, 7th July, 1943)

 

July 7 Appears in the ‘Soldiers with Wings’ radio show with Corporal Alan Ladd and sings ‘Sunday, Monday or Always’ and ‘You’ll Never Know’.  The show comes from the Santa Ana Classification Centre and is transmitted on the Mutual network.

July 31 Takes part in a radio program celebrating the first anniversary of the WAVES.

August 10 Bing appears on ‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’ on NBC.

August 17 Again guests on ‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’ radio show on NBC.

September 8  Bing takes part in a nation-wide broadcast on all four networks to launch the Third War loan and sings ‘The Road to Victory’.

September 13 Stars in the Screen Guild radio production of ‘Birth Of The Blues’ with Johnny Mercer and Ginny Simms on CBS.  Bing sings ‘Memphis Blues’ and a snatch of ‘Basin Street Blues’ alone, ‘Birth of the Blues’, ‘Way Down Yonder in New Orleans’, ‘The Waiter, The Porter and The Upstairs Maid’ with Johnny Mercer and Ginny Simms and duets ‘Wait Till The Sun Shines Nellie’ with Ginny Simms.

September 21 Bing guests on Bob Hope’s first Pepsodent show of the season on NBC. (The complete programme was issued as part of Radiospirits 40062 (6-CD set) “On The Road Again”)

December 7  Appears on Ed Gardner’s ‘Duffy’s Tavern’ radio show on the Blue Network and sings ‘How Sweet You Are’.

December 20 Stars in an hour long Lux Radio Theatre version of ‘Dixie’ with Dorothy Lamour and Barry Sullivan on CBS. Bing sings ‘Sunday, Monday or Always’, ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’, ‘She’s From Missouri’, ‘A Horse That Knows The Way Back Home’, ‘If You Please’ and ‘Dixie’.

December 22 (6:30 - 7:00 p.m.) Bing and Janet Blair are the guests on the ‘Soldiers with Wings’ radio show.

December 24 (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.) Bing is one of many guests on a radio special on CBS.

December 24 (7:00 p.m.) Bing takes part in an all network radio special ‘Christmas Eve at the Fronts’ with Bob Hope and Lionel Barrymore.

December 25 (1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.) Bing and Bob Hope star on the ‘Elgin Watch Show’ on CBS with Jack Benny and Judy Garland.  Bing sings ‘Kentucky Babe’, ‘My Heart Tells Me’ and ‘White Christmas’.

 

1944

January 10 Records guest spot on the AFRS ‘Jubilee’ show No. 60. Ernie Whitman is M.C.  Bing sings ‘Shoo, Shoo, Baby’.  This track can be found on Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service".

January 17 (6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Pacific Time) Bing takes part in ‘Let’s Back the Attack’, a radio show on all four networks to launch the Fourth War Loan drive.

February 15 (7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.) In Theatre Three at the Santa Ana Classification Centre, Bing guests on Bob Hope’s radio show on NBC with regulars Frances Langford, Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague (Barbara Jo Allen) and the Stan Kenton Orchestra.  Bing sings ‘My Ideal’.

March 4 Records a ‘Personal Album’ show for the AFRS with Harry Mitchell.

March 30 Records another ‘Personal Album’ show. 

April 14  Appears on Pan American Day Show radio programme.

May 13 Is heard in a radio program concerning the Cadet Nurse Corps inductions.

June 4 (5:00 - 6:00 p.m.) Takes part in ‘Salute to Our Armed Forces’ a Bakers of America radio show on NBC for Fleischmann Yeast.  Other guests are Bob Hope, Edgar Bergen, Gracie Fields, Judy Garland and Burns & Allen.

June 14 (7:30 p.m.) Bing and Charles Boyer appear on the radio programme ‘Report to the Nation’ on CBS.

June 18 (4:00 - 4:30 p.m.) Appears on NBC’s ‘Your All Time Hit Parade’ with Tommy Dorsey and two of the songs he sings with the Dorsey Orchestra (‘Small Fry’ and ‘Pennies from Heaven’) are recorded for use on a V-Disc.

June 22 Records ‘Personal Album’ show with Don Forbes.

July 27 Bing appears on ‘Johnny Mercer’s Music Shop’ on NBC.

August 27 (6:00 p.m.) In London, Bing records the ‘Variety Bandbox’ radio show for the BBC (broadcast August 29) at Queensberry All-Services Club with Tommy Handley. Bing sings ‘San Fernando Valley’, ‘Long Ago and Far Away’ and ‘Moonlight Becomes You’.

August 28  Takes part in a live broadcast ‘Mark Up the Map’ with Broderick Crawford on the BBC’s AEF programme.  The programme tells the Forces what territory has been captured that week and Bing takes the opportunity to introduce himself to those at the front saying he would be touring there shortly. 

August 30 Records the programme ‘A Soldier And a Song’ with Glenn Miller at Bedford which is broadcast on September 3.  Bing sings ‘Amor’, Long Ago and Far Away’, ‘White Christmas’ and ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’.  Goes on to London where Bing broadcasts live from the BBC’s Paris Cinema between 8:30 - 9:00 p.m. with George Melachrino and the British Band of the AEF, singing three songs, ‘I’ll Be Seeing You’*, ‘Swinging on a Star’ and ‘With a Song in My Heart’. (*included on “So Rare: Treasures From The Crosby Archive” – Collectors’ Choice Music CD WWCCM21092)

August 31 (8:30 - 9:00 p.m.) Does live broadcast with Glenn Miller and his American Band of the AEF from the Paris Cinema and sings four songs, ‘Long Ago and Far Away’, ‘Amor’, Swinging on a Star’ and ‘Poinciana’.

November 14 (7:00 - 7:30 p.m.) Bing appears on Bob Hope’s radio show on NBC with Frances Langford and Jerry Colonna.

November 20 Bing takes part in Frank Sinatra’s Vimms Vitamins radio show and sings parodies in comedy duets with him and a solo version of ‘I’ll Be Home For Christmas’ 

November 23 (8:30 - 10:00 p.m.) Bing, Jack Benny and Eddie Cantor act as emcees on the NBC 6th War Loan Drive programme.

December 6 (10:00 - 11:00 p.m.) Bing and Bob Hope emcee ‘The Show Goes On’ (on NBC) to raise money for the Sixth War Loan.  Fred Astaire, James Cagney, Frances Langford, Dinah Shore and Edgar Bergen are featured on the hour long show.

December 18 Bing is heard in a radio program focusing on the WAVES called "Vox Pop".

December 19  (7:00 to 7:30 p.m.) Guests on Bob Hope’s Christmas show on NBC with Frances Langford, Vera Vague and Jerry Colonna. The show comes from San Diego in front of an audience of WAVES.  Bing sings ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’ alone and ‘Let’s Take the Long Way Home’ with Frances Langford.

December 24 (3:00 p.m.) Stars in the Philco Radio Hall Of Fame show on the Blue Network with Paul Whiteman and Orson Welles. He is also reunited with some of the troupe who had accompanied him to Europe, namely Jeannie Darrell, Joe De Rita and Darlene Garner. The show comes from the Earl Carroll Theatre / Restaurant in Hollywood. Bing is the M. C. and also takes part in a reading of ‘The Happy Prince’ with Orson Welles.  Bing sings ‘Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive’ with Jeannie Darrell and Darlene Garner and he also sings ‘Jingle Bells’ ‘Adeste Fideles’ and ‘White Christmas’, accompanied by the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.

December 25 (1:00-3:00 p.m. Pacific Time) Bing, Bob Hope and Jack Benny star in the two hour Elgin Christmas Party radio show on CBS.  Don Ameche acts as M.C. Bing mentions another make of watch (Bulova) much to the annoyance of Elgin.

December 27 (7:30 p.m.)  Bing and Bob Hope headline the National Sports Award dinner broadcast by station KMPC.

December 31 (1:30-2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) Appears on the Andrews Sisters radio show with Gabby Hayes plus Vic Schoen and his Orchestra on the Blue Network.  Bing sings ‘Don’t Fence Me In’ and ‘Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive’, both with the Andrews Sisters.

 

1945

Introduces many ‘Personal Album’ shows for the AFRS which include some of Bing’s recordings and the occasional extract from KMH shows. The shows are broadcast at weekly intervals.

January 8 (7:00 p.m.)  Stars in a radio version of ‘Going My Way’ with Barry Fitzgerald on CBS with the Screen Guild Players.

January 30  On ‘March of Dimes’ radio show with Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland to salute the President’s birthday and to raise funds for the fight against polio. The programme is broadcast on all radio networks.  Bing and Frank sing a comedy duet together and also Bing sings ‘Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral’.

February 5 (8:30 - 9:00 p.m.) Takes part in the Dupont Cavalcade of America broadcast ‘The Road to Berlin’ on NBC which tells the story of Bing’s trip to Europe in 1944.  Bing sings an introductory ‘Where the Blue of the Night’ and follows it with a solo version of ‘White Christmas’, ‘Easter Parade’ (with Jeannie Darrell), choruses of ‘Pagan Love Song’, ‘Shoo Shoo Baby’ and ‘You Are My Sunshine’, a solo of ‘San Fernando Valley’, ‘If I Had My Way’ (with Jeannie Darrell and Darlene Garner) and finishes with a chorus of ‘Home Sweet Home’.  The entire programme was issued on the LP ‘Der Bingle, Volume Four’ Spokane 30.

February 10 Thought to have appeared in the NBC programme ‘On the Scouting Trail’.

March 7 (7:30 p.m.) On ‘Five Will Get You Ten’ radio programme broadcast on the Blue Network for the Catholic Bishops’ War Emergency and Relief Committee.  Bing sings ‘Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral’.

March 15  After completing his KMH show earlier in the evening, Bing escorts Dixie to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre for an 8:00 p.m. start to the Academy Awards presentation.  He receives his Oscar for best actor from Gary Cooper for ‘Going My Way’, the event emceed by Bob Hope.  The proceedings are broadcast on the Blue Network.

April 15 Bing and Bob Hope take part in a two hour radio tribute on NBC to the late President Roosevelt and Bing sings ‘Faith of Our Fathers’ and ‘Brahms Lullaby’.

May 2 (6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.) Bing guests on the ‘Frank Sinatra Show’ on CBS for Max Factor and sings a medley of parodies with Frank.

May 7 Stars in the Lux Radio Theatre version of ‘Sing You Sinners’ with Joan Caulfield and sings ‘I’ve Got a Pocketful of Dreams’, ‘Don’t Let That Moon Get Away’ and ‘Small Fry’.

May 9 (6:00 p.m.) Bing takes part in a radio show on the Blue Network ‘The Road Ahead’ with Grace Moore. Most of the show comes from Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and the M.C. is Clifton Fadiman.

May 11 Is heard in a radio program called "Which Is Which" with Peter Lorre and Frank McHugh.

May 13 VE Day.  Bing appears on ‘The Chapel of the Air’ hour on the Mutual Network talking about finding time for prayer.  This is the first of Father Peyton’s Rosary broadcasts and it achieves nation-wide coverage as it is a national day of thanksgiving following the end of hostilities in Europe.

 

      “Bing Crosby from Hollywood, Sunday (13th) on Mutual’s ‘Chapel of the Air’.  Crosby said that the Family Rosary was recited at his home every day, that he wanted his four boys to love their country, God and their home, that he wanted to believe in the efficacy and practice of prayer both at home and in church.  Through daily family prayer, continued Crosby, all children and all adults will come closer to God.  Crosby had a simple but perfectly phrased script which he read superbly.”

      (‘Variety’, 16th May, 1945)

 

May 13 (5:30-6:00 p.m.) Bing and Bob Hope star in the Seventh War Loan programme which is broadcast on all networks.

May 26 Bing and Bob Hope take part in an exhibition golf match at Tam O’Shanter Country Club, Chicago.  During the round, they give a radio interview on NBC and sing a brief snatch of ‘Road to Morocco’.

May 29 (9:00–9:30 p.m.) Bing makes an unscheduled guest appearance on Bob Hope’s radio show on NBC with Herbert Marshall and Frances Langford. The show comes from Washington Hall at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend. Bing surprises Hope with a birthday cake as it was Bob’s birthday and leads the audience of servicemen in singing “Happy Birthday”. (The programme was issued on Radiospirits 43462 “Bob Hope Show – 12 CD longbox”)

June 20 Bing stars in the ‘The Walgreen Birthday Party’ which had been recorded on May 16 as part of the Seventh War Loan Drive show at Warners’ Wiltern Theatre in Hollywood with Paulette Goddard, the Andrews Sisters and Rise Stevens. Bing sings ‘All of My Life’, ‘You Belong to My Heart’ and a duet with the Andrews Sisters, ‘Don’t Fence Me In’.

July 2 (9:00-10:00 p.m.) On ‘The Telephone Hour’ on NBC radio and plugs the film ‘The Great John L’ which has just been released by United Artists. Bing’s fee for the show is $7,500.  He sings ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’, ‘Darling Nellie Gray’, ‘De Camptown Races’, ‘Home on the Range’, ‘A Friend of Yours’, ‘When You Were Sweet Sixteen’, ‘The Band Played On’ and ‘God Bless America’.  Extracts from the programme were issued on the LP Spokane 30 - ‘Der Bingle, Volume Four’.

July 6 (7:00-7:30 p.m. Pacific Time) Guests on ‘The Ray Bolger Show’ on CBS for the Rexall Drug Company and sings ‘Sentimental Journey’ and ‘A Friend of Yours’. Again receives $7,500 for his services.

August 6 Takes part in ‘Music For Millions’, a transcribed 15 minutes radio show.

August 8 Records AFRS ‘Christmas Jubilee Show’ with Count Basie (broadcast December 1945) and sings ‘Gotta Be This or That’. This track can be found on the Sepia CD "Bing Crosby Sings for the Armed Forces Radio Service".

August 14 (10:30 a.m.) Bing guests on a radio show from station KHJ with Paula Stone and Phil Brito to plug the film ‘The Great John L’.

August 20 Bing deputises for Hedda (who is on holiday) on ‘Hedda Hopper’s Hollywood’ radio show and promotes ‘The Great John L’.  Bing sings ‘A Friend of Yours’.

September 14 Again appears in ‘Music For Millions’ War Bond  radio show and sings three songs with John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, including ‘We’ve Got Another Bond to Buy’. The show has been recorded.

December 5 (8:00 p.m.) Emcees a half hour radio show ‘That They Might Walk’ on the Mutual Network for the Sister Kenny Foundation in New York.  Jimmy Dorsey, Dee Parker and Patrice Munsel are in support.

 

“Bing Crosby, missing from Kraft Music Hall this season, came back to the mike, last week (5th) when he sang and emceed a special show on Mutual in support of the Sister Kenny Foundation.  The Groaner is Chairman of a fund campaign to help infantile paralysis victims through the Kenny method.  So, he put his heart, as well as his best showmanship into a well-paced half-hour that made good listening.  To back him up, he had Jimmy Dorsey’s band.  To complement his style he brought Dee Parker.  To garnish the stanza with something classical, he put on Patrice Munsel, in an aria from ‘La Traviata’, assisted by Sylvan Levin’s longhairs.  Der Bingle kept his Polio Fund plugs, brief and pointed, though with that kind of line-up, how could the show, ‘That They Might Walk’, be bad.

(“Variety” 12th December 1945)

 

December 6 (11:35 p.m. to midnight) Bing stars in a special Victory Loan radio broadcast over ABC.  He is accompanied by Paul Whiteman and his Band.

December 9 Sings ‘I’ve Told Every Little Star’ and ‘More and More’ in a radio tribute to the late Jerome Kern on CBS with Judy Garland, Dinah Shore and Frank Sinatra.  The show is hosted in New York by Patrice Munsel and in Hollywood by Nelson Eddy.

December 10 In a radio program called "We Helped" which dramatises the efforts of those who went abroad to entertain the troops.

December 22  (12:30 – 1:00 p.m.) Bing emcees another New York radio show, the BBC - NBC ‘Atlantic Spotlight’. Roland Young guests with Richard Greene, Arthur Askey and Leslie Mitchell contributing from London.  Bing sings ‘Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’.

 

“Bing Crosby sparked the NBC/BBC ‘Atlantic Spotlight’ on Saturday (22nd) with some light banter and emceeing and some choice crooning of, ‘It’s Been A Long, Long Time’ and ‘White Christmas’.  The quintet of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town’ with Der Bingle, Roland Young, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Ben Grauer and Leslie Mitchell, the last named, chiming in from London was something else again - a musical melange, only mildly entertaining.  Miss Skinner and Young offered an amusing ‘nitwit’ bit from their ‘Johnny Presents....’programme.  Contributions from London with Richard Greene plugging his forthcoming film and Leni Lyn singing “One Love’ was just so-so stuff”

(“Variety” 26th December 1945)

 

December 23 (6:00 – 6:30 p.m.) Bing guests on the Philco Radio Hall of Fame show on the ABC network. Maurice Evans and Martha Tilton also appear and Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra provide the music.

December 25 (10:00 – 10:30 p.m.) Thought to have made a guest appearance on Bob Hope’s radio show on NBC.

 

1946

Appears on The Hedda Hopper Show and, with Leo McCarey and Hedda, enacts scenes from ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’.

April 19 Takes part in radio show ‘Cancer Drive Program’ with Bob Hope, Ginny Simms, Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.

April 21 (12 noon to 1:00 p.m.) On ‘Can You Tie That’, a radio programme over station KALC which is compered by Al Jarvis and comes from Earl Carroll’s Theatre / Restaurant in Hollywood.  This is a record grading contest.  Bob Hope grades ‘Who’s Sorry Now’ by Bing whilst Bing grades Hope’s record of ‘Two Sleepy People’ amongst several other records by other artistes. The other members of the panel are Ella Logan and Dave Dexter.

May 2 Thought to have appeared in the radio show ‘To the Rear, March’.

August 26  Bing stars in the Screen Guild Players radio version of ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’ on CBS with Ingrid Bergman.  Bing sings ‘Aren’t You Glad You’re You’ and ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s’.

August 31. Guests on Louella Parsons' radio show on ABC.

 

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