1950 - 1951 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.  Produced by Bill Morrow and Murdo MacKenzie

 

The audience share for the season was only 10.0 and the show did not figure in the top 20 ratings as assessed by Nielsen. The top radio show for the season was the Lux Radio Theater with a rating of only 21.0 reflecting the increasing impact of television.

 

No. 37  11th October 1950  (a)                                             

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (20th September 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Judy Garland and Bob Hope.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                      (b)         Opening Theme

*Sam’s Song (The Happy Tune)                     (c)         with Judy Garland

  Get Happy                                                                 Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                                       Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Judy Garland

  ‘Chesterfield’s New Boy’ Sketch                 (d)          Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Hal Kanter

*I Cross My Fingers                                      (e)          with Rhythmaires

*Mona Lisa                                                    (f)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Judy Garland

*Goodnight, Irene                                           (g)        with Bob Hope, Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Totem LP1009 - “Bing, Bob & Judy” (Sleeve shews actual transcription date as 20.9.50)

(b)        Pre-show, Bing sings a fragment of “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” and follows with, “Well, here we go.  First one, this year, I guess”, when he is interrupted by Hal Kanter (script writer) as, ‘Hubbell Ackerman Jr - CBS Vice-President’.  ‘Ackerman’ berates Bing for appearing on NBC, a rival network, with Bob Hope.

(c)        JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

            Legends LECD119 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 2”

            Wisepack LECDD612 (CD) - “The Essential Collection”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

            Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(d)       The comedy theme concerns Bob Hope’s recent signing for Chesterfield.  It appears to be Hal Kanter again, in the role of ‘Mr. Crampton’, Chesterfield’s chief executive.

(e)        JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

            Commercial Recording 22.6.50.

(f)        JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

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

Radio Shows”

CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

            Commercial Recording 18.4.56.

(g)        Parodied version with many asides, many of which are lost to the listener, due to laughter from the

audience.

            All Star Products LP2000 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show”

            JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

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

Radio Shows”

            Jasmine JASCD 357/8 (CD) – “Bob Hope & Friends – Put It There Pal”

            Emi Gold 330 1122 (CD) – Crooners Clowning”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

 

Apart from the records they had cut together, she [Judy Garland] had been a guest on his show from time to time. To demonstrate his faith in her, he not only invited her to be on the first show of the season, but in the second too, and another later in the season:

“He called me up one morning. Bless him–he was cute. ‘Judy,’ he said, ‘I know how busy you are’ (busy ME! That was a laugh!) ‘and I was wondering if I could get you for three shows’. . . . He could get me for thirty shows, or three hundred. That moment I felt the whole world change. It was real friendship. I needed that job more than I needed money. I could always borrow money: you can’t borrow a job, you can’t borrow the chance to put faith back in yourself. Somebody else has to have faith in you first. Well, Bing had faith in me—and thank God, I didn’t let him down.”

(Judy Garland, page 261)

 

Some performers knew how to make the people in the radio studio their partners. Hal Kanter will never forget one night on the Bing Crosby show when Judy Garland was the guest star. “Judy had had a lot of bad publicity and had gone through a rough time. When she finally came out of the hospital and was going to make her first public appearance on the show, at the last minute she got stage fright and got scared to death. She said, ‘They’re going to hate me; they won’t be listening to me, they’re going to look for scars on my wrists. . . .’ She was an emotional mess, and Bing went in to reassure her. Then when he walked out on stage as usual, he said, ‘We have an old friend here tonight. She’s been away for a while, but she’s come back, and I know that you missed her because we sure did. Give her a nice welcome; make her feel—make her feel loved.’ Something like that, then ‘Ladies and gentlemen, Judy Garland.’ She walked out on the stage and that audience just put their arms around her and hugged her and kissed her . . . relaxed her. And she did a show that was wonderful. But it was Bing’s sensitivity that dictated that. I don’t know too many people who would have done that.”

(The Great American Broadcast, page 199)

 

“Those two boys - Bing Crosby and Bob Hope - with a big, rollicking assist from Judy Garland must have made this parlay pay off big on the Nielsen meters.  For a getaway with Hope now picking up a little cigarette money with the Groaner, Arthur Godfrey and Perry Como, it didn’t miss far being a dream show.  Every line served up by Bill Morrow, Hal Kanter and assorted aides was one long howl and the music was on the same delectable level.  From the tradey prologue down to the rousing finale of the trio taking turns at parodying ‘Goodnight, Irene’ it was sock and go all the way.  Even a harmless little throwaway line like, ‘Me too’ was built into high voltage humour and the usual insults generated their own yocks.  As for instance, when Hope said to Crosby, ‘Men have gotten Oscars for less - didn’t you?’

Young Gary Crosby came in for his share of the exchange, now that he is following in his father’s footsteps.  Out in the provinces they must have taken the opening spot with bewildered amusement - Kanter as CBS veep, Hubbell Ackerman Jr. gave Crosby a dressing down for appearing on another network.  ‘We want you to be more of a company man’, he was told, ‘Hope had his chance to come over to our network’.  That nonsense out of the way, Crosby and Miss Garland dueted ‘Sam’s Song’, each took a couple of turns solo and Hope came on to kick the script around, though not as much as in the past.  The only break-up was by Miss Garland who can do it better than most singers.  The cigarette girl ‘bit’ was one solid round of laughs that never let up until Crosby broke into song.  The ‘Irene’ parody at the close gave the show a walloping finish and sent the series away on a high note of promise.  If radio is to be saved such shows as this will turn the trick.  Ken Carpenter was on hand to pound the ‘smell milder, smoke milder’ slogan but he had plenty of help from the main men.  If Crosby can keep banging it in, in the weeks to come as he did on the tee-off, it’s going to take some doing by the others to keep him out of the first ten.”

 (“Variety” 18th October 1950)

 

“They must be psychic at the Ward Wheelock Agency.  A short time ago when father of Bing and Bob Crosby was stricken, Art Bailey of the commission house ordered a couple of extra ‘Club 15’s’ (The Bob Crosby Show) taped in advance, just in case.  Both were used after the old gent passed on.  Bing Crosby’s take off for Chesterfield was cancelled at his request although taped the week before.”

(“Variety” 18th October 1950)

 

No. 38  18th October 1950  (a)                                             

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (25th September 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Judy Garland and Bob Hope.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Tzena, Tzena, Tzena                                      (b)      with Judy Garland

*All My Love                                                 (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Judy Garland

  Friendly Star                                                             Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (d)       Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Judy Garland & Hal Kanter

*The Third Man Theme                                  (e)        with Bob Hope & Judy Garland

*High On The List                                          (f)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Totem LP1009 - “Bing, Bob & Judy” (Sleeve shews actual transcription date as 25.9.50)

(b)        JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

(c)        JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

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

Radio Shows”

CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

            Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(d)       The script has ‘Mr. Crampton’  (See Programme No. 37 - Note (d)), suggesting that in order to maintain the Chesterfield ‘Happy Family’ image, Bing and Bob should stop insulting each other. This pep-talk leads to a parodied version of item (e).

(e)        See Note (d) above

            JSP702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

            Jasmine JASCD 357/8 (CD) – “Bob Hope & Friends – Put It There Pal”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

(d)               Commercial Recording 24.3.50

 

 No. 39  25th October 1950  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Claudette Colbert.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Life Is So Peculiar                                        (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Harbour Lights                                             (b)        with Rhythmaires & Ziggy Elman (Cornet)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Claudette Colbert

  ‘Triplets’ Sketch                                            (c)        Bing Crosby, Claudette Colbert, Joe Venuti & Ken Carpenter

*La Vie En Rose                                             (d)       with Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Mona Lisa                                                     (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 24.3.50

(b)        Another mental aberration by Bing, as he introduces this item as, “Here’s a tune I recorded twice, once about twenty years ago and again, just last month”.

            Commercial Recording 5.9.50

(c)        The comedy theme is a ‘love story told from three different points of view - American, French and Italian’.  Bing is featured, variously, as ‘Buckskin’ Crosby, Andre and Domenico.  To accompany each vignette, Joe Venuti plays, appropriately, snatches of “Goofus”, “La Vie En Rose” and “O Sole Mio” and the ‘French’ segment provides the framework for item (d).

(d)       Commercial Recordings 22.6.50 & 16.5.53

(e)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            United Artists UAK30115 - “The Golden Age Of American Radio Starring Bing Crosby”

            Echo Jazz EJLP12 - “Bing Crosby - Big Band Days”

            Echo Jazz EJCD12 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Big Band Days”

            Commercial Recording 18.4.56

 

No. 40  1st November 1950  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Dorothy Kirsten.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Looks Like A Cold, Cold Winter                 (a)        with Rhythmaires

*All My Love                                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Dorothy Kirsten

  Ouvre Ton Coeur (Bizet)                                          Dorothy Kirsten

*Let’s Do It Again                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Accidents Will Happen                                 (c)        with Dorothy Kirsten

*Indian Summer                                             (d)       with Dorothy Kirsten

*Beyond The Reef                                          (e)        with Rhythmaires featuring Loulie Jean Norman & Danny Stewart (Hawaiian Guitar)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(b)        Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(c)        Glendale GL9003 - “Dorothy Kirsten - Enchanted Evenings”

            Commercial Recordings 11.4.50 & 21.6.50

(d)       Commercial Recording 7.2.51

(e)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

 

No. 41  8th November 1950   (a)                                          

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Dick Powell.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*Life Is So Peculiar                                        (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Harbour Lights                                              (c)        with Rhythmaires & Ziggy Elman (Cornet)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                      Bing Crosby & Dick Powell

*Play A Simple Melody                                  (d)        with Dick Powell

 

Medley:

*I Only Have Eyes For You                                       with Dick Powell

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby        (e)        with Dick Powell

*Jeepers Creepers                                          (f)        with Dick Powell & Buddy Cole (Piano)

*Lullaby Of Broadway                                   (g)        with Dick Powell & Rhythmaires

*Thanks A Million                                                      with Dick Powell

 

*Autumn Leaves                                             (h)        Bing Crosby

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Wimp BCDP194850 - “Bing Crosby & DickPowell

(b)        Commercial Recording 24.3.50

(c)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

(d)       CD: Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook

            Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(e)        Commercial Recording 14.10.38

(f)        Commercial Recording 11.6.56

(g)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            United Artists UAK30115 - “The Golden Age Of American Radio Starring Bing Crosby”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP711 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 4

            GNP Crescendo GNPD9051 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

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

(h)        Commercial Recording 7.9.50

 

No. 42  15th November 1950  (a)                                         

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Toni Arden and Bob Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Silver Bells                                                    (b)       with Toni Arden

  La Vie En Rose                                             (c)       Toni Arden

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Bob Crosby

*Let’s Do It Again                                          (d)       with Bob Crosby

*Beyond The Reef                                          (e)        with Rhythmaires featuring Loulie Jean Norman & Danny Stewart (Hawaiian Guitar)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        This is undoubtedly the programme in which Al Jolson was scheduled to appear when he died on the 23rd October, at the St. Francis Hotel in San Francisco, a few hours before the show was due to be recorded. A recording exists of Bing and Bob Crosby rehearsing "Love's Old Sweet Song" for this show but  the song was omitted from the broadcast,

(b)        Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

Commercial recording 8.9.50

(c)        Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(d)       A parodied version, with special lyrics, recalling their younger days.

            Jasmine CD JASCD 651 “The Crosby Brothers”

(e)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

 

“Crosby, Cantor Shows To Salute Al Jolson  (Headline)

“On the show to have been taped with Bing Crosby tonight, (24th), Al Jolson was to be paid high tribute for his recent Korean trip.  Jolson was to have dueted with Crosby in a medley of Jolson hits, with Joly also to have soloed ‘Japanese Sandman’.  Tonight’s taping was cancelled by Crosby and will be done Friday or Saturday instead.  Writer and co-producer said a tribute will be paid to Jolson and it is likely that the musical portion will comprise songs identified with the Mammy singer.”

(“Variety” 25th October 1950)


No. 43  22nd November 1950  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Paul Douglas.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Mele Kalikimaka                                           (a)       with Rhythmaires

*Accidents Will Happen                                 (b)       

*All My Love                                                 (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (d)        Bing Crosby & Paul Douglas

*Nevertheless                                                 (e)        with Rhythmaires

*That Christmas Feeling                                  (f)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                      (g)         Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 7.9.50

(b)        Commercial Recordings 11.4.50 & 21.6.50

(c)        Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(d)       The dialogue includes recollections of the time when Paul Douglas replaced regular announcer, Norman Brokenshire on Bing’s earlier, ‘Music That Satisfies’ series, after the programme moved from New York to Hollywood in 1933.

(e)        Commercial Recording 20.7.76

(f)        Commercial Recordings 5.9.50 & 6.9.50

(g)        After the closing theme, in this and several subsequent programmes, there is an additional, recorded commercial by Sherman Billingsley, legendary host and owner of the famous ‘Stork Club’.

 

No. 44  29th November 1950  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, The Firehouse Five Plus Two and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                       Opening Theme

*A Marshmallow World                     (a)        with Ella Fitzgerald and the Rhythmaires

  Can Anyone Explain?                                    Ella Fitzgerald with Rhythmaires

  Tiger Rag                                                      The Firehouse Five Plus Two

  Comedy Dialogue                                         Bing Crosby & Ward Kimball

*Five Foot Two, Eyes Of Blue           (b)        with The Firehouse Five Plus Two

*Silver Bells                                        (c)        with Ella Fitzgerald & Rhythmaires

*Memphis Blues                                 (d)        with Ella Fitzgerald & The Firehouse Five Plus Two

*Autumn Leaves                                 (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                       Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “Ella Fitzgerald And Bing Crosby - My Happiness”

            Legends LECD118 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 1”

            Wisepack LECDD612 (CD) - “The Essential Collection”

            Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

            Sonoma SBX2 0385 (CD) “Bing Crosby Christmas”

            Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(b)        Limited Edition Club JGB1006 - “Kinda Dixie”

            Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “Ella Fitzgerald And Bing Crosby - My Happiness”     

            Jasmine CD JASCD 460 “”Stoking The Fire – The Whole Story – Vol.2 “

            BCE 6 (CD) “Bing in Dixieland”

            Commercial Recording 30.4.62

(b)               Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “Ella Fitzgerald And Bing Crosby - My Happiness”

Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

            Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas”

Collectors’ Choice CD The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

            Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(d)       Limited Edition Club JGB1006 - “Kinda Dixie”

            Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “Ella Fitzgerald And Bing Crosby - My Happiness”

            Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

            Jasmine CD JASCD 460 “”Stoking The Fire – The Whole Story – Vol.2 “

            BCE 6 (CD) “Bing in Dixieland”

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

            Commercial Recording 7.9.50

 

Some of the brightest portions of Bing’s current season’s schedule have been the appearances of the Firehouse Five Plus Two, a highly individual jazz band made up of Walt Disney artists and writers who began playing jazz music as a hobby. Bing discovered this group last year, when the boys were invited by brother Larry to play for the Victory dinner at Bing’s Pebble Beach Golf Tournament. The Firehouse Five have since appeared on the radio show five times.

Bing’s singing with the group has drawn a tremendous flood of fan mail, most of which makes the point that he sounds more youthful with them. According to Ward Kimball, Firechief and trombone player, this is actually the case.

“We play in a higher key than most of Bing’s current arrangements,” he explains, “so he sings like he used to long ago.”

(from an article in Modern Screen magazine, April, 1951)

 

No. 45  6th December 1950  (a)                                           

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (2nd December 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                        (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer              (c)        with Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

  Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody        Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

  ‘The Story Of Judith &

Yammy Yogurt’ Sketch                      (d)        Bing Crosby, Judy Garland & Ken Carpenter

*Tortured                                                        (e)       

*Boise, Idaho                                                  (f)        with Judy Garland

*My Blue Heaven                                           (g)        with Judy Garland

*These Lush Moments                                    (h)        with Judy Garland

 

*(The Toys Gave A Party For) Poppa

Santa Claus                                         (i)         with Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                      with Rhythmaires

*Harbour Lights                                              (j)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Broadcast Tributes BTRIB0005 - “The Long Lost Bing ‘N’ Judy Off The Air Performances”

An edited version of the programme was also issued on AJAZ523 - “Bing Crosby At The Music Hall” (The transcription ends abruptly after “Poppa Santa Claus” and does not include “Harbour Lights”)

(b)        Not previously used during the current season, the Chesterfield jingle takes precedence over the opening theme and is now sung, twice, during this and most subsequent shows. Different words and music to the version last used in Programme No. 36.

(c)        An extremely uninhibited rendering of this item, with additional lyrics, provokes laughter from both the performers and the studio audience.  

            Commercial Recording 22.6.50

(d)       The comedy theme is built around the efforts of ‘two struggling songwriters’ and provides the framework for items (e), (f), (g) and (h).  All the songs, with the exception of item (g) were prominent in the ‘All Time Flop Parade’ sketches for Philco Radio Time.

(e)        See Note (d) above.

            Legend WM1973 - “Francis Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

(f)        See Note (d) above.

            Legend WM1973 - “Francis Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling” (Shewn as “Loise, Idaho” and date as 8.10.47)

(g)        This parodied item is based on the comedy premise that if a hit song could be written about the ‘Mona Lisa’, there could be equal success, using Gainsborough’s, ‘Blue Boy’, as the inspiration.

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling” (Date

shewn as 8.10.47)

(h)        See Note (d) above.

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling” (dateshewn as 8.10.47)

(i)         Commercial Recording 7.9.50

(j)         Commercial Recording 5.9.50

 

No. 46  13th December 1950  (a)     

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (9th December 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd).

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                         with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                      Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                         Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee

*A Bushel And A Peck                      (b)        with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*And You’ll Be Home                        (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Orange Coloured Sky                                   Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                         Bing Crosby & Hopalong Cassidy

  ‘Smoking Guns’ Sketch                                Bing Crosby, Hopalong Cassidy, Peggy Lee & Ken Carpenter

*Silver Bells                                        (d)       with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                         with Rhythmaires       

*White Christmas                                (e)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                       Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Critter Records CBHC8901 - “Bing &Hoppy

(b)        Sun 2110 (CD) – “Just The Way You Are – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

(c)        Commercial Recording 21.6.50

(d)       Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas”

            Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(e)        Commercial Recordings 29.5.42, 19.3.47, 10.4.54 & 24.12.55

 

No. 47  20th December 1950   (a) 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Lindsay Crosby, Dennis Crosby, Phillip Crosby, Gary Crosby and Dixie Lee Crosby (b).

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Adeste Fideles                                              (c)        with Rhythmaires

*Jingle Bells                                                    (d)        with Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                      with Rhythmaires

‘Poppa Santa’ Sketch                                   (e)         Bing Crosby, Gary Crosby, Dennis Crosby, Phillip Crosby, Lindsay Crosby & Dixie Lee Crosby

*That Christmas Feeling                                  (f)         with Gary Crosby & Rhythmaires

*I’d Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus   (g)        with Lindsay Crosby & Rhythmaires

  The Snowman                                               (h)        Dennis Crosby & Phillip Crosby with Rhythmaires

 

*That Christmas Feeling                                  (i)          with Gary Crosby, Dennis Crosby, Phillip Crosby, Lindsay Crosby & Rhythmaires

*Silent Night                                                   (j)         Closing Theme with Rhythmaires

                                                                                                                                   

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Ho-Ho-Ho Records 1088 - “A Warm And Wonderful Christmas Eve With Bing & Frank” and on “Collectors’ Gold LP596 - “Happy Holiday with Bing & Frank”

(b)        Although Bing made very many radio appearances of which there is insufficient knowledge to speak, this appears to be the only example of his wife, Dixie Lee Crosby, appearing with him on a show from one of his own radio series.        

(c)        Sung first, in Latin and then in English accompanied by the studio audience.

            Commercial Recordings 1934, 12.11.35 & 8.6.42

(d)       Commercial Recording 19.3.47

(e)        The opening of this item includes Bing singing, unaccompanied, a fragment of “Jingle Bells” and the comedy theme concerns Bing’s imposture of Santa Claus for the benefit of his sons, all of whom are ‘wise’ to the deception.  The close of the sketch leads, naturally, to items (f), (g), (h) & (i) which follow, quite closely, the format of the commercial issue, “A Crosby Christmas”.

(f)        See Note (e) above.

            Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas”

            Commercial Recordings 5.9.50 & 6.9.50

(g)        See Note (e) above.

            Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas”

            Commercial Recording 5.9.50

(h)        See Note (e) above.

            Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas” 

(i)         See Note (e) above.

The reprise has Bing and Gary Crosby carrying the main theme with contrapuntal accompaniment of “I’d Like To Hitch A Ride With Santa Claus” by the other boys and the Rhythmaires.

            Varese Sarabande CD 3020668482 “Bing Crosby – A Crosby Christmas”

            Commercial Recordings 5.9.50 & 6.9.50

(j)         Commercial Recordings 21.2.35, 13.11.35, 8.6.42, 19.3.47, 3.5.54 & 24.12.55

 

No. 48  27th December 1950 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (14th December 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Jack Teagarden, Dinah Shore and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                      (a)        Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (b)        Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter

*A Bushel And A Peck                                              with Dinah Shore & Rhythmaires

*Accidents Will Happen                                 (c)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Nice Work If You Can Get It                                   Dinah Shore

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong

*Blueberry Hill                                               (d)       with Louis Armstrong & Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Jack Teagarden

  Rockin’ Chair                                               (f)        Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden

*Rockin’ Chair                                               (e)        with Louis Armstrong, Dinah Shore, Jack Teagarden & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*The Tennessee Waltz                                                with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 
Notes:
(a)        Bing does some vocal ‘doodling’ over the opening bars before joining with, “Someone waits for
me”.

(b)        During the introductory dialogue, Ken Carpenter announces that Bing has been elected ‘Mr. Music’ by ASCAP and that January 1951 will be designated ‘Bing Crosby Month’ in celebration of his 20th Anniversary in show business.

(c)        Commercial Recordings 11.4.50 & 21.6.50

(d)       Sounds Rare SR5009 - “Havin’ Fun  (as “On Blueberry Hill”)

            Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(f)                Sounds Rare SR5009 - “Havin’ Fun”  (as “OlRockin’ Chair”)

Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

The item is a parodied version which is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Bing’s coming ‘anniversary’ celebration (See Note (b) above). The arrangement includes Bing singing a line of “Louise” and a parodied fragment of “Small Fry”.

(f)        Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

 

No. 49  3rd January 1951  (a) 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (24th December 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Fred Astaire.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Life Is So Peculiar                                        (b)       with Rhythmaires

*Nevertheless                                                 (c)       with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire

*The Thing                                                     (d)        with Fred Astaire & Rhythmaires

*Just One More Chance                                 (e)       

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Beyond The Reef                                          (f)        with Rhythmaires featuring Loulie Jean Norman & Danny Stewart (Hawaiian Guitar)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Tap-Time Facit 142 - “Top Hat, White Tie And Golf Shoes”

(b)        The phrase “...there’s nothing to comb but hair” evokes laughter from the studio audience, prompting a chuckle from Bing and the query, “Why do you laugh?”

(c)        There is audience reaction during the Rhythmaires' solo, which suggests Bing may be clowning.

            Commercial Recording 24.3.50

(d)       This is a largely, parodied version of the Phil Harris ‘hit’ and additional lyrics have been provided, to suit the occasion and the participants.

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            Musidisc Accord 129011 (CD) - “Hollywood Stars”

            Parrot PARCD005 (CD) - “Hollywood Guys And Dolls - Bing Crosby & His Hollywood Guests - Volume 1”

(e)        Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

            Commercial Recordings 4.5.31, 2.9.31, 12.6.39 & 21.4.54

(f)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

 

“We used to do jokes about Bing’s lack of hair or his quickly receding hairline. Very seldom did Bing ever say anything about a script or ever complain. But we had Fred Astaire as a guest on one show, and we had a joke. Fred said to Bing, ‘You used to be taller,” and Bing said, “Yeah, well, I used to comb mine up.” And Fred evidently didn’t care for the joke; he did not want to admit that he wore a piece, whereas [to] Bing it didn’t make any difference.”

(Hal Kanter, as quoted in The Great American Broadcast, page 177)

 

No. 50  10th January 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (8th January 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Bob Crosby and Bob Hope.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                     (a)        Opening Theme

*Look’s Like A Cold, Cold Winter                (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Accidents Will Happen                                 (c)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Bob Crosby

*Moonlight And Roses                                   (d)       with Bob Crosby & Perry Botkin (Vibraharp)

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (e)        Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Bob Crosby

 

Medley - ‘A Vocal Tribute’:                           (f)

  Tzena, Tzena, Tzena                                     (g)        Bob Crosby with Rhythmaires

*June In January                                             (h)        with Bob Hope & Bob Crosby

  Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year          (i)         Bob Hope & Bob Crosby

*It’s Been A Long, Long Time                       (j)         with Bob Hope & Bob Crosby

*Coming Through The Rye                            (k)         with Bob Hope & Bob Crosby

  Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet                     (l)          Bob Hope & Bob Crosby with Rhythmaires

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*The Tennessee Waltz                                                with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing indulges in some vocal ‘limbering up’ over the opening bars.

(b)        Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(c)        Commercial Recordings 11.4.50 & 21.6.50

(d)       Jasmine CD JASCD 651 “The Crosby Brothers”

(e)        This dialogue is significant in that it includes what appears to be a genuine presentation of the Gold Disc for “Sam’s Song”, to Bing, by Bob Crosby.  However, this does not seem to be so great a surprise as the obviously, genuine, presentation by Bob Hope of a Gold ‘Gossard’ Girdle which produces quite raucous hilarity.

(f)        Continuing with the theme of ‘Bing Crosby Month’ (See Programme No. 48 - Note (b)), this is

another ‘tribute’ laced with the inevitable comic insults and includes parodies of

items (f), (g), (h), (i), (j) and (k).

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Jasmine CD JASCD 651 “The Crosby Brothers”

(g)        See Note (e) above.

(h)        See Note (e) above.  Spoken comment only by Bing.

(i)         See Note (e) above.

(j)         See Note (e) above.  Bing sings only one line in addition to spoken comment.

(k         See Note (e) above.

(l)         See Note (e) above.

 

No. 51  17th January 1951  (a)        

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (30th December 1950).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Toni Arden, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Joe Venuti

*A Marshmallow World                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

  And You’ll Be Home                                    (c)        Toni Arden

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong

  La Vie En Rose                                                         Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet)

*Lazybones                                                     (d)       with Louis Armstrong

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Jack Teagarden

  Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home                     Jack Teagarden (Vocal & Trombone)

*My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms                             (e)        with Toni Arden & Ensemble

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*I Surrender Dear                                           (f)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 
Notes: 
(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on JOYCE1128 - “One Night Stand With Bing Crosby’s 20th Anniversary In Show Business”

(b)        Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(c)        Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(d)       This was a re-broadcast of the version heard on Programme No. 19 (Refer to Index 4)

(e)        Sounds Rare SR5010 - “More Fun”

            Family SFR-DP655 - “Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby Live”

Windmill WMD190 - “Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby On Stage” (Sleeve of this issue states, “All selections recorded in New York, February 16th & 21st 1949”!)

            Spectrum U4016 (CD) - “Bing & Louis”

            Shout! CD DK 31517 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

The ‘ensemble’ consists of Louis Armstrong (Trumpet); Jack Teagarden (Trombone); Joe Venuti (Violin); Perry Botkin (Guitar); Matty Matlock (Clarinet); Phil Stephens (Bass); Buddy Cole (Piano) and Nick Fatool (Drums).

            Commercial Recording 26.1.33

(f)        Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

                American Masters CD - 'Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack'.

            Commercial Recordings 19.1.31, 31.3.39 & 24.4.54

 

No. 52  24th January 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (20th January 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Toni Arden and James Stewart.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                       (a)        Opening Theme

*You’re Just In Love                                      (b)        with Toni Arden & Rhythmaires

*Autumn Leaves                                             (c)       

  My Man                                                       (d)       Toni Arden

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & James Stewart

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You   (e)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing indulges in some vocal ‘doodling’ over the opening bars.

(b)        Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(c)        Commercial Recording 7.9.50

(d)       Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(e)        Commercial Recording 13.12.50

 

No. 53  31st January 1951 

 

Transcribed at Fort Ord (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Toni Arden and The Firehouse Five Plus Two.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Let’s Do It Again                                         (b)        with Toni Arden & Rhythmaires

*And You’ll Be Home                                    (c)        with Rhythmaires

  But Beautiful                                                 (d)        Toni Arden

  Copenhagen                                                              The Firehouse Five Plus Two

*The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me  (e)      with The Firehouse Five Plus Two

  Comedy Dialogue                                          (f)        Bing Crosby & Bob Hope

*It Happened In Monterey                              (g)        with Bob Hope

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                      with Rhythmaires

*Harbour Lights                                              (h)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Before an audience of Army personnel at the US Army Infantry Training Centre, at one time said to the largest military reservation in the USA, located north-east of Monterey.

(b)        Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(c)        Commercial Recording 21.6.50

(d)       Jasmine CD JASCD644 “I Can Dream Can’t I”

(e)        Magic AWE7 - “Dark Moon” (as “Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave To Me”)

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            Limited Edition Club JGB1006 - “Kinda Dixie”

            Jasmine CD JASCD 460 “”Stoking The Fire – The Whole Story – Vol.2 “

            BCE 6 (CD) “Bing in Dixieland”

(f)        This unannounced and unexpected appearance by Bob Hope, is wildly received by the audience.  (See Programme No. 90 Note (a)).

(g)        A parodied chorus of this item in which Bing joins for only one line.

            Jasmine JASCD 357/8 (CD) – “Bob Hope & Friends – Put It There Pal”

            Commercial Recording 7.8.58

(h)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

 

No. 54  7th February 1951   (a)       

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (27th January 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*Just The Way You Are                                 (b)        with Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

*You And Your Beautiful Eyes                       (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (d)       Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*Hello Ma Baby                                              (e)       with Judy Garland

*In My Merry Oldsmobile                              (f)        with Judy Garland

*Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon              (g)        with Judy Garland

*Walking My Baby Back Home                     (h)        with Judy Garland

*In My Merry Oldsmobile                              (i)         with Judy Garland

  You Made Me Love You                                         Judy Garland

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (j)          with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Broadcast Tributes BTRIB0005 - “The Long Lost Bing ‘N’ Judy Off the Air Performances”

(b)        Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Legends LECD118 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 1”

            Wisepack LECDD612 (CD) - “The Essential Collection

            EmiGold 330 0242 (CD) – “Judy Garland”

(c)        Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

(d)       The comedy dialogue develops into a series of vignettes depicting courtship in the ‘Gay Nineties’

and these are illustrated by items (e), (f), (g) & (h).

(e)        See Note (d) above.

            Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Commercial Recording 20/28.12.60

(f)        See Note (d) above.

            Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Commercial Recording 30.6.39

(g)        See Note (d) above.

            Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

(h)        See Note (d) above.

            Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

(i)         This reprise of item (f) is an entirely parodied version which serves to bring the theme (See Note

(d)) up to date.

            Magic AWE3 - “Bing Crosby & Friends”

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Magic DAWE3 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Commercial Recording 30.6.39

(j)         Commercial Recording 13.12.50

 

No. 55  14th February 1951

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Dorothy Kirsten.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*You And Your Beautiful Eyes                                  with Rhythmaires

*And You’ll Be Home                                  (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Can’t Help LovinDat Man                                     Dorothy Kirsten

  Comedy Dialogue                                        (b)        Bing Crosby & Dorothy Kirsten

*’The ‘Soap Opera’ Opera’ Sketch              (c)        with Dorothy Kirsten & Rhythmaires

*The Night Is Young And You’re So Beautiful  (d)     with Buddy Cole (Piano)

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Whispering Hope                                                     with Dorothy Kirsten

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 21.6.50

(b)        The dialogue explores the comic possibilities of the Metropolitan Opera taking over the ‘soap’ operas which were (and still are) one of the staple ingredients of television and provides a lead-in to the vocal item (c).

(c)        This musical skit of ‘soap’ operas performed in the style of Grand Opera, features a medley of popular classical themes, with added parodied lyrics and includes, “Habanera” from Bizet’s “Carmen” and “La Donna E Mobile” from Verdi’s “Rigoletto”.

(d)       Commercial Recording 21.7.76

  

No. 56  21st February 1951  (a)       

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (10th February 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee (b) and Tallulah Bankhead.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    Bing Crosby & Tallulah Bankhead

*Just The Way You Are                                 (c)        with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

  Would I Love You? (Love You, Love You)              Peggy Lee

  ‘Just A Gigolo (And Gigolette)’ Sketch        (d)         Bing Crosby, Tallulah Bankhead & Ken Carpenter

*Just A Gigolo                                               (e)       

*Just A Gigolo (Reprise)                                (f)         with Tallulah Bankhead

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Beyond The Reef                                          (g)        with Rhythmaires featuring Loulie Jean Norman

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Flankenzudeutsch Istanbul MDTB05 - “Bing’s Beaus”

(b)        A somewhat curious oversight in that Peggy Lee’s name is omitted from the announced cast.

(c)        Sun 2110 (CD) – “Just The Way You Are – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

(d)       The sketch provides the framework for items (e) & (f).

(e)        See Note (d) above.

            Commercial Recording 2.3.31

(f)        See Notes (d) & (e) above.  A reprise of the last chorus only.

            Commercial Recording 2.3.31

(g)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

   

No. 57  28th February 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Nat King Cole Trio and The Andrews Sisters.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*All My Love                                                 (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Lullaby Of Broadway                                                The Andrews Sisters

*Can Anyone Explain? (No! No! No!)                        with Rhythmaires

  Orange Coloured Sky                                                Nat King Cole (Vocal) & Trio

*Sam’s Song                                                   (b)        with Nat King Cole & Rhythmaires

*The Tennessee Waltz                                                  with The Andrews Sisters

  Mona Lisa                                                                 Nat King Cole

*Harbour Lights                                              (c)        with Rhythmaires & Bobby Guy (Cornet)

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                      with Rhythmaires

*May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (d)           with The Andrews Sisters, Nat King Cole & Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(b)        Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(c)        Commercial Recording 5.9.50

(d)       HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            United Artists UAK30115 - “The Golden Age Of American Radio Starring Bing Crosby”

            Golden Age GA5023 - “One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP711 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 4” (Recording

date shewn as 8.2.51)

            Andros Records ANDS4566 - “The Andrews Sisters ‘Live’”

            GNP Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            The Radio Years RY18 (CD) - “Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties” (Date shewn as

“(1938)”)!

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

Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

 

No. 58  7th March 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (5th March 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (a)        Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter

*Sparrow In The Treetop                                (b)       with Rhythmaires

*Sentimental Music                                        (c)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

  Mean To Me                                                            Judy Garland

  ‘Sarah Spade, Private Eye’ Sketch                           Bing Crosby, Judy Garland & Ken Carpenter

*You’re Just In Love                                      (d)       with Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*If                                                                              with Rhythmaires & Bobby Guy (Cornet)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        The dialogue confirms that this was the first show to be recorded since Bing’s kidney stone

operation on February 12th.

(b)        Commercial Recording 8.2.51

(c)        Commercial Recording 2.2.51

(d)       Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Windmill WMD260 - “Favourite Melodies” (Shewn as “I Wonder Why”)

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Legends LECD119 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 2”

            Wisepack LECDD612 (CD) - “The Essential Collection”

                American Masters CD - 'Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack'.

 

No. 59  14th March 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Jack Pepper and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*St. Patrick’s Day Parade                               (a)       with Rhythmaires

*Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young       (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

  ‘Bounce-Along Garland’ Sketch                    (c)       Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Jack Pepper & Ken Carpenter

*Stop Your Gambling                                     (d)       with Judy Garland & Jack Pepper

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*If                                                                   (e)       with Rhythmaires & Bobby Guy (Cornet)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Varese Sarabande CD 3020668762 “Bing Crosby – When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

            Commercial Recording 1.2.51

(b)        Commercial Recording 8.2.51

(c)        The sketch, introduced by Ken Carpenter, is based on the concept of a feminine version of Hopalong Cassidy, with Bing as the ‘Schoolteacher’, Judy as ‘Bounce-Along’ Garland and ‘Black’ Jack Pepper as the villain.  There are several deviations from the script, by Bing, mainly inspired by some rather noisy sound effects and the sketch closes with the vocal item (d)

(d)       See Note (c) above.

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- Volume 1”

(e)        Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

 

No. 60  21st March 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (17th March 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires,  Les Paul & Mary Ford and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*You And Your Beautiful Eyes                                  with Rhythmaires

*Sentimental Music                                        (a)       

  How High The Moon                                               Les Paul & Mary Ford

*Mockin’ Bird Hill (Tra-La-La Twittle Dee Dee)       with Mary Ford & Les Paul (Guitar(s))

  Carolina In The Morning                                          Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*How Could You Believe Me When I Said

“I Love You” When You Know I’ve

Been A Liar All My Life?                   (b)        with Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                        (c)        Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*How Could You Believe Me When I Said

“I Love You” When You Know I’ve            

Been A Liar All My Life?                  (d)        with Judy Garland

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Would I Love You? (Love You, Love You)  (e)      with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 2.2.51

(b)        Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

(c)        The comedy dialogue serves to link item (b) and the reprised version item (d)

(d)       See Note (c)   

            Legend WM1973 - “Frances Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

(e)        Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

 

No. 61  28th March 1951

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (24th March 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Judy Garland.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Sparrow In The Treetop                                (a)      with Rhythmaires

*If                                                                             with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

  Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody        Judy Garland

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (b)       Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

*Limehouse Blues                                           (c)       with Judy Garland

*April In Paris                                                 (d)      with Judy Garland

*Isle Of Capri                                                 (e)       with Judy Garland

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

*Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young        (f)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Commercial Recording 8.2.51

(b)        This item and subsequent interpolated dialogue serves to link items (c), (d) & (e) and the medley is

inspired by Judy Garland’s impending visit to Europe, mainly to appear at the London Palladium.

(c)        See Note (c) above.

            Legend WM1973 - “Francis Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

(d)       See Note (c) above.

            Legend WM1973 - “Francis Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

(e)        See Note (c) above.

            Legend WM1973 - “Francis Ethel Gumm - Harry Lillis Crosby”

            Parrot PARCD003 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - When You’re Smiling”

            Commercial Recording 11.8.58

(f)        Commercial Recording 8.2.51

 

No. 62  4th April 1951   (a)

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Dinah Shore and Hopalong Cassidy (William Boyd).

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*’Way Down Yonder In New Orleans          (b)         with Rhythmaires

*Mockin’ Bird Hill (Tra-La-La Twittle Dee Dee)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Dinah Shore

  Makin’ Whoopee                                                     Dinah Shore

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Hopalong Cassidy

  ‘In Old Palm Springs’ Sketch                                   Bing Crosby, Hopalong Cassidy, Dinah Shore & Ken Carpenter

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Would I Love You? (Love You, Love You)            with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Critter Records CBHC8901 - “Bing & Hoppy

(b)        Commercial Recordings 28.6.60, 16.1.75 & 17.1.79

 

No. 63  11th April 1951   (a)

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Marilyn Maxwell, Lindsay Crosby and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong

*You’re Just In Love                                      (b)        with Louis Armstrong & Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Marilyn Maxwell

*Ho! Diddly, Hi! Diddly, Hey!                                    with Marilyn Maxwell & Rhythmaires

  Lazy River                                                                Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Lindsay Crosby

*Moonlight Bay                                              (c)        with Lindsay Crosby

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Marilyn Maxwell & Rhythmaires

*May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You  (d)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the first half of the programme (up to and including “Lazy River”) was issued on JOYCE1128 - “One Night Stand With Bing Crosby’s 20th Anniversary In Show Business” (“You’re Just In Love” is shewn on sleeve and label as, “So In Love” and “Ho! Diddly, Hi! Diddly, Hey!” is shewn on the label only as, “Ho-De-Li-Hi-De-Li”).

(b)        Sounds Rare SR5010 - “More Fun”

            Shout! CD DK 31517 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(c)        Slightly odd, that the first airing for Chesterfield of Bing’s recent commercial waxing with Gary Crosby, should be performed here with his youngest son.  There are only minor variations in presentation between this and the commercial issue, serving to demonstrate that the seemingly, casual, vocal comments have, in fact, been carefully scripted.  Even Bing’s ‘spontaneous’ chuckles occur in approximately the same places.

            See Programme No. 64 Notes (d) & (e)

            Commercial Recording 22.3.51

(d)               Commercial Recording 13.12.50

 

‘I dropped in on Bing Crosby’s taping session for his Wednesday evening show to watch Der Bingle give his youngest son, 12 year-old Lindsay, another lesson in microphone technique.  I think Bing lost the bout, however. Everything was done in the typical casual air of Palm Springs.  Bing was attired in his familiar off-the-hips sport shirt, which was topped by the casuals worn by announcer, Ken Carpenter and musical director, John Scott Trotter.

Lindsay staggered onto the stage in cowboy boots obviously, a couple of sizes too large for him.  He was the hit of the show for the audience standpoint with a duet of ‘Moonlight Bay’ with his famed dad.  You can hear the show on Wednesday, at 6.30 on KNX’

(Walter Ames ‘Los Angeles Times’ 10th April 1951)

 

No. 64  18th April 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (11th April 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Gary Crosby.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Them There Eyes                                         (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Quizas, Quizas, Quizas                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Play Ball                                                                   with Rhythmaires

*Mockin’ Bird Hill

(Tra-La-La Twittle Dee Dee)              (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Gary Crosby

*When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues (d)       with Gary Crosby

*Moonlight Bay                                               (e)       with Gary Crosby

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young      (f)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Koala AW14129 - “Swing With Bing  (Shewn as “Them Ther_ Eyes”)

            Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Commercial Recording 20.11.30

(b)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

(c)        Koala AW14129 - “Swing With Bing”

(d)       This item and item (e) are, without doubt, the commercial versions with Matty Matlock and his All Stars.

            See Note (e) below.

(e)        See Note (d) above.

An interesting comparison can be made with the version of the same song, performed with Lindsay Crosby, (See Programme No. 63 Note (b)), which contained minor differences in lyrics, timing and accompaniment and also appears to have audience reaction consistent with a ‘live’ presentation, including a prolonged and quite rapturous ovation, at the close.  None of these factors is apparent in either this item or item (d).

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP711 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 4 (Recording date shewn as 11.4.51).

            GNP Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

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

(It may seem pointless to have included the above-mentioned issues, as this version of the song has appeared many times on both microgroove and compact discs.  However, there are some scraps of (original?) dialogue which have been retained.  The introductory patter has been heavily edited to leave only a single line but the most interesting difference occurs at the end of the song when, over the closing applause, Bing can be heard saying, “That was OK, Gary”.  To which Gary replies, “Thanks, Dad”.  These remarks are not apparent in the broadcast version, in which Bing can only be heard saying, “We’re a smash!”.

            Commercial Recording 22.3.51

(f)        Koala KO14207 - “You Keep Coming Back Like A Song”

            Commercial Recording 8.2.51

 

No. 65  25th April 1951  (a)                         

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (19th April 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires,  Rose Marie and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                        with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                      Opening Theme

*The Rovin’ Kind                                          with Rhythmaires

*If                                                       (b)      with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                              (c)       Bing Crosby & Rose Marie

  My Blue Heaven                                           Rose Marie

  On the Sunny Side Of The Street       (d)       Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet) with Ensemble

  Comedy Dialogue                                         Bing Crosby & Louis Armstrong

*Gone Fishin                                     (e)        with Louis Armstrong

*Chesterfield Jingle                                         with Rhythmaires

*Old Soldiers Never Die                     (f)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                      Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Memorabilia MLP705 - “When Radio Was King”

(b)        Bing holds the final note during the Rhythmaires’ accompaniment until, in mock desperation, he says, “Finish, yet, will ya” and as the applause fades, he adds, “Oh! What a long ending.  That’s the longest ending in history!”

            and goes on to mimic the group’s closing warbles.

(c)        The comedy dialogue is interrupted by ‘gag’ trumpet solos from Bobby Guy of John Scott’s Orchestra who, it transpires is Rose Marie’s husband.

(d)               The ‘ensemble’ comprises Matty Matlock (Clarinet), Johnny Sear (Drums), Phil Stephens (Bass),  Perry Botkin (Guitar),

            Mel Henke (Piano), Bill Taylor (Trombone) and Jack Chaney (Tenor Sax).

(e)        It should be noted that the first broadcast of this classic duet (together with item (f), coincides with the mastering date, allocated by Decca, for the commercial issue.  However, there are many variations between this version and the commercial issue. (Refer to Index 4 and see Note (f) below).

            Sounds Rare SR5010 - “More Fun”

            All Star Products LP2000 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show” (As “Gone Fishing”)

            MCA MCAD4-10887 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - His Legendary Years 1931-1957”

            (The following recording information is noted in a booklet which accompanies the last named issue - ‘CBS Radio Studios, Hollywood.  Saturday (3 hours) 14th April 1951.  The Bing Crosby Show sponsored by Chesterfield, broadcast 25th April’

In addition, acknowledgements are made to Memorabilia - “When Radio Was King” (See Note (a)) and it does seem somewhat bizarre that MCA have found it necessary to resort to a ‘private’ disc as the source for this alternate ‘master’.

            Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Commercial Recording 25.4.51 (Mastering date)

(f)        See Note (e) above.

Unlike “Gone Fishin’”, the only detectable difference between this version and the commercial issue, is the fact that some of the opening bars are lost from the Decca issue.  This could be explained by the studio applause which accompanies the opening in the broadcast version. Bing dedicates the song to General Douglas MacArthur whom, though out of favour with President Truman, for his proposals concerning the conduct of the Korean War, was still regarded as something of a folk hero by many Americans.

            Commercial Recording 25.4.51 (Mastering date)      

 

No. 66  2nd May 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (18th April 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Bert Wheeler and Walter O’Keefe.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Sparrow In The Treetop                               (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Quizas, Quizas, Quizas                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bert Wheeler & Walter O’Keefe

*Once Upon A Nickel                                                with Bert Wheeler & Walter O’Keefe

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Mockin’ Bird Hill (Tra-La-La Twittle Dee Dee)       with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bert Wheeler & Walter O’Keefe

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 8.2.51           

(b)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

 

No. 67  9th May 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (21st April 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Teresa Brewer and Fred Astaire.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Them There Eyes                                          (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Maria Bonita                                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                       Bing Crosby & Teresa Brewer

  How Could You Believe Me When I

Said “I Love You” When You Know

I’ve Been A Liar All My Life?                         Teresa Brewer

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Fred Astaire

*Never Been Kissed                                       (c)        with Fred Astaire & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                      with Rhythmaires

*I Apologise                                                   (d)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Parrot PARCD005 (CD) - “Hollywood Guys And Dolls - Bing Crosby & His Hollywood Guests - Volume 1”

            Commercial Recording 20.11.30

(b)        Commercial Recordings 5.2.51 & 23.6.75

(c)        Amalgamated ROBT30 - “Roberta - The Original Production”

            Parrot PARCD006 (CD) - “Hollywood Guys And Dolls - Bing Crosby & His Hollywood Guests - Volume 2”

(d)       Bing introduces this item as, “a song I recorded, some years ago, with the Dorsey boys”

            Commercial Recording 19.8.31

 

No. 68  16th May 1951 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, The Cass County Boys and Burl Ives.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Them There Eyes                                          (b)       with Rhythmaires

  The Old Chisholm Trail                                            The Cass County Boys

*The Rovin’ Kind                                                       with The Cass County Boys

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Burl Ives

  On Top Of Old Smoky                                 (c)        Burl Ives with Rhythmaires

*The Little White Duck                                   (c)        with Burl Ives

*Shenandoah (Across The Wide Missouri)     (d)        with The Cass County Boys & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Too Late Now                                               (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Auditorium.

(b)        Commercial Recording 20.11.30

(c)        JASBOX 14-4 (CD) - “Burl Ives: the Golden Years of The Wayfaring Stranger”

(d)       Bing introduces this item as “Across The Wide Missouri”, adding that he has been advised by ‘Brother’ Ives that ‘it was originally a sea shanty’.  According to folk music historians, quite the opposite applies.  The song began as a land ballad and found its way down the Mississippi/Missouri rivers, to the open sea.

            Commercial Recording 20.7.59

(e)        Taped examples of a ‘blow-up’ version of this item exist in many collections.  As this was the first

of only two airings of the song, it would be reasonable to surmise that the ‘blow-up’ originated

during the transcription of this particular show.

Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

 

No. 69  23rd May 1951 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Teresa Brewer, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*’Way Down Yonder In New Orleans           (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Quizas, Quizas, Quizas                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

  The Oceana Roll                                                       Teresa Brewer

*When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues  (c)      with Teresa Brewer

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (d)       Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong & Jack Teagarden

  A Song Is Born                                             (e)        Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet) with Jack Teagarden (Vocal & Trombone) & Ensemble

*Gone Fishin                                                 (f)        with Louis Armstrong

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*I Apologise                                                   (g)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recordings 28.6.50, 16.1.75 & 17.1.79

(b)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

(c)        Commercial Recording 22.3.51

(d)       The second half of the programme (from this item onward), was issued on JOYCE6050 - “Big Band’s Greatest Vocalists - Bing Crosby”.  The most risible impertinence is that “Magic Is The Moonlight” from a Kraft Music Hall programme of 8th February 1945 has been inserted into the programme after “I Apologise” and before the close.  See also Programme No. 83.

(e)        The ‘ensemble’ consists of Matty Matlock (Clarinet), Perry Botkin (Guitar), Buddy Cole (Piano), Phil Stephens (Bass) and Nick Fatool (Drums).
Sounds Rare SR5010 - “More Fun  (Sleeve note states, ‘Broadcast May 23, 1951, CBS Studios, Hollywood’.

(f)                Shout! CD DK 31517 “Swingin’ With Bing”

            See Programme No. 65 Note (e) and refer to Index 4. 

Commercial Recording 28.4.51 (Mastering date)

(g)        Commercial Recording 19.8.31

 

No. 70  30th May 1951

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (5th May 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Charles Durand, Guy Brion and Helen O’Connell.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*I Whistle A Happy Tune                               (a)        with Rhythmaires

  The Loveliest Night Of The Year                               Helen O’Connell

*Tell Me                                                        (b)        with Helen O’Connell

  Be My Love                                                             Charles Durand & Guy Brion

*Maria Bonita                                                 (c)       with Rhythmaires

*Shenandoah (Across The Wide Missouri)      (d)       with Charles Durand, Guy Brion & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Too Late Now                                               (e)      Bing Crosby

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 9.4.51

(b)        Commercial Recording 19.2.57

(c)        As the applause following this item fades, Bing can be heard indulging in some light-hearted banter with the Rhythmaires. As he is closer to the microphone, only his remarks can be heard but due to his colour blindness, his quips backfire on him and the ‘one-sided’ conversation runs as follows, “Very formal here, this evening, bowing and....Never seen such a formal atmosphere....must be those pink tulle gowns....It isn’t pink tulle?.....What is it?.....Look’s pink to me!....What’s the matter with my socks?...They don’t have to match!....They fit, they’re warm!”

            Commercial Recordings 5.2.51 & 23.6.75

(d)       Commercial Recording 20.7.75

(e)        See Programme No. 68 Note (d)

 

“Bing & Bob Pose 80G Dilemma” (Headline)

“The trade is watching with interest to see which way the Chesterfield sponsorship smoke blows this fall.  Particularly as it relates to the ciggie company’s continued claim in the AM sweepstakes.  Chesterfield is carrying one of the heaviest bankroller loads in radio.  These include the Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, Arthur Godfrey triumvirate.  The Godfrey morning spread on CBS is no trouble, in view of its enviable lead in rating status on daytime programming but in the case of both Hope and Crosby, Chesterfield is playing around with $40,000 a week shows and the fact that both have been strangers to the Top Ten Nielsen columns this season has only served to accent the transitional jitters when sponsors are re-appraising AM budget allocations.  Like other ciggie clients, Chesterfield is staking more and more of a claim in video with Hope, all set next season, to make the TV plunge for the ciggie bankroller, (after getting his video feet wet, this season under the Frigidaire auspices) “

(“Variety” 30th May 1951)

 

 No. 71  6th June 1951 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (4th June 1951) (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, George Jessel and Martha Tilton.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Row, Row, Row                                           (b)       with Rhythmaires

  How High The Moon                                                Martha Tilton with Rhythmaires

*Quizas, Quizas, Quizas                                 (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & George Jessel

*California Moon                                                        with George Jessel

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*I Apologise                                                   (d)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Auditorium

(b)        On the first occasion that this item is aired for Chesterfield, Bing’s interpretation seems somewhat unrehearsed and experimental.  Between slight ‘fluffs’ and chuckles from both himself and the audience, he asides, “I’m a little old for this”.  He also gets into to trouble with the closing lines, “....then his head he would rest....twenty bars rest and ........”  This awkward phrase was amended to, “then this clever young dude, kicked on that old Evinrude and........” in the later version for Chesterfield and the commercial issue.

            Commercial Recording 8.6.51

(c)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

(d)       Commercial Recording 19.8.31

 

No. 72  13th June 1951 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Teresa Brewer and Bert Wheeler.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*How High The Moon                                   (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Alexander’s Ragtime Band                                       Teresa Brewer

*On Top Of Old Smoky                                 (b)       with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Bert Wheeler

*Down By The O-Hi-O                                              with Bert Wheeler

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Any Town Is Paris When You’re Young     (c)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 22.6.50

(b)        Commercial Recording December 1960

(c)        Commercial Recording 8.2.51

 

No. 73  20th June 1951  (a)              

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (13th June 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Teresa Brewer, Joe Venuti and Tommy Dorsey.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                        with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                     Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                        Bing Crosby & Joe Venuti

*(Why Did I Tell You I Was

Going To) Shanghai                (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Wang Wang Blues                                        Teresa Brewer

  Comedy Dialogue                                         Bing Crosby & Tommy Dorsey

*Diane                                                 (c)       with Tommy Dorsey (Trombone) & Chorus 

  The Hot Canary                                            Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Oh! Lady Be Good                           (d)       with Tommy Dorsey (Trombone) & Joe Venuti (Violin) 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                        with Rhythmaires

*Bonne Nuit                                       (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                     Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Antron 9000 - “Bing Crosby ...And His

Special Guests”

(b)        Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings” (Those who possess this compact disc and have been appalled by its overall ‘lo’ fidelity may extract some grim humour from the pretentious piffle on the inlay which states, ‘Restored And Re-Edited In The Digital Domain’!)

            Commercial Recording 8.6.51

(c)        Broadway BR111 - “Crosbyana”

            Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

(d)       Broadway BR111 - “Crosbyana” (As “Lady Be Good”)

            Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

            Bing draws a laugh with the line, “Oh! Have some pity...How did I get up here, in this key?”

(e)        Commercial Recording 20.6.51

 

No. 74  27th June 1951 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (16th June 1951).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Laurie Anders, Ken Murray and Burl Ives.

 

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*I’ve Got To Fall In Love Again                    (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord (b)     Burl Ives with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Ken Murray

*I Like The Wide Open Spaces                                 with Ken Murray & Laurie Anders                                                                                                                                       

*On Top Of Old Smoky                                 (c)       with Burl Ives & Rhythmaires

*Chesterfield Jingle                                                    with Rhythmaires

*May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You (d)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 8.6.51

            Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings  (As “I’ve Just Got To Fall In Love”)       

(b)        JASBOX 14-4 (CD) - “Burl Ives: the Golden Years of The Wayfaring Stranger”

(c)        JASBOX 14-4 (CD) - “Burl Ives: the Golden Years of The Wayfaring Stranger”

HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Golden Age GA5023 - “One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP710 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 3”

            GNP Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

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

            Sounds of Yesteryear DSOY903 - "Bing Crosby - Love Is"

            Commercial Recording Dec 1960

(d)       Commercial Recording 13.12.50

 

Go to the 1951-52 season for Chesterfield

 

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