THE BING CROSBY SHOW FOR GENERAL ELECTRIC


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For twenty years, Bing Crosby had run the gamut of radio sponsors, from tobacco, through soap, cheese, radio sets, back to tobacco again and after three years with Chesterfield Cigarettes, the fall of 1952 found him extolling the virtues of refrigerators, on behalf of the General Electric Company.  However, the famous, overweight, lady was waiting in the wings, loosening her larynx, for the swan song of the radio series in this particular format.  One by one, favourite shows were vanishing from the air, engulfed by the tsunami of television which had rolled over the network schedules. The huge numbers of radio receivers that Bing had helped to sell for Philco had now become slightly passé, surrendering their place as the focal point in the living room to the ‘magic fish tank’.

Between the end of World War II and 1955, the number of major, prime time, variety programmes fell by a staggering 1000% and by 1954, Bing would find himself having completed full circle, back to where he had begun, providing 15 minute gap fillers.  Network executives, who may have been contemplating the locked room and a loaded revolver found a degree of comfort with this format and the benefit of lower production costs.  The decline is only too apparent in the GE programmes.  Gone was the roll call of ‘big name’ guests.  James Stewart wandered in twice and Frank Sinatra was heard on two shows.  Jack Benny guested once and surprisingly, Bob Hope managed only a single appearance for the annual broadcast from Fort Ord.  The remainder could be classed as ‘friends and family’, represented by frequent visits from Rosemary Clooney and Gary and Lindsay Crosby.

Apart from Miss Clooney, a miscellany of female vocalists was pressed into service, to lend a hand with the chores.  Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee (yet to become ‘legends’), Kay Starr, Jane Morgan, Helen O’Connell and a dozen others took a turn at the microphone.  Long time associate, violinist Joe Venuti capitalised on his inimitable catchphrase (‘Is dis der place?’) and made himself available to provide regular light comedy for the first season and together with Lindsay Crosby, was in attendance for all seven of the so-called ‘French’ programmes.

To the public, the ‘transcribed’ programme was now a normality, but there may still have been some questions regarding an ‘assembled’ show.  Tape recording had, by this time, reached some degree of expertise and skilful editing could produce a conversation between two parties who were miles or even, days apart, without any noticeable ‘joins’.  Chunks of dialogue could be shuffled, applause added or deleted and even the most devoted listener would have been hard pressed to recognise that the song that they were hearing was the same rendition that had been broadcast, two weeks previously.  There is little doubt that an extensive ‘library’ was built of songs by Bing, which in many cases were sold on to Decca for re-mastering as commercial issues. 

In spite of shortcomings in the guest star department, the first season of General Electric kept, pretty much, to the formula which had sustained the Philco and Chesterfield programmes but from the September of 1953, quite sweeping changes were made.  If only we could have been privy to the discussions, which set out the ground rules for these shows. Did the man who fought for ‘Where the Blue of the Night’ in 1933, weakly succumb to the unknown piece of music that was to introduce his show?  The songs and the patter hung on but the commercials were abandoned in favour of several minutes of fatuous ‘discussion’ between Bing and Ken Carpenter, on such heavyweight subjects as ‘Government’, ‘Communism’ and ‘Collectivism’.  The cry will be, that this was the era of McCarthyism but the pompous cant of these creepy ‘seminars’, surely had no place in a light radio show.  Other ‘discussions’ included a résumé of the most recent General Electric Annual General Meeting and GE’s 75th Anniversary Share Presentation to employees’ new babies, subjects that would have had most of the radio audience, reaching for a good book.

A few eyebrows were raised when Bing kicked off the opening show of his new series with Bob Merrill’s, ‘Feet Up (Pat Him on the Po-Po)’. Since the latter part of the 19th Century, the history of the popular music has reserved a niche for so-called ‘novelty’ numbers.  From ‘Bunk-A-Doodle I Do’, through ‘Mairzy Doats’, to Sparky’s Magic Piano, belting out ‘Chopin’s Revolutionary Aytood’ and there was no need to be alarmed because, as the index reveals, the seventy-five programmes demonstrated, more than a hundred other songs designed to please the more discerning.


1952 - 1953 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.  Produced by Bill Morrow and Murdo MacKenzie

The audience share for the season was 6.5 which enabled the programme to scrape in to twentieth position in the Nielsen ratings. The top show was Amos ‘N’ Andy with 14.2. Bing was said to be paid $16,000 per week (which also had to cover the cost of staff and guests).

 

No. 1  9th October l952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (3rd September 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Jane Wyman.

 

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

*Feet Up! (Pat Him On The Po-Po)                          (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Till The End Of The World                                      (c)        with Red Nichols (Cornet)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman 

  He’s Just Crazy For Me                                                       Jane Wyman

*Zing A Little Zong                                                   (d)         with Jane Wyman & Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Joe Venuti

  Body And Soul                                                                     Joe Venuti (Violin)                      

*Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart                                                with Loulie Jean Norman

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme                     

 

Notes:

(a)        To initiate his new series, Bing reverts to singing, “When (sic) the blue of the night,” rather than the abbreviated version, “Someone waits for me”, used throughout the series for Chesterfield.

Commercial recordings 23.11.31, 20.7.40, 17.7.45 and 21.4.54.  (As this title appears on every page for the first season with General Electric, no further reference will be made to these commercial issue dates).   

(b)        Magic AWE3 - “Dark Moon”

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “20 Golden Greats, Volume 2”

            Double Play GRF016 (CD) - “Everything I Have Is Yours”

(The above-mentioned issues have been allocated to the first hearing of this item although this is identical to the version heard on Programme No. 3)

(c)        Commercial Recording 24.4.52

(d)       Commercial Recording 8.5.52

 

“Bing Crosby is back for another semester in radio and this time, flying the General Electric colours.  Chesterfield gave him the go-by at the wind up of last season, along with Bob Hope, considering the weekly tab too high. The Hollywood and Vine reports have it that, as with Jack Benny before him, the production, accoutrements and bankroll on Bing’s showcase have been trimmed in keeping with the ‘radio re-appraisal’, if so, GE has grabbed itself a good deal.  For there is no perceptible change - so far as the listener is concerned - either in Crosby or his entourage.  If the opening stanza lacked some of the sharpness and the brittleness of the Crosby romps in the past, the track record is sufficient warranty that in another couple of weeks the Thursday night 9.30 to 10.00 slot on CBS will be rockin’ to the customary Crosby mastery.  Not that one needed too much reassurance on his first time out, last week.  His brief encounter with Joe Venuti (leading up to fiddlin’ virtuosity), his by-play with announcer, Ken Carpenter; his soloing on ‘Auf Wiedersehn’ and his dueting with Jane Wyman on, ‘Zing A Little Zong’ (on reprise from their Par film click ‘Just For You’) were all grooved to the Crosby touch and manner, even though some of the dialogue spark was lacking.  Significantly, The Groaner tipped on his GE preem that he’ll be TV bound, (presumably under the same sponsorship auspices) when he winds up a film chore in Europe.  The only despondent note in the show were the heavy handed and trip-hammered GE plugs with both Crosby and Carpenter equally guilty”

(“Variety” 15th October 1952)

 

No. 2  16th October l952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (3rd September 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Helen O’Connell, and The Bell Sisters.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Open Up Your Heart                                                (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Just For You                                                             (b)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     (c)        Bing Crosby & The Bell Sisters

  There’s A Ship Coming In                                         (c)        The Bell Sisters

*Zing A Little Zong                                                     (d)        with The Bell Sisters & Rhythmaires

*Till The End Of The World                                       (e)         with Red Nichols (Cornet)    

  You Like?                                                                             Helen O’Connell with Rhythmaires

*Walkin’ My Baby Back Home                                              with Helen O’Connell

*You Belong To Me                                                               with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording l7.6.52

(b)        Commercial Recording 14.2.52

(c)        Jasmine JASCD 634 - “The Bell Sisters – The ‘Bermuda’ Girls”

(d)       Jasmine JASCD 634 - “The Bell Sisters – The ‘Bermuda’ Girls”

Commercial Recording 8.5.52

(e)        Commercial Recording 24.4.52         

 

No. 3  23rd October l952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (6th September 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and James Stewart.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Feet Up! (Pat Him On The Po-Po)                           (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Wish You Were Here                                                                       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & James Stewart

  Sketch - “The Electric Blanket”                                             Bing Crosby & James Stewart

*Somebody Loves Me                                               (b)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)                   

*Auf Wiederseh’n, Sweetheart                                                with Loulie Jean Norman

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:            

(a)        See Programme No. 1 - Note (b)

(b)        This is the version of the song that was mastered for commercial release.

            Commercial Recordings l3.6.39 and 26.6.53 (Mastering date).

 

NOTE:

When the first three programmes of the new General Electric series were broadcast, Bing was already in Europe, having sailed on the French liner, “Liberté”, in early September.  The main purpose of the trip, apart from two charity events in Britain, was for location shooting, in and around Paris, for the film “Little Boy Lost”. He returned on the 25th October and was met by his wife, Dixie Lee Crosby, who was in the final stages of the cancer for which she had undergone surgery, in the previous July.  The following day she suffered a relapse and two days after, lapsed into a coma from which she never recovered.  Dixie died on the 1st November, three days before her forty-first birthday.

Consequently, Bing did not appear in the next two programmes; the first of which is preceded by the stark announcement, “The Bing Crosby programme will not be heard, this evening.”  In spite of Bing’s absence, these programmes were an integral portion of the complete General Electric series and in the interests of completeness, details of their content, are shewn.

 

No. 4  30th October l952

 

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

                                                                                                                                                           

  Over The Rainbow                                                    Opening Theme

  Alexander’s Ragtime Band                                        Judy Garland with Rhythmaires

  Cuanto Le Gusta                                                       Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires

  Wish You Were Here                                               Judy Garland

  I Got Rhythm                                                            John Scott Trotter Orchestra

  Stars Began To Fall                                                   Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires

  A Pretty Girl Milking A Cow                                     Judy Garland

  And The Angels Sing                                                 Ziggy Elman (Trumpet)

  Carolina In The Morning                                            Judy Garland

  Manhattan Rag                                                          John Scott Trotter’s Dixieland Group

(Red Nichols - Cornet)

  You Belong To Me                                                    Judy Garland with Rhythmaires

  Over The Rainbow                                                    Closing Theme

 

“With Bing Crosby bowing out of his scheduled CBS radio show, last Thursday night (30th) because of the critical illness of his wife, the web’s Coast office put Judy Garland in as a last minute sub.  Miss Garland failed completely to live up to expectations, to the point where it was difficult to imagine a singer with her known ability, hitting so many ‘clinkers’ in a single half-hour.  There are a number of mitigating factors of course, such as the short rehearsal time she had, her impending motherhood etc.  Even so, she was a far cry from the Judy who wowed them at the Broadway Palace, last winter.

Miss Garland worked with Crosby’s regular crew, including the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, the Modernaires (sic), announcer Ken Carpenter etc.  The show itself was nothing to rave about since, with a little time for preparation, the web merely had Miss Garland lead a half-hour’s ‘songalog’.  That would have been OK if she had been up to par but sans her anticipated sock, it was almost embarrassing to listen to.  Her numbers were well selected, ranging from ‘Alexander’s Ragtime Band’ through ‘Carolina In The Morning’ and ‘Wish You Were Here’ but only seldom did she sound like the Garland of old”

(“Variety” 5th November 1952)

 

No. 5  6th November l952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With James Stewart (as Master of Ceremonies), Rosemary Clooney, Joe Venuti and Gordon Macrae.

 

  Title Unknown                                                                      Opening Theme          

  This Can’t Be Love                                                               Rosemary Clooney

  Half As Much                                                                       Rosemary Clooney

  A Cockeyed Optimist                                                           Gordon Macrae

  Somewhere Along The Way                                                 Gordon Macrae

  Autumn Leaves                                                                     Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Walkin’ My Baby Back Home                                              Gordon Macrae & Rosemary Clooney

  Begin The Beguine                                                                Gordon Macrae

  Who Kissed Me Last Night?                                                 Rosemary Clooney

  Title Unknown                                                                      Closing Theme

                                                                                                                                                           

No. 6  13th November 1952  (a)       

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (9th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Dinah Shore.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Just You, Just Me                                                     (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Open Up Your Heart                                                (c)        with Rhythmaires

*You’ll Never Get Away                                                         with Dinah Shore

  Early Autumn                                                                         Dinah Shore

*Sleepy Time Gal                                                        (d)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)       

  Laura                                                                                     Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Doodle Doo Doo                                                      (e)         with Dinah Shore

  Memphis Blues                                                                      Dinah Shore

*You Belong To Me                                                                with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        An edited version of the programme was issued on Sunbeam HB-309 - “The Dinah Shore - BingCrosby Shows”

(b)        Commercial Recording 2.12.78 (Release date)

(c)        Commercial Recording 17.6.52

(d)       This appears to be the version of the song mastered for commercial release.  (See Index 4)

            Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(e)        Limited Edition Club JGB1006 - “Kinda Dixie”  (Shewn as “Doodle Le Do”)

 

No. 7  20th November 1952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (9th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Dinah Shore.

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*The Glow Worm                                                       (a)        with Rhythmaires

*The Live Oak Tree                                                    (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Takes Two To Tango                                                            with Dinah Shore

  But Not For Me                                                                    Dinah Shore

*Dinah                                                                        (c)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Estralita                                                                                 Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Silver Bells                                                                (d)       with Dinah Shore & Rhythmaires

  Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea                          Dinah Shore                                       

*Wish You Were Here                                                                       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Magic AWE7 - “Dark Moon”

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “20 Golden Greats, Volume 2”

            Dejavu DVRE16 (CD) - “The Bing Crosby Story”              

            Double Play GRF016 (CD) - “Everything I Have Is Yours”

(The above-mentioned issues have been allocated to the first hearing of this item although this is identical to the version heard on Programme No. 15)

Bing Crosby Enterprises CD - "Bing Crosby Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook"

(b)        Commercial Recording 21.2.52

(c)        Apart from the vocal “pop” at the close of the commercial issue, this is the version mastered for

commercial release.

            Commercial Recordings 16.12.31 & 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(d)       Commercial Recording 8.9.50

 

No. 8  27th November 1952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (17th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Connee Boswell.

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Just You, Just Me                                                     (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Wish You Were Here                                                                       

*Some Sunny Day                                                      (b)        with Red Nichols (Cornet)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Connee Boswell

  Begin The Beguine                                                                Connee Boswell

*That’s A-Plenty                                                        (c)        with Connee Boswell & Ensemble

*Keep It A Secret                                                      (d)       with Rhythmaires

*The Live Oak Tree                                                   (e)        with Rhythmaires

*You Belong To Me                                                              with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

 Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 2.12.78 (Release date).

(b)        Commercial Recordings 19.2.57 & 25.2.75

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

            Precision Records & Tapes Ltd NCP704 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years, Volume 1”

            (Recording date shewn as 6.9.52).

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

            Limited Edition Club JGB1010 - “Tea For Two - Famous Duets - Bing And Connee” (Shewn asLA6898A)

            Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

The “Ensemble” consists of Red Nichols (Cornet), Ted Vesley (Trombone), Matty Matlock (Clarinet), Joe Rushton (Bass Sax), Buddy Cole (Piano), Perry Botkin (Guitar), and Nick Fatool (Drums).

N.B. This is the only duet of the song, with Connie Boswell, heard during the GE series but there is a possibility that this is not the version of the song that was mastered for commercial release. A comparison between the broadcast version and the commercial issue reveals a minor but significant difference. On the broadcast version as evidenced by the above-mentioned issues the second rendition of the line, runs, “Well, you beat it out brother, there’s no other remedy (Yeah!) - And that’s a-plenty..” This interjection of “Yeah!”, by Connie Boswell, is not apparent on the commercial  issue. The compiler prefers to keep an open mind on the subject!                    

            Commercial Recording 17.11.52 (Mastering date).

(d)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(e)        Commercial Recording 21.2.52                  

 

No. 9  4th December 1952   

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (23rd November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Rosemary Clooney and Christian Fourcade.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Sleigh Ride                                                   (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (b)        Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney & Christian Fourcade     

  You’ll Never Know                                                  Rosemary Clooney

*The Merry-Go-Run-Around                         (c)        with Rosemary Clooney

  Regardez Mes Bateaux                                             Christian Fourcade

*White Christmas                                           (d)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recordings 17.11.52 (Mastering date) & 13.9.77

(b)        The comedy dialogue concerns a supposed “secret crush” that young Christian Fourcade has on Rosemary Clooney.  Christian is persuaded to “hide behind the piano” and subsequent dialogue between Bing and Rosemary Clooney is punctuated by piano runs.

(c)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”. Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

            Commercial Recording 24.6.52

(d)       Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recordings 29.5.42, 19.3.47, 10.4.54 & 24.12.55

 

No. 10  11th December 1952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (23rd November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                     Opening Theme

*Open Up Your Heart                                      (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Because You’re Mine                                                                      

  Who Kissed Me Last Night?                                       Rosemary Clooney

  Comedy Dialogue                                                        Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

*Takes Two To Tango                                     (b)        with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

  April In Paris                                                               Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Silver Bells                                                      (c)        with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

*To See You (Is To Love You)                         (d)       with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                     Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 17.6.52

(b)        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 NCP710 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years, Volume 3”

GNP Crescendo GNPD9051(CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”  (Date shewn as 23.11.53) - (Shewn on all issues as “Two To Tango”)

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

            Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

(c)        Commercial Recording 8.9.50

(d)       Commercial Recording 20.6.52

 

No. 11  18th December 1952

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (30th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Sleigh Bell Serenade                                                 (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Some Sunny Day                                                      (b)        with Red Nichols (Cornet)

 

  Medley:

  Trying                                                                                   Ella Fitzgerald with Rhythmaires

  My Favourite Song                                                               Ella Fitzgerald

  Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea                         Ella Fitzgerald

 

  Oh! Lady Be Good                                                               Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer                           (c)        with Ella Fitzgerald & Rhythmaires

*To See You (Is To Love You)                                  (d)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(b)        Broadway Intermission BR-111 - “Crosbyana”

            Artistic ART001 - “Bing’s Party”

            Limited Edition Club JGB1006 - “Kinda Dixie”

            Sounds Of Yester Year CD DSOY 605 “Bing Crosby – I Got Rhythm”

                CD: Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook

            Commercial Recordings 19.2.57 & 25.2.75

(c)               Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “My Happiness”

Shout! CD DK 31517 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

            Commercial Recording 22.6.50

(d)                Artistic ART001 - “Bing’s Party”

Sounds Of Yester Year CD DSOY 605 “Bing Crosby – I Got Rhythm”

            Commercial Recording 20.6.52   

     

 No. 12  25th December 1952  (a)     

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (30th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Gary Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Adeste Fideles                                                          (b)      with Rhythmaires

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

*Sleigh Bell Serenade                                                 (d)       with Rhythmaires

*Jingle Bells                                                                (e)       with Gary Crosby & Rhythmaires

*The Christmas Song                                                  (f)       

 

Medley: (g)

*Deck The Halls With Boughs Of Holly                                 with Rhythmaires & Choir

*Away In A Manger                                                             with Rhythmaires & Choir

*O Little Town Of Bethlehem                                     (h)       

*The First Nowell                                                                  with Rhythmaires & Choir

 

  Christmas Message                                                   (i)        Bing Crosby

*White Christmas                                                       (j)        with Rhythmaires

*Silent Night                                                               (k)       with Rhythmaires & Choir

  Silent Night                                                                           Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Reference is made to this programme in Gary Crosby’s book, “Going My Own Way”:

“When I came home for the Thanksgiving vacation, the old man took me to the studio to transcribe his Christmas show.  On the drive over he seemed kind of sad and down but once he stepped in front of the microphone he perked right up and was back to being his old, warm, charming, breezy self again.  There was no mention of Mom’s death.  Someone who had passed the last weeks living in a cave would never have known it had happened.  Like a lot of performers, Dad felt the audience wasn’t interested in your personal problems.  All they wanted was the show and that’s what he gave them. With the help of his script-writers, I dusted off my own wise-cracking persona and we went at each other with the standard, good-natured give and take.”

The book goes on to quote, verbatim, the portion of the script which introduces item (e).

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

            Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recordings 1934, 12.11.35 & 8.6.42

(c)        This has become one of those songs that Bing cannot resist fooling with and he closes, “...I’m Comet, I’m Cupid...Space Cadet, Jezebel....High Noon!”

            Commercial Recording 22.6.50

(d)       Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(e)        See Note (a) above

Commercial Recording 27.9.43

(f)        Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recording  19.3.47

(g)        Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

            Daily Mail CD - Bing Crosby at Christmas

Commercial Recordings 31.5.49 & 24.12.55

(h)        Commercial Recording 24.12.55

(i)         Something of an innovation - a reasonably lengthy and serious address from Bing on the

significance of Christmas.

(j)         Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recordings 29.5.42, 19.3.47, 10.4.54 & 24.12.55

(k)        Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recordings 21.2.35, 13.11.35, 8.6.42, 19.3.47, 3.5.54 & 24.12.55

 

No. 13  1st January 1953

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (30th November 1952).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Ella Fitzgerald.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Open Up Your Heart                                                 (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Keep It A Secret                                                       (b)        with Rhythmaires

 

  Medley:

  I Hadn’t Anyone Till You                                                        Ella Fitzgerald with Rhythmaires

  If You Should Ever Leave                                                       Ella Fitzgerald

  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love                                       Ella Fitzgerald

 

*Chicago Style                                                            (c)        with Ella Fitzgerald

  Autumn Leaves                                                                      Joe Venuti (Violin)

 

  Medley:

*Because You’re Mine                                                                      

*You Belong To Me                                                   (d)        with Rhythmaires

*Wish You Were Here                                               (e)       

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 17.6.52

(b)        Commercial recording 12.11.52

(c)        Parrot PARCD002 (CD) - “My Happiness”

            Shout! CD DK 31517 “Swingin’ With Bing”

Commercial recording 23.6.52

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

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP707 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 2”

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

            (Transcription) date shewn as 30th November 1952 on last two issues.

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

            Readers Digest RD4-138-7 - “Bing Sings Again”

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

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP707 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 2”

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

            (Transcription) date shewn as 30th November 1952 on last two issues.

 

No. 14  8th January 1953

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (3rd January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Sleigh Ride                                                               (a)       with Rhythmaires

  Blues In The Night                                                               Rosemary Clooney

*Takes Two To Tango                                                           with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

  Tea For Two                                                                        Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Haven’t Got A Worry To My Name                                     Rosemary Clooney

*Keep It A Secret                                                       (b)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice CD CCM2161 “The Crosby Christmas Sessions”

Commercial Recording 17.11.52 (Mastering date) & 13.9.77

(b)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

 

No. 15  15th January 1953  

 

Transcribed at Fort Ord (10th January 1953) (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti, Rosemary Clooney and Bob Hope.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*The Glow Worm                                                                   with Rhythmaires

  I Do, I Do, I Do                                                                    Rosemary Clooney

*Chicago Style                                                            (b)        with Rosemary Clooney

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                  Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Rosemary Clooney

*Open Up Your Heart                                                (c)        with Bob Hope, Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

  Tico Tico                                                                              Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Heart And Soul                                                                     with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the U.S. Army Training Centre.  As in previous years, the troops benefit from the proximity of their base to Pebble Beach and the Annual Golf Tournament!

(b)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

            Commercial Recording 23.6.52

(c)                An entirely parodied version, (“Open up the jug and let the moonshine in....”) - a gentle mockery of Kentucky which happens to be Rosemary Clooney’s home State.

Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

 

No. 16  22nd January 1953

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (14th January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

*South Rampart Street Parade                                  (a)          with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

  Lovely Weather For Ducks                                                   Rosemary Clooney

*Heart And Soul                                                                     with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  The Hot Canary                                                                    Joe Venuti (Violin)

*I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)                  (b)         with the Buddy Cole Trio

  You’ll Never Know                                                              Rosemary Clooney

*Something To Remember You By                            (c)        with Rosemary Clooney

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

            Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

            Commercial Recording 5.9.52

(b)        Some Fine Old Chestnuts (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

            Although sometimes considered as emanating from a radio broadcast, both versions of the song, heard on the GE series are not the version that was mastered for commercial release (See Index 4).

            Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(c)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

            Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”     

            Commercial Recording 22.2.75

 

No. 17  29th January 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (24th January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Kay Starr.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes                       (a)     with Rhythmaires

*Keep It A Secret                                                       (b)     with Rhythmaires

  Noah (Didn’t It Rain)                                                          Kay Starr

*Side By Side                                                             (c)     with Kay Starr

  Jealousy (Jalousie)                                                              Joe Venuti (Violin)

*After You’ve Gone                                                   (d)      with the Buddy Cole Trio

*Because You’re Mine                                                         with Buddy Cole (Piano)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “Shall We Dance?” January, 2011

(b)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(c)        Commercial Recording 29.4.27

(d)        This is not the version of the song that was mastered for commercial release but the ‘other’ version, first heard on Chesterfield Programme No. 108.

            Commercial Recordings 18.10.29, 16.1.46 & 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

 

No. 18  5th February 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (24th January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Kay Starr.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Lady Of Spain                                                          (a)       

*Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes                       (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comes A-Long A-Love                                                        Kay Starr

*The Breeze (That’s Bringin’ My Honey Back To Me)            with Kay Starr

  Laura                                                                                    Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Sleepy Time Gal                                                        (c)        with the Buddy Cole Trio

*Why Don’t You Believe Me?                                                with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        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 NCP704 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 1”

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

            Intertape CD500.027 (CD) - “Bing Crosby”

            Double Play GRF016 (CD) - “Everything I Have Is Yours”

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

            Bing Crosby Archive digital release “Shall We Dance?” January, 2011

                CD:  Songs I Wish I Had Sung (The First Time Around) (Deluxe edition)

This rendition of the song appears to be identical to the version broadcast on Programme No. 34 of 28th May and although the United Artists issue confirms this date and “The Radio Years” issues offer a recording date of 13.4.53, the compiler has been persuaded to credit the above- mentioned issues to this first hearing, as at least two of the issued excerpts, retain a distinctive pattern of applause, at the close of the song, consistent with this particular broadcast.

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

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

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

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

            Readers Digest RD4-138-7 - “Bing Sings Again”

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

(c)        Commercial recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

 

No. 19  12th February 1953  (a)      

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (31st January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Jack Benny.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*The Glow Worm                                                                   with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     (b)        Bing Crosby & Jack Benny

  Body And Soul                                                                     Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Heart And Soul                                                                     with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing theme

 

Notes:

(a)        There is a certain uniqueness regarding this programme, in that Bing is limited to only two vocals. The compiler can find only three other instances of this occurring in a show from one of his own major radio series, all being governed by more exceptional circumstances.

(b)        Much of the dialogue is concerned with (another of) Jack Benny’s thirty-ninth birthdays!  Benny was born on Valentine’s Day and in fact, at this time, would have been approaching his fifty-ninth birthday.  The proceedings are interrupted, at one point, by what appears to be the genuine presentation of a cake, to the “birthday boy”.

 

No. 20  19th February 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (31st January 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Joanne Gilbert.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Don’t Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes                                  with Rhythmaires

*Trying                                                                                  with Rhythmaires

  Love                                                                                     Joanne Gilbert

*Chicago Style                                                              (a)      with Joanne Gilbert

  Dark Eyes (Otchi Tchorniya)                                                 Joe Venuti (Violin)

*You Don’t Know What Lonesome Is                           (b)     with Rhythmaires & Perry Botkin (Guitar)

             (Till You Get To Herdin’ Cows)                                                                  

*Why Don’t You Believe Me?                                                 with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 23.6.52

(b)        Commercial recording 17.6.52

 

No. 21  26th February 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (7th February 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Peggy Lee.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Lady Of Spain                                                                                 

*Till I Waltz Again With You                                                           

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee

  Just One Of Those Things                                                    Peggy Lee

*That’s A-Plenty                                                         (a)      with Peggy Lee

  Sweet Lorraine                                                                    Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Keep It A Secret                                                       (b)      with Rhythmaires

*June In January                                                          (c)      with Phil Shukin (Flute)

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 17.11.52 (Mastering date)

(b)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(c)        Commercial Recordings 9.11.34, 3.5.54 & 12.9.77

 

No. 22  5th March 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (7th February 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Jimmy Boyd.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Bye, Bye Blues                                                         (a)        with Rhythmaires

*My Devotion                                                                        

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Jimmy Boyd

  Early Bird                                                                             Jimmy Boyd with Rhythmaires

*Open Up Your Heart                                               (b)        with Jimmy Boyd & Rhythmaires

  I Got Rhythm                                                                       Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Quizas, Quizas, Quizas                                             (c)        with Rhythmaires

*Why Don’t You Believe Me?                                               with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 29.6.60

(b)        Commercial Recording 17.6.52

(c)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

 

No. 23  12th March 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and James Stewart.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Jeepers Creepers                                                     (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Till I Waltz Again With You                                                           

  Tea For Two                                                                        Joe Venuti (Violin) 

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & James Stewart

  Sketch - “The Washing Machine”                                          Bing Crosby & James Stewart with

Ken Carpenter & Veola Vonn

*Two Shillelagh O’Sullivan                                        (b)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

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

            Commercial Recording 11.6.56

(b)        This is the same version of the song that was first heard on Chesterfield Programme No. 98 of 12th March 1952.  Some forty words of the original introduction remain intact and with this knowledge, it is not difficult to spot the “join”, after editing

            Commercial Recording 19.2.52

 

No. 24  19th March 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Dinah Shore.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Mister Tap Toe                                                                    with Rhythmaires

  Salomee (With Her Seven Veils)                                           Dinah Shore with Rhythmaires

  Ode To A Wild Shepherd Dog                                             Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Dinah Shore

 

Medley                                                                     (b)

*Mexicali Rose                                                           (c)       

  When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano                  Dinah Shore               

*Avalon Town                                                            (d)                                                                     

  Avalon                                                                                 Dinah Shore

 

*Harbour Lights                                                          (e)       with Dinah Shore & Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        For the first time since transcriptions began from this location, Ken Carpenter mentions the actual venue as “The Plaza Theatre”.              

(b)        The dialogue introducing this medley, (supported by the orchestra playing a few bars of “Ramona”), explains that the area around Palm Springs, known as Riverside County had provided romantic inspiration for many songwriters.

(c)        Commercial Recordings 11.7.38 & 16.6.54

(d)       CD: Some Fine Old Chestnuts (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

(e)        Commercial recording 5.9.50

 

“Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore will utilise Mattfeld’s ‘Variety Music Cavalcade’ as a springboard for their songalog, originating (taped) from Palm Springs.  Crosby and his writer/producer, Bill Morrow, have proved partial to the ‘Variety’ anthology of songs (as compiled by CBS musicologist Dr. Mattfeld) on previous occasions, and this past Thursday night’s show, over CBS made the Southern California country and local colour the musical theme of their chatter and chirpings.  It permitted Crosby some droll opportunities with some impossible song titles in between his easy styled vocal references to the ‘Ramona’ country, ‘Capistrano’, ‘Avalon’ and the like.  He did a ‘newie’, ‘Avalon Town’ in more spritely rhythm than Miss Shore’s reprise of the Buddy DeSylva-Al Jolson ‘oldie’, ‘Avalon’.  The former should par the latter in future durability.  It has strong potentials, especially if already waxed by Crosby.  On the subject of Bing, one of his favourite musical aides, Perry Botkin did a stint with WMGM’s Henry Morgan, one post-midnight which was distinguished by the guitarist’s literal style at the mike as he professed complete ignorance of any new Crosbyana.  Botkin kept reiterating, ‘It’s all in The Saturday Evening Post; why I’ve learnt more about Crosby from Pete Martin’s book (Call Me Lucky) than in all my years with Bing’”

(“Variety” 25th March 1953)

 

No. 25  26th March 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Bye, Bye, Blues                                                        (a)      with Rhythmaires

*Trying                                                                                 with Rhythmaires

  Haven’t Got A Worry To My Name                                   Rosemary Clooney

*You’re Just In Love                                                  (b)      with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

  Blue Tango                                                                          Joe Venuti (Violin)    

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                           (c)       with Rosemary Clooney

*Mandy, Make Up Your Mind                                   (d)       with Ensemble

*Heart And Soul                                                        (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 29.6.60

(b)        Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

(c)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

            Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

(d)       CD:  Songs I Wish I Had Sung (The First Time Around) (Deluxe edition)

            The ‘Ensemble’ consists of Red Nichols (Cornet); Ted Vesley (Trombone); Matty Matlock (Clarinet); Buddy Cole (Piano); Perry Botkin (Guitar); Don Whitaker (Bass) and Nick Fatool (Drums).

(e)        Grappenhauser GRAP1001 - “Music, Music, Music”

 

No. 26  2nd April 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

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

*Ohio                                                                          (b)      with Rhythmaires

  Who Kissed Me Last Night?                                                Rosemary Clooney

*Chicago Style                                                            (c)       with Rosemary Clooney

  Humoresque (Dvorak)                                                          Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Easter Parade                                                           (d)       with Rosemary Clooney & Rhythmaires

*One Little Candle                                                     (e)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “Shall We Dance?” January, 2011

            CD:  Songs I Wish I Had Sung (The First Time Around) (Deluxe edition)

            Commercial Recordings 28.6.60, 16.1.75 & 17.1.79 (Release date)

(b)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

(c)        Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”.

Commercial Recording 23.6.52

(d)       Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”.

Commercial Recording 1.6.42

(e)        Bing introduces this item as the theme song of the “Christopher Movement”.  It would seem to be fair to assume that this might be a Catholic charitable organisation

 

No. 27  9th April 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Mister Tap Toe                                                                    with Rhythmaires

  What Would You Do?                                                         Rosemary Clooney

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                (a)        with Rosemary Clooney

  Intermezzo (Souvenir De Vienne)                                         Joe Venuti (Violin)

 

  Medley:

*Lazy                                                                         (b)       

*Huckleberry Finn                                                                 with Rhythmaires

*Beside A Babbling Brook                                                    with Rhythmaires

 

*Only Forever                                                            (c)       with Rosemary Clooney                    

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

Commercial Recording 23.8.43

(b)        Commercial Recording 25.5.42

(c)        Bing “fluffs” the opening line of one of his big hits from 1940 when he sings, “Do I want to be near you.....”

            Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

            Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

            Commercial Recordings 3.7.40 & 16.6.54

 

No. 28  16th April l953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and George Kainapau & his Island Serenaders.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Wild Horses                                                              (a)        with Rhythmaires

 

Medley:

*Till I Waltz Again With You                                       (b)       

*Keep It A Secret                                                       (c)       

*Why Don’t You Believe Me?                                     (d)       with Rhythmaires

 

*The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ka Kali Nei Au)         (e)        with George Kainapau (vocal) & his Island Serenaders

*There’s Music In You                                                (f)       

  How High The Moon                                                             Joe Venuti (Violin)

*A Quiet Girl                                                              (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        The song was written by Johnny Burke (under the pseudonym of K.C. Rogan) and is based on Robert Schumann’s, “Wilder Reiter”.

(b)        Grappenhauser GRAP1001 - “Music, Music, Music”

(c)        Commercial Recording 12.11.52

(d)       Grappenhauser GRAP1001 - “Music, Music, Music”

(e)        Since its composition in 1926, the melody has been variously identified by these two titles, together with “Waiting For Thee” and “Here Ends The Rainbow”. The latter, with lyrics by Johnny Burke, had been recorded by Bing, two years previously.  The tune was adapted again with new lyrics in 1958.

            Readers Digest RD4-138-5 - “Bing Sings Again”

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

            Commercial Recording 9.2.51

(f)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

(g)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

 

No. 29  23rd April 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Rosemary Clooney.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

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

*There’s Music In You                                        (b)       

  Tenderly                                                                              Rosemary Clooney

*April In Paris                                                     (c)                                                       

  Wildcat                                                                                Joe Venuti (Violin)

 

Medley:

*These Foolish Things                                          (d)              with Rosemary Clooney

*We Just Couldn’t Say “Goodbye”                      (e)              with Rosemary Clooney

*You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To              (e)              with Rosemary Clooney

 

*A Quiet Girl                                                       (f)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        CD:  Songs I Wish I Had Sung (The First Time Around) (Deluxe edition)

                Commercial Recordings 28.6.60, 16.1.75 & 17.1.79 (Release date).

(b)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

(c)        Collectors’ Choice CD CCM21592 “Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook”

(d)       Commercial Recording 15.12.44

            Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

            Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

(e)        Jasmine JASCD335 (CD) - “Rosemary Clooney - Something To Remember Me By”

Collectors’ Choice CCM21622 “Bing & Rosie - The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions”

(f)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

 

No. 30  30th April 1953

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (14th March 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and The Bell Sisters.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                                Opening Theme

*Wild Horses                                                                          with Rhythmaires

*April In Portugal                                                       (a)         with Rhythmaires

  The Dance Of Love                                                  (b)        The Bell Sisters

*Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie                                (c)          with  The Bell Sisters

*Do You Ever Think Of Me?                                     (d)         with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Blue Tango                                                                            Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Salomee (With Her Seven Veils)                              (e)          Bing Crosby with Chorus      

*Hush-A-Bye                                                            (f)          with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 8.5.61

(b)        Jasmine JASCD 634 - “The Bell Sisters – The ‘Bermuda’ Girls”

(c)        Jasmine JASCD 634 - “The Bell Sisters – The ‘Bermuda’ Girls”

Commercial Recording 13.3.42

(d)       This is the first airing of the song that was mastered by Decca for commercial release.

            Commercial Recordings 23.7.40 & 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(e)        It should be noted that this title is not misspelt.  The song was published as “Salomee”, being part of the score for the Broadway musical, “Hazel Flagg”.

(f)        Commercial Recording 15.12.52

 

No. 31  7th May 1953

 

Transcribed in Palm Springs.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and George Kainapau and his Island Serenaders.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*Wild Horses                                                              with Rhythmaires

*And The Angels Sing                                    (a)         with Rhythmaires & Ziggy Elman (Trumpet)

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider                          (b)         with Red Nichols (Trumpet)

*My Devotion                                                             with Bobby Guy (Trumpet)

*Hawaiian Paradise                                        (c)         with George Kainapau (Vocal) & his Island Serenaders

 Tea For Two                                                              Joe Venuti (Violin)

*April In Portugal                                           (d)         with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “With All My Heart” January, 2011

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD - "Bing Crosby Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook"

            Commercial Recording 5.4.39

(b)        This item is the version of the song that was mastered by Decca for commercial release and was first broadcast on Chesterfield Programme No. 91 of 23rd January 1952

            Commercial Recordings 10.3.39 & 14.2.52.

(c)        Commercial Recording 4.8.36

(d)       Commercial Recording 8.5.61

 

No. 32  14th May 1953

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (14th March 1953).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Joe Venuti and Jimmy Boyd.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*’Deed I Do                                                                (a)     with Rhythmaires

*Salomee (With Her Seven Veils)                                                     

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & Jimmy Boyd

  I’m Little But I’m Loud                                                        Jimmy Boyd

*Small Fry                                                                   (b)     with Jimmy Boyd

*Wild Horses                                                                        with Rhythmaires

  Black Satin                                                                          Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Hush-A-Bye                                                              (c)      with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        CD:  Songs I Wish I Had Sung (The First Time Around) (Deluxe edition)

                Commercial Recordings 11.6.56 & 26.2.79 (Release date)

(b)        Parodied version.  (A second appearance by this grisly child who, at the tender age of twelve, had a No. 1 hit, had already appeared with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como and Bob Hope and also had made hit recordings, dueting with both Frankie Laine and Rosemary Clooney.)

            Commercial Recording 1.7.38

(c)        Commercial Recording 15.12.52

 

NOTE:

The last seven programmes (Nos.33 to 39) of the 1952/53 Season are all introduced as being transcribed in Paris, France and the compiler has adhered to this announcement in the preliminaries to each of these shows. However, there are obvious doubts as to the feasibility of such an undertaking and accounts vary concerning Bing Crosby’s activities during this period.  It has been suggested that the main purpose of the trip to Europe was to re-shoot yet another location scene for the film, “Little Boy Lost” (in spite of the fact that the film is claimed to have been ‘wrapped up’ at Paramount, in February).  Another source is naive enough to claim that he left after the broadcast of the programme of the 14th May (Bing was still not flying, at this time and would have taken the train to the East coast, before embarking on the “Queen Elizabeth”).

Also submitted, is that to facilitate these “transcriptions”, the entire, regular entourage from the show, accompanied him.  There are also permutations from a smaller group which includes, John Scott Trotter, Ken Carpenter, Joe Venuti, Buddy Cole, Bill Morrow and Murdo MacKenzie, ignoring the fact that many of them may have had other commitments apart from the General Electric series. On the other hand, the majority agree that Bing commenced his trip to Europe, in March, accompanied by his youngest son, Lindsay and returned in June. Significantly, one biographer comments on Bing’s non-appearance at a Friar’s Club dinner in February, honouring Bob Hope - “......Crosby’s schedule was very hectic.  He was recording the remaining radio shows of the season in bunches, one after another.  The reason: He was going to Europe in March.” 

The compiler has no concrete evidence as to how these shows were assembled but there is a curious lack of spontaneity in the exchanges between Bing and Ken Carpenter and it would be easy to believe that their separate dialogues had been recorded, either three miles, or three thousand miles apart.  All but one of Joe Venuti’s violin solos had been used earlier in the series.  It is fairly certain that the songs with the Buddy Cole Trio, (to be commercially issued later as “Some Fine Old Chestnuts”) had already been “in the can” for some time. The four examples used during the “French” programmes are identical to those broadcast on previous shows.

Other songs used before include, “A Quiet Girl”, “Domino”, “Lady Of Spain” and “There’s Music In You” but there is some “new” material - a rendition of “Hello, Young Lovers” not, so far as can be ascertained, heard, before or since.  For those interested in such trivia, the “give-away” is in the first chorus when Bing sings “...all my good wishes are with you..” rather than the correct line, “...all my good wishes go with you..” as heard on Chesterfield Radio and the commercial issue. There was also a quite intriguing return to the ‘Old Masters’ of the Thirties, with Cole Porter’s “Begin The Beguine” and “Night And Day”, Gershwin’s “Summertime” (Twice) and Coot and Gillespie’s “You Go To My Head” (Twice).  All of these songs can be regarded as ‘standards’ but there was no general revival of any of them, at the time.

 

No. 33  21st May 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Mademoiselle De Paris                                             (a)       

*Hello, Young Lovers                                                 (b)       

  Ma Petite Folie (My Truly, Truly Fair)                       (c)        Lindsay Crosby

*Sleepy Time Gal                                                        (d)       with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Blue Tango                                                                            Joe Venuti (Violin)

*A Quiet Girl                                                              (e)       

*Some Enchanted Evening                                          (f)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        No less than sixteen points of reference are equally divided as to whether the correct title of this song should be, “Mademoiselle De Paris” or “Mademoiselle De Paree”.  No explanation is offered but it may well be that some subtle distinction is observed, according to which language is used. Probably, because the English words would not have “worked” if the English pronunciation of the French capital had been used!  (The compiler has a song copy which includes the words in both languages - the title on the cover is “Mademoiselle De Paree” but inside, “Ma’moiselle De Paris”). This is the English version of the song and the compiler has settled for the correct spelling with the Gallic pronunciation.

            Commercial Recordings 16.5.53 (Separate versions in French and English).

(b)       Bing Crosby Archive digital release “With All My Heart” January, 2011

           Commercial Recording 9.4.51

(c)        A French version of Guy Mitchell’s third million-seller (literally translated, “My Little Bit Of

Madness”)

(d)       Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(e)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

(f)                Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

No. 34  28th May 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Lady Of Spain                                                          (a)       

*Domino                                                                    (b)       

  Autumn Leaves                                                                     Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Ma Petite Folie (My Truly, Truly Fair)                                   Lindsay Crosby

*Embrasse-Moi Bien                                                  (c)        with Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Somebody Loves Me                                               (d)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

*There’s Music In You                                               (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Refer to Programme No. 18 - Note (a)

(b)        Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recording 4.10.51

(c)        The version of the song with French lyrics is used

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recordings 16.5.53 (Separate versions in French and English)

(d)       Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(e)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

 

No. 35  4th June 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*All My Love                                                             (a)       

*Valencia                                                                   (b)       

*Granada                                                                   (c)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Lindsay Crosby

*The Belle Of Barcelona                                            (d)        with Lindsay Crosby

*Do You Ever Think Of Me?                                     (e)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Jealousy (Jalousie)                                                                 Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Summertime                                                              (f)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing announces that Paul Durand, (the composer of “Bolero”, from which this song was adapted), is in the studio and speculates as to whether he will approve of the English lyrics (by Mitchell Parish).

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recording 23.6.50

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

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Reader’s Digest RD4-138-7 - “Bing Sings Again”

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

            GNP Crescendo GNPD-9051 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            (The last named issue carries a transcription? date of 18.10.53 but all of the above-mentioned

issues have been allocated to the first hearing of this item which appears to be identical to the

other three versions heard during the series).

(c)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “Shall We Dance?” January, 2011

            Commercial Recording 5.2.51

(d)       It has been decided to settle for the more readily identifiable title, in the context of the GE series.  The tune is actually, Tolchard Evans’, “Barcelona”, described on sheet music as “a nutty 6/8 One Step” which was very popular in the mid 1920’s. The original lyric by Raymond Wallace began, “I’m one of the nuts from Barcelona - I plinka-de plonk - I Ca-sa-bi-onk....”.  It may well be that this is the American version with lyrics by Gus Kahn.  (Which was also entitled, simply, “Barcelona”).  However, the tune owes more than a little to “Funiculi Funicula”, written in 1880 by L. Denza and D. Turco.

(e)        Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(f)        Commercial Recording 8.7.38

 

No. 36  11th June 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Mademoiselle De Paris                                             (a)       

*Domino                                                                    (b)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     (c)        Bing Crosby & Joe Venuti

  Tico Tico                                                                              Joe Venuti (Violin)

 

  Medley:

*And He’d Say, “Ooh-La-La,Wee-Wee”                                         

  How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down On The

                         Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree?)                 Lindsay Crosby

*Oui, Oui, Marie                                                         (d)      

 

*I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)                    (e)         with Buddy Cole (Piano)

*Embrasse-Moi Bien                                                   (f)       

*You Go To My Head                                                (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                               Closing Theme

 

Notes:

 

(a)        Commercial Recording 16.5.53.  (Separate versions in French & English)

(b)        Commercial Recording 4.10.51

(c)        As part of the introduction for Joe Venuti’s solo, Bing offers his own vocal interpretation of “Tico

Tico”, complete with finger snapping.

(d)       As the applause fades for this item, Bing reveals that he has overlooked singing the verse, “Wait a minute, ..Hey!  We blew the verse on this thing, after all that expensive rehearsal. Let’s take it over, we gotta get the verse in, it doesn't have any punch without the verse - You ready?” This appears to be genuine and if so, the orchestra has covered the omission, admirably but nevertheless, leads to a complete reprise of the song, plus the “missing” verse.

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

(e)        Some Fine Old Chestnuts (60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)

            Commercial Recording 26.6.53 (Mastering date)

(f)        The version of the song with French lyrics is used.

            Commercial Recordings 16.5.53 (Separate versions in French and English)

(g)        Refer to Programme No. 61 - Note (d)

 

No. 37  18th June 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Valencia                                                                    (a)       

*La Seine                                                                    (b)       

  Humoresque (Dvorak)                                                          Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Tenderfoot                                                                (c)       with Perry Botkin (Guitar)

*Cela M’Est Egal                                                        (d)       with Lindsay Crosby

*Begin The Beguine                                                    (e)       

*Mon Coeur Est Un Violon                                         (f)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Refer to Programme No. 35 - Note (b)

(b)        A unique version of the song with the lyric in English, by Geoffrey Parsons and a reprise of the last chorus in French (Words by Guy Lafarge)

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recording 16.5.53.

(c)        This is, without question, the version of the song that was issued commercially.

            Commercial Recording 10.2.53

(d)       Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recording 12.3.53

(e)       Bing Crosby Archive digital release “Shall We Dance?” January, 2011

           Commercial Recording 3.5.44

(f)        Bing Crosby Enterprises CD "Le Bing: Song Hits Of Paris"

            Commercial Recording 16.5.53

 

No. 38  25th June 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Mademoiselle De Paris                                             (a)       

*Night And Day                                                         (b)       

  Otchi Tchorniya (Dark Eyes)                                                Joe Venuti (Violin)

*The Belle Of Barcelona                                            (c)        with Lindsay Crosby

*You Go To My Head                                              (d)      

*Some Enchanted Evening                                         (e)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        This is the English version of the song which was mastered for commercial release.

            Commercial Recordings 16.5.53 (Separate versions in English & French).

            Refer also to Programme No. 33 - Note (a) and Index 4.

(b)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “With All My Heart” January, 2011

            Commercial Recording 11.2.44

(c)        Refer also to Programme No. 35 - Note (d)

(d)        Refer to Programme No. 61 - Note (d)

(e)        Bing Crosby Archive digital release “With All My Heart” January, 2011

            Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

No. 39  2nd July 1953

 

Transcribed in Paris, France.  Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Joe Venuti and Lindsay Crosby.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*All My Love                                                             (a)       

*A Quiet Girl                                                              (b)       

  April In Paris                                                                       Joe Venuti (Violin)

*Mon Coeur Est Un Violon                                        (c)       

*Cela M’Est Egal                                                       (d)       with Lindsay Crosby

*La Seine                                                                   (e)       

*Granada                                                                    (f)       

*Summertime                                                              (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 23.6.50

(b)        Commercial Recording 9.2.53

(c)        Commercial Recording 16.5.53

(d)       Commercial Recording 12.5.53

(e)        Refer also to Programme No. 39 - Note (b)

            Commercial Recording 16.5.53

(f)        Commercial Recording 5.2.51

(g)        Commercial Recording 8.7.38

 

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