1939-1940 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra 

The audience share for the season is 23.3 which makes it the top musical show but leaves it in seventh place in the Hooper ratings for evening programmes as a whole. For the third year running, the Edgar Bergen programme tops the table with a rating of 34.6 overall. Bob Hope’s show enters the ratings with 25.0 which earns it sixth place.

 

No.  152  28th September 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Bobby Riggs and Jackie Cooper.

 

*Go Fly A Kite

*An Apple For The Teacher

*A Man And His Dream

*Still The Bluebird Sings

*The Lamp Is Low

 

 Medley:

*Sunbonnet Sue

*Jimmy Valentine

*If I Was A Millionaire

 

No.  153  5th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Albert Coates, Frank Albertson, Wendy Barrie and John Payne.

 

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                                    with The Music Maids

*Girl Of My Dreams

*Oh! You Crazy Moon                                                (a)        with The Music Maids

*What’s New?

*Over The Rainbow

 

Note:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  154  12th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Erna Rubenstein, Reginald Gardiner, Erle Stanley Gardener and Rosemary Lane.

 

*Moonlight Serenade                                                                with The Music Maids

*An Apple For The Teacher                                                     with The Music Maids

*South American Way                                                              with Rosemary Lane

*Oklahoma, Hail!

*Still The Bluebird Sings

*Sunbonnet Sue                                                                       with The Music Maids

*The Lamp Is Low

 

“Bing Crosby, KFI at 7, will present Rosemary Lane, Reginald Gardiner of stage and screen, Erle Stanley Gardener, author of mystery stories and Erna Rubenstein, an opera singer, violinist and dancer from Budapest.  A publicity item says that Bob Burns will not return to the series until after Thanksgiving.”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 12th October 1939)

 

No.  155  19th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Doris Peterson, Walter Connolly, Preston Foster and Jack Oakie.

 

*The Man With The Mandolin                                      (a)        with The Music Maids

*What’s New?

*Down The Old Ox Road                                                        with Jack Oakie

*I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?                           (b)       with The Music Maids

*Blue Orchids                                                              (c)

*A Man And His Dream                                                           with The Music Maids

  Serenade (Schubert)                                                               Doris Peterson (Marimba)

 

Notes:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(c)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

      Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  156  26th October 1939  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, The Spirit Of The Hill Choir, J.L. Kraft, Brian Aherne, Sterling Holloway and Kirsten Flagstad.

 

*An Apple For The Teacher                                                     with The Music Maids

*Day In, Day Out                                                         (b)

*Love Is The Sweetest Thing                                                    with The Music Maids

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

  The Tennessee Football Song                                                 The Spirit Of The Hill Choir

 

Notes:

(a)    The President of Kraft Phoenix Cheese was on the programme to present medals to 4-H Club Scholarship winners.

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

 

No.  157  2nd November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Doris Peterson, The Cornell University Choir, Mark Hellinger, Charles Butterworth and Joan Bennett.

 

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                                    with The Music Maids

*Blue Orchids

*Blow The Smoke Away                                                          with The Music Maids

*South Of The Border 

*The Man With The Mandolin                                                  with The Music Maids

  Far Above Cayuga’s Waters                                                  The Cornell University Choir

 

No.  158  9th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Lou Holtz, Larry Adler, Lucille Ball and Chester Morris.

 

*Are You Having Any Fun?                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*Are You Having Any Fun?  (Parody)                            (a)       with Lou Holtz

*My Melancholy Baby                                                              with The Music Maids

*Day In, Day Out

*Over The Rainbow                                                     (a)         with The Music Maids

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”

 

No.  159  16th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Jarmila Novotna, Reginald Gardiner, Louis Hayward and Eugene Pallette. 

 

*Scatterbrain                                                                (a)        with The Music Maids

*What’s New?

*I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me             (b)

*Yodelin’ Jive                                                                          with The Music Maids

*Over The Rainbow                                                                 with The Music Maids

*My Prayer

                                   

Notes:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(b)        Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”

 

No.  160  23rd November 1939

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Lou Holtz, Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti, Stuart Erwin and Shirley Ross.

 

 *Lilacs In The Rain

*Are You Having Any Fun?                                                      with The Music Maids                         

*Just A Dream Of You, Dear

*After All                                                                                 with The Music Maids

*South Of The Border

 

No.  161  30th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Florence George, Annabella and Harry Carey.

 

*Scatterbrain                                                                with The Music Maids

*Scatterbrain (Parody)                                                 with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Make With The Kisses

*Marcheta

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                       (a)        with The Music Maids 

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                        with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

No.  162  7th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Maria Ouspenskaya, The Kadoodlers and Jackie Cooper.

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                   (a)        with The Music Maids

*Ciribiribin  (Parody)                                                    (b)        with Bob Burns (Vocal & Bazooka)

*After All                                                                     (a)        with The Music Maids

*Looking At The World Through Rose-Coloured Glasses  (c)       with The Music Maids

*Lilacs In The Rain                                                       (d)

*South Of The Border

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 12 - “Bing In The Thirties”

(b)        Also includes parodied version of “Santa Lucia”

            Spokane 12 - “Bing In The Thirties”

(c)        Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(d)        Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  163  14th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Efrem Zimbalist, Una Merkel and Jack Holt.

 

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                                               with The Music Maids

*Stop! It’s Wonderful (Parody)                                                with Bob Burns

*Girl Of My Dreams

*(Back Home Again In) Indiana                                  (a)

*Yodelin’ Jive                                                                          with The Music Maids 

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                    with The Music Maids

 

Notes

(a)        Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

No.  164  21st December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Kraft Choral Society, Kennedy Brown, Billy Lenhart and Fay Bainter.

 

*Adeste Fideles                                                                        with The Music Maids

*Ciribiribin                                                                                with The Music Maids

*In The Evening By The Moonlight

*Make With The Kisses

  Lullaby On Christmas Eve (Christiansen)                                 The Kraft Choral Society

  The 150th Psalm (Franck)                                                      The Kraft Choral Society

*Silent Night

 

No.  165  28th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Georges Barrere, The Kadoodlers and Claude Rains.

 

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

*Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay                                                                   with The Music Maids

*Happy Birthday To Love

*Auld Lang Syne

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

No.  166  4th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Joan Brodel, Lucy Monroe (soprano) and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*You’re A Lucky Guy                                                  (a)        with The Music Maids

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                    with The Music Maids

*Moonlight On The Ganges                                          (b)

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds

*Scatterbrain                                                                (c)        with The Music Maids

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

            CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

Joan Brodel may be better known as film actress, ‘Joan Leslie’

 

No.  167  11th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Hilda Burke, Alan Hale and Maureen O’Hara.

 

*Looking At The World Through

            Rose-Coloured Glasses                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Vagabond Dreams

*My Little Girl                                                  (b)        with Chorus

*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling                                       with Bob Burns, Alan Hale & Maureen O’Hara

*Holy Smoke! (Can’t You Take A Joke?)        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Missouri Waltz

 

Notes:

(a)                (a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

(b)               (b)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

(a)                (c)        Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  168  18th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Dailes Frantz, Ida Lupino and Frank McHugh.

 

*You’re A Lucky Guy                                                              with The Music Maids

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                                    with The Music Maids

*Ballin’ The Jack

*Happy Birthday To Love

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds

 

“Ida Lupino will play and sing one of her own compositions on the Crosby air show this Thursday”

(“Los Angeles Evening Herald Express 16th January 1940)

 

No.  169  25th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gloria Jean, Madeleine Carroll and Lon Chaney Jr.

 

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                                               with The Music Maids

*Stop! It’s Wonderful (Parody)                                                with Bob Burns

*Vagabond Dreams

*Juanita

*Holy Smoke! (Can’t You Take A Joke?)                                with The Music Maids

*Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair

 

No.  170  1st February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gaspar Cassedo, Jean Parker and Randolph Scott.

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                               with The Music Maids

*Just One More Chance

*Love’s Old Sweet Song                                              (a)       with The Music Maids

*I Thought About You                                                  (b)

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds

 

Notes:

(a)        JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

(b)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

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

 

No.  171  8th February 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Mischa Levitzki, Ralph Bellamy and Walt Disney

 

*Confucius Say                                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

*Confucius Say (Parody)                                             

*I Thought About You

  Chinatown                                                                (b)        Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Silver Threads Among The Gold

*Indian Summer

*Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)                     with Walt Disney, Ralph Bellamy & Bob Burns

  Valse Brilliante (Chopin)                                                      Mischa Levitzki (Piano)

  Valse (Levitzki)                                                                   Mischa Levitzki (Piano)

*When I Hold You In My Arms                                            with Mischa Levitzki (Piano)

*Love Is The Sweetest Thing                                                with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall” (As “Confucious Say”)

(b)        Bing sings the words “Egg Foo Yung” at the conclusion.

 

No.  172  15th February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Alice Ehlers, Frank Albertson and Marlene Dietrich.

 

*The Little Red Fox (N’Ya, N’Ya, Ya Can’t Catch Me)          (a)        with The Music Maids

*The Little Red Fox (Parody)                                                               with Bob Burns

  You’ve Got That Look                                                                       Marlene Dietrich

  The Boys In The Back Room                                                              Marlene Dietrich

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                                               with The Music Maids

*Devil May Care

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                                with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

No.  173  22nd February 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Robert Viroval, Sabu and Joan Bennett.

 

*Confucius Say                                                            (a)        with The Music Maids

*Confucius Say (Parody)

*Careless

*Sunday                                                                       (a)        with The Music Maids

*Sweet Potato Piper                                                     (a)        with The Music Maids

*Marcheta

*Was That The Human Thing To Do? (Parody)                        with Joan Bennett

  Little White Lies                                                                     Bob Burns (Bazooka)

  The Violin Master Of Cremona                                               Robert Viroval (Piano)

  The Flight Of The Bumble Bee (Rimsky-Korsakov)                Robert Viroval (Piano)

 

Note:  

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

“Robert Viroval, in Hollywood for a recital date guested last Thursday (22nd) on the Bing Crosby show for Kraft cheese.The young violinist who quickly became a box office smash in a single New York concert appearance, after his arrival from Prague, last year, demonstrated the mellow tone and sensitive touch that recital audiences have praised.  His two numbers were shrewdly selected for a radio‘briefy’of this kind, although they were limited in interpretative scope.

Sabu, the young elephant driver from India who has appeared in several pictures also guested on the programme, giving the answers in a lively interview about elephant driving as compared to horseback riding, his headband as compared to a hat etc.  Like the Viroval appearance it was skillfully scripted to highlight the youngster and incidentally, continue the flavour that makes the Crosby series one of the week’s standouts.” 

(“Variety” 28th February 1940)

 

No.  174  29th February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin, Patricia Morrison and Brian Donlevy.

 

*In An Old Dutch Garden                                             (a)        with The Music Maids

*In An Old Dutch Garden (Parody)                                          with Bob Burns (Vocal & Bazooka)

*Devil May Care

*De Camptown Races

*Say “Si Si”                                                                 (b)        with The Music Maids

*Beautiful Dreamer

  In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room                                The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

 

Notes:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(a)                Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

“Bing Crosby and Bob Burns, KFI at 7 pm, will entertain Pat Morison (sic), actress; Brian Donlevy, Irish-American actor and the piano team of Vronsky & Babin.  John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra will play, ‘Eighteenth Century Drawing Room’ and Bing will sing, ‘Devil May Care’, ‘Camptown Races’ and ‘Beautiful Dreamer’”.

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 29th February 1940)

 

“Bob Burns says that Crosby calls him ‘Robin’ except when they are on the air, that he addresses Ken Carpenter as, ‘Kensington’ which is not his first name.  John Scott Trotter as, ‘J. Scott’ and the Music Maids as ‘the mice’. Half of the cast calls him ‘Bing’ and  the other half, ‘Mr. B’”

(“Hollywood Citizen News”  7th March 1940) 

 

Bob Burns has, obviously, not been paying attention!  For some time Bing has been calling him ‘Robin’, on the air.

 

No.  175  7th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Howard Hill, Rudolph Ganz and Priscilla Lane.

 

*Sunday                                                                       (a)       with The Music Maids

*Sunday (Parody)                                                                    with Bob Burns & Ken Carpenter

*Careless                                                                     (b)

*I’m Waiting For Ships That Never Come In

*Give A Little Whistle                                                               with The Music Maids

*The Singing Hills

*It Had To Be You                                                                   with Priscilla Lane

 

Notes:

(a)        JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

(b)        Brief unaccompanied parody

 

No.  176  14th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, John Erskine, Lotte Lehmann and Pat O’Brien.

 

*In An Old Dutch Garden                                                         with The Music Maids

*Love Is All                                                                 (a)

*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling                                                   with Pat O’Brien                      

*Sweet Potato Piper                                                                 with The Music Maids

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds                                              (b)

 

Notes:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        Jasmine JASMCD 3557 - “Bing Crosby – Cowboy Country Crosby Style”

 

“Heretical Observation - Is it not possible that too much of a good thing is as bad for the ears as it is for the stomach? Specifically, the Kraft programme is now, so loaded with overdone Bing Crosby vocabulary stuff, that the whole programme threatens to become the same.  The sentences are now as long as the twine on a make-believe gift box. Simple, routine thoughts are dressed up as literary sunbursts.  The programme has lost part of its sparkle and any respect it ever possessed for brevity.  This was so, even in the brogue-bandying routine (St Patrick’s Day) among Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Bob Burns which was amusing half as long as it lasted.  The poem recitation by O’Brien was, similarly, allowed to run its wordy course.  Granting that the Kraft programme has been a big success and that it has contributed more than its mite to radio technique, the time may be approaching for the introduction of a new idea. There are suggestions of self-enchantment with the mere sound of polysyllabics.”

 (“Variety” 20th March 1940)

 

After the glowing closing sentence from the critique of Programme No. 173, someone seems to have got out of the wrong side of the bed!

 

No.  177  21st March 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Kraft Choral Society, Victor Schertzinger and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*Say “Si Si”                                                                             with The Music Maids

*Devil May Care

*I’d Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You)

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                               with The Music Maids 

*The Singing Hills

  End Of The Sabbath                                                               The Kraft Choral Society

  Oley Speaks                                                                           The Kraft Choral Society

  Panis Angelicus (Franck)                                                        The Kraft Choral Society

 

No.  178  28th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Oscar Levant, Brenda Marshall and Errol Flynn.

 

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

*Give A Little Whistle                                                               with The Music Maids

*Old Black Joe

*Ooh! What You Said                                                              with The Music Maids

*Missouri Waltz

 

No.  179  4th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Anne Jamison, Virginia Bruce and Donald Budge.

 

*I’ve Got My Eyes On You                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*Love Is All

*Little Girl                                                                    (b)

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                               with The Music Maids

*The Singing Hills

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

(b)        JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

 

No.  180  11th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Jeffrey Lynn and Lucille Ball.

 

*Say “Si Si”                                                                             with The Music Maids

*Last Night’s Gardenias                                               (a)

*Tell Me, Little Gypsy                                                  (b)

*Ooh! What You Said                                                              with The Music Maids

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

*Angel In Disguise

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 19  - “Music Hall Highlights” (Date shewn as November 4th 1940)

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall  - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

Bing Crosby Enterprises CD: "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook"

 

No.  181  18th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Janice Porter, Donald Crisp and Anna Neagle.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                                               with The Music Maids

*I’ve Got My Eyes On You

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds         

*Alice Blue Gown                                                                                with Anna Neagle

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

 

“Anna Neagle, Donald Crisp and Janice Porter guested Thursday night (18th) on the Kraft cheese programme with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns.  Although the fact wasn’t brought out clearly, Miss Neagle’s first stint was, apparently, from her forthcoming RKO picture “Irene”.  Part of the sketch she spieled in French, the rest in a thick brogue, winding up with a duet with Crosby - all but the latter kind of inconclusive.  Carrying the accent theme further, Crisp next did a Jewish characterisation, occasionally tossing in a couple of lines of his natural Scottish burr.  Miss Porter of the Chicago Opera, sang a couple of light classic numbers, agreeably.  In general, the programme was up to its standard.”

(“Variety” 24th April 1940)

 

No.  182  25th April 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Carole Landis, Spring Byington and Basil Rathbone.

 

*Meet The Sun Halfway                                                                       with The Music Maids

*Last Night’s Gardenias

*My Gal Sal

*April Played The Fiddle                                                                      with The Music Maids

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

*Thou Swell                                                                             (a)        with Carole Landis

 

Note:

(a)        It has now been quite firmly established that Carole Landis appeared on this programme.  A newspaper of the day claimed that a ‘Caroline Farland’ would be on the show.  Could this have been an astonishing  misnomer by the Press?  No other reference can be found to an artiste of this name.

 

No.  183  2nd May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gene Towne, Graham Baker, Annabella and Jose Iturbi.

 

*The Pessimistic Character (WithTheCrab-Apple Face)(a)       with The Music Maids

*Imagination

*Sierra Sue                                                                              with The Music Maids

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                               with The Music Maids

*I Haven’t TimeTo Be A Millionaire

  Liebestraum (Liszt)                                                                 Jose Iturbi (Piano)

  Prelude for Piano (Gershwin)                                                  Jose Iturbi (Piano)

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 14 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume Two”

 

“Gene Towne and Graham Baker, the Hollywood scripting team and professional cut-ups, guested on the Kraft programme, last week, with Bing Crosby.  As usual, on this series, there was no attempt at a formal appearance in a sketch or an interview.  The noted screwballers tossed a few gags back and forth with Crosby and Bob Burns and then did more of the same with Annabella when she joined the quip-fest.  It wasn’t exactly punchy but not bad, either.  Jose Iturbi played a couple of pieces in sock fashion and also contributed a few laugh lines.” 

(“Variety” 8th May 1940)

 

No.  184  9th May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Coolidge String Quartet, Kay Francis and William Boyd.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                              (a)        with The Music Maids

*The Woodpecker Song (Parody)                                                       

*April Played The Fiddle                                                          with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)                                 (b)        with The Music Maids

*Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me) (Parody)                  (c)                               

*Devil May Care

*The Singing Hills

 Andante Cantabile                                                                   The Coolidge String Quartet

 Molly On The Shore                                                                The Coolidge String Quartet

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”.   A few lines are reprised, in parodied form, as an introduction for Bob Burns.

(b)               Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

            CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

             Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(c)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

No.  185  16th May 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Dave Butler, Jarmila Novotna and Brian Aherne.

 

*Meet The Sun Halfway                                                           with The Music Maids

*Imagination

*Cecilia                                                                                    with The Music Maids

*Angel In Disguise                                                        (a)

*Too Romantic

 

Note:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

No.  186  23rd May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gloria Jean, Frank McHugh and Robert Preston.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                          with The Music Maids

*Sierra Sue                                                                              with The Music Maids

*Down By The Ohio (Oh! My! Oh!)                            (a)        with The Music Maids

*Where Do I Go From You

*If I Had My Way                                                       (a)        with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

No.  187  30th May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Elisabeth Rethberg, Chester Morris and Edna Best .

 

*The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab-Apple Face)          with The Music Maids

*Angel In Disguise

*When You Look In Her Eyes                                                 with The Music Maids

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

The option for the Music Maids has been picked up six weeks in advance of its expiration.

 

No.  188  6th June 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Suzanne Fisher and John Payne.

 

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)      (a)        with The Music Maids

*I Haven’t Time To Be A Millionaire

*Hawaiian Paradise                                                                  with The Music Maids & Perry Botkin (Guitar)

*Where Do I Go From You?

*Too Romantic

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

                JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

 

No.  189  13th June 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Marcel Hubert, Wendy Barrie and Ralph Bellamy.

 

*Playmates                                                                   (a)        with The Music Maids

*Devil May Care

*She Is The Sunshine Of Virginia                                  (c)        with The Music Maids

*When You Look In Her Eyes                                                 with The Music Maids

*Make Believe Island                                                   (b)

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(b)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(c)        Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

Marcel Hubert, French cellist of note, a guest of Bing Crosby at 6 over KFI, will play his Montagnana cello of 1727 often called, ‘Le Roi Soleil’ because of its tonal quality and sunburst markings on its sides.  He is the youngest cellist to win first prize at the Paris Conservatoire.

Ralph Bellamy will be the second visitor to the Town (sic) Hall.  The Music Maids could become a five-piece band.  At least three are pianists, two play the saxophone, one the cello, two the violin and one the drums”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 13th June 1940)

 

No.  190  20th June 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Garson Kanin, Kirsten Flagstad and Roland Young.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                          with The Music Maids

*Virginia Lee                                                                (a)       

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)                  with The Music Maids

*Juanita                                                                        (b)

*Imagination

 

Note:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

 

“Kirsten Flagstad, one of the world’s outstanding singers, will be one of Crosby’s three guests at 6 over KFI.  Madame Flagstad will sing two arias.  Garson Kanin, 27 year-old RKO director and Roland Young , comedian will be Crosby’s other visitors.  The Music Hall will change its broadcast time on July 4th to 5pm.”

 (“Hollywood Citizen News” 20th June 1940)

 

27th June 1940 - No programme due to Republican Convention.

 

No.  191  4th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Johnny Mercer, Nigel Bruce, Geraldine Fitzgerald and John Garfield.

 

*Mister Meadowlark                                                                with Johnny Mercer

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                                       with Chorus

*Cecilia                                                                                    with The Music Maids

*Meet The Sun Halfway (Parody)                                 (a)        with John Scott Trotter (Vocal)

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby                        (b)        with The Music Maids

*On Behalf Of The Visiting Firemen                              (c)        with Johnny Mercer

*Make Believe Island

 

Notes:

(a)        This parodied version is included as a tribute to a (purported) weight loss of 40 lbs by John Scott Trotter, who had been dieting.

(b)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(c)        This item includes a final, parodied, chorus as a lead-in to the commercial by Ken Carpenter.

 

Bob Burns did not appear on this or the subsequent four programmes.

 

“Bob Burns is taking a six week lay-off in order to be in shape for the long summer ahead when Bing Crosby absents himself”  (“Variety” 3rd July 1940)

 

John Scott Trotter has worked 186 weeks without a vacation.

 

No.  192  11th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Carol MacFarlane, Virginia Bruce, Lynne Overman and Eddie Albert.

 

*Down By The Ohio (Oh! My! Oh!)                                        with The Music Maids

*When I Grow Too Old To Dream                  (a)

*Devil May Care

*Sierra Sue                                                                              with The Music Maids

*Button Up Your Overcoat                                                      with Virginia Bruce

  The Wee Cooper Of Fife                                                        Eddie Albert (Vocal & Guitar)

  Till The Clouds Roll By                                                           Eddie Albert (Vocal & Guitar)

  You                                                                                        Carol MacFarlane

  You’re Lovely And I’m Lovely                                               Carol MacFarlane

*I'll Never Smile Again                                    (b)                     with The Music Maids


Note:

(a)      JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

(b)      JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"

 

No.  193  18th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Oscar Levant, Lou Holtz, Olivia De Havilland and Alan Hale.

 

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)                  with The Music Maids

*When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano         (a)

*Till The Clouds Roll By                                                           with The Music Maids

*Fools Rush In                                                             (b)

  Garden In Granada (Debussy)                                                Oscar Levant (Piano)

  Sonata in C Major (Scarlatti)                                                  Oscar Levant (Piano)

  Fascinatin’ Rhythm (Gershwin)                                               Oscar Levant (Piano)

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

Notes:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  194  25th July 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Mildred Dilling, Shirley Ross, Allen Jenkins and Raymond Massey.

 

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby                                    with The Music Maids

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby}                      (a)        with The Music Maids &

                      Sweet Leilani (Parodies)}                                   John Scott Trotter (Vocal)       

*Only Forever

*Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga                         (b)        with The Music Maids

*I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)

*I’ll Never Smile Again

 

Notes:

(a)        This item, sometimes known among collectors as “Falling Off My Diet”, consists, in fact, of parodied versions of the songs mentioned.  The subject being, once again, John Scott Trotter’s diet [See Programme No. 191 - Note (a)]

(b)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Limited Edition Club JGB1005 - “Slightly Latin”

            JSP Records CD JSP6705 - "Here's Bing Crosby!"              

 

No.  195  1st August 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Muriel Angelus, The Kadoodlers, Lou Holtz and Pat O’Brien.

 

*That’s For Me                                                                                    with The Music Maids

*When I Lost You

*Cecilia                                                                                                with The Music Maids

*When The Moon Comes Over Madison Square

*When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano

 

No.  196  8th August 1940 

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Lilian Cornell, Amparo Iturbi, Jose Iturbi and Charles Laughton

 

*Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga

*Fools Rush In

*Mary’s A Grand Old Name

*Only Forever

*Legend Of Old California

 

“Radio will have to get along without Bing Crosby.  That is the decision announced by the warbler in the war between ASCAP and the National Association of Broadcasters.  Crosby is serving notice that his new contract with the J. Walter Thompson agency which handles the Kraft Music Hall air programmes will be reviewed in December, only with an inserted clause, allowing his withdrawal if or when ASCAP songs are no longer available for his broadcasts, pointing out that neither, himself or his fellow air songsters are taking sides in the quarrel.  Crosby asks, how can one publisher, meaning Broadcasters Music Incorporated, supply 137 publishers by the first of the year.  In other words what will we have to sing?  Larry Crosby, the star’s brother and business manager explained that neither side in the controversy has had any consideration for the name singers on the air.  He said that there are 1100 authors writing ASCAP numbers and their works are being made available through 137 publishers.  Bing and other singers need this flow of songs.  Bing, himself, eats up about five tunes a week and the only place he can get them is through ASCAP”.

(“Variety” 14th August 1940)

 

“Bob Burns will return to the Music Hall at 5 over KFI.  Crosby’s guests will be Charles Laughton, who certainly knows how to read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; Lilian Cornell, singing actress in ‘Buck Benny Rides Again’; Jose Iturbi, pianist and conductor and his sister, Amparo, a pianist.”

 (“Hollywood Citizen News” 8th August 1940) 

 

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