1946  Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra 

Audience share for the season overall for the Kraft Music Hall was 17.5 pushing the show down to twentieth position in the ratings. Bing’s absence for several months had obviously had an impact. The top evening show for the season is Fibber McGee & Molly with 30.8.

 

No.  373  7th February 1946   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin and Frank Morgan.

 

*Aren’t You Glad You’re You                                               with The Charioteers

  Where Or When                                                                  Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*I Can’t Begin To Tell You                                                    with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief                                              The Charioteers

  It Might As Well Be Spring                                                  Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Personality

*These Foolish Things                                             (a )         with Perry Botkin (Guitar) & Chorus

 

Note:

(a)        V-Disc 632-A

 

“Bing Crosby slid back into his old, Thursday night NBC slot, last week (7th) and once more everything’s as it should be on Kraft Music Hall.  His belated entry into the ‘46 programming sweepstakes automatically provided a night time radio with a hypo.  A half-hour with El Bingo and it’s easy to understand why his sponsor made a super production and a federal court case out off his exit threat. 

The Crosby style provides for a final thirteen week, smash semester for the Groaner on Kraft Music Hall, after which he’s privileged to talk terms with anybody but latest reports have it, that it is strictly within the realm of possibility that Crosby will be back again on the Kraft bandwagon, next season with the sponsor taking a cue from Texaco, willing to toss in a couple of cheese factories or anything his heart desires which would appear to be to Kraft’s advantage.  Make no mistake about it, Crosby’s still got what it takes.  It was demonstrated, last Thursday, when he moved in on Kraft with a naturalness that belied the months-old, bitter entanglements.  Introduced as a guy just back from vacation, he bantered and sang his way through the Kraft session with the same casualness, ease and showmanship that have trademarked his picture-radio career, in recent years.  ‘Aren’t You Glad You’re You’; ‘I Can’t Begin To Tell You’; ‘Personality’(from the Crosby/Bob Hope/Dorothy Lamour ‘Road To Utopia’ pic) and ‘These Foolish Things’.  With his knack for keeping the palaver rolling, here were the sock ingredients for a ‘boff’ Crosby turn. 

As presently set up, however, the Kraft showcase is top heavy with talent and not without its imperfections.  For instance, there is Frank Morgan who’s been holding down the spot since the start of the season; he’s committed to Kraft until June which takes him right through the thirteen week period with Crosby.  It’s strictly a clash in personalities, there’s a discordant note about his brashness that isn’t attuned to the Crosby tempo.  Fortunately, the scriptwriters were not over-sensitive in minimising his contribution.  On the other hand, Eddy Duchin, also a regular on the show, since his recent return to civvies, blended harmoniously into the stanza.  In fact, the Crosby/Duchin parlay shapes up as a natural, this season, next season, with or without the Kraft auspices.  His pianistics on ‘Where Or When’ and ‘It Might As Well Be Spring’ was top drawer and complemented the Crosby mood.  The Charioteers and John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra gave an assist that was all in the show’s favour and Ken Carpenter is still turning over those Kraft commercials, smoothly”

(“Variety” 13th February 1946)

 

No.  374  14th February 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Les Paul and Frank Morgan.

 

*Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow                    (a)

  Time On My Hands                                                               Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  It Had To Be You                                                                 Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*It’s Been A Long, Long Time                                 (b)           with Les Paul (Guitar)

  Didn’t Old Pharaoh Get Lost                                                 The Charioteers

*I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me                        with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*In The Land Of Beginning Again                            (c)

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 6 - “Bing Crosby - Happy Holiday”

            Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1017-2 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Christmas Songs”

(Both the issues shew date as 14th February 1945.  The CD issue shews the source

 as “Philco Radio Time”!)

            V-Disc 646-A

(b)        American Masters CD - Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack

(c)        V-Disc 646-A

 

No.  375  21st February 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin and Frank Morgan.

 

*Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief                                                with The Charioteers

  Penthouse Serenade                                                              Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                        Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Symphony

  One More Dream (And She’s Mine)                     (a)           The Charioteers

*I Can’t Begin To Tell You                                                     with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*I’m Always Chasing Rainbows                                              with Chorus

 

Note:

(a)      Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"

 

No.  376  28th February 1946  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Martha Tilton and Jerry Colonna.

 

*Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow

  If I Loved You                                                                      Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Why Do I Love You?                                                            Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*It Might As Well Be Spring                                      (a)

  Come To Baby, Do                                                               Martha Tilton

*There’s A Small Hotel                                              (b)          with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Caldonia                                                                  (c)          The Charioteers

*Day By Day                                                                           with Chorus

 

Note:

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

(b)       V-Disc 700-A

(c)       Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"

 

“The Charioteers really explained why ‘Caldonia’s’ head was so hard on the Crosby show, last week (28th).  The group made a production of the number by giving it a beat and prying previously undiscovered melody and harmony from it, with a background of hot ‘geetar’ and trumpet which screams for preserving on wax.  One of those ‘pip’ combinations of arrangement and rendition which ‘just happen’ every so often.  And the Crosby bunch knew what they had, evidenced by their ‘spotting’ it, next to the closing.  It was that solid!”

(“Variety” 6th March 1946)

 

No.  377  7th March 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin and Lina Romay.

 

*Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief                                   (a)         with The Charioteers

  Symphony                                                                             Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  The Man I Love                                                                    Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Welcome To My Dream                                                        with Chorus

  Personality                                                                            Lina Romay

*I’m Always Chasing Rainbows                                (b)          with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  No Soup                                                                               The Charioteers

*Wait And See          

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing encounters what he describes as “a small lyrical trouble”, during this item, when he sings, “....neither, Lawyer, Indian or Doctor Chief, could love you etc....”  He continues, “....There’s a barrel of fish in the ocean, There’s a lot of little birds in the blue....” and asides, (“Got that right!”)

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(b)        As a further example of his somewhat ebullient mood, in this show, Bing deliberately tinkers with the lyrics of  the song, when he sings, “...I always look and find the rain, Some fellers make a winning sometime..”  Then he manages to squeeze in the line, “I haven’t had a horse finish better than fourth, in so long, it’s getting to be an awful pain...Believe me, I’m always.....”

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

 

No.  378  14th March 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin and Frank Morgan.

 

*Aren’t You Glad You’re You                                                with Chorus

  I Can’t Begin To Tell You                                                     Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  April In Paris                                                                         Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Dear Old Donegal                                                     (a)

  My Lord, What A Morning                                                   The Charioteers

*There’s A Small Hotel                                                           with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy                        (a)        with The Charioteers

*Oh! What It Seemed To Be

 

Note:

(a)        V-Disc 661-A  (‘Dear Old Donegal’ is shewn as ‘Back To Donegal’)

            The V-Disc version of  ‘Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy’ contains the line, (1st) - “Mama,

I don’t want cake”. None of the four broadcast versions contain this difference.  On this programme

it was, (1st) - “Mama, I do not want cake”  and on the remainder, (1st) - “Mama, cancel my cake”

 

No.  379  21st March 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Cully Richards and The Slim Gaillard Trio.

 

*One More Dream (And She’s Mine)                           (a)        with The Charioteers

  Easter Parade                                                                          Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody                                                Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Home In That Rock                                                                 The Charioteers

*I Can’t Begin To Tell You                                                        with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Cement Mixer (Put-Ti, Put-Ti)                                                 The Slim Gaillard Trio

*Wait And See

*It Might As Well Be Spring                                                      with Chorus

 

Note:

(a)                V-Disc 673-B

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

 

No.  380  28th March 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Frank Morgan and Georgia Gibbs.

 

*Doctor, Lawyer, Indian Chief                                              with The Charioteers

  The Very Thought Of You                                                   Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  All The Things You Are                                                       Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy                                   with The Charioteers

  I Can’t Begin To Tell You                                                    Georgia Gibbs

  I Thank God I’m In His Care                                               The Charioteers

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                      with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Oh! What It Seemed To Be                                                 with Chorus


 

No.  381  4th April 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Frank Morgan and Georgia Gibbs.

 

*Sioux City Sue                                                          (a)         with Chorus

  Yours Is My Heart Alone                                                       Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Parlez-Moi D’Amour                                                             Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*All Through The Day

  On The Sunny Side Of The Street                                          Georgia Gibbs

  Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp                                              The Charioteers

*You Are Too Beautiful                                                           with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Welcome To My Dream                                                        with Chorus

 

Note:

(a)        V-Disc 685-A  (This is a longer version than was heard in either of the broadcast versions used in the Kraft series and includes the chorus beginning, “Now, I’m admittin’, Iowa, I owe a lot to you…..”)

 

“Leo ‘UkieSherin, comic and writer with Bing Crosby, off the Kraft Show after five years.  He’ll rejoin The Groaner in the fall, wherever he goes”

(“Variety  10th April 1946)

 

No.  382  11th April 1946  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Marilyn Maxwell and The Les Paul Trio.

 

*Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy                                    with The Charioteers

  Love Walked In                                                                    Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  They Can’t Take That Away From Me                                  Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*Day By Day                                                                          with Chorus

  (Back Home In) Indiana                                                        The Les Paul Trio

  Bye And Bye (When The Morning Comes)                            The Charioteers

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                        with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  You Won’t Be Satisfied                                                         Marilyn Maxwell

*Oh! What It Seemed To Be                               (a)                with Les Paul (Guitar) & Chorus


Note:

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

 

No.  383  18th April 1946  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Trudy Erwin and The Kraft Choral Club.

 

*Sioux City Sue                                                                      with Chorus

  Time On My Hands                                                              Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*It’s Anybody’s Spring

  Didn’t Old Pharaoh Get Lost                                                The Charioteers

*Easter Parade                                                       (a)            with Trudy Erwin

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded                                            The Kraft Choral Club

  The Easter Carol Of The Trees                                              The Kraft Choral Club

*You Are Too Beautiful                                                          with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*All Through The Day


Note:

(a)        CD: Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook


 

Kraft Music Hall (review), NBC, Thursdays, 9 PM, EST.

Well, Crosby’s back and Kraft has got him--at least until May. After getting off to a somewhat dispirited start, Bing has swung back into his free and easy method of entertaining, with informality the keynote. He heckles the orchestra, the announcer, the guests, and even makes fun of himself with well-timed ad libs that require more than casual listening to catch all of the fun that goes on. His singing on the air has improved since his vacation, even as it has on records; his backing from John Scott Trotter and band isn’t as good as the Haggart, Heywood, etc. he’s had on records, but he sounds as though he’s enjoying it and that produces find Crosby singing.

Regulars are the Charioteers who sing spirituals inoffensively, Eddy Duchin who makes with a bit of comedy and some strictly unhep piano solos, Ken Carpenter who plays straight man to Bing plus doing the commercials (accompanied by remarks from Bing), and the fancy work of Les Paul, who occasionally rounds up his trio for some really find plucking.

It’s too bad if Bing is unhappy, as rumors riot, about a live show; it doesn’t seem as though this spontaneity could be carried into a transcription studio and come out equally merry. It’s anybody’s guess as to Bing’s sponsor for next Fall, but with Crosby at his best it should be mellow stuff.

(‘Metronome’, May 1946)

 

25th April 1946 - Bing did not appear in this programme.

 

No.  384  2nd May 1946

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Eddy Duchin, Joe Frisco and Peggy Lee.

 

*Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy                                   with The Charioteers

  The Man I Love                                                                    Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Someone To Watch Over Me                                               Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  Home In That Rock                                                              The Charioteers

*It’s Anybody’s Spring

  I Don’t Know Enough About You                                         Peggy Lee

*Beautiful Love                                                                       with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*All Through The Day                                          (a)       

 

Note:

(a)        The orchestral introduction for this item is interrupted by an unscheduled and unannounced appearance by Bob Hope, bearing Bing’s birthday cake.  Hope leads the studio audience in singing “Happy Birthday To You” and the subsequent presentation of the song is virtually ruined, as Bing stumbles through the lyric, accompanied by laughter from the audience, alternately chuckling and making asides - “That’ll cost us plenty later! - All through the day, I dream about the night - Get That cake outta here!....All the fire extinguishers....John!  My cake!....All through the day, I dream about my cake....until the time when I’m here with you....Dow-own falls the sun, I....the song or the cake?....Where am I?....Just a minute....evening mist melts away....”

 

“Bing Crosby, celebrating his birthday on the Kraft Music Hall over NBC on Thursday night (2nd), came up with one of the most hilarious shows in the soon to be concluded series.  Evidently, ad-libbing most of the way, Crosby broke up the show several times with aside remarks to the studio audience and his guest stars, Peggy Lee and Joe Frisco.  The hilarity was topped during the last five minutes when Bob Hope appeared unexpectedly with Bing’s birthday cake and the two let go with some unmatched witticisms.  Sore spot to some listeners occurred however, when the crooner went off the deep end with a gag line to Eddy Duchin - “Fan your fanny over to the pianny and waft some music this way”.  It might have been better if Crosby, heretofore, lauded for the cleanness of his shows and for ‘priest’ roles he’s portrayed in pictures had remembered that some parents object to their kids listening to such stuff on the radio”

(“Variety” 8th May 1946)

 

Bing was always so protective and so sensitive during my early days of nerves and self-consciousness. Just before air time on one of my first Kraft programs, he found me standing rigid outside the studio at NBC and asked me what he could do to help. I managed to say, “When you introduce me, would you please not leave me out there on the stage alone? Would you stand where I can see your feet?” From then on he always casually leant on a speaker or piano to give me the support I needed to learn about being at ease on stage. You have to love a man like that. He offered everything—money, cars, his own blood, and even volunteered to babysit with our little daughter, Nicki, while David was so sick in hospital.

(Miss Peggy Lee—An Autobiography, pages 105–106)

 

No.  385  9th May 1946 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Eddy Duchin, Spike Jones and his City Slickers and Dorothy Claire.

 

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                                      with Eddy Duchin (Piano)

*They Say It’s Wonderful

  The Coffee Song (They’ve Got An Awful

                                    Lot Of Coffee In Brazil)                     Dorothy Claire

  The Very Thought Of You                                                   Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  All The Things You Are                                                       Eddy Duchin (Piano)

  I Dream Of Brownie With The Light Blue Jeans                   Spike Jones & his City Slickers

*Swanee River (The Old Folks At Home)                             with Chorus

 

The last airing (May 9) was a surprisingly subdued, if not to say mild, offering. No fanfares, no frills, no balloons going up, no bells. After all those hundreds of others, the listener might have expected something more appropriate than (Ken): “Well, Bing, this is getaway night on the old Kraft Music Hall”: (Bing): “That’s what it is, Ken.”

A bit later, Duchin tells Bing, “I want to wish you a happy vacation and - no kidding - thanks for everything.” At the moment before the close, Bing speaks directly to his audience. “I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your tolerance and loyalty for this show.” This time, the applause runs on and on, then under Ken’s sign-off. Trotter’s orchestra carries all of it into yesterday with a few bars of the swing arrangement of HAIL KMH!

(Vernon Wesley Taylor, Hail KMH! The Crosby Voice, February 1986)


Bing Crosby appeared as the guest on two more programmes which were hosted by Al Jolson.  Details as under:

 

No.  386  16th October 1947  (a)

 

With Lou Bring and his Orchestra and Chorus, Ken Carpenter and Oscar Levant.

 

  For Me And My Gal                                     (a)                    Al Jolson

  Piano Concerto No. 1 B Flat Minor (Tchaikovsky)                Oscar Levant (Piano)

  Peg O’My Heart                                           (b)                    Al Jolson

*The Whiffenpoof Song                                  (b)                    Bing Crosby with Chorus

 

Gershwin Medley:                                           (b)

  Rhapsody In Blue                                                                   Oscar Levant (Piano)

*Swanee                                                                                  Bing Crosby

  The Man I Love                                                                     Al Jolson

*Oh! Lady Be Good                                                                Bing Crosby

  Somebody Loves Me                                                             Al Jolson

*Embraceable You                                                                  Bing Crosby

  I Got Rhythm                                                                          Al Jolson

*It Ain’t Necessarily So                                                           Bing Crosby

  Concerto in F                                                                         Oscar Levant (Piano)

  Summertime                                                                           Al Jolson

*Strike Up The Band                                                               Bing Crosby & Al Jolson

 

Note:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Totem 1017 - “Bing ‘N’ Al” - Volume 6”

(b)        Sepia 1053 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Meets Al Jolson – The Complete Radio Duets”

 

No.  387  15th January 1948  (a)

 

With Lou Bring and his Orchestra and Chorus, Ken Carpenter and Oscar Levant.

 

  Toot, Toot, Tootsie                                        Al Jolson

  Malaguena                                                     Oscar Levant (Piano)

  Waiting For The Robert E. Lee                      Al Jolson

  Mighty Lak’ A Rose                                      Al Jolson

*Sleepy Time Gal                                (b)        Bing Crosby & Al Jolson

*Carolina In The Morning                     (c)        Bing Crosby & Al Jolson with Oscar Levant (Piano)

*But Beautiful                                                   Bing Crosby

*Beautiful Dreamer                              (c)        Bing Crosby & Al Jolson

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Totem 1017 - “Bing ‘N’ Al” - Volume 6”

(b)        Bing sings one line only.

(c)        Sepia 1053 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Meets Al Jolson – The Complete Radio Duets”

 

 

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