1938-1939 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

The audience share for the season is 24.5 which puts the show in fourth place in the overall Hooper ratings for evening programs. Edgar Bergen’s show is again in top place with a rating of 35.1.

 

No.  116  20th October 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Johnny Mercer, Walter Connolly and Joan Bennett.

 

*I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams

*I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams (Parody)              with Bob Burns

*Silver On The Sage                                                 with The Paul Taylor Choristers

  Hail, KMH                                                             Ken Carpenter

*Oh! Bells Of KMH                                                 with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard           

*Laugh And Call It Love                                           with Joan Bennett

*Small Fry                                                                 with Johnny Mercer

*Mutiny In The Nursery                                             with Johnny Mercer, Joan Bennett, Bob Burns & Ken Carpenter

*Summer Souvenirs                                                   with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

“With the return of Bing Crosby, last Thursday, this choice radio dish again became complete but only for one instalment.  Crosby has taken twelve weeks out and Bob Burns stayed long enough for a reconciliation before ducking for a four week vacation.  The Kraft Music Hall remains one of the few air packages that abound in suavity and good taste as well as entertainment.  The combination of Crosby and Burns has a distinct and happy blend of personalities and there has been no let-down in the successful illusion of informality, camaraderie and surprise interpolation.  The banter continues to lean towards the refreshing side and is run off with a subdued leisureliness that makes it a welcome contrast to the over eager shows.  In guest formula, the show of last Thursday night, had but one difference - there was no representative from the concert field.  Instead of a masseur of the high C’s or an ivory digiteer, the programme produced Johnny Mercer and a finely, diverting paraphrase of one of his latest tunes, “There’s (sic) Mutiny In The Nursery”.  Everybody in the cast but Walter Connolly participated and the upshot was as healthy a ‘plug’ as any film release would want.  The number is in Warner Brothers, “Going Places”.  Mercer and Crosby preceded this item with a banter of special material on the theme of “Small Fry” and a bit of lively minstrel crossfire that had Burns as interlocutor and a soft spot for the specimen of fine ‘needling’ that accompanied the routine.  The script’s gift for mixing bright badinage worked nicely in the case of the two screen guestees, Joan Bennett and Walter Connolly.  For the latter it finally got down to showing by example how the spoken word, can be, by deft shading be given various meanings, while Miss Bennett devoted most of her conversation to answering the critics who couldn’t understand why her hair remained so firmly set in “The Texans”, despite her encounters with blizzards, dust storms, floods and whatnot.  She also joined Crosby in applying their tonsils to the lyrics and melody of a current pop number.  About the only element in this Thursday event that seems to show signs of sliding off key is the sustained gong-ringing gag.  It used to be funny.  Carroll Carroll, the show’s writer should be able to dig up a substitute before the current one becomes an irritant. 

(“Variety” 26th October 1938)

 

“Bing Crosby will return from his prolonged summer vacation just in time to lead his Music Hall ‘co-workers’ and guests into the newly completed Hollywood Radio City at 9 pm”

  (“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 20th October 1938)

 

Bob Burns appeared in this first programme of a new season with Bing but then missed the next four shows while vacationing in Honolulu.  There was some disagreement, in the press, at the time, as to his exact destination, which was probably due to someone’s confusion between “Hawaii” and “Havana”.  Confirmation can be obtained from a parodied version of the song, “Could Be” which survives from Programme No. 120 in which Bing and Johnny Mercer refer to his whereabouts and his imminent return.

 

No.  117  27th October 1938

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Irene Jessner, Ogden Nash, Ralph Bellamy and Henry Fonda.

 

*Kentucky Babe                                             (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Garden Of The Moon                                    (b)

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

*Don’t Let That Moon Get Away

 

Medley:

*You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart

*This Is My Night To Dream

*Gypsy In My Soul 

 

*Melody In F (Rubinstein)                             Henry Fonda (Trumpet), Ralph Bellamy & John Scott Trotter (Pianos), Bing Crosby (Drums), Ken Carpenter (Vocal)

*When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

(b)               Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”      

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

“Ogden Nash, whose unmetred lines have been a vogue for several years, made one of his rare radio appearances, last Thursday, with Bing Crosby on the Kraft programme.  It was a click session, not only for Nash’s ingenious satiric verses and his ingratiating mike personality but also because of exceedingly able scripting and production.  Co-guests on the show, Fonda and Ralph Bellamy together with Crosby and Ken Carpenter, joined in the lyrical fooling.   If consistently presented so engagingly, Nash would be a natural in a regular spot on one of the programmes.  After Fonda and Bellamy had each offered his individual bit of clowning, Fonda played the trumpet, Bellamy and John Scott Trotter on pianos, Crosby pounded the drums and Carpenter sang, in a comically, terrible edition of “Melody in F”

(“Variety” 2nd November 1938)

 

No.  118  3rd November 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Dailes Frantz, Herb Polesie, Maureen O’Sullivan, Chester Morris and Claude Rains.

 

*Ya Got Me                                                                (a)

*Red Wing                                                                  (b)

*My Reverie                                                                (a)

*The Dipsy Doodle                                                      (a)        with Herb Polesie

*Mexicali Rose

*Summer Souvenirs

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

(b)               CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

 

Bing Crosby will play host to four old friends when Claude Rains, Maureen O’Sullivan, Dailes Frantz and Herb Polesie appear as his guests during the Music Hall broadcast at 9 pm.  All four will chat with their host and Frantz will play a group of piano solos”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 3rd November 1938)

 

No.  119  10th November 1938

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, The Foursome, Malfalda Fevero, Gene Krupa, Brian Aherne and Ann Sheridan.

 

*I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams

*At Long Last, Love                                                  (a)

*Long, Long Ago                                                       (b)

*Garden Of The Moon

*Darling Nellie Gray

 

Notes:

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

            BCR-01 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - We’re Just Wild About Harry”

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

 

“Swing fans and opera enthusiasts will both have their innings when Bing Crosby presents Gene Krupa, master of the drums and Malfalda Fevero, brilliant young opera star, in company with Ann Sheridan and Brian Aherne of the movies during his Music Hall broadcast at 9 pm” 

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 10th November 1938)

 

No.  120  17th November 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Marie Wilson, Rose Bampton, Roland Young & Johnny Mercer.

 

*The Lady On The Two Cent Stamp                     (a)

*I Dreamt That I Dwelt In Marble Halls                (b)

*Laugh And Call It Love

 

Medley:

*I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

*Two Bouquets

*That Old Feeling

 

*Small Fry                                                                   with Johnny Mercer & Rose Bampton

*Could Be                                                                   with Johnny Mercer, Marie Wilson & Ken Carpenter

*Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

 

Notes:

(a)                Broadway Intermission BR114 - “Bing Crosby With Glenn Miller” (as “I’m In Love With the Lady In The Stamp Collection”)    

            Music International P6005 (CD) - “Cruisin’ Along” 

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume 2”        

            (Both above as “Lady In The Stamp Collection”)

(b)               Broadway Intermission BR114 - “Bing Crosby With Glenn Miller” (as “I Dreamed I Dwelt In Marble Hall_”)           

            Music International P6005 (CD) - “Cruisin’ Along” 

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

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume 2”        

            (Above three, as “I Dreamt I Dwelt In Marble Hall_”

 

“Bing Crosby has assembled a galaxy of stars, including Roland Young, English actor; Rose Bampton, Metropolitan Opera singer; Johnny Mercer, songwriter and Marie Wilson, film actress for his Music Hall programme at 9 pm over NBC-WSNB.  John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra and the Paul Taylor Chorus complete the cast”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 17th November 1938)

 

No.  121  24th November 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Gonzaga Glee Club, The Foursome, Toscha Seidel, Andrea Leeds and Chester Morris.

 

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

*At Long Last, Love

  Fight On, Liola                                                                     The Gonzaga Glee Club

  The Idaho Alma Mater                                                         The Gonzaga Glee Club

  Washington State Fight Song                                                 The Gonzaga Glee Club

*Bulldogs Of Gonzaga                                                             with The Gonzaga Glee Club

*Lullaby In Rhythm (Parody)                                                   with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*My Sweetheart’s The Man In The Moon

*My Reverie

*Mexicali Rose

 

“When Bing Crosby opens his Music Hall for a broadcast at 9 pm, he’ll find two faces new to the group for the past few weeks. One will be Chester Morris and the other will be Bob Burns, both of the silver screen” 

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 24th November 1938)

 

No.  122  1st December 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Foursome, Joe Sullivan, David Niven and Edward Arnold.

 

*Ya Got Me

*Who Blew Out The Flame                                        (a)

 

Medley:

*Don’t Be That Way                                                  (a)

*Once In A While                                                       (a)

*In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree                     (a)

 

*Summer Souvenirs

*(Back Home Again In) Indiana

*Old Folks 

  Gin Mill Blues                                                                                   Joe Sullivan (Piano)

  Little Rock Getaway                                                                        Joe Sullivan (Piano)

  Just Strolling                                                                                    Joe Sullivan (Piano)

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

 

No.  123  8th December 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, The Foursome, Florence George and Priscilla Lane.

 

*Lullaby In Rhythm                                                   (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Hurry Home                                                             (a)

*When You’re A Long, Long Way From Home        (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride                                                         with Priscilla Lane & Bob Burns (Perry Botkin - Guitar)

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                                          Bob Burns (Bazooka) with The Foursome

*My Reverie

*Mexicali Rose

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

 

No.  124  15th December 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Jan Smeterlin, Jane Bryan and Leslie Howard.

 

*The Funny Old Hills                                                             (a)

*I Cried For You                                                                   (a)

*I Have Eyes                                                                         (a)

*Old Folks                                                                             (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Without You

*Who Blew Out The Flame?

  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town                                                        Bob Burns (Bazooka)

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

           

“Leslie Howard, who directed and starred in the screen adaptation of ‘Pygmalion’, in England, Jan Smeterlin, Polish concert pianist and Jane Bryan of the screen will be on the air with Bing Crosby at 7 pm over KFI. ‘Without You’- words and music by Leslie Howard will be introduced by Crosby, along with several songs from his new picture, ‘Paris Honeymoon’.  They are, ‘The Funny Old Hills’, ‘Joobalai’, ‘I Have Eyes’ and ‘You’re A Sweet Little Headache’”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 15th December 1938)

 

No.  125  22nd December 1938

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Kraft Choral Society, Benita Hume and Basil Rathbone.

 

*Adeste Fideles

*Lullaby In Rhythm

*The Lonesome Road                                                 (a)

*You’re A Sweet Little Headache

*Hurry Home

  Jesu Bambino                                                                                    The Kraft Choral Society

  Pilgrim’s Christmas Carol                                                                   The Kraft Choral Society

  The Lord’s Prayer (Malotte)                                                              The Kraft Choral Society

  If This Were Fate                                                                               Basil Rathbone (Poetry reading)

*Silent Night

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 27 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 6”

 

No.  126  29th December 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Marie Wilson, Preston Foster, Louis Prima and Jack Carson.

 

*The Funny Old Hills

*The Funny Old Hills (Parody)                                              with Bob Burns

*Jeepers Creepers                                                                 with Bob Burns & Marie Wilson

*My Melancholy Baby

*Between A Kiss And A Sigh                                   (a)

 

Medley:

*Down By The Old Mill Stream

*Dear Old Girl                                                                        with Bob Burns, Jack Carson & Ken Carpenter

*Sweet Adeline

                                                                                                           

*It’s A Lonely Trail (When You’re Travellin’ All Alone)

*Auld Lang Syne

  Doll Dance                                                                           The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

 

No.  127  5th January 1939

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Alice Ehlers, Preston Foster and Roland Young.

 

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby

*You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby (Parody)                           with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*I Have Eyes

*I’m Just Wild About Harry                                   (a)

*Have You Forgotten So Soon?                            (b)

*Old Folks

 

Notes:

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

            BCR-01 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - We’re Just Wild About Harry”

(b)               Spokane 12 - “Bing In The Thirties” (as “Have You Forgotten”)

 

No.  128  12th January 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Grete Stueckgold, Spring Byington and Wayne Morris.

 

*I Must See Annie Tonight

*I Must See Annie Tonight (Parody)                                                with Bob Burns

*Just A Kid Named Joe

*The Pal That I Loved (Stole The Girl That I Loved)                        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Between A Kiss And A Sigh

*It’s A Lonely Trail (When You’re Travellin’ All Alone)

*Goodbye, Girls, I’m Through                                                          with Bob Burns & Wayne Morris

*The Funny Old Hills

 

“Grete Stueckgold, noted singer, Spring Byington, character actress and Wayne Morris, recent bridegroom, will be on the air with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns at 7 over KFI.  Miss Byington is the mother in ‘The Jones Family’ series”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 12th January 1939)

 

No.  129  19th January 1939           

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Emmanuel Feuermann, Colonel Stoopnagle (F. Chase Taylor) and Anita Louise.

 

*Jeepers Creepers

*I Have Eyes

*I Used To Love You (But It’s All Over Now)        

*They Say

*When You’re A Long, Long Way From Home

*Those Endearing Young Charms                                                      with Anita Louise (Harp)

 

No.  130  26th January 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Cote Vandermark, Frances Mercer, Mayo Methot and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*This Can’t Be Love

*This Can’t Be Love (Parody)                                                            with Bob Burns (vocal}

*The Umbrella Man

*The Umbrella Man (Parody)

*Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me                (a)

*Hurry Home

*Old Folks

  Have You Forgotten So Soon?                                                          Frances Mercer

  E Lucevan Le Stelle                                                                                                  Cote Vandermark

  Heaven On Earth                                                                                Bob Burns (Guitar & Vocal)

  The Bold Fisherman                                                                           Humphrey Bogart

  More Than You Know                                                                       Mayo Methot

*I Up’s To Her And She Up’s To Me                                                  with Humphrey Bogart

 

Note:

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

 

Cole (sic) Vandermark, Netherlands concert and opera singer, will visit the Music Hall, KFI at 7 pm, to sing a group of arias and Dutch lieder.  Other guests will be Frances Mercer, young RKO actress, who will offer, ‘Have You Forgotten’ and Humphrey Bogart, motion picture badman.  Bob Burns is down on the programme for a guitar solo (with words and music by Robin Burns) and the songs, ‘This Can’t Be Love’ and ‘The Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gave (sic) To Me’ will be among Bing Crosby’s vocals”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 26th January 1939)

 

No.  131  2nd February 1939

 

With Bob Burns, Miriam Hopkins and Harry Carey. 

 

*Thanks For Ev’rything                                                          (a)

*Deep In A Dream                                                                 (a)

*Jeepers Creepers

*When It’s Apple Blossom Time In Normandy

*It’s A Lonely Trail (When You’re Travellin’ All Alone) 

 

Note:

(a)               Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”


No.  132  9th February 1939  

 

With Bob Burns, Kathryn Meisle, Elizabeth Patterson and Jeffrey Lynn.

 

*This Can’t Be Love

*This Can’t Be Love (Parody)                                                with Bob Burns

*You’re A Sweet Little Headache

*Together                                                        (a)

*Just A Kid Named Joe

*The Umbrella Man

*When My Baby Smiles At Me                                              with Bob Burns (Bazooka) & Jeffrey Lynn (Violin)

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

 

No.  133  16th February 1939

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Gregor Piatigorsky, Florence Rice and Nigel Bruce.

 

*The Funny Old Hills

*The Funny Old Hills (Parody)                                                          with Bob Burns

*Deep In A Dream

*Missouri Waltz                                                (a)

*I Cried For You

*It’s A Lonely Trail (When You’re Travellin’ All Alone)

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

 

No.  134  23rd February 1939  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Ellen Drew and Henry Fonda.

 

*Could Be                                           (a)

*Could Be (Parody)                                        with Bob Burns

*Let That Be A Lesson To You          (b)        with The Music Maids

*The Umbrella Man                            (c)        with The Music Maids

*I Have Eyes

*If I Had My Way                                          with The Music Maids

*Hurry Home

*Pennies From Heaven                                    Bing Crosby (Cymbal), Henry Fonda (Trumpet), Bob Burns (Bazooka) & John Scott Trotter (Piano)

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

(b)               CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

            (Shewn on both of the above issues as, “Teacher, Teacher”)

(c)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”      

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

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

“Bing Crosby and his cohorts were in fine fettle (Thursday 23rd), on Kraft’s WEAF Music Hall.  The hour turned up Henry Fonda who first found himself between Bob Burns and Crosby and a comical sequence based on Fonda’s, Missouri experiences while making the film, ‘Jesse James’.  The segment, of course, dragged in Burns’ Arkansas locale.  Second place involved Ellen Drew, featured in a recent Crosby film and pictured Fonda as a bashful hill-billy lover (accent and all), seeking advice from Cupid, assisting Miss Drew.  Fonda also toted in his trumpet for a dual session with Burns’ bazooka.  It sounded like Tin Pan Alley in a full off-key blast and was good for more laughs.”

(“Variety” 1st March 1939)

 

“There are more laughs and less tension and routine at a Music Hall rehearsal than any I walk in upon.  Everyone had an especially good time on Thursday when Henry ‘Hank’ Fonda with a trumpet, Bob Burns with his bazooka, Bing Crosby with a cymbal and drum stick and John Scott Trotter at an old upright piano were rehearsing ‘Pennies From Heaven’.  ‘Hank’, (pardon the familiarity) wanted to know if he was getting too good and Bob asked if the instruments were balanced.  To that query, Bing replied, ‘There’s a better chance of balancing the National Budget than balancing this’.  Hank then wanted to know if they would get any pennies.  ‘If you get any for this they’ll have to come from Heaven’, was Bob’s answer.  When Bob was playing his bazooka solo, Jim Bealle of the agency responsible for the show remarked, ‘He has his soul in his eyes when he blows that instrument’.  He certainly was looking off into space.  Once, in a number with others, Robert Brewster, the producer, said, ‘That was not enough bazooka’.  The Arkansas spinner of tales looked surprised and declared, ‘Well, that’s the first time I ever heard that’.  Bob was very proud of some of the pictures taken at the NBC studios, last week, of himself and his daughter, Barbara Ann and some with Bing.  Gentleman Ken Carpenter and others had the highest praise for the little miss who, though only 10 months old, talks and takes a great interest in every-thing.  Bing looked down at Frances Scully of the NBC publicity department who was sitting with me in the front row and said, ‘New dress?’  She, ‘Yes, it’s Spring’.  He, ‘It’s February!’.  She, ‘It’s Spring, just the same’.

What were certain well-known men wearing?  The best groomed were Bob Burns and Ken Carpenter who wore business suits.  Henry Fonda looked as though he had just come in from the tennis court.  He wore a soft open-necked shirt, a somewhat worn sports jacket, cream coloured trousers and tennis shoes.  His hair was rather long in the back.  He was a little stoop-shouldered and had the forlorn expression of a cocker spaniel.  Whether he was tired or if it was just a pose for the occasion, I don’t know but it wasn’t from lack of sense of humour.  Bing Crosby, as usual, wore his shirt outside his trousers.  This one was ‘tame’.   None of those Hawaiian or Bermudan purchases.  It was plain, dark blue and the pocket was stuffed with pencils and paper.  His trousers were dark blue, his shoes brown.  Bing’s gray felt hat was old.  Frances said that when the cast made fun of it, he added a pheasant feather.  Genial, big-around (he has a Southern cook) John Scott Trotter, worked with his coat off so, his shirt was quite wrinkled from the exercise he had rehearsing the orchestra.  His gray trousers were held up by a brown belt.”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 27th February 1939)

 

(Needless to say that the above was written by a lady and it does paint a vivid picture for us of a KMH rehearsal – Compiler)

 

No.  135  2nd March 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Rose Bampton, Joseph Calleia and Joan Bennett.

 

*Penny Serenade                                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Penny Serenade (Parody)                                                      with Bob Burns

*Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

*I Get Along Without You Very Well                          (a)

*Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair                           (a)         with The Music Maids

*You’re A Sweet Little Headache

  Adelai (Calleia/Abbott)                                                           Joseph Calleia

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

“Joan Bennett, Joseph Calleia and the Music Maids will be on the air with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns at 7 pm over KFI.  Calleia, who was a singer before he became a screen character actor will sing, ‘Adelai’ which he wrote in collaboration with George Abbott in 1920”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 2nd March 1939)

 

No.  136  9th March 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Frances Langford and William Frawley.

 

*S’Posin                                                                  (a)        with The Music Maids

*Little Sir Echo                                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*Could Be

*I Cried For You

*Deep In A Dream

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

 

No.  137  16th March 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Matty Malneck Orchestra and Pat O’Brien.

 

*Sing A Song Of Sunbeams                                       (a)

*Sing A Song Of Sunbeams (Parody)           

*East Side Of Heaven                                                (a)

*Those Endearing Young Charms                                           with The Music Maids

*Penny Serenade                                                                    with The Music Maids

*You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven                             with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

 

No.  138  23rd March 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Jed Prouty, Florence George and Ralph Bellamy.

 

*Honolulu                                                                   (a)

*Honolulu (Parody)                                                                with Bob Burns (Vocal)         

*Little Sir Echo                                                                      with The Music Maids

*I Get Along Without You Very Well                         (b)

*Sweet Genevieve                                                      (c)        with The Music Maids

*That Sly Old Gentleman (From Featherbed Lane)

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”  (Date for “Sweet Genevieve” shewn as 30.3.39)

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(b)        Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(c)        Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7” (Date shewn as 30.3.39)

 

No.  139  30th March 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Alice Marble, Rudolph Ganz and Chester Morris.

 

*Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb                     (a)        with The Music Maids

*I Want A Girl, Just LikeTheGirl

                        (That Married Dear Old Dad)            (a)        with The Music Maids

*I Cried For You

*You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven               (b)        with The Music Maids

*I Have Eyes

 

Note:

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

(b)               Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            Lamton 250 - “Sweethearts Of Song - Live 1940’s”

            Spokane 28 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 7”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

“Visitors to the Music Hall, KFI at 7, will be Alice Marble, tennis champion and singer, Rudolf Ganz, noted pianist and Chester Morris, actor” 

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 30th March 1938)

 

No.  140  6th April 1939

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Alan Mowbray and Rosemary Lane.

 

*Sing A Song Of Sunbeams

*Sing A Song Of Sunbeams (Parody)                                                with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*We’ve Come A Long Way Together

*Little Sir Echo                                                         (a)                   with The Music Maids

  Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet                                                       Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*What Can I Say Dear, After I Say I’m Sorry?          (b)                  with The Music Maids

*Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

*Easter Parade                                                                                 with Rosemary Lane

 

Notes:

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

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

 

No.  141  13th April 1939   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin, Leo McCarey and John Wayne.

 

*Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb                                 with The Music Maids

*I’m Building A Sailboat Of Dreams                         (a)       

*It Must Be True                                                      (b)        with The Music Maids

*I Get Along Without You Very Well

*Wishing (Will Make It So)                                                   with The Music Maids

*That Sly Old Gentleman (From Featherbed Lane)   (c)

 

Notes:

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

            Spokane 12 - “Bing In The Thirties” 

            BCR-01 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - We’re Just Wild About Harry”

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

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

 

No.  142  20th April 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Irene Hervey and Jackie Cooper.

 

*Honolulu                                                                  (a)         with The Music Maids

*Honolulu (Parody)                                                                 with Bob Burns

*(In A Bungalow) Where The Red, Red Roses Grow (b)        with The Music Maids

*East Side Of Heaven

*(Gotta Get Some) Shuteye                                       (c)        with The Music Maids

*And The Angels Sing

*You’re The Only Star In My Blue Heaven                (a)        with The Music Maids

*Down By The Old Millstream                                               with Jackie Cooper

 

Notes:

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

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

            Broadway Intermission BR114 - “Bing Crosby With Glenn Miller”

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume 2”

(c)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids” (as “I’ve Got A Lot Of Dreaming To Do”)

 

No.  143  27th April 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Kathryn Meisle, J. Carrol Naish and Roland Young.

 

*Class Will Tell                                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

*Class Will Tell  (Parody)                                            (a)        with Bob Burns

*We’ve Come A Long Way Together                         (a)

*Mickey                                                                      (a)

*Our Love                                                                   (a)        with The Music Maids

*That Sly Old Gentleman (From Featherbed Lane)

*I’m Building A Sailboat Of Dreams

 

Note:

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

 

No.  144  4th May 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gladys Swarthout, Lola Lane and Bruce Cabot.

 

*Tuck Me To Sleep In My Old ‘Tucky Home           (a)        with The Music Maids

*Delightful Delirium                                                   (a)         with The Music Maids

*Delightful Delirium  (Parody)                                    (a)        with Bob Burns (Vocal & Bazooka)

*I Promise You (Harford/Ritter)                                (b)

*East Side Of Heaven

*Little Sir Echo

 

Notes:

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

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

 

No.  145  11th May 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Wendy Barrie and Louis Hayward.

 

*Hang Your Heart On A Hickory Limb

*And The Angels Sing

*Bye, Bye Blackbird

*Our Love

*Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair

 

“Bing Crosby will introduce his new vocal ‘find’, Pat Friday, UCLA co-ed, during his broadcast over KFI at 6 pm.  Bob Burns’ weekly story is never read by Bing Crosby or anyone else on the show until the broadcast itself.  Following the afternoon rehearsal, Bob retires to a dressing room near the studio and makes a few notes on the back of an envelope.  These are key words in his story but it is never written out” 

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 11th May 1939)

(Miss Friday’s scheduled appearance was postponed for two weeks due to illness)

 

No.  146  18th May 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Patricia Ellis and Basil Rathbone.

 

*Delightful Delirium                                                   (a)         with The Music Maids

*Wishing (Will Make It So)                                       (b)         with The Music Maids

*When You Were Sweet Sixteen                               (c)

*If I Didn’t Care                                                        (d)

*Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me                                                         with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8  (N.B. Although “Wishing (Will Make It So)” is shewn on both sleeve and label, of this issue, the song is not included)

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

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

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

 

No.  147  25th May 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Pat Friday, Beverly Roberts and Freddie Bartholomew.

 

*The Lady’s In Love With You

*The Lady’s In Love With You (Parody)                              with Bob Burns

*That Old Gang Of Mine

*And The Angels Sing

*I Cried For You

*That Sly Old Gentleman (From Featherbed Lane)

  Begin The Beguine                                                               Pat Friday

  Sing A Song Of Sunbeams                                                   Pat Friday

 

No.  148  1st June 1939 

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Mary Brodel, Dr. Walter Damrosch and Walter Huston.

 

*Whistling In The Wildwood                                                    with The Music Maids

*If I Didn’t Care

  September Song                                                                    Walter Huston

*Nobody

*East Side Of Heaven

*Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me

 

No.  149  8th June 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Linda Ware, Bert Lahr and Lucille Ball.

 

*Snug As A Bug In A Rug                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Three Shiftless Gunks Are We                                            with Bert Lahr & Bob Burns

*Oh! By Jingo                                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*I’m Building A Sailboat Of Dreams

*Wishing (Will Make It So)

*If I Had My Way                                                                 

 

Note:

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

 

No.  150  15th June 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Donald Meek and Walter Connolly.

 

*Whistling In The Wildwood                                                 with The Music Maids

*And The Angels Sing

*Show Me The Way To Go Home

*Stairway To The Stars

*That Sly Old Gentleman (From Featherbed Lane)

*Whistling In The Wildwood/By A Waterfall (Parody)          with Bob Burns (Bazooka & Vocal)

 

NOTE:           

Bing did not appear in the four consecutive programmes dated 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July and 13th July.  (As usual, Bob Burns was ‘in the chair’, during Bing’s lay-off and guests included, Jack Oakie, Harry Carey, Edward Arnold, Kay Francis, Melvyn Douglas, Hedda Hopper, Brian Donlevy and Donald Crisp.  Pat Friday stayed as the songstress and although explanations have not been uncovered, we have the unusual ‘gimmick’ of Bing guesting on his ‘own’ programme [No. 151].)

 

No.  151  20th July 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Jane Bryan and Franchot Tone.

 

*Go Fly A Kite                                                           (a)

*Go Fly A Kite (Parody)                                                         with Bob Burns          

*An Apple For The Teacher                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Still The Bluebird Sings                                              (a)

*A Man And His Dream

*In My Merry Oldsmobile

*Comes Love                                                                           with Pat Friday

*Hullabaloo Belay                                                                    with Jane Bryan & Bob Burns

 

Note:

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

 

(There is some good evidence that Ken Carpenter appeared in this programme (20th July 1939) but “Variety” of  27th July carries a ‘one-liner’, from Hollywood, that he is in hospital recovering from an appendectomy.  Of course, both scraps of information could still be correct.)

 

“Bing Crosby will make a guest appearance on his own programme over KFI at 6 pm.  He will sing, ‘A Man And His Dream’, ‘Go Fly A Kite’, ‘An Apple For The Teacher’, ‘In My Merry Oldsmobile’ and ‘Still The Bluebird Sings’”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 20th July 1939)

 

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