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 program 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 program.  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 programs.  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, Dalies 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, Dalies 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)


"The strange episode of Pancho Polesie, the famous “opera star” who appeared on Bing Crosby’s program a few weeks ago, has never been satisfactorily explained on the air. It has never been explained on the air at all, as far as that goes. Senor Polesie was given a colossal introduction, in which Bing explained that he was a Crosby discovery, making his debut in this country, and something pretty extra special in the line of opera stars. Senor Polesie then sang “The Dipsy Doodle” in a way it was never sung before, and, if everybody is lucky, will never be sung again. Bing never bothered to explain that Senor Pancho was really Herb Polesie, a Hollywood movie producer, because he supposed listeners would realize it was all a gag. Some people didn’t, though, and are still complaining bitterly that having a famous opera star sing “The Dipsy Doodle” was carrying informality a little too far. Bing pulled the same joke a year or so ago, when he gave Jerry Colonna (now on Bob Hope’s program) a similar buildup. The Colonna hoax was explained on the following week’s broadcast, however."

(Radio Mirror, February 1939)


 

No.  119  10th November 1938

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, The Foursome, Mafalda Favero, 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 program 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, Loyola                                                                     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”


A character actor who can cook, a romantic lead and one of Hollywood’s hottest pianists are the guest artists in the Music Hall program tonight, when Bing Crosby and Bob Burns will present another of their informal receptions for cinema celebrities. These guests are, in order, Edward Arnold and David Niven of the screen and Joe Sullivan of the swing piano department. The program will also include music by John Scott Trotter’s orchestra, the Paul Taylor Chorus and of course the inimitable songs of Bing and the expert patter and bazooking by Bob.

(Democrat and Chronicle, (Rochester, NY), December 1, 1938)


No.  123  8th December 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, The Foursome, Charles Farrell, 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”


Other radio guests today include Priscilla Lane of the Lane sisters, Charles Farrell, once a movie idol and now playing in a new Shirley Temple picture, and Florence George, singer, all visiting Bing Crosby and Bob Burns on the Music Hall.

(The Miami Herald, December 8, 1938)

 

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)

*Without You

*Who Blew Out The Flame?

  Santa Claus Is Coming To Town                                                        Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Old Folks                                                                             (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

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)


Leslie Howard had not worn make-up for many years, either on stage or in films, and this was just one more black mark in his mind against appearing in “Gone with the Wind”. Fortunately, he worked steadily on radio programs and was enchanted when he appeared on Bing Crosby’s show and Crosby sang a Howard composition called ‘Without You’, the music by Leslie and the words by Leslie and Doodie (his daughter). They were delighted with the song, and, must I say, so was I. It sounded marvellous, played by the orchestra and sung by Crosby. Crosby said, “Tell me, Leslie, how do Howard the actor and Howard the director get along with Howard the songwriter?”

(From A Quite Remarkable Father by Leslie Ruth Howard)


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”


The Kraft Choral Society makes one of its semi-annual appearances on the Bing Crosby – Bob Burns program at 10 o’clock tonight via NBC and WMBG, and Basil Rathbone and Benita Hume of the films will fill the guest spot. This is The Christmas program when Bing sings “Adeste Fidelis” and “Silent Night.” It will be the third successive year that he has sung these traditional melodies. Reservations for these numbers are placed with the network music department a year ahead to insure that they will be on the program. We might add that Crosby’s treatment of the carols is the best on the air – by vote by listeners and radio editors from coast to coast. The Choral Society, heard on this program each Easter and Christmas, is a mixed chorus of 80 employees of the sponsor.

(The Times Dispatch, (Richmond, Virginia), December 22, 1938)

 

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”


Melvyn Douglas, one of Hollywood’s most popular actors, and Marie Wilson, the screen’s newest “dumb” blond, will be included in Bing Crosby’s guest list at 9 p.m…

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 29, 1938) (NOTE: It would appear that Mr. Douglas did not show up)

 

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”)


Roland Young, one of the Music Hall’s favorite alumni, drops around to the campus to visit Bing Crosby and Bob Burns, along with Preston Foster, of the sound stages, Alice Ehlers, one of the country’s best known virtuosos on one of its least known musical instruments – the harpsichord, during the “Music Hall” broadcast to be heard over WSB at 9 o’clock tonight.

(The Atlanta Constitution, January 5, 1939)

 

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, Emanuel 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)


Bing Crosby and Bob Burns will team up to confuse Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle when that old hand at confusing turns up as a guest of the “Music Hall” program to be heard over WSB at 9 o’clock tonight. Other guests to be heard on the full hour show include Anita Louise, motion picture leading lady, and Emanuel Feuermann, distinguished cellist.

(The Atlanta Constitution, January 19, 1939)

 

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 program 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, The Paul Taylor Choristers, 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”


Miriam Hopkins, the dramatic actress with a gift for comedy, and Harry Carey, an old time star of Western pictures who progressed to character parts, will be guest stars with Bing Crosby on tonight’s “Music Hall” program…John Scott Trotter will do an Hawaiian medley as his feature of the evening.

(Democrat and Chronicle, (Rochester, New York), February 2, 1939)


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”


Elizabeth Patterson, character actress, Jeffrey Lynn, motion picture star, and Katherine Meisle, Metropolitan Opera star, will be subjected to one of Bing Crosby’s quizzes during the “Music Hall” program over WHAM at 10 o’clock tonight. The current musical favorite – “Umbrella Man” – will be featured by Bing as one of his song selections.

(Democrat and Chronicle, (Rochester, New York), February 9, 1939)

 

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”


Florence Rice, film star daughter of the famous sports writer, Grantland Rice, will join Gregor Piatigorsky, noted concert ‘cellist, and Nigel Bruce, American-born English actor, as guests of Bing Crosby during the “Music Hall” broadcast over WHAM tonight at ten o’clock.

(Democrat and Chronicle, (Rochester, New York), February 16, 1939)

 

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)

*Jeanie 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”


Bing Crosby still m.cing radio’s most informally entertaining variety hour, is host to William Frawley and Frances Langford.  

(The Vancouver Sun, March 9, 1939)

 

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”


In honor of that old Irish custom, St. Patrick’s Day, Bing Crosby has lined up Pat O’Brien as his special guest on the Music Hall tonight at 9 o’clock over KTBS. Another feature of the broadcast will be the appearance of Mattie Malneck and his orchestra in addition to the regulars – Bob Burns, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter and his band.

(The Times, (Shreveport, Louisiana), March 16, 1939)

 

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)


A more than casual chat with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns is in store for Ralph Bellamy, of the movies, and Florence George, soprano, when they appear on the Music Hall tonight. In addition to Bing and Bob, the regular company of K. M. H. includes the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra.

Having shown up several times on the hour that's heard over WMAQ at 9 o'clock, Ralph Bellamy now may be called an alumnus of the Hall. Bellamy's latest motion picture is “Trade Winds” in which he plays a conscientious but none-too-bright detective. He first discovered his flair for comedy roles in a visit with Bing some time back.

Florence George is not only good-looking but also possesses a soprano voice of operatic quality. In addition to her singing she will submit to what Bing likes to call a “pear-shaped” (i.e. streamlined) interview with Bob Burns stepping “mikeward” from time to time to add a little heckling.

Bing Crosby will sing “Sly Old Gentleman" from his new picture, “East Side of Heaven,” for the first time over the air. His other numbers include, “Honolulu,” “"Genevieve, Sweet Genevieve,” and “Little Sir Echo.” The Music Maids, a choral group, will harmonize with Bing in two of his musical numbers.

(Belvedere Daily Republican, March 23, 1939)

 
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 Like The Girl

                        (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, The Kraft Choral Society, 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!"


Easter music will highlight Bing Crosby’s “Music Hall” at ten. The Music Hall Choral Society, eighty mixed voices, will feature hymns and other music associated with the Easter season. Guests of the evening will be Rosemary Lane and Alan Mowbray of the movie lots.

(Democrat and Chronicle, April 6, 1939)

 

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”


John Wayne, motion picture star, Leo McCarey, director, and the piano duo of Vronsky and Babbin will join Bing Crosby during the broadcast of the NBC-WBMG Music Hall at 10 o’clock tonight. With interruptions by Bob Burns, Bing will talk over movie topics with Wayne, star of many Western films and McCarey, Academy Award winner. Vronsky and Babbin will be heard in a group of piano duets.

(Richmond Times Dispatch, April 13, 1939)

 

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”)


The man that said music hath charm must have heard the “Bing Crosby Music Hall” program. John Scott Trotter leads the orchestra and does a masterful job. He has something on the ball and the country really likes it. Highspots of tonight’s program will be the appearance of Hollywood juveniles. Irene Hervey and Jackie Cooper will face the “mike” along with Bing Crosby, Bob Burns and the Music Maids. If you don’t believe music hath charm, listen to WHAM tonight at ten o’clock.

(Democrat and Chronicle, April 20, 1939)

 

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”


Who is the masked marvel? That is the question that bothers everyone on the “Music Hall” program these days. To end the marvel’s era of mysterious workings, Bing Crosby will tonight escort the aforementioned unknown quantity to the edge of the Music Hall stage and do a de-masking act that will make swell listening. Other guests will be Roland Young and Kathryn Meisle. Roland is of course from the movie lots and Miss Meisle is from the Metropolitan Opera Company. (NOTE:  The Masked Marvel was a well-known wrestler.)

(Democrat and Chronicle, April 27, 1939)


ON THE AIR TONIGHT: The Kraft Music Hall, on NBC's Red network from 10:00 to 11:00 o'clock, Eastern Daylight Time — the most informal and easy-going show on the air.

Bing Crosby, star of the Kraft Music Hall, is Hollywood's most casual celebrity, and takes radio very much in his stride. Wearing slacks, a short-sleeved sport shirt (lately it's been of the Hawaiian variety), an old hat with a pheasant band, and comfortable zipper boots, and puffing his pipe, Bing shows up at the studio around noon on broadcast days. He usually has a racing form under his arm. After some kidding with John Scott Trotter, his heavyweight bandleader, and the orchestra boys, he plants himself on a high stool at the mike and rehearses — still puffing the pipe. He always has time to talk to the song-pluggers he allows into the rehearsal, which is another of the many reasons he's such a popular guy with everybody.

Bob Burns arrives about 2:45 and there's more visiting and kidding. Bob may talk like a hillbilly, but he doesn't look like one. He's better dressed than Bing — his clothes, though conservative, are very smartly tailored, and his ties, shirts and accessories all harmonize in color. He's also one of the few radio stars whose scripts are never checked before broadcasting by the network — Amos & Andy and Lum and Abner are the only others.

Harry Lillis Crosby, Sr., Bing's dad, and his two brothers, Everett and Larry, who manage his business affairs, are also always on hand at rehearsal and broadcast.

Everybody takes the rehearsal casually except the producers, Ted Hediger of NBC and Bob Brewster of the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency. It's due to their expert direction that the completed product runs off so smoothly. The Bing has his own favorite NBC engineer, Murdo Mackenzie, who knows the crooner's tone qualities to a T. Carroll Carroll is the young writer responsible for the snappy dialogue — he also thought up Ken Carpenter's weekly bell-ringing routine.

People who take their opera stars seriously sometimes object to Bing's off-hand way of talking to them when they guest-star on his show — but the opera stars themselves usually love it; it makes them feel at home and breaks down the nervous tension they work under.

Bing's program comes from the same Studio B that Jack Benny uses. It seats only 320 people, and is filled every time it's used. Visitors often remark on its pleasant and tasteful color scheme, robin's-egg blue and deep red — but to the Bing it's just black and white. He's color blind.

(Radio Mirror, 27th April, 1939)

 

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”


Bing Crosby and his cast will pause tonight during the “Music Hall” program to honor the memory of one of America’s foremost songwriters. “Tuck Me to Sleep in My Old Kentucky Home” rated the largest seller of all time in the ranks of sheet music. Last week, Joe Young, co-author of song, died. Tonight Bing Crosby will dedicate his “Memory Song” to Joe and sing Joe’s greatest hit “Tuck Me to Sleep.” Guests of the program will be Lola Lane, Bruce Cabot and Mischa Levitsky.

(Democrat and Chronicle, May 4, 1939)

 

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!"


Among the most loyal Kraft Music Hall alumni is Basil Rathbone who’ll join Patricia Ellis in paying Bing Crosby a visit today. Aided and abetted by Bob Bums, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra, Bing will heard over the NBC-WFBC network at 10 p.m. Rathbone hasn't been in the K.M.H. precincts since his annual Christmas call which has become a tradition. He’ll exchange banter with Bing and Bob who’ll attempt to get him to employ his masterful delivery on a poem.
    Suddenly discovering she possessed an attractive singing voice, Patricia Ellis has been warbling in vaudeville and night-clubs throughout the country. She'll try a song duet with master crooner Crosby.
    Still undaunted in his efforts to have “Friday on Thursday” Bing hopes the young U. C. L. A. coed, Pat Friday, will be recovered from her laryngitis in time to go on this week’s show. It kept her from making a scheduled appearance last Thursday.

(The Greenville News, (South Carolina).  May 18, 1939)


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


Freddie Bartholomew will be one of a trio of youthful guests on Bing Crosby’s NBC-WMBG Music Hall broadcast at 9 o’clock tonight. Beverly Roberts, young film star, will chat with Crosby and Bob Burns during the broadcast and Pat Friday, U.C.L.A coed, will keep a date that was twice postponed because of illness.
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, May 25, 1939)

 

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


Bob Burns hopes to get Walter Damrosch to pass on the merits of his musical invention, the bazooka, on Bing Crosby’s Music Hall tonight.  Mr. Damrosch will probably “pass” the buck to Walter Huston, another guest. Bing Crosby’s new singing discovery, Pat Friday, 17-year old coed at the University of California, had offers from two movie companies within a few hours after her debut last Thursday night. Pat declined both offers with a view to finishing her schooling by January 1941.

(Pittsburgh-Post Gazette, June 1, 1939)

 

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”


Lucille Ball, who doesn’t mind playing “beautiful but dumb” parts on the screen, will take such a role on Bing Crosby’s “Music Hall” program tonight at ten o’clock. Miss Ball will attempt to outwit Bing and Bob in an interview. Bert Lahr will also appear on the program.

(Democrat and Chronicle, June 8, 1939)

 

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)


A pair of the cinema’s’ finest character actors, Walter Connolly and Donald Meek, with Pat Friday, U.C.L.A coed, drop around to K.M.H. to say goodbye to the departing Bing Crosby who begins his summer vacation immediately following the broadcast over KTBS tonight at 8 o’clock. Separate interviews will be dreamed up by Bing and Bob to pump facts out of Walter Connolly and Donald Meek. The heavy Mr. Connolly is never at loss for words while the light Mr. Meek takes “timid soul” roles on the screen. Bing’s singing discovery, Pat Friday, is brought back to the program by popular demand to sing two songs.

(The Shreveport Times, June 15, 1939)

 

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 program (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 program 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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