1943-1944 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra  

The Hooper rating for the winter season was 22.2 placing the programme in twelfth position. The top show was Fibber McGee & Molly with a rating of 31.9.

 

No.  292  17th June 1943   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Eddie Bracken.

 

*Any Bonds Today?                                                                 with The Music Maids & Hal

*Sunday, Monday Or Always

*Sometimes I’m Happy                                                (a)        with Trudy Erwin

  Ride, Red, Ride                                                                      The Charioteers

*That Old Black Magic

 

Note:  

(a)        JOYCE 6052 - “Bing Crosby From The Forties”

 

(The Army career of “Hal” [Hal Hopper] seems to have been curtailed, for reasons unknown, as he has returned to the show after less than six months. BUT, see notes to programme No. 304,)


With the entire ensemble opening the half-hour with "Army Bonds Today,” (sic) the bond-selling Bing Crosby reports back to Kraft Music Hall tonight over WIBA at 8, fresh from an eight-week vacation seeing Mexico City and a succession of camp shows and treks through the midwest and east for the treasury department. For his guest of the evening, the groaner will find his Paramount pal, Eddie Bracken, awaiting,

(The Capital Times, (Madison, Wisconsin), 17th June, 1943)

 

No.  293  24th June 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Ed Brophy.

 

*MacNamara’s Band                                                               with The Music Maids & Hal

*It Can’t Be Wrong                                                      (a)

*Something To Remember You By                                           with Trudy Erwin

  Straighten Up And Fly Right                                                   The Charioteers

*We Mustn’t Say “Goodbye”                                       (b)        with The Music Maids & Hal

 

Notes:

(a)        V-Disc 28-B

(b)        JOYCE 1117 - “One Night Stand With Bing Crosby At The Music Hall”

            Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats”


…The half-hour will open with the ensemble – Bing, Trudy Erwin, the Music Maids and Phil, Ukie, Ken Carpenter and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra – getting together with a unique version of “McNamara’s Band.”

(The Tucson Daily Citizen, 24th June, 1943)

 

No.  294  1st July 1943   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin. Dorothy Lamour and Falstaff Openshaw.

 

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                                      with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*She’s From Missouri                                                              with The Charioteers

*You Took Advantage Of Me                          (a)                    with Trudy Erwin

  Ezekiel Saw The Wheel                                                          The Charioteers

*Sunday, Monday Or Always

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air”


The combination of Dorothy Lamour and Bing Crosby is the prospect for “Kraft Music Hall” dialers tonight on WIBA at 8. And as an added attraction, the groaner also will be host to Alan Reed, famous Falstaff Openshaw of the Fred Allen show.

(The Capital Times, (Madison, Wisconsin), 1st July, 1943)


No.  295  8th July 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin and Franklin P. Adams.

 

*I’ve Got Sixpence                                                                   with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Wait For Me Mary                                                                  with Trudy Erwin                                                                                                      

*Always                                                                                    with Trudy Erwin              

  Down By The Old Mill Stream                                                The Charioteers

*I Never Mention Your Name


The professor of the old Kraft Music Hall, Bing Crosby, has invited the visiting scholar from Information Please, Franklin P. Adams, to appear at his round table on the program to be aired at 9 p.m. on NBC-WMBG.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 8th July, 1943)

 

No.  296  15th July 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin, Cliff Nazarro and Raymond Walburn.

 

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                                      with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*She’s From Missouri                                                              with The Charioteers

*These Foolish Things                                                              with Trudy Erwin

*If You Please

 

Raymond Walburn, currently seen in the local cinema houses, playing Dorothy Lamour’s father in Bing Crosby’s latest film effort, “Dixie,” will be featured guest when the “Music Hall” convenes again tonight at 8 over KTBS. Sharing the guest role with the veteran stage and screen actor will be Cliff Nazarro, the double-talk expert who may have a little difficulty in interpreting some of Bing’s seven syllable words.

(The Shreveport Times, 15th July, 1943)


“J. Walter Thompson office, Carroll Carroll and Bing Crosby were both upset and pleased, last Friday.  The double-named scripter of Kraft Music Hall, inadvertently said that femmes from 18 to 24 could join the WAVES, in a special recruiting plea, read by Crosby on the program last Thursday.  Navy recruiters were busy on Friday, explaining to under-age gals that the script should have read, from the ages of 20 to 36 with no dependants under the age of 18” (“Variety” 21st July 1943)

 

No.  297  22nd July 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and William Frawley.

 

*I’ve Got Sixpence                                                                   with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*She Is The Sunshine Of Virginia                                              with The Music Maids & Hal

*You’re Gonna Win That Ball Game, Uncle Sam                      with William Frawley

  Straighten Up And Fly Right                                                   The Charioteers

*We Mustn’t Say “Goodbye”


William Frawley, one of Hollywood’s best known character actors and closest friend of “The Groaner” will be the guest of Bing Crosby tonight…. Actor Frawley replaces the guests previously announced, Lum and Abner.

(The Capital Times, 22nd July, 1943)

 

No.  298  29th July 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Rags Ragland.

 

*Thank Your Lucky Stars                                             (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                  (b)        with Trudy Erwin

*Please                                                                        (c)

  Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho                                              The Charioteers

*Sunday, Monday Or Always

 

Notes:

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

Radio Shows”

(b)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air” (Date shewn as July 19th 1943)

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

Radio Shows”

Goldies GLD 25448-3 (CD) –“All the Number One Hits”

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

Radio Shows”

            V-Disc 128A contains a rehearsal version.

Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a fragment of ‘Brother, Can You Spare A Dime’


Rags Ragland, comedian star in the new movie “DuBarry Was a Lady,” will be Bing Crosby’s guest on the program to be aired tonight at 8 o’clock over WMAQ. Rags, a frequent visitor to Music Hall, is having trouble living down Bing’s description of him last Thursday – “that debonair suave gentleman from 33rd street.” In “DuBarry Was a Lday,” Rags appears with the red-headed “ball of fire” girl, Lucille Ball.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 29th July, 1943)


No.  299  5th August 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Isabel Randolph.

 

*What Do You Do In The Infantry?                              (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*The Right Kind Of Love                                             (b)        with Trudy Erwin

  Red River Valley                                                                    The Charioteers

*Moonlight Bay                                                            (c)        with The Charioteers

*If You Please

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 5 - “Der Bingle - Those Great World War II Songs”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

            V-Disc 128-B contains a rehearsal version.

(b)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On the Air”

(c)        V-Disc 149-A.


That lady of high society in Wistful Vista, Mrs. Uppington, will appear on the NBC-WBMG Kraft Music Hall at 9 P. M. Mrs. Uppington, who is known off the air as Isabel Randolph, is one of the well-known friends of Fibber McGee and Molly. High spot of Bing Crosby’s half-hour show will be the introduction of Frank Loesser’s new tune for the men of the “Walking Army” titled “What Do You Do in the Infantry.”

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5th August, 1943)


No.  300  12th August 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Ed Gardner.

 

*I’ve Got Sixpence                                                        (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Don’t Let It Get You Down                                          (b)        with “Ukie” (Vocal & Ukulele)

*Ridin’ Herd On A Cloud

  Damn The Torpedoes!                                                            The Charioteers

*Dancing In The Dark                                                               with Trudy Erwin

*Love In Bloom                                                           (c)        with Ed Gardner (Piano)

*You’ll Never Know

 

Notes:

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

(b)       A snatch only, included in comedy dialogue.

(c)        A fragment only, included in comedy dialogue.


That man from Duffy’s Tavern. Ed “Archie” Gardner, will take off his apron and leave his chores at the tavern to join Bing Crosby at the Kraft Music Hall, at 9 P. M. over NBC and WMBG. “Archie” is a busy man these days. In addition to operating Duffy’s brainchild, he’s facing the kleig lights in Hollywood for a motion picture which will feature the famed Blue Network tavern. Bing will start the musical fare introducing the new tune, “Ridin’ Herd on a Cloud,” written by Perry Botkin, guitarist with John Scott Trotter’s orchestra who has not only been an outstanding accompanist with Bing on KMH but also on recordings. Songstress Trudy Erwin, will double her singing chores. In addition to her solo numbers and duet with Bing, she will fill in for Pat Hyatt of the Music Maids. Pat was injured seriously recently in an automobile accident. It will be old times for Trudy who started off her singing career with the Music Maids.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12th August, 1943)

 

No.  301  19th August 1943   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Oscar Levant.

 

*What Do You Do In The Infantry?                                          with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*The Right Kind Of Love                                                         with Trudy Erwin

  Them There Eyes                                                                    The Charioteers

*Lady, Play Your Mandolin/As Time Goes By              (a)        with Oscar Levant (Piano)

*Paper Doll                                                                  (b)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  In The Blue Of Evening                                                           Trudy Erwin

*Nevada                                                                      (c)

           
Notes:
(a)        Comedy routine includes snatches only of these two items
(b)        On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The  Radio Shows” (Date shewn as 13th August 1943)

(c)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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

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


It isn’t true that everything Oscar Levant knows is what he sees in the movies and he’s going to prove it when he visits Bing Crosby on “Music Hall,” tonight at 8 over KTBS. Never one to use the unusual in the English language, Bing will have to be at his best to cope with this week’s guest. Levant’s pungent and vitriolic tongue is a legend wherever people of the entertainment world gather and the “Information Pleaser” is not one to make any exceptions. Although his serious musicianship has earned him the right to play piano solos with several symphonies. Levant has a. desire to sing which always seems to show itself whenever he appears on KMH. When these occasions arise, Bing takes over the ivory keyboard and accompanies him.

(The Shreveport Times, 19th August, 1943)

 

No.  302  26th August 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Rags Ragland.

 

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                                      with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                  (a)        with Trudy Erwin

*Kentucky Babe                                                          (b)        with The Charioteers

  Don’t Cry Baby                                                                      The Charioteers

*Sunday, Monday or Always

 

Notes:

(a)                JOYCE 6052 - “Bing Crosby From The Forties”

(b)               V-Disc  128-B


Olsen and Johnson have nothing on Bing Crosby and company. Every Thursday afternoon rehearsal) of the Groaner's Music Hall broadcast is a "Hellzapoppin." The Music Hall is heard tonight at 8 p.m. over KTBS.  The million and one things written on the subject of "what makes Bing Crosby different" guarantee that - plus a cast and crew of unmatched liveliness.

Take for instance this typical day. “The Crosby studio" has its full crew aboard, plus an odd and sundry rehearsal audience. On the mike, center stage, are Bing and Ukie rehearsing a spot wherein the little guy is trying to sell the Groaner a bill of goods.

"Some total draft," is his plea, “you won't have no band. How about hiring me and my uke?"

Ukie self-consciously fingers his ukelele, a red-white-and-blue number which Bing ignominiously refers to as a "patriotic lamb chop." Ukie is nervous and muffs occasionally.

A pretty blonde girl in red slacks giggles. She is Betty Boyle of the sounds effect department. Presently she is joined by another pretty blonde noisemaker. The latter has just purchased a new jacket, and while Bing and Ukie continue rehearsal, the girls make silent gesturing comments on the new garment.

"Pretty snazzy," opines Bing, who all the time has had a half closed eye on them. He has plenty of time to notice this extra goings-on because Ukie is having difficulty: 1) reading his script. 2) turning its pages. 3) playing the uke. 4) trying to make some kind of stand against Bing’s barrage of ad-libs. The guest of the day, Rags Ragland, comes o Ukie’s rescue by turning a page.

“Oh, Ragland’s got a new job – caddying for Uke,” comments Bing between lines.

(The Shreveport Times, 26th August, 1943)


No.  303  2nd September 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Frank McHugh.

 

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                                               with Trudy Erwin & The Music Maids

*Ridin’ Herd On A Cloud                                             (a)

  Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                   (b)        The Charioteers

*I’ve Got Sixpence (Parody)                                                    with Frank McHugh & Ken Carpenter

*If I Had My Way                                                        (c)        with The Charioteers

*Nevada

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”
(b)        JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"
(c)       
On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The Radio Shows” (Date shewn as 9th September 1943)


…As the Groaner’s special guest, dialers will find film funnyman Frank McHugh.

(The Capital Times, 2nd September, 1943)


No.  304  9th September 1943  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin, Falstaff Openshaw and Phil Silvers.

 

*Comin’ In On A Wing And A Prayer                                      with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Wait For Me Mary                                                                 with Trudy Erwin

  Brother Bill                                                                 (b)        The Charioteers

*Carolina In The Morning                                             (c)        with “Ukie

*Star Dust                                                                    (d)        with Phil Silvers (Clarinet)

*It’s Always You

*Basin Street Blues                                                       (e)        with The Charioteers

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 5 - “Der Bingle - Those Great World War II Songs” and on Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

(b)        JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"

(c)        A snatch only, during comedy dialogue.

(d)        A few lines only.

(e)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf”


Allan Reed, the poetry-reading “Falstaff Openshaw” of Fred Allen's show, and Phil Silvers, one of the newer screen comedians, will be Bing Crosby’s guests on his broadcast tonight at 8 o'clock over WMAQ. This will be “welcome back” night for Hal Hopper, the male portion of “The Music Maids and Hal,” who will return to his regular position on the show team. Last January he joined the air corps as a radio operator and after eight months of service has been given a medical discharge. Hal’s musical group will join Bing on the opening of the musical side of the program, “Wait For Me Mary.” For the memory spot on this week’s session, Bing will sing “Basin Street Blues,” one of the most popular songs with which he has ever been associated. Aiding the “Groaner” on this number will be Memphis boys who know something about Basin street, namely, the Charioteers.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 9th September, 1943)

 

No.  305  16th September 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin, Falstaff Openshaw and Jinx Falkenburg.

 

*The Road To Victory                                                  (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                   (b)

*People Will Say We’re In Love                                              with Trudy Erwin

*Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey                            (c)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  I Dug A Ditch                                                                         The Charioteers

*If You Please

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

(b)        A few lines only, during comedy dialogue.

(c)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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


Falstaff Openshaw, (Alan Reed), the poor man’s poet laureate, and Jinx Falkenburg, one of the most beautiful girls ever to grace a magazine cover, will add their talents to proceedings at Bing Crosby’s NBC-WMBG Music Hall at 9 p.m. Crosby will open the program with “The Road to Victory,” the song which he introduced on the “Back the Attack” the four network program launching the Third War Loan Drive.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 16th September, 1943)

 

No.  306  23rd September 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and George Murphy.

 

*What Do You Do In The Infantry?                  (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  I Heard You Cried Last Night                                     Trudy Erwin

  Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                   The Charioteers

*I’ll Be Home For Christmas

*Cuddle Up A Little Closer                              (b)

*Schooldays (Parody)                                                  with George Murphy

*Sunday, Monday Or Always                           (c)

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

(b)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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

(c)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

                Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”


George Murphy, frequent visitor to Bing Crosby’s Music Hall and one of Hollywood’s most popular song and dance men, will sign Crosby’s guest book at 9 p.m. over NBC and WMBG. Bing will sing the song he introduced a few weeks back Private Frank Loesser’s “What Do You Do in the Infantry?”

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23rd September, 1943)

 

No.  307  30th September 1943

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Phil Silvers.

 

*Vict’ry Polka                                                              (a)        with The Music Maids & Chorus

*Mississippi Mud/Cucamonga                                      (b)

*Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)

  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot                                         (c)        The Charioteers

*The Way You Look Tonight                                                   with Trudy Erwin

*Vict’ry Polka  (Parody)                                                          with Phil Silvers & Chorus

*If You Please

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

(b)        Snatches only, of these two items, during comedy dialogue.

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


Phil Silvers, gagwriter and stage comic now being given a buildup as a screen comedian by Paramount, will guest for his studio partner, Bing Crosby, on the groaner’s weekly program tonight at 9 o’clock.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 30th September, 1943)

 

No.  308  7th October 1943  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Lucille Ball.

 

*The Road To Victory                                                              with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Play A Simple Melody                                                (b)

*I’ll Be Home For Christmas                                        (d)

  Nobody’s Sweetheart                                                 (f)         The Charioteers

*One Alone                                                                  (c)        with Trudy Erwin

*Sunday, Monday Or Always                                       (e)

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 298 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio

Broadcasts”

(b)        One chorus only, during comedy dialogue.

(c)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air”

(d)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(e)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

            Jasmine CD JASCD 121/2 “Bing Crosby – Going Hollywood – Vol. 3”

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


Lucille Ball, screen star whose crowning glory is affectionately described by her good friend Bing Crosby as the “titian-tinted top-piece,” will be the special guest of the NBC-WMBG Music Hall at 9 p.m.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7th October, 1943)


No.  309  14th October 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Jack Douglas.

 

*Vict’ry Polka                                                                          with The Music Maids & Chorus

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                                               with Trudy Erwin

  I Dug A Ditch                                                                         The Charioteers

*By The Light Of The Silvery Moon                                         with The Charioteers

*A Yank and A Tank                                                      (a)

*Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)

 

Note:

(a)        V-Disc 128-A


Erstwhile gagwriter Jack Douglas, who tried reading his own lines and found himself the star comic of the What’s New show, will be Bing Crosby’s guest on the Music Hall program tonight at 9 o’clock. Tonight’s date also will mark the return of John Scott Trotter to the podium following a three-week vacation, his first in seven years. Douglas, as a gagwriter, contributed material for Bob Hope, Red Skelton and Tommy Higgs.

(The Bristol News Bulletin, 14th October, 1943)

 

No.  310  21st October 1943

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Cass Daley.

 

*Anchors Aweigh                                                                     with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                           (a)

*They Had To Carry Carrie To The Ferry                    (a)

*Ridin’ Herd On A Cloud

*Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                   (b)        with The Charioteers

*Where The Blue Of The Night Meets The Gold Of The Day                  

  They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old                                   Cass Daley

*How Sweet You Are

 

Notes:

(a)        Snatches only, of these two items are included in the comedy dialogue.

(b)        Bing’s only contribution to this item is his famous ad-lib (?) line, “Lay that thing down before it goes off and hurts somebody”.


Cass Daley, wide-mouthed singing comedian, will be Bing Crosby’s guest tonight when the Groaner brings his Music Hall to the air.

(The Shreveport Times, 21st October, 1943)

 

28th October 1943    }           Bing was on vacation and did not appear in any of these           

4th November 1943   }          programmes.  Dialogue on his return (Programme No. 311)

11th November 1943 }          reveals that he grew a beard during his absence.

18th November 1943 }

25th November 1943 }

 

No.  311  2nd December 1943    

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Ed Gardner.

 

*Vict’ry Polka                                                                          with The Music Maids & Chorus

*How Sweet You Are                                                 (a)

*’Way Down Yonder In New Orleans                         (b)        with The Charioteers

*My Ideal                                                                    (c)        with Trudy Erwin

*I’ll Be Home For Christmas                                        (d)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

 

Notes:

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

(b)        Bing sings the verse only, for this item.

            Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers" (date shown as 7/12/43)

(c)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air”  (Comedy introduction includes a snatch of “Three Little Words”)

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

Radio Shows”

Bing Crosby, fresh from a visit to his Nevada ranch and a bond tour for the U. S. Treasury department will report back to Kraft Music Hall, tonight on WIBA at 8. That old master of swinging doors, Ed Gardner, the famed Archie of Duffy’s, will be on hand as guest star to swing wide the KMH portals in fitting welcome.

(The Capital Times, 2nd December, 1943)


No.  312  9th December 1943 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Lucille Ball.

 

*Paper Doll                                                                  with The Music Maids & Lee

  My Shining Hour                                                        Trudy Erwin

  Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land                           The Charioteers

*Wonderful One                                               (a)       

*Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)                         (b)

 

Notes:

(a)        JOYCE 6052 - “Bing Crosby From The Forties”  (Shewn as “My Wonderful One”)

(b)        Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”


Lucille Ball, flame-haired and lovely, will be Bing Crosby’s guest on Kraft Music Hall, tonight on WIBA at 8.

(The Capital Times, 9th December, 1943)


No.  313  16th December 1943  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin, Phil Silvers and Joan Davis.

 

*Pistol Packin’ Mama                                                   (b)        with The Charioteers

*Pistol Packin’ Mama (parody)                                    (c)        with Joan Davis

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning                                   (d)        with Trudy Erwin & The Music Maids

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

*Sunday, Monday Or Always                                      (e)

*Let A Smile Be Your Umbrella                                   (f)

  Shoo-Shoo Baby                                                                    The Charioteers

*White Christmas                                                         (g)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 298 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio

Broadcasts”.

(b)        Arrangement includes Bing singing the opening lines of “The Road To Mandalay” and there are alterations to the usual lyrics.

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

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”
(c)               
A few lines unaccompanied by Joan Davis using the lyrics “Lay That Parcel Down” with Bing joining in at the end with “We’ll send it C. O. D.”

Living Era CD AJA5590 “Radio Stars Of America”
(d)              
On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The Radio Shows”

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

Living Era CD AJA5590 “Radio Stars of America”

(e)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            JOYCE 6052 - “Bing Crosby From The Forties”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

            (Shewn on all above issues as, “It’s All Over Now”)

On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The Radio Shows”
(f)         Bing sings snatches of both these items during comedy dialogue with Phil Silvers.
(g)        On The Air OTA101978 (CD) - “Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends From The Radio Shows”

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

 

Phil Silvers, the fellow who can talk anyone blue in the face without taking a breath in between, will make an appearance on WFBC-NBC’s Kraft Music Hall tonight at 9 o’clock. Silvers’ stream of babble will be injected into the half-hour show of songs…

(The Greenville News, 16th December, 1943)


“Bing Crosby has enjoyed a string of three successive sock performances within the unusual time bridge of a week.  Two of these were on his own show, those with Lucille Ball and Phil Silvers.  The third came in between those two, when he was a guest of Ed Gardner on ‘Duffy’s Tavern’- all hilarious.  Also, on Monday night (20th) he did a replay of his picture, ‘Dixie’ for the Lux Hour.”

(“Variety” 22nd December 1943)

 

No.  314  23rd December 1943   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin and The Kraft Choral Society.

 

*Adeste Fideles                                                                        with Studio Audience

*My Heart Tells Me                                                                 with Trudy Erwin

  Ezekiel Saw The Wheel                                                          The Charioteers

*Sweet Leilani

*Silent Night                                                                             with The Kraft Choral Society


Bing Crosby, as he does each Christmas again calls in the Kraft Choral Club from Chicago as he special guests on the “Kraft Music Hall” program tonight at 9 over WFBC-NBC. One of the Nation’s most famous singing groups, the club is composed entirely of employees of the Kraft cheese company. They will present a medley of Christmas carols as arranged by Ken Darby.

(The Greenville News, 23rd December, 1943)


No.  315  30th December 1943  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Trudy Erwin, Leo “UkieSherin and Cass Daley.

 

*Happy Holiday/Come To Holiday Inn             (a)        with The Music Maids & Lee

*Auld Lang Syne                                                          with Trudy Erwin, Ken Carpenter, “Ukie” & John Scott Trotter

*The Way You Look Tonight                           (b)        with Trudy Erwin

  A Slip Of The Lip (Can Sink A Ship)                          The Charioteers

*As Time Goes By                                           (c)       

  He Really Loved Me ‘Til The “All Clear” Came                      Cass Daley

*Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)                         (d)

 

Notes:

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

            Vintage Jazz Classics VJC1017-2 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Christmas Songs”

(b)        Spokane 23 - “Bing & Trudy - On The Air”

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

Radio Shows”

(c)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights” (Date shewn as January 28th 1943)

            BCR-01 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - We’re Just Wild About Harry” (Date shewn as 28.1.43)

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

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

Radio Shows”

            (The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Where The Blue Of The Night”)

So Rare: Treasures From The Crosby Archive – Collectors’ Choice Music CD WWCCM21092

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

Radio Shows”


Cass Daley, the Hollywood comedienne who is rumoured to be in line for a radio show of her own soon, will turn her comedy antics loose on Bing Crosby at Kraft Music Hall tonight at 8 o’clock on WMAQ, Chicago.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 30th December, 1943)


 No.  316  6th January 1944   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Nan Wynn and William Frawley.

 

*Shoo-Shoo Baby                                                                    with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  Speak Low                                                                            Nan Wynn

  I Dug A Ditch                                                                         The Charioteers

*My Ideal                                                                    (a)

*Carolina In The Morning                                                         with William Frawley & Nan Wynn

*My Heart Tells Me                                                     (b)

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

            JOYCE 6052 - “Bing Crosby From The Forties”

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

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”


Nan Wynn, lovely dark-haired radio and night-club songstress who has been attracting more than favorable film attention of late, will be among those present when Bing Crosby opens the Kraft Music Hall tonight over WIBA at 8.

(The Capital Times, 6th January 1944)

 

No.  317  13th January 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Jane Frazee and George Murphy.

 

*San Fernando Valley                                                  (a)        with The Music Maids & Lee

  Shoo-Shoo Baby                                                                    Jane Frazee

  Straighten Up And Fly Right                                       (b)        The Charioteers

*It Had To Be You                                                                   with George Murphy & Jane Frazee

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                                      (c)

*Candlelight And Wine                                                 (d)

 

Notes:

(a)        Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

            Kenwest KWCD664 (CD) - “Those Were The Days - Volume 5”

                American Masters CD - Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack

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

(c)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Ti-Pi-Tin”.

Goldies GLD 25448-3 (CD) –“All the Number One Hits”

(d)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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

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


George Murphy, popular sing and dance man of the screen, and Jane Frazee, a rising young starlet, will be Bing Crosby’s guests on the Kraft Music Hall this evening at 8 o’clock over WMAQ, Chicago. “Georgeous Georges” as he is called by Bing Crosby for his many screen roles in which he is surrounded by beautiful girls, is a frequent visitor to Kraft Music Hall. On his last visit Murphy and Bing re-enacted a scene between two youngsters who were earning big salaries at a defense plant.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 13th January 1944)


No.  318  20th January 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin and Dale Evans.

 

*What Do You Do In The Infantry?                                          with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  Besame Mucho                                                                       Dale Evans

  Mairzy Doats                                                            (a)          The Charioteers

*You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me               (b)

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   (c)

*The Surrey With The Fringe On Top                                       with Dale Evans

*My Ideal

 

Notes:

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

(b)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “You’re Driving Me Crazy”.

(c)        Comedy sketch includes Bing singing a few lines of this item in Spanish.

 

With dramatics by Ann Sheridan and songs by Dale Evans, Bing Crosby will have more than a full house when he opens Kraft Music Hall tonight on WIBA at 8.

(The Capital Times, 20th January 1944) (NOTE: Ann Sheridan was withdrawn by her studio at the last moment).


“Have you ever seen a dream walking?  Have you ever heard Bing Crosby louse up a program?  It happens and kinda often, if you listen enough.  Of course, Crosby isn’t around in person, at these times.  The Bing is on platters and kinda helpless but it also sometimes, indicates that Crosby has turned loose a disc which isn’t exactly Crosby.  Anyway, the incident that comes to mind was when some disc jockey featured, ‘Alexander’, ‘The Lady Is A Tramp’ and ‘Varsity Drag’, right in a row and each recording was a pip.  Then he turned Bing Crosby on with, ‘Sweet Leilani’ and what ‘Leilani’ did to this show, was horrible.  It was one time Bingo was a loaf of bread and just as dull.  Jack Kapp still plays himself to sleep with ‘Leilani’, it has sold more records than FDR polled votes the last time but it sure cut the show down to size”

(“Variety”  26th January 1944)

 

(Assuming that ‘Alexander’ is the man with the ‘Ragtime Band’, are we to gather that the disc-jockey is accused of the major crime of following three ‘upbeat’ numbers with one in a slower mood?  Out of context, it is difficult to understand what this was all about.)

 

No.  319  27th January 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Gloria De Haven and William Bendix.

 

*Shoo-Shoo Baby                                                        (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  I’ve Got A Crush On You                                                      Gloria De Haven

  This Is The Army Mr Jones/G.I. Jive                                       The Charioteers

*One Sweet Letter from You                                        (b)

*Candlelight And Wine

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

            Kenwest KWCD667 (CD) - “Those Were The Days - Volume 8”

            Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Sometimes I’m Happy”


William Bendix will be Bing Crosby’s guest on the Music Hall Thursday at 9 p. m. over NBC. Bendix is the current star of “Lifeboat” and “Guadalcanal Diary.”

(The Circleville Herald, 27th January 1944)

 

No.  320  3rd February 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Donald O’Connor.

 

*San Fernando Valley                                                              with The Music Maids & Lee

  Tess’s Torch Song (I Had A Man)                              (a)        Marilyn Maxwell

  Little David, Play On Yo’ Harp                                               The Charioteers

*Small Fry                                                                                with Donald O’Connor

*I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Notes:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”


Donald O’Connor, the young Hollywood movie star with the razor-sharp tongue will trade quips with Bing Crosby on the “Music Hall” program tonight at 8 o’clock over KTBS. Marilyn Maxwell, former featured songstress with Buddy Rogers and Ted Weems orchestra, and now a rising young actress in the films, will be the guest girl singer with Bing.

(The Shreveport Times, 3rd February, 1944)


No.  321  10th February 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Mischa Auer.

 

*Shoo-Shoo Baby                                                       (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  I Wish I May, I Wish I Might                                     (b)        Marilyn Maxwell with The Music Maids

  Mairzy Doats                                                                          The Charioteers 

*September Song

*Poinciana (Song Of The Tree)

 

Notes:

(a)                Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

(b)               Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”


Mischa Auer, the sad-eyed Russian comedian, will join Bing Crosby on the Music Hall tonight…Mr. Auer, who has just completed his work in “Lady in the Dark” for Paramount, has a long list of screen successes behind him. He is best known for his impersonations of screwball characters.

(The Shreveport Times, 10th February, 1944)


Bing’s Vote Plug for GIs

One of the rare intervals in radio when top performers offer striking evidence that show biz isn’t shrouded in an ivory tower and has the courage to back it up with an expressed avowal of its convictions on controversial issues came last Thursday (10) night during the Bing Crosby-Kraft Music Hall program. With almost bombshell effect, Crosby broke in with a declaration that evoked a solid round of applause from the studio audience. Incident occurred after Crosby, early in the program, put across a novelty gag tune and followed it up with the usual “Good evening, this is your old K. M. H.” to which he immediately appended, “And bound out for every quarter of the globe where American citizens are fighting for our right to vote. It certainly seems the least we can do, is to protect theirs.”

(Variety, February 16, 1944)

 

No.  322  17th February 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Cass Daley.

 

*Iowa                                                                          (a)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*A Lot In Common With You                                      (a)  (b)  with Marilyn Maxwell

  Leanin’ On The Lord                                                              The Charioteers

*After You’ve Gone                                                     (c)

  I’m Getting Corns For My Country At The Stage Door Canteen     Cass Daley

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                                      (d)

           

Notes:

(a)        Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

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

(c)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights” (Date shewn as 17.12.44)

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

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of “Oh! We Don’t Want The Bacon”,

            “I’m Sorry Dear” and “Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning”

(d)        A few lines only, as Bing is obliged to abandon the song due to the programme overrunning.


Cass Daley, the young lady whose high spirits on the screen would deny Bing Crosby’s description of his film friend – “whispering, murmuring, timid Cass Daley,” will be his guest on the “Music Hall” program tonight…Cass has a special new song for the occasion. She will lend her vocal talents to, “I’m Getting Corns for My Country at the Stage Door Canteen.”

(The Shreveport Times, 17th February, 1944)

 

No.  323  24th February 1944   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Phil Silvers.

 

*San Fernando Valley                                      (a)                    with The Music Maids & Lee

  I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)         (b)                    Marilyn Maxwell

  G.I. Jive                                                         (c)                    The Charioteers

*It’s Only A Paper Moon                                 (d)

  Without A Song                                                                      Phil Silvers

*I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Notes:

(a)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(b)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

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

(d)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

            Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

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

            Laserlight 12 300 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts”  (See also Note (a) –

Programme No. 339)

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

Radio Shows”

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of “Easter Parade” and “Love Is The

Sweetest Thing”


Phil Silvers, who is well known in the films for his portrayals of the fast-talking boy from Brooklyn, will be Bing Crosby’s guest on the “Music Hall” tonight…Marilyn Maxwell will make another guest appearance as Bing’s girl singer. Silvers has come to the conclusion that “The Groaner” is at the crossroads of his career. For the sake of an old friendship the comedian has offered his services to Bing as manager. Silvers’ first step as Bing’s manager will be to give him a few lessons in diction. Of course, Phil will also handle the money matters and promises that “The Groaner” will be able to afford a smart wardrobe which he hitherto has not displayed about the “Music Hall.”

(The Shreveport Times, 24th February, 1944)


No.  324  2nd March 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Lucille Ball.

 

*(There’ll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin

                         (When The Yanks Go Marching In)     (a)        with The Music Maids & Lee

*The Surrey With The Fringe On Top                           (b)        with Marilyn Maxwell

  Sing A Song Of Sixpence                                            (c)        The Charioteers

*Thanks                                                                       (d)

*Amor

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume II”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

(b)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

 Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"
(c)        Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"
(d)       
Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances” (Shewn as “My Thank”)


Once again bringing lovely Marilyn Maxwell as his singing partner to Kraft Music Hall, Bing Crosby will spotlight Lucille Ball, the movie star, as his guest tonight over WIBA at 8.

(The Capital Times, 2nd March, 1944)


No.  325  9th March 1944  (a) 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Lee, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and George Murphy.

 

*The Bombardier Song                                                 (b)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Mexicali Rose                                                             (c)

  My Soul Is A Witness For My Lord                                       The Charioteers

*I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night (Parody)                         with George Murphy

*Two Sleepy People                                                                with Marilyn Maxwell

*Going My Way                                                           (c)

 
Notes:
(a)        The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 300 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts”

(b)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

            (Shewn as “Song Of The Bombadiers”)

(c)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”


Bing Crosby will air premier two songs from his soon-to-be-released film “Going My Way,” during Kraft Music Hall tonight…They are “Swingin’ on a Star” and “Going My Way.” Song and dance star George Murphy will be the Groaner’s guest along with Marilyn Maxwell, who will duet the memory song with Bing. “Two Sleepy People.” NOTE: Obviously a late change as "Swinging on a Star" was not used.

(The Capital Times, 9th March, 1944)

 

16th March 1944 }     Bing did not appear in either of these two programmes    

23rd March 1944 }

 

No.  326  30th March 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and George Murphy.

 

*(There’ll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin

                         (When The Yanks Go Marching In)     with The Music Maids & Men

*Take It Easy                                                               with Marilyn Maxwell & The Music Maids

  The Old Music Master                                    (a)        The Charioteers

*Moonlight Bay                                                (b)        with The Charioteers

*Oh! What A Beautiful Morning (Parody)                     with George Murphy

*Amor

 

Note:

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

(b)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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

            Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"

            Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”


Bing Crosby’s good friend, George Murphy, will be on hand to greet the “Groaner” when he returns to the Music Hall tonight…A frequent visitor to KMH, “Murph” is one of Crosby’s closest film friends. Together, the two are a popular comedy team.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 30th March, 1944)

 

No.  327  6th April 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and The Kraft Choral Club.

*It’s Love, Love, Love                                                 (a)        with The Music Maids & Men

*Soldiers Of God

*Easter Parade                                                             (b)        with Marilyn Maxwell

  Easter Carol Of The Lamb                                                      The Kraft Choral Club

  Hallelujah (Mozart)                                                                 The Kraft Choral Club

  Star Dust                                                                   (c)         The Charioteers

*Going My Way

 

Notes:

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1005 – “Slightly Latin”

(b)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

            Wallysrite Records BGMM42 - “Those Bombastic Blonde Bombshells”

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

            Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf”

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


The Kraft Choral Society will present their annual Easter music on Bing Crosby’s NBC-WMBG at 9 p.m.

(Richmond Times Dispatch, 6th April, 1944)

 

No.  328  13th April 1944  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Bob Hope.

 

*Swinging On A Star                                        (b)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*Take It Easy                                                   (c)        with Marilyn Maxwell & The Music Maids

  Speak to Me Of Love (Parlez-Moi D’Amour) (d)        The Charioteers

*The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else   (e)

*It’s Love, Love, Love (Parody)                       (f)        with Bob Hope

*Amor                                                              (g)

                                                                       

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 299 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts”

Also issued on Spokane 22 - “Bing & Bob” although the actual running order of the musical items, differs slightly, from that shewn on both sleeve and label.

A large proportion of the show was issued on JOYCE1117 - “One Night Stand With Bing Crosby At The Music Hall”.  All musical items, with the exception of The Charioteers’ solo, are included.  Amor” is shewn on the sleeve as “Amour”.

(b)        Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - Twenty Golden Greats - Volume One”

            Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(c)        Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - Twenty Golden Greats - Volume One”

            Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

            Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x - “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

            Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally”

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

(e)        Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - Twenty Golden Greats - Volume One”

            Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally”

            Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(f)        Jasmine JASCD 358 "Bob Hope & Friends"

            Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(g)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”


Bob Hope, Bing Crosby’s good friend and screen pal, will drop in on the “Music Hall” as guest of the “Groaner” tonight at 8 o’clock over NBC and KTBS. Marilyn Maxwell, Bing’s visiting songstress will be featured during the evening’s entertainment. The screen team, who so frequently travel on “The Road” will have an opportunity to compare notes on their recent ‘real life travels’. Bob has just returned from an extensive entertainment trip where he put on about 250 camp and hospital shows in eleven weeks.  The “Groaner” more recently came back from a USO tour of American training camps. Their latest travelog “Road to Utopia” will soon be released.

 (The Shreveport Times, 13th April, 1944)


No.  329  20th April 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Dave Shelley.

 

*San Fernando Valley                                                              with The Music Maids & Men

  When They Ask About You                                       (a)        Marilyn Maxwell

  Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet                                       The Charioteers

*Night And Day                                                           (b)

*Mississippi Mud/Those Were The Days                      (c)        with Dave Shelley

*Long Ago (And Far Away)

 

Notes:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

(b)        Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Please”.

(c)        Snatches only, of these two items are included in the comedy dialogue.


Bing Crosby will present a protégé during the “Music Hall” program aired tonight…He is Dave Shelley, comedian. Shelley recently participated in a studio warmup performance with Bing, and the Groaner and the audience thought him so funny that it was decided to bring him to the air audience as soon as possible. A native of Boston, Shelley is 26 years old and his last professional appearance was with the road company of “Du Barry Was a Lady.”

(The Shreveport Times, 20th April, 1944)

 

No.  330  27th April 1944

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Sonny Tufts.

 

*Swinging On A Star                                                  (a)         with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*The Surrey With The Fringe On Top                                       with Marilyn Maxwell

  Wait Until It Happens To You                                   (b)         The Charioteers

*I Couldn’t Sleep A Wink Last Night (Parody)                         with Sonny Tufts

*Swanee River (The Old Folks At Home)

*Going My Way                                                         (c)

 

Notes:

(a)           American Masters CD - Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack
(b)        Jasmine CD JASCD 714 "Swing Low, Sweet Charioteers"

(c)
           Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally”.
Bing has time to sing only a few lines before the programme closes.

Sonny Tufts, a Paramount crony of Bing Crosby, will be the Groaner’s guest on Kraft Music Hall tonight…A former drummer, piano player, night club, and opera singer, Tufts recently spiraled to film fame as a result of his performance in “So Proudly We Hail.”

(The Capital Times, 27th April, 1944)

 

No.  331  4th May 1944   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Gene Kelly.

 

*It’s Love, Love, Love                                                             with The Music Maids & Men

  I’ll Be Around                                                           (a)         The Charioteers

  I Never Knew (I Could Love Anybody)                                 Marilyn Maxwell

*Mississippi Mud                                                         (b)

*H-A-R-R-I-G-A-N  (Parody)                                                with Gene Kelly

*My Old Kentucky Home                                                        with The Charioteers

*Long Ago (And Far Away)                                         (c)

 

Notes:

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

(b)        A few lines only, during comedy dialogue.

(c)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”


Bing Crosby invites Gene Kelly, Hollywood’s newest topflight musical star, to visit with him on the Music Hall…Marilyn Maxwell charming MGM vocalist, returns for another guest appearance.

(The Atlanta Constitution, 4th May, 1944)


No.  332  11th May 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Keenan Wynn.

 

*Great Day                                                                              with The Music Maids & Men

  Stormy Weather                                                  (a)               The Charioteers

*Take It Easy                                                                           with Marilyn Maxwell

*San Fernando Valley (Parody)                                                with Keenan Wynn

*Dearly Beloved                                                   (b)

*Going My Way

 

Notes:

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

(b)                  Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “White Christmas”.

 

“Keenan Wynn, back from the China-Burma-India theatres of war, will try to sell Bing Crosby on the idea of making a similar tour, KFI at 6. Wilfred Williams, top tenor of the Charioteers, has reported to the Army.  There will be no outside replacement.  Eddie Jackson, second tenor , will take over.

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 11th May 1944)

 

No.  333  18th May 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell, Eddie Marr and  Jack Carson.

 

*It’s Love, Love, Love                                                             with The Music Maids & Men

*It Could Happen To You                                            (a)

*Side By Side                                                              (b)        with Marilyn Maxwell

  Alouette                                                                     (c)         The Charioteers

*Amor                                                                         (a)

 

Notes:

(a)        V-Disc 241-A

(b)        Comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “Blue Skies”

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


Bing Crosby has invited Jack Carson and Eddie Marr to be his guests on the “Music Hall” show tonight…The popular radio comedy team paid a visit to the “Music Hall” this fall but missed the Groaner who was away on a bond-selling tour. Jack Carson is now in his second year with his own half-hour air show and his pal, Eddie “I'll Tell You What I'm Going to Do” Marr, appears with him in the familiar role of “pitchman.”

(The Shreveport Times, 18th May, 1944)


No.  334  25th May 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Richard Haydn.

 

*Bless ‘Em All                                                                          with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

  Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet                           (a)        Marilyn Maxwell

*Louise

*Take It Easy                                                                           with Marilyn Maxwell              

  I’ll Get By                                                                 (b)         The Charioteers

*I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Notes:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

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


Richard Haydn, better known as “Mr. Carp, expert on fishes of all types,” will put down his rod and reel to pay a visit to the “Music Hall” tonight…This will be Haydn’s first visit to Bing’s half-hour show. The comedian once presented his character “Mr. Carp” before England’s present king and queen. British-born, he was first introduced to this country through Noel Coward.

(The Shreveport Times, 25th May, 1944)


No.  335  1st June 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Katina Paxinou.

 

*San Fernando Valley                                                              with The Music Maids & Men

*I Love You (Porter)

  A Slip Of The Lip (Can Sink A Ship)                                      The Charioteers

*Something To Remember You By                               (a)        with Marilyn Maxwell

*Long Ago (And Far Away)

 

Note:

(a)                Comedy introduction includes Bing “boo-booing” a few bars of “Where The Blue Of The Night”


Katina Paxinou, Greek actress who distinguished herself in the film “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” is the guest star Bing Crosby has invited to the “Music Hall” for the show aired tonight…One of the most dominant characters in the epic film based on Ernest Hemingway’s popular novel, Katina Paxinou in “For Whom the Bell Tolls” won her first American acting laurel. However, the Greek star will be called upon to do a different version of her screen character when she appears in a special Crosby production of “For Whom the Bell Tolls.”

(The Shreveport Times, 1st June, 1944)


No.  336  8th June 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Marilyn Maxwell and Cecil B. De Mille.

 

*Swinging On A Star                                                                with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*It Could Happen To You

*There’s A Small Hotel                                                (a)        with Marilyn Maxwell

*Old Glory                                                                               with Chorus

 

(Due to a lengthy, pre-show news bulletin updating the recent D-Day landings, the programme was reduced to a running time of only 23 minutes.)

 

Note:

(a)        Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x - “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”


Bing Crosby has invited Hollywood’s ace film and radio producer, Cecil B. DeMille, to be his guest on the Kraft Music Hall at 9 o’clock over WFLA.

(The Tampa Times, 8th June, 1944)

 

No.  337  15th June 1944   (a)           

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Bob Hope.

 

*Bless ‘Em All                                                              (b)        with The Music Maids & Men

  Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet                            (c)        The Charioteers

*The Day After Forever

*Together                                                                    (d)        with Marilyn Maxwell

*Put It There Pal                                                          (e)        with Bob Hope

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                                      (f)

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 22 - “Bing & Bob” and Laserlight 12 299 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts”       

(b)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

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

(d)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “June Night”.

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

Radio Shows”

PLS CD 627 “The Golden Age Of Comedy – Bob Hope & Bing Crosby”

American Masters CD - Bing Crosby Rediscovered: The Soundtrack

(f)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”


Bob Hope, who is affectionately called “Snag-Snoot” by his good friend Bing Crosby, will be the guest of the “Groaner” on the Music Hall tonight at 8 o’clock over WMAQ…When Robert (Leslie Towne) Hope last visited Crosby he rumored he had just completed a book. However, he was elusive when pinned down to the date of its publication and name. When Bing discovered the manuscript in Hope’s golf bag, while trying to retrieve some of his own golf balls, he found the title to be, “I Never Left Home.”

“That’s the name of it,” said Hope, What do you think of it?”

“Leave home,” countered Crosby.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 15th June, 1944)

 

No.  338  22nd June 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and George Murphy.

 

*(There’ll Be A) Hot Time In The Town Of Berlin

                        (When The Yanks Go Marching In)                  with The Music Maids & Men

  Star Dust                                                                                The Charioteers

  Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?                          (a)        Marilyn Maxwell

*Take Me Out To The Ball Game (Parody)                              with George Murphy

*Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral                                          (b)

*Long Ago (And Far Away)

 

Notes:

(a)                Collectors’ Choice Music WWCCM1052x -  “Marilyn Maxwell - Darling Diva”

(b)               V-Disc 301-B


Bing Crosby’s popular "Kraft Music Hall” visitor, George Murphy, will be on hand for the “Groaner’s” half-hour show tonight at 9 over WFBO-NBC. The “Mighty Murph” will f1nd Bing’s singing partner. Marilyn Maxwell, and dead-pan stooge, “Ukie”, on the regular reception committee. Murphy has requested an easier routine from the one Bing gave him on his last visit. The two wound up playing singing waiters at a Hollywood restaurant. Their theme song was set to “O! What a Beautiful Morning.” There’s a rumor around Hollywood that George Murphy may be the substitute for Bing if he plans to take a vacation this summer. Brother Bob, who usually takes over KMH during the “Groaner’s” vacation weeks, is now a lieutenant with the Marines.

(The Greenville News, 22nd June, 1944)


No.  339  29th June 1944  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Roy Rogers.

 

*Swinging On A Star                                        (b)        with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*There’s A Small Hotel                                    (c)        with Marilyn Maxwell

  The General Jumped At Dawn                                    The Charioteers

*San Fernando Valley                                      (d)        with Roy Rogers

  Square Dance                                                             Roy Rogers

*It Had To Be You                                          (e)

*Going My Way                                               (f)

 

Notes:

(a)                The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 300 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts” - Except that the final song, “Going My Way” has been substituted with the version of “San Fernando Valley” heard on Programme No. 323.

(b)               Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

V-Disc 301-B

(c)                Wallysrite Records BGMM42 - “Those Bombastic Blonde Bombshells”

Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(d)               A few lines only, unaccompanied.

Living Era CD AJA5590 “Radio Stars of America”

(e)                Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

(f)                 V-Disc 301-A

 

Roy Rogers, the No. 1 singing cowboy, will be the visiting guest with Bing Crosby on his Music Hall show tonight…

(The Rock Island Argus, 29th June, 1944)


Bing was dressed very conservatively on June 29th. He was wearing dull green slacks and light grey shirt — no tie nor hat. His hat was placed on a nearby chair. The next week, Bing’s outfit was the same except for the addition of a gray jacket. During the shows, Bing tosses the pages of the scripts to the floor as he’s finished with them. Roy Rogers guested the first week (June 29), and Tommy & Jimmy Dorsey the second (consecutive) week.

(BINGANG, Summer 1944)

 

No.  340  6th July 1944  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell, Tommy Dorsey and  Jimmy Dorsey.

 

*Snoqualme Joe                                                                       with The Music Maids & Men

*Together                                                                     (d)       with Marilyn Maxwell

  Tumbling Tumbleweeds                                               (e)       The Charioteers

  Sandman                                                                                Tommy Dorsey (Trombone) & Jimmy Dorsey (Clarinet)

*Exactly Like You                                                                    with Tommy Dorsey & Jimmy Dorsey

*I’ll Get By                                                                  (b)

*Amor                                                                         (c) & (d)

 
Notes:
(a)        The complete programme was issued on Laserlight 12 302 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - WW II Radio Broadcasts”

Extracts from the dialogue between Bing and the Dorseys were also included on Living Era CD

AJA5590 “Radio Stars of America”

(b)        Spokane 10 - “Der Bingle - Volume Two”

            Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

            Double Gold DBG53042 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Those Great World War II Songs”

            The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of “Diga Diga Doo” and “Sonny Boy”

(c)        Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

(d)        Newsound CD NFM007 “Bing Crosby – CBS Radio 1943/44”

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

 

The two distinguished brothers of the band world, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, will make a rare radio appearance together when they pay a visit to Bing Crosby on the “Music Hall” show tonight…This will be a renewal of a long friendship dating back to the early days when Bing and his good friends, the Dorsey brothers, first made records together. All three worked with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra at one time.

(The Shreveport Times, 6th July, 1944)


During a Dorsey Bros. number, Bing was playing the cymbal, and at one point, tossed the drumstick in the air and caught it just in time. Bing threw his head back and laughed - along with everyone else. At the conclusion of the show, Bing saunters off the stage as the audience leaves with the strains of “Hail KMH” ringing in their ears.

(BINGANG, Summer 1944)

 

No.  341  13th July 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Keenan Wynn.

 

*Bless ‘Em All                                                                          with The Music Maids & Men

  Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby                                        Marilyn Maxwell

  Jesus Is A Rock In The Weary Land                                       The Charioteers

*Heigh-Ho (Parody)                                                                 with Keenan Wynn

*Let Me Call You Sweetheart                                      (a)

*The Day After Forever

 

Note:

(a)        V-Disc 301-A

 

Keenan Wynn, the Mulvehill of Marian Hargrove’s popular best seller and movie, “See Here, Private Hargrove,” will join Bing Crosby in the Kraft Music Hall at 9 o’clock over WFLA.

(The Tampa Times, 13th July, 1944)


“Wilfred Williams, who can sing F above high C, has received a medical discharge from the Army (I’m not surprised! – Compiler) and is again with the Charioteers”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 13th July 1944)   

 

No.  342  20th July 1944

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Sonny Tufts.

 

*Snoqualme Joe                                                                       with The Music Maids & Men

*I’ll Remember April                                                    (a)

  Red River Valley                                                                    The Charioteers

*Sonny Boy (Parody)                                                               with Sonny Tufts

*Side By Side                                                              (b)        with Marilyn Maxwell

*Amor                        

 

Notes:

(a)        Biac Records BRAD10521 - “Bing Crosby At His Rarest Of All Rare Performances”

(b)        Spokane 16 - “Bing’s Music Hall Highlights”

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


Bing Crosby’s guest on tonight’s “Music Hall” will be Sonny Tufts when the program is aired at 8 o’clock over NBC and KTBS. Bing’s singing assistant Marilyn Maxwell and comedy stooge, “Ukie” Sherin will complete the talent for the half-hour show. Bing and his film friend are currently at work on a new motion picture with Betty Hutton called “Here Comes the Waves.” On Sonny’s last visit with Bing he revealed that he was merely passing his time away movie-acting until he could return to his old job of selling refrigerators.

 (The Shreveport Times, 20th July, 1944)

No.  343  27th July 1944  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, The Charioteers, Leo “UkieSherin, Marilyn Maxwell and Sonny Tufts.

 

*Swinging On A Star                                                                with The Music Maids & The Charioteers

*It Had To Be You                                                                 

  Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are                             The Charioteers

*Anchors Aweigh (Parody)                                                      with Sonny Tufts & Marilyn Maxwell

*Together                                                                     (a)        with Marilyn Maxwell

*I’ll Be Seeing You

 

Note:

(a)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing a snatch of “You’re The Cream In My Coffee”

 

“Bing Crosby’s show has seldom, if ever, provided a better consecutive twenty minutes than the opening for last week’s summer sign-off (27th).  Nothing dynamic or hysterical about any of it but consistently amusing and good.  Besides, in the middle of it was ‘Crawz’ putting away, ‘It Had To Be You’.  One of those plain but solid little tunes which he has always been smart enough not to tie up too fancy, vocally.  Between John Scott’s flute obbligato and Crosby just ramblin’ along, tendin’ to his mumblin’ it ought to become one of his wax ‘standards’.  For this rendition, unquestionably, rates as an example of Crosby at his best”

(“Variety”  2nd August 1944)

 

(Shortly after this programme was broadcast, Bing flew east to New York and in Mid-August, sailed on a troopship (the ex-luxury liner, “Ile de France”) which was carrying reinforcements to the European Theatre of Operations.  A small USO troupe accompanied him, consisting of, Joe De Rita (Comedian), Gene Darrell (Singer), Darlene Garner (Dancer), Earl Baxter (Accordion) and Buck Harris (Guitar).  He disembarked in Scotland on the 25th August and then to Glasgow railway station where a group of women porters induced him to sing “Where The Blue Of The Night” and “I Belong To Glasgow” after which, to use his own words, “I climbed into a sleeper and knew no more until they hit me with a pot of tea around 7.30 in the morning”.  There followed a crowded itinerary of broadcasts, recordings and visits to hospitals and army camps, both in Britain and France, before Bing returned to the US in early October.)

 

“Bing’s Overseas USO Tour” (Headline)

Dateline Hollywood August 1st - “Bing Crosby is ready to hop overseas on his first USO entertainment tour with thirteen weeks of vacation at his disposal and his inoculation shots completed.  His destination and time of starting are still secret but all the arrangements have been made by the Hollywood Victory Committee.  One reason for the crooner’s delay, in going abroad, is his aversion to air travel.  He has not climbed aboard a plane since Knute Rockne (football coach for Notre Dame) was killed in an air crash, several years ago but recently, he agreed to go anywhere, by any means of transportation.  Another reason was that his vacations were split into short periods.  For the first time in years he has thirteen consecutive weeks off. Actor is due back for his radio show on November 2nd (sic).”

(“Variety” August 2nd 1944)

 

“Sonny Tufts will do five guestings on Kraft Music Hall while Bing is crooning to GI’s in the Pacific (sic).  The Music Maids, five-year fixtures, on the cheese show have been displaced by The Charioteers”

(“Variety” 9th August 1944)

 

“George Murphy follows Sonny Tufts into Kraft Music Hall as compere, for an indefinite span.  El Bingo is due back on November 2nd”

(“Variety” 13th September 1944)

 

“Bing Crosby arrived in Glasgow on Friday 25th August and was met by a crowd of women porters at Glasgow railway station who induced him to sing ‘Where The Blue Of The Night’ and ‘Glasgow Belongs to Me’(sic).  He then climbed into a sleeper and then knew no more ‘until they hit me with a pot of tea, around 7.30 in the morning’”

(“Melody Maker” 2nd September 1944”)

 

“Der Bingle - New Weapon For Allies” (Headline) 

“The Allies opened up on the Nazis with a new secret weapon from London, this week, according to Bob Musel, ‘United Press’ and ‘Variety’ correspondent in London whose story on the weapon broke, Monday.  The new counter attack to the V2 was Der Bingle, sometimes known in the States as Bing Crosby and now, overseas, for morale work.  He talked and sang in a recorded broadcast by an American broadcasting station in Europe, beamed to Germany.  Der Bingle, who, according to Musel, is a great favourite with the Germans, took off first in a snappy chat to the Wehrmacht, astonishing front line observers by using reasonably good German.  Der Bingle who doesn’t speak German was asked to explain how come.  ‘I do it with phonetics’, he said.  Consulting his phonetic chart, according to Musel, Crosby started off with, ‘Hello, German soldiers, here speaks Bing Crosby, I’ve just arrived from America, the country where nobody is afraid of the Gestapo and where everybody has a right to say and write what he thinks’  Rippling through the Teutonic guttural, the Bingo told the Germans about constitutional rights and what Americans fight for, then he signalled his pianist and said, “I didn’t come here to preach, I came to sing a few songs”.  It was beautiful psychological warfare, wrote Musel, a passing typist, asking what was going on in the studios, was told it was Crosby singing to the Nazis, had a different comment.  ‘To the Nazis’, she exclaimed, incredulously, ‘what kind of punishment is that?’”

(“Variety” 6th September 1944)

 

“Crosby And Astaire In New York After Overseas Tour”  (Headline)

“Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire arrived in New York, Sunday 8th, after appearing in England and France with USO Camp Show units.  Crosby spent seven weeks abroad and Astaire, six.  The two stars worked in several shows, together, as well as with other units.  Crosby will leave by train for the coast on Friday 13th

(“Variety” 11th October 1944)

 

No.  344  12th October 1944 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Men, Marilyn Maxwell, Spike Jones and his City Slickers, George Murphy and Bob Hope.

 

  Thou Swell                                                                             George Murphy & Marilyn Maxwell

  Cocktails For Two                                                                 Spike Jones and his City Slickers with The Music Maids & Men

*Swinging On A Star

*White Christmas

 

The show was hosted by George Murphy and Bing made a guest appearance only, his contribution being cut in from New York. It is possible that his songs were pre-recorded. Bing mentions that General Eisenhower would like hominy grits and this produces an avalanche of them and the General has to ask Bing to stop the supplies coming.


George Murphy—later Senator Murphy—also did some pinch-hitting for Crosby. And it was arranged that when Bing came back from Germany, George should turn the show back to him. To make it a real gala we added Bob Hope to the reception committee.

      But Bing’s ship didn’t arrive in New York in time for him to get to Los Angeles for the broadcast, because at that time he did not choose to travel by air. Today he’s as happy in the sky as the Flying Nun. So we put Bing in a studio in New York and had him do the show with George and Bob and Marilyn Maxwell, just as if they were all together. But of course the audience knew that it was actually a very expensive conference call they were tuned in to.

      Part of the script went something like this. George said, “Hey, Bing, guess who’s here to welcome you.”

      “It must be Hope. I can hear him breathing. He gets so eager when near a mike. Better stand back, George, before he goes berserk and claws you.”

      “Well, if it isn’t Der Bingle,” said Hope. “Same old Cros. Jealous of us younger men who can still experience a little passion. I want to tell you, Bing, this is wonderful.”

      “Glad to have me back, huh?”

      “It is so refreshing after working with you all these years to be able to do and not have to look at you.”

      “And that goes double for me, Toboggan Beak. It’s just as I planned it. And if you think it’s easy to talk a ship’s captain into bringing his barge in a day late, forget it.”

(Carroll Carroll, My Life With...)

 

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