1941-1942 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra   

Audience share for the season is 21.1, which puts the show in twelfth place in the Hooper ratings. Edgar Bergen is top with 35.2.

 

No.  232  30th October 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Rise Stevens, William Frawley and Warner Baxter .

 

*You Are My Sunshine                                                          with The Music Maids

*Humpty Dumpty Heart

*Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

*Yes, Indeed!                                                                         with Connie Boswell

*The Anniversary Waltz

*You And I

*The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

 

“Bing Crosby, returning to the Kraft Music Hall programme on NBC Red WEAF, last Thursday night (30th), immediately spotlighted a flaw in the show’s present set-up - that is, there isn’t enough use of Crosby.  One of the greatest pop singers of this era, he sang too infrequently on the stanza - particularly as ASCAP tunes have just returned to the networks.  He set the kilocycles pulsating with such ballads as, ‘The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi’ but the dearth of his vocalising was especially, disappointing.  Otherwise, the show was, unmistakably, improved by his return.  The continuity was uneven, however, particularly regarding some laboured puns and gags, as well as that threadbare by-play about the half-hour chain-break, signal chime.  John Scott Trotter’s orchestral contribution was lush and varied”

(“Variety” 5th November 1941)

 

“Connie Boswell is pulling out of the Kraft Music Hall within the next few weeks to make a personal tour of theatres where the pickings are more luscious than on the solo kilocycle job”

“Mary Martin is expected to land the singing assignment after Connie Boswell pulls out for a long theatre tour”

(“Variety” 22nd & 29th October 1941)  (But see note for Programme No. 241!)

 

No.  233  6th November 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Salvatore Baccaloni, Michelle Morgan and Brian Donlevy.

 

*Chattanooga Choo-Choo                                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*Do You Care?

*I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally?

*Tea For Two                                                                          with Connie Boswell

*Shepherd Serenade                                                                with The Music Maids

*Lone Star Trail                                                                       with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

 

No.  234  13th November 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, The Milt Herth Trio, Ruth Hussey and Joe DiMaggio.

 

*B-I-Bi                                                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Why Don’t We Do This More Often                          (b)        with The Music Maids

*It Must Be True                                                                      with The Music Maids

*Basin Street Blues                                                                   with Connie Boswell

*I See A Million People (But All I Can See Is You)                  with The Music Maids

*Who Calls?

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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

 

No.  235  20th November 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, The Hall Johnson Choir, Jinx Falkenburg and Donald Crisp.

 

*Chattanooga Choo-Choo                                                      with The Music Maids

*Be Honest With Me                                                              with The Music Maids

*Any Bonds Today?                                                               with The Music Maids & Donald Crisp

  Nobody’s Sweetheart                                                           Connie Boswell

*Rose O’Day                                                              (a)        with Connie Boswell

*When I Lost You

*Humpty Dumpty Heart

*The Anniversary Waltz

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 18 - “Bing & Connee - On The Air”

 

No.  236  27th November 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Jerry Lester, Wendy Barrie, Hank Bauer, Humphrey Bogart and Wingy Manone.

 

*B-I-Bi                                                                                    with The Music Maids

*Shepherd Serenade                                                                with The Music Maids

*Blues In The Night                                                                  with The Music Maids

*I Want A Girl, Just Like The Girl

                                    (That Married Dear Old Dad)               with The Music Maids

*I See A Million People (But All I Can See Is You)

 

“Humphrey Bogart, Wendy Barrie and Wingy Manone guested on Thursday night (27th) at the Kraft Music Hall.  They all seemed to have fun but most of the entertainment remained in the studio.  Bogart first teamed with Bing Crosby and Jerry Lester in a rather laboured comedy skit and then Miss Barrie and Ken Carpenter joined them for another sketch that had them all giggling but failed to project laughs across the ozone.  Manone played one sizzling trumpet ‘bit’ but became badly tangled, trying to read lines.  John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra supplied excellent musical accompaniment and of course, Crosby’s vocals were ‘sock’ though too infrequent”

 (“Variety” 3rd December 1941)

 

No.  237  4th December 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Victor Borge, Carole Landis and Walter Huston.

 

*The Whistler’s Mother-In-Law                                             with The Music Maids

*The Magic Of Magnolias

*Be Honest With Me                                                              with The Music Maids

*Rose O’Day                                                                          with Connie Boswell

*Mary’s A Grand Old Name

 

“Kraft Music Hall has bolstered its personnel with the addition of Victor Borge, Danish pianist and comedian who has been tagged to a five-year contract”  

(“Variety” 17th December 1941)

 

No.  238  11th December 1941   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Victor Borge, Veronica Lake, Jerry Lester, Robert Coote and Paul Robeson.

 

*Any Bonds Today?                                                                with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*Who Calls?                                                                            with The Music Maids

*Goodbye, Little Darlin’, Goodbye

*The Sweetheart Of Sigma Chi

*Humpty Dumpty Heart

 

No.  239  18th December 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Jerry Lester, Connie Boswell, Victor Borge, The Kraft Choral Club and George Murphy.

 

*Anchors Aweigh

*The Magic Of Magnolias

*The Whistler’s Mother-In-Law                                               with The Music Maids

*Santa Claus Is Coming To Town                                            with George Murphy

*When I Grow Too Old To Dream

*Don’t Let Julia Fool Ya                                                        with Connie Boswell

  Gee, But I Hate To Go Home Alone                                    Connie Boswell

*’Tis Autumn                                                                         with The Music Maids

  Mary’s Lullaby                                                                    The Kraft Choral Club

*Angels Of Mercy

*The Anniversary Waltz

 

No.  240  25th December 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Jerry Lester, Connie Boswell, Victor Borge, Fay Bainter and Frank McHugh.

                                               

*Adeste Fideles                                                                      

  I Can’t Give You Anything But Love                                     Connie Boswell

*Chattanooga Choo-Choo                                                      with The Music Maids

*Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning                          with The Music Maids

*Rose O’Day                                                                          with Connie Boswell

*White Christmas                                                                    with The Music Maids

  When Christmas Is Gone                                                       Connie Boswell

*Shepherd Serenade                                      

*Silent Night

 

(There have always been varying opinions regarding the identities of the songs used on this particular show. It has now been established, beyond reasonable doubt, that the details shown above represent the correct content and running order ot the programme.  The early appearance of “White Christmas” would seem slightly suspect, if it were not for the fact that “Let’s Start the New Year Right” is known to have been featured on the next programme (No. 241).  Irving Berlin left New York for Los Angeles on the 5th November and shooting on ‘Holiday Inn’ began later in the same month.  But it is now considered, that he may have been ‘tinkering’ with the song or an idea for the song some time before this. There is little doubt that this would have been the first airing for this historic song.  Apart from the previously mentioned, “Let’s Start the New Year Right”, no other songs from the film appeared in Kraft programmes until late June 1942 (a month before the premiere) although the picture was sneak previewed in March.)

 

No.  241  1st January 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Dusolina Giannini and Wingy Manone.

 

*Let’s Start The New Year Right                               (a)        with The Music Maids

  It’s A Lovely Day, Tomorrow                                               Mary Martin

*The Whistler’s Mother-In-Law                                             with The Music Maids

*The Magic Of Magnolias

  Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-De-Ay                                                       Mary Martin

*Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie                                              with Mary Martin

*Shepherd Serenade                                                                with The Music Maids

*The White Cliffs Of Dover                                       (b)          with The Music Maids

 

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 6 - “Bing Crosby - Happy Holiday” (See also Programme No. 240 - Note (a))

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

(b)        Spokane 5 - “Der Bingle - Those Great World War II Songs” (Date shewn as December 1 1942)

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

 

(Mary Martin came into the programme as a “regular”, replacing Connie Boswell who had not departed from “The Hall” without some apparent rancour!)

 

(Headline)  “I Was Fired, So Why All The Bunk? Asks Miss Boswell”

“Connie Boswell’s frankness in newspaper interviews during her current theatre tour has disconcerted the advertising executives of the Kraft Cheese Company.  When interviewed on her various stands, Miss Boswell has tagged as ‘silly’, announcements put out by the account that she was on leave of absence from its Bing Crosby programme. ‘I don’t know’, she has retorted, ‘why they put out such stuff.  To put it plainly, I was fired.  They wanted Mary Martin in my place, so they hired her.’”

(“Variety” 18th March 1942)

 

“Victor Borge and Mary Martin, newcomers to the Kraft Music Hall show, already mesh well with Bing Crosby, Jerry Lester and John Trotter.  Presumably, the team play will become even smoother with more broadcasts. Debuting on the series, last week (1st), Miss Martin paired admirably with Crosby in several dialogue comedy ‘bits’ but wasn’t too becomingly presented in her musical numbers.  For instance, her vocal of Irving Berlin’s, ‘Tomorrow Is A Lovely Day’(sic) failed to take advantage of one of the best tunes of the past couple of seasons.  It was given only a single chorus and that too slow for Miss Martin’s style of singing or for the song’s best effect.  In a single, lengthy comedy spot, Borge had clicked with some highly original, colourful material.  It consisted of his explanation and demonstration of his audible punctuation.”

(“Variety” 7th January 1942)

 

Kraft show has undergone some fairly extensive talent changes: Mary Martin has replaced Connie Boswell, who left for a tour of personal appearances; in addition, comedy side has been hypoed by the addition of Victor Borge, Danish comic. It is a tribute to Bing Crosby, program’s highlight, that the Music Hall seems to survive all talent changes—these changes simply pointing up the fact that the show is completely dependent on Crosby.

Debut of Mary Martin was not particularly auspicious. She engaged in comedy sketches and warbled a few tunes. Delivered fairly well—but she is no Connie Boswell and is not likely to fill the gap. Miss Martin did her warbling both solo and in duo with Crosby, her best tune being the oldie Ta-Ra-Ra Boom De-Ay. Even this was somewhat spoiled by an over-elaborate arrangement, part of the tune being done in conga rhythm.

Borge, a regular after a couple of auspicious guest shots, presents a style of comedy new to American listeners. It’s rather intellectual, a bit on the screwball side, and definitely worth while. Borge has been in the country only 10 months, still speaks with an accent, but is very easily understood.  His best bit on Thursday’s show was his delivery of “phonetic pronunciation,” a hot rendition preceded by a pseudo-scholastic explanation.

Rest of the show was par—which is good. Crosby in usual good voice and manner. John Scott Trotter superbly handles the musical direction, and Jerry Lester okay with the gags. Guests were Wingy Manone, who has been a frequent visitor on Kraft lately, and Dusolina Giannini, opera star. They gave out with their diverse talents, Miss Giannini warbling beautifully and Wingy blowing his horn. Best use of the guests, however, was a sketch allegedly tracing the life of Manone. Crosby was narrator for this piece, with Manone chiming in with jive talk. A very clever script.

(Paul Ackerman, The Billboard, 10th January 1942)

           

No.  242  8th January 1942   

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Major John S. Winch and Cesar Romero.

 

*You’re A Grand Old Flag                                                    with The Music Maids

*Goodbye, Little Darlin’, Goodbye

*My Melancholy Baby

*The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid              with Mary Martin & Jerry Lester

*’Tis Autumn                                                                          with The Music Maids

*Day Dreaming

 

No.  243  15th January 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester and Robert Young.

 

*The US Field Artillery March

            (The Caissons Go Rolling Along)

*Blues In The Night                                                                with The Music Maids

*I Know Why (And So Do You)

*Stop Throwing Stones At Nell                                               with Mary Martin and The Music Maids

*Clementine                                                                            with The Music Maids

*The White Cliffs Of Dover

 

No.  244  22nd January 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Major Thomas Power and Lucille Ball.

 

*The Army Air Corps Song                                        (a)        with Chorus

  It’s Delovely                                                                         Mary Martin

*Dreamsville, Ohio                                                                 with The Music Maids

*Day Dreaming

*Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie                                             with Mary Martin

*MacNamara’s Band                                                              with The Music Maids

  Ma Curly Headed Baby                                                        Mary Martin

  Farewell Blues                                                                      John Scott Trotter & the Orchestra

*The Anniversary Waltz

 

Note:

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

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


No.  245  29th January 1942   (a) 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Igor Gorin, Sam Snead and Madeleine Carroll.

 

*The US Field Artillery March

            (The Caissons Go Rolling Along)                                 with Chorus

*Chattanooga Choo-Choo                                                      with The Music Maids & Hal

*Got A Date With An Angel                                     (b)

  You Made Me Love You                                                     Mary Martin

*Deep In The Heart of Texas                                     (c)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  The Blue Danube (Strauss)                                                   Victor Borge (Piano)

*Blues In The Night                                                                with The Music Maids & Hal

*Rose O’Day                                                                         with Mary Martin

  Gypsy Airs                                                                            Igor Gorin (Violin)

  The Pledge To The Flag                                                        Igor Gorin (Violin)

*Home On The Range

*Who Calls?                                                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

 

Notes:

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 11 - “Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall –

29th January 1942”

(b)        A few lines only, by way of introduction to a sketch.

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

Radio Shows”

 

“General Douglas MacArthur’s fighting men asked today for a radio broadcast of ‘Bing Crosby songs’ to divert their thoughts from the pressures of battle.  Colonel William J. Donovan, co-ordinator of information, informed Crosby’s agents that the office of President Roosevelt had received the request from General MacArthur in behalf of his soldiers.  Mr. Crosby said that arrangements would be made to broadcast his regular Thursday night radio programme to Luzon Island.  He would dedicate ‘The Caissons Go Rolling Along’ to the Philippine defenders”

(“New York Times” 25th January 1942)

 

No.  246  5th February 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Lieutenant Harold B. Roberts, Wingy Manone and John Garfield.

 

*The Yankee Doodle Boy                                          (a)        with The Music Maids & Hal

*Dreamsville, Ohio                                                                 with The Music Maids & Hal

*I Don’t Want To Walk Without You                        (a)

*Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine                                      (b)

* My Sunday Gal                                                                    with Wingy Manone

*Jealous                                                                                  with The Music Maids & Hal

*The Anniversary Waltz

 

Note: 

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

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

            (Both shew “The Yankee Doodle Boy” as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”)

(b)        Bing totally loses his place whilst singing this song.

 

12th February 1942}

19th February 1942}            Bing did not appear in either of these two programmes.

 

No.  247  26th February 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Hank Luisetti, Allen Jenkins and Paul Robeson.

 

*The Army Air Corps Song

  Listen To The Mocking Bird                                                      Mary Martin

*Deep In The Heart Of Texas                                      (a)           with The Music Maids & Hal

*The Whistler’s Mother-In-Law                                                  with The Music Maids & Hal

*Rose O’Day                                                                              with Mary Martin

  Balm In Gilead                                                                          Paul Robeson

  It Ain’t Necessarily So                                                              Paul Robeson

*Miss You                                                                                 with The Music Maids & Hal

  Unidentified song                                                                      Mary Martin

  Maple Leaf Rag                                                                        Orchestra

*My Melancholy Baby

 

Note:

(a)        Jasmine CD JASMCD 3558 - “Bing Crosby – Another Ride in Cowboy Country”

 

No.  248  5th March 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Jack Teagarden, Cornelius Warmerdam and Donald Crisp.

 

*Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine                                                  with The Music Maids & Hal

*Blues In The Night                                                               with The Music Maids & Hal

*Day Dreaming                                  

*The Waiter And The Porter And The Upstairs Maid             with Mary Martin & Jack Teagarden

*The White Cliffs Of Dover                                                    with The Music Maids & Hal

*Someday Sweetheart                                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

 

No.  249  12th March 1942  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Mary I. Barber, Wingy Manone and Pat O’Brien.

 

*How About You?                                                                with The Music Maids & Hal

*Dear Old Donegal                                                                with Pat O’Brien

*I Don’t Want To Walk Without You

  Excerpts: Paderewski - Minuet; Rossini -                 }

  William Tell Overture; Strauss - Blue Danube;         }          Victor Borge (Piano)

  Liszt - 2nd Hungarian Rhapsody                              }

  The Saga Of Jenny                                                              Mary Martin

*Darling Nellie Gray

*We’re The Couple In The Castle                  (b)                 with Mary Martin

  That’s A-Plenty                                                                 Wingy Manone (Trumpet)

  Les Filles De Cadiz (The Three Young Fillies)                     Mary Martin

*The Song Of The Quartermaster Corps

  The Anvil Chorus (Verdi)                                                   The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Miss You                                                                          with The Music Maids & Hal

  My Country, ‘Tis Of Thee We Sing                                    Pat O’Brien (Poetry Reading with Orchestral Accompaniment)

 

Notes: 

(a)        A slightly edited version of the programme was issued on Spokane 2 - “Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall - 12th March 1942”  (“How About You?” shewn as “I Like It, How About You”; “Dear Old Donegal” shewn as “MacNamara’s Band” and “The Song Of The Quartermaster Corps” shewn as “We’re The Gang That Feeds The Army”).

(b)        This item is omitted from the above-mentioned issue.          

 

No.  250  19th March 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, Lester V. Barrie, Allen Jenkins and Nigel Bruce.

 

*Deep In The Heart Of Texas                                   (a)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry                     Mary Martin

*Somebody Else Is Taking My Place                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

*Did Your Mother Come From Ireland?

*Rose O’Day                                                                          with Mary Martin

  Summertime                                                                          Mary Martin

  Barcarolle (Offenbach)                                                         Victor Borge (Piano)

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                         (b)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  Triumphal March from ‘Peter And The Wolf’(Prokofiev)      The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*The Anniversary Waltz

 

Notes:

(a)        The arrangement includes a vocal by an unidentified male chorus of “The Eyes Of Texas”

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of “Button Up Your Overcoat” and

“Marie”.

 

No.  251  26th March 1942  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester, John E. ‘Deems’ Reardon, The Ink Spots, Jack Mayhew and Robert Preston.

 

*How About You?                                                                 with The Music Maids & Hal

  Pound The Tables Polka                                                       Mary Martin

*Blues In The Night                                                                with The Music Maids & Hal

  Excerpts: Herbert - Ah! Sweet Mystery Of Life;     }

  Where The Blue Of The Night; Mendelssohn -        }                     

  Spring Song and Wedding March; Cuckoo Song;   }

  Little Gray Home In The West; Beethoven - Minuet}           Victor Borge (Piano)

  In G; Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair; When    }

  Irish Eyes Are Smiling                                              }

  Do I Worry                                                                          The Ink Spots

*I Remember You

*We’re The Couple In The Castle                                           with Mary Martin

*K-K-K-Katy                                                             (b)      with The Music Maids & Hal

  You Made Me Love You                                                     Mary Martin

  Loose Ends (Mayhew)                                                          Jack Mayhew (Saxophone)

  A String Of Pearls (Gray)                                                     The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Miss You

 

Notes:

(a)        An excerpt from the show featuring dialogue only by Bing was issued on Sandy Hook SH2084 and CDSH2084 (CD) - “The Ink Spots On The Air”

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “Somebody Stole My Gal”, “Mickey”, “Oui, Oui, Marie” and “Good Morning, Mr. Zip, Zip, Zip”.

 

“Jerry Lester concluding a year on Kraft and going on tour of theatres.....Mary Martin picked up another 13 weeks on Kraft Music Hall....Victor Borge got an option lift on Kraft”

 (“Variety” 25th March 1942)

 

No.  252  2nd April 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, The Kraft Choral Club, Claude Thornhill and Walter Huston.

 

*The Army Air Corps Song                                                    with Chorus

  Indian Love Call                                                                   Mary Martin

*She’ll Always Remember

  Autumn Nocturne (Myrow)                                                  Claude Thornhill (Piano)

  Stealin’Apples (Razaf/Waller)                                              Claude Thornhill (Piano)

*Moonlight Cocktail

*Easter Parade                                                         (a)

  Pack Up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag

             (And Smile, Smile, Smile)                             (b)        Mary Martin with The Music Maids & Hal

  Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?               The Kraft Choral Club

  As It Began To Dawn (Mason)                                            The Kraft Choral Club

  Espana Rhapsody (Chabrier)                                               The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Sing Me A Song Of The Islands                                           with The Music Maids & Hal

 

Notes:

(a)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing”, “Who’s Afraid Of The Big Bad Wolf?” and “The Last Round-Up”

(b)               The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “I’ve Been Floating Down The Old Green River”, and “M-O-T-H-E-R”


No.  253  9th April 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal,  Mary Martin, Major John L. DeWitt, June Havoc and Walter Pidgeon.

 

*The US Field Artillery March

            (The Caissons Go Rolling Along)                    with The Music Maids & Hal

  Isn’t That Just Like Love                                          Mary Martin

  I Haven’t A Thing To Wear                                      June Havoc

*Skylark

*I Don’t Want To Walk Without You

*Honey, Honey (Bless Your Heart)                            with male quartet

*Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair                           with Walter Pidgeon

  Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)                              Mary Martin with The Music Maids & Hal

*I Remember You

 

No.  254  16th April 1942   (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Sabu, Spike Jones and his City Slickers and Ronald Reagan.

 

*K-K-K-Katy                                                                         with The Music Maids & Hal

  Arthur Murray Taught Me Dancing In A Hurry                        Mary Martin

*Miss You                                                                               with The Music Maids & Hal

*He Comes From Timbukthree                                                with Mary Martin  & The Music Maids

*Make Believe                                                       (b)

*I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time                                with The Music Maids & Hal

  Little Bo-Peep Has Lost Her Jeep                                         Spike Jones & his City Slickers

  Pass The Biscuits, Mirandy                                                    Spike Jones & his City Slickers

*Mary                                                                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

  The Way You Look Tonight                                                  Mary Martin

*Sing Me A Song Of The Islands                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 4 - “Kraft Music Hall - April 16 1942 starring Bing Crosby” (Sleeve shews cast and titles for Programme No. 256.  Actual details appear on sleeve of Spokane 3 - “Kraft Music Hall - April 30 1942 starring Bing Crosby” but “Sing Me A Song Of The Islands” is shewn as “Song Of The Islands”).

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “The Black Bottom”, “Chloe”, “Mississippi Mud” and “My Heart Stood Still”.

 

No.  255  23rd April 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, Jerry Lester and Captain Floyd J. Sweet.

 

*The Marines’ Hymn                                                              with Chorus

  I Dood It                                                                               Mary Martin

*Skylark

*Somebody Else Is Taking My Place                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

*Pretty Baby                                                               (a)

*Lily Of Laguna                                                                      with Mary Martin

  Oh! By Jingo                                                                         Mary Martin

  Lullaby (Henragen)                                                               Victor Borge (Piano)

  Memphis Blues                                                                     The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Just Plain Lonesome

 

Note:

(a)                The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of “They’re Wearing ‘Em Higher In Hawaii”, “Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night” and “Oregon”.

“Among commercially sponsored radio entertainments in the United States, the following are now being short-waved from recordings.  This list of NBC (Red) Commercials (List includes ‘Bing Crosby - Kraft Cheese - Sundays noon’). Programmes are intended to reach American garrisons in foreign areas via WRCA and WNBI owned by RCA”

(“Variety” 29th April 1942)

 

No.  256  30th April 1942  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Mary Martin, Jerry Lester, Victor Borge, Larry Adler, Gene Tunney and Susan Hayward.

 

*Hey, Mabel!                                                                          with The Music Maids & Hal 

  He Comes From Timbukthree                                               Mary Martin & The Music Maids

*Friendship                                                                             with Mary Martin & Susan Hayward

*Mary                                                                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

  The Cuckoo Song                                                                 Victor Borge (Piano)

*Not Mine                                                                   (c)

*I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time                    (d)        with Mary Martin

  Malaguena                                                                              Larry Adler (Harmonica)

  Blues In The Night                                                                  Larry Adler (Harmonica)

*Oh! How I Miss You Tonight                                     (b)

  Embraceable You                                                                  Mary Martin

*I Remember You                                                         (e)

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 3 - “Kraft Music Hall - April 30 1942 starring Bing Crosby” (Sleeve shews cast and titles for Programme No. 254.  Actual details appear on sleeve of Spokane 4 - “Kraft Music Hall - April 16 1942 starring Bing Crosby”

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “Tea For Two”, “All Alone”, “Rose Marie”, “I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally?” and “Yessir! That’s My Baby”.

(c)        Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

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

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

 

7th May 1942             }          Bing did not appear in these two programmes. 

14th May 1942           }         

 

“While Bing Crosby is charity golfing with Bob Hope in the east, brother Bob and his Bobcats will pinch hit on Kraft Music Hall on May 7th and 14th.  If he does a good job of it, orchestra will get the summer hitch, too”

(“Variety” 6th May 1942)

 

No.  257  21st May 1942

 

With Ken Carpenter, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, The Music Maids & Hal, Rear Admiral I.C. Johnson, Virginia Weidler and Carole Landis.

 

*Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree                                           with The Music Maids & Hal

  Three Little Sisters                                                                Mary Martin

*Count Me In                                                             (a)        with Virginia Weidler

*Skylark

*The Lamplighter’s Serenade

*Lily Of Laguna                                                                      with Mary Martin

*Great Day                                                                 (b)        with The Music Maids & Hal

  Night And Day                                                                      The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Miss You

 

Notes:

(a)        This item is the ‘closer’ for a short sketch which opens with Bing singing a snatch of “Got A Date

With An Angel”

(b)        The comedy introduction includes Bing singing snatches of, “There’s Danger In Your Eyes, Cherie” and “Sunny Side Up”

 

‘Bing’s plug for War Bonds was well-phrased and delivered in Crosby language’

(“Variety” 27th May 1942)

 

No.  258  28th May 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, The Music Maids & Hal, David Freeman, Frank McHugh and Ruth Hussey.

 

*The Bombardier Song                                                           with The Music Maids & Hal

  Embraceable You                                                                 Mary Martin

*Mary                                                                                    with The Music Maids & Hal

*Not Mine                                          

*Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                      (a)                    with Mary Martin & The Music Maids & Hal

*Hey, Mabel!                                                                         with Frank McHugh

*You’re A Grand Old Flag                                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

  The Knitting Serenade                                                          Mary Martin

  Jersey Bounce                                                                     The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Johnny Doughboy Found A Rose In Ireland                         with The Music Maids & Hal

 

Note:

(a)        Jasmine CD JASMCD 3558 - “Bing Crosby – Another Ride in Cowboy Country”

 

No.  259  4th June 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, The Music Maids & Hal, Major Marion L. Dawson, Rosemary Lane and John Garfield.

 

*Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree                  (a)                   with The Music Maids & Hal

  Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay                                                                Mary Martin

*Just Plain Lonesome

  Variations on ‘Don’t Sit Under The Apple Tree’                  Victor Borge (Piano)

*Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie                                           with Mary Martin

  Playmates                                                                           Mary Martin & Rosemary Lane

*Mary’s A Grand Old Name

  Ain’t Misbehavin’                                                               Mary Martin with The Music Maids & Hal

  Triumphal March from ‘Aida’(Verdi)                                  The John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Sleepy Lagoon

 

Note:

(a)        Startone ST225 - “Bing And Mary”

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

 

No.  260  11th June 1942  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Mary Martin, Victor Borge, The Music Maids & Hal, Lieutenant Leonard Phillips, Vera Zorina and Thomas Mitchell.

 

*The Bombardier Song                                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

*The Lamplighter’s Serenade

*Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                                               with Mary Martin & The Music Maids

*Talking To The Moon                                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

*Not Mine

 

No.  261  18th June 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids & Hal, Lynne Overman, Linda Darnell and Walt Disney.

 

*Hey, Mabel!                                                                          with The Music Maids & Hal

*Hey, Mabel! (Parody)

*Daddy, Dear Old Daddy

*Not Mine

  Jersey Bounce                                                                       The Music Maids & Hal

*I’m Saving A Dime Out Of Every Dollar

*Love Is A Song

*When My Dreamboat Comes Home                                     with The Music Maids & Hal

*Sleepy Lagoon

 

No.  262  25th June 1942 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Mary Martin, The Music Maids & Hal, Harry James and Fred Astaire.

 

*Song Of Freedom                                                     (a)        with The Music Maids & Hal

*I’ll Capture Your Heart                                                         with Fred Astaire

*Talking To The Moon                                                            with The Music Maids & Hal

*Be Careful, It’s My Heart                

*Jingle, Jangle, Jingle                                                               with Mary Martin & The Music Maids

*Dear Little Boy Of Mine

*A Boy In Khaki, A Girl In Lace

 

Note:

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

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

 

“Plenty Of Plugging For New Paramount Pic - ‘Holiday’ Pet Of The Nets” (Headline)  

With fourteen tunes to play with and play, ‘Holiday (Inn)’can’t miss keeping things cooking on the kilocycles. Kate Smith, last week, sang ‘Be Careful It’s My Heart’, one of the Crosby/Astaire picture’s sock ballads.  The song was heard on all major networks immediately after release.  Tomorrow night, Kraft Music Hall follows through when Bing Crosby has his co-star, Astaire, as guest.  Bing himself will deliver two ‘Holiday Inn’ Tunes, ‘Be Careful’ and ‘Song Of Freedom’ and he and Astaire will duo on the number they sell so well in the picture, ‘I’ll Capture Her Heart Singing’(sic)”

 (“Variety” 24th June 1942)

 

“Bob Crosby will be brother Bing’s pinch hitter on Kraft, this summer.  He stays on just as long as Bing wants to stay away”

 (“Variety” 27th May 1942)

 

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