1940-1941 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

 

No.  197  14th November 1940     

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, William Frawley, Wingy Manone and Joel McCrea.

 

*That’s For Me                                                           with The Music Maids

*Basin Street Blues                                         (a)         with Connie Boswell

*Trade Winds

  Blueberry Hill                                                              Connie Boswell

*You Are The One

*If I Had My Way                                                        with Connie Boswell & William Frawley

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

*Rhythm On The River                                                  with Wingy Manone (Vocal)

*Only Forever

 

Notes: 

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

 

Connie Boswell’s debut as the ‘resident chanteuse’ on the Music Hall.

 

“Preceded by the usual half-truth, half-publicity reports that the show was going to be ‘different’, Bing Crosby returned last week to the Kraft Music Hall, restoring it to the slickness which in times past, if not in the last months been exemplary.  More music and more singing there may have been but it would take a stop-watch to tell the difference as between music and dialogue, so far as an ear that has not heard the show for a long time was concerned.  Instead of stressing that the show was ‘different’, it might be truer to describe it as ‘better’.  It gave every evidence of being thoughtfully put together entertainment, wherein a master stylist of song was visited by sundry personalities and all of them talked like Carroll Carroll - Connie Boswell talked that way, Wingy Manone talked that way, Bill Frawley was thoroughly Carrollesque.  There were ‘bits’ and ‘fade-ins ’and ‘gags’ and Bob Burns losing his place in the script.  So maybe Bing Crosby did sing a bit more (he should) and Connie Boswell was added to the programme for the series (she’s good) and the press department made the most of it (they would) but actually, the Kraft formula was little changed in basic components.  The show may have been pretty gabby, last year and those responsible may be well advised to guard against this.  The Carroll patter is often sharply witty, usually colourful, Americana that H.L.Mencken should incorporate in his classic works on American ‘slanguage’ but anything so brittle and inventive carries risks, as in fast handball - if you hit and miss you can break your wrist.  A dull stretch of polysyllabic drive would be bad even in a mid-morning ‘sustainer’.  However, this ‘getaway’ broadcast was a model of finesse in script, performance and directorial tempo - It was strictly wonderful - the authority of the star, the embellishments implicit in Miss Boswell’s presence, the adroit bringing in and exploitation of several guest personages, all spelled big time radio.  Especially worthy of recognition and commendation were the easy-going bridges from ‘bit’ to ‘bit’, the effortless introductions of people and ideas, the skillful manipulation of the familiar quick glance values, as between Crosby and Burns, for example, the feathered bird of light persiflage in this nimble game of kilocycle badminton never once hit the boards.  Praise was double merited in this case because it is well known that the full hour variety show is radio’s toughest production assignment and only a hardy few can still stand the pace.  This programme is the unfoldment, the build, the accumulative values of the steady remembrance of the fact that, ‘easy does it’ puts a premium on talent.  No aeroplanes, no diamond rings, no thousand dollar banknotes, not even a free sample of Philadelphia Cream Cheese were given away.  Let all who love entertainment and deplore ‘dish night’ uncover, in reverence, virtuosity in the realm of song and spoof”.

(“Variety” 20th November 1940)

 

(Compiler’s note:  This lengthy review required entry in full as it appears to be one of the most flattering yet read.  I have taken the liberty of adding punctuation and substituting certain words in the text, in order to clarify the intentions. It should be pointed out that ‘dish night’ was not an early satellite system but an advertising promotion to increase cinema attendances (aimed mainly at housewives).  Crockery was given away on a one item per week basis and there are, probably, those who still treasure their ‘Wallace Beery’ plate or ‘Janet Gaynor’ cream jug!)

 

No.  198  21st November 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti, Ogden Nash, The Brewer Kids and Robert Young.

 

*The Ferryboat Serenade                                            with The Music Maids

*A Song Of Old Hawaii

*The Band Played On                                                 with The Music Maids

*Let’s Be Buddies                                          (a)         with Connie Boswell

*Maybe

*Legend Of Old California

 

Note:

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

            (N.B. The item is not mentioned on either the label or the sleeve of this issue)

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

No.  199  28th November 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, The Music Maids, Minerva Pious, Charles Boyer and Tommy Dorsey.

 

*You’ve Got Me This Way                            with The Music Maids

*Do You Know Why?

*Please

*Down Argentina Way

*Only Forever

*Yes, Indeed!                                     (a)        with Connie Boswell & Tommy Dorsey (Trombone)

*Dream Valley

 

Note:

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

 

No.  200  5th December 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Benny Rubin, Cliff Nazarro and Errol Flynn.

 

*The Ferryboat Serenade                                            with The Music Maids

  Remember Me?                                                         Connie Boswell

*Along The Santa Fe Trail                                         

*Precious                                                                     with The Music Maids

*You Are The One

*Let’s Be Buddies                                                       with Connie Boswell

  Hi Ya Toots                                                              Errol Flynn (Vocal)

*Trade Winds

  We Three (My Echo, My Shadow And Me)              Connie Boswell

*I’ll Never Smile Again                                                with The Music Maids

 

No.  201  12th December 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Richard Bonelli, Charles LaVere, Lynne Overman and Preston Sturges (b).

 

*You’ve Got Me This Way                                        with The Music Maids

*Do You Know Why?

*Down Argentina Way                                               with Connie Boswell

*I Know That You Know                              (a)        with The Music Maids

*I’d Know You Anywhere

  Prelude in G Minor                                                   John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra

*A Song Of Old Hawaii

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        It is possible that Preston Sturges withdrew from the show at the last moment.

 

No.  202  19th December 1940   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Allen Jenkins and Donald Crisp.

 

*Adeste Fideles

*Along The Santa Fe Trail

*Along The Way To Waikiki                                      with The Music Maids

*Only Forever

*The Five O’Clock Whistle                                        with Connie Boswell

*Silent Night

 

“NBC’s Nathan Scott has dashed off a ditty for his (part) namesake, John Scott Trotter.  It’s called, ‘The John Scott Trot’ and will be heard on the Kraft Music Hall” 

(“Variety” 18th December 1940)  [See Programme No. 208]

 

No.  203  26th December 1940   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, The Ken Darby Singers, Jose Iturbi and Thomas Mitchell.

 

*You’ve Got Me This Way                                         with The Music Maids

*A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

*Ain’t We Got Fun                                                      with The Music Maids

*Tea For Two                                                             with Connie Boswell

*Ballad For Americans                                                with The Ken Darby Singers

 

No.  204  2nd January 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Frank McHugh, James Hilton and Tommy Harmon.

 

*De Camptown Races                                                  with The Music Maids

*Do I Worry?

*I Don’t Want To Play In Your Yard                            with The Music Maids

*Yes, Indeed!                                                               with Connie Boswell

*Mexicali Rose

*Darling Nellie Gray

 

No.  205  9th January 1941

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Henry Stephenson and Roland Young.

 

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                       with The Music Maids

*Georgia On My Mind

*BallinThe Jack

*Frenesi                                                                       with Connie Boswell

*Song Of The Islands

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                      with The Music Maids

 

No.  206  16th January 1941    

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Benny Rubin, Walter Pidgeon and Duke Ellington.

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                  with The Music Maids

*My Sweetheart’s The Man In The Moon

*Yes, Indeed!                                                             with Connie Boswell

*Do I Worry?

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

*I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

  Amapola                                                                   Connie Boswell

  If We Never Meet Again                                           Connie Boswell

 

No.  207  23rd January 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, James Hilton and Edward Everett Horton.

 

*When The Bloom Is On The Sage                             with The Music Maids

*Georgia On My Mind

*(Alla En) El Rancho Grande                                      with Connie Boswell & Bob Burns

*Aloha Oe

*Frenesi                                                                      with Connie Boswell

*Brahm’s Lullaby      

 

No.  208  30th January 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Leo Diamond, Ogden Nash and Virginia Bruce.

 

*Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two)                           with The Music Maids

*Do I Worry?

*I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

*Ooh! Look At Me Now                                (a)         with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

*Beautiful Dreamer

  The John Scott Trot                                                    John Scott Trotter Orchestra

 

Note:

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

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

 

No.  209  6th February 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, Paul Robeson and Lew Ayres.

 

*Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me                 with The Music Maids

*The Moon Won’t Talk

*Brahm’s Lullaby

*Lazy River

*Let’s Get Away From It All                                      with Connie Boswell

*Song Of The Islands                                                 with The Music Maids

  Amapola                                                                  Connie Boswell

  Silver Threads Among The Gold                               Connie Boswell

 

13th February 1941   -  Bing did not appear in this programme.

 

“Bing Crosby and two of his kids join the rest of the family this week for a vacation in Sun Valley”

(“Variety” 5th February 1941)

 

No.  210  20th February 1941    

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Vincente Gomez, Sabu and George Raft.

 

*When The Bloom Is On The Sage                             with The Music Maids

*Oh! Susannah                                                (a)

  You Walk By                                                            Connie Boswell

*Song Of The Islands                                                  with The Music Maids

  High On A Windy Hill                                               Connie Boswell

*Ooh! Look At Me Now                                            with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*The Moon Won’t Talk


Note:

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

 

No.  211  27th February 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Andy Secrest, The Ink Spots and Fay Bainter.

 

*The Friendly Tavern Polka                                         with The Music Maids

  So You’re The One                                                   Connie Boswell with The Music Maids

*Lazy River

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

*Let’s Get Away From It All                                       with Connie Boswell

*Blue Echoes

*You Ain’t Kidding                                                     with Connie Boswell

*Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair

 

No.  212  6th March 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Thurston Knudson, Augie Goupil, Lionel Barrymore and Eddie Bracken. 

 

*Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me    (a)          with The Music Maids

  Even Steven                                                              Connie Boswell

*You Walk By                                               (b)

*Loch Lomond                                              (c)         with The Music Maids

*Manhattan                                                   (d)          with Connie Boswell

*The Moon Won’t Talk                                 (e)

  Oreilha Orei                                                               Thurston Knudson & Augie Goupil (Drums & Vocal)

  Brazilian Nights                                                          Thurston Knudson & Augie Goupil (Drums)    

  May I Never Love Again                                            Connie Boswell

*Nell And I

 

Notes:

(a)        SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

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

            Biem/Stemra COL009 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Collection”

            Biem Stemra Gold 059 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Gold”

            Deja Vu DVRECD (CD) - “The Bing Crosby Story”

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

            (All as “You Walked By”

(c)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

            Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume One  (As “Loch Lomand”)

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

            Radio Shows”

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

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

            Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume One”

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

            Radio Shows”

(e)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

            Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume One”

 

 “Those Barrymore ‘boys’ appeared on two consecutive NBC programmes, last Thursday night (6th), with Lionel topping John and everyone else on either of the two shows.  Lionel guested for Bing Crosby on the Kraft Music Hall and John was with the Rudy Vallee troupe.  Lionel was in what is known as ‘rare form’.  Called the hardest working member of the Barrymore clan, he said that work was just a nasty habit with him - Ethel was the talented one and as for John - Well, John was the greatest Hamlet of his generation.  He played it in Shakespeare’s home town and the critics abroad said John was the greatest Hamlet they’d ever seen, after that, quipped Lionel, there was nothing more left for John to do and he’s been doing it ever since.  The guester then took a poke at Bob Burns, saying that portraying a character was OK but when it came to being a character, Burns was overdoing it.  Talking about his famous Doctor Kildare characterisation , in films, someone said Barrymore was so perfect, ‘I don’t think of you as an actor’.  Barrymore retorted, ‘Neither do I’- Reading of homespun philosophical poem, ‘Doctor’s Elegy’ was a lulu.  Further interchanges between Barrymore and Burns, again gave the radio comic the worst of it.  ‘There’s something about my songs that stick’, said Burns.  ‘You can speak more plainly than that’, Barrymore countered.  Reminiscing further about John, Lionel also recalled the time that a newspaper critic called the younger brother, ‘a celebrated actor’ and John has been ‘celebrating’ ever since”

 (“Variety” 12th March 1941)

 

 Note - Some ambiguity here - Lionel Barrymore played ‘Doctor Gillespie’ to Lew Ayres ‘Doctor Kildare’.

 

No.  213  13th March 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Fields & Fingerlee, Lou Novikoff and Jackie Cooper.

 

*The Friendly Tavern Polka                                        (a)        with The Music Maids

*Walkin’ By The River

*Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

*Number Ten, Lullaby Lane                                       (b)        with Connie Boswell

*Blue Echoes

*Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair

 

Notes:

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

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

“Softly through the Ozark night, floats the strains of the bazooka, wafted by the favourite son of Arkansas, Bob Burns.  In Hollywood, it sounds like an over-heated steam-pipe, according to the local 47th American Federation of Musicians.  The bazooka is ‘out’ as a musical instrument but its virtuoso is admitted to the Union for $52.50 as a pianist or guitar-strummer but not as ‘a bazookist’.  The Union problem started in New York, where Jim Petrillo stuck up his nose at the bazooka which came from Arkansas and didn’t sound like music in Flatbush where there are no mountains and no strains except the howls of the proletarians, rooting against the ‘Giants’.  The president of the local Union acted as intermediary between the Plumbers and Steamfitters and the Musicians.  Technically, Bob Burns is a musician but his bazooka is something that won’t be recognised except when the Plumbers and Steamfitters hold their annual picnic and don’t care.”

(“Variety” 19th March 1941)

 

No.  214  20th March 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Cliff Nazarro, Edward Arnold and J. Carrol Naish.

 

*The Band Played On                                                         with The Music Maids

  Amapola                                                                          Connie Boswell

*G’bye Now                                                  (a)               with The Music Maids

  The Wearin’ O’ The Green                                               J. Carrol Naish

*Rose Of Tralee

*You Ain’t Kidding                                        (b)                with Connie Boswell

*My Mind’s On You                                      (c)

  Sextet - Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti)                        Cliff Nazarro

  It All Comes Back To Me Now                                        Connie Boswell

  Policinelle (Kreisler)                                                         The John Scott Trotter Orchestra                   

*May I Never Love Again                              (d)

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights” (As “Goodbye Now”)

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

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

            Retrieval CD 79054 “Bing Crosby – Jazz Singer”

(c)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

(d)       Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights” (date shewn as March 6th 1941)

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

27th March 1941 - Don Ameche hosted the programme in Bing’s absence. Guests were George Murphy and Eddie Bracken.

 

No.  215  3rd April 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Rudolph Ganz, Roland Young and Russ Morgan.

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                          (a)        with The Music Maids

*You Walk By

*Nell And I

*Number Ten, Lullaby Lane                                       with Connie Boswell

*Georgia On My Mind

*May I Never Love Again

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

 

No.  216  10th April 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, John O’Hara and Bob Hope.

 

*G’bye Now                                                               with The Music Maids

*Little Annie Rooney                                                   with The Music Maids

*Blue Echoes

*Manhattan                                                                 with Connie Boswell

*My Mind’s On You

*Brahm’s Lullaby

 

No.  217  17th April 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jack Teagarden, Rosemary Lane and Brian Aherne.

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                      with The Music Maids

*Walkin’ By The River

*Rockin’ Chair                                                          with Jack Teagarden (Vocal)

*Darling Nellie Gray

*Everything Happens To Me                                      with Connie Boswell

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night             (a)

*May I Never Love Again

*It Makes No Difference Now

 

Note:  

(a)        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”          

 

No.  218  24th April 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jan Struther, Virginia Bruce, Frank Jenks and Don Ameche.

 

*Keep An Eye On Your Heart                       (a)        with The Music Maids

*It Was Wonderful Then

*Home On The Range                                    (b)

*Number Ten, Lullaby Lane                                       with Connie Boswell

*You And I

*Loch Lomond                                                          with The Music Maids

 

Notes

(a)                CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(b)               Jasmine JASMCD 3557 - “Bing Crosby – Cowboy Country Crosby Style”

 

No.  219  1st May 1941 

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Josephine Tuminia and Pat O’Brien.

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                       with The Music Maids

  Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina                  Connie Boswell

*The Merry, Merry Month Of May (Parody)              with Pat O’Brien & Bob Burns

*It Makes No Difference Now                                   with The Music Maids

  The Things I Love                                                     Connie Boswell

*Everything Happens To Me                                      with Connie Boswell

  Dance Of The Hours (Ponchielli)                               Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night

  Quando Repita In Estasi (Donizetti)                           Josephine Tuminia

  Listen To The Mocking Bird                                      Connie Boswell & Josephine Tuminia

*Long, Long Ago

  Triumphal March from ‘Peter And

                        The Wolf (Prokofiev)                          John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille                                           with The Music Maids

 

No.  220  8th May 1941 

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Alec Templeton, William Frawley and Walter Pidgeon.

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                             with The Music Maids

*It Was Wonderful Then

*Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes                           with Walter Pidgeon

*The Old Oaken Bucket                                              with The Music Maids

*What Do You Hear From Your Heart?                      with Connie Boswell

*Brahm’s Lullaby

 

No.  221  15th May 1941  

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Dolly Lehr and Priscilla Lane.

 

*Why Cry Baby?                                                        with The Music Maids

*These Things You Left Me

*Maria Elena                                                  (a)

*The Hut-Sut Song                                         (b)        with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille

 

Notes:

(a)        See Programme No. 223 Note (f)

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


…He came out wearing henna slacks (he insisted they were henna!) topped by a loose-fitting blouse of blue and beige stripes, with flowers scattered over the whole. Either he IS color-blind, or he has a supreme sense of showmanship; for it was the Bing we’d come to expect, from the way they rib him about his clothes. During the program you have to take your choice—watch the performers, or watch Bing. He’s in action from the moment he arrives on the stage ‘til he leaves. Don’t get me wrong—he doesn’t “hog” the whole show—it’s just that he gets a huge kick out of everything and acts up to it. He has a tremendous amount of personality and you just love watching him—he pantomimes all the time! That first week Priscilla Lane and Jerry Lester were on with him, so Bing was the whole show for me. At the close of the program they announced that the next Thursday would see Kay Kyser, Humphrey Bogart, and a naval hero at KMH. I nearly cried to think I’d miss it…

(Helen Stevens, writing in BINGANG magazine in 1941)

 

No.  222  22nd May 1941 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Kay Kyser and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                       with The Music Maids

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night

*Clementine

*Easy Street                                                    (a)        with Connie Boswell

*Yours                                                                                   

 

Note:

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

 

“Kay Kyser calls on Bing Crosby (May 22nd) which should mean that later, Bing Crosby will call on Kay Kyser

(“Variety” 14th January 1941) 

No trace has been found of this proposed, reciprocal guest shot.


This week Bing wore solid color slacks and shirt, but his antics were in direct contrast to his sober (for him) raiment. Need I say that with that array of stars the station nearly exploded? Humphrey Bogart was awed at the idea of meeting the naval hero, and Kay Kyser and John Scott Trotter have the same alma mater— all of which gave the program a personal touch. Highlight of the evening was when everyone on the stage except the orchestra congaed to a little number John Scott and Kay had tossed off, called I think, “Carolina Conga”. At any rate, it was a tricky number and the whole show just broke up at that point.

      Bing wanders ‘round the stage when he’s not at the mike, and tosses his script to the floor, page by page, as he finishes with it. After the program there is a mad scramble by the audience to retrieve these pages and perhaps have them autographed. Bing always manages to disappear before anyone can nail him down, however.

(Helen Stevens, writing in BINGANG magazine in 1941)

 

No.  223  29th May 1941  (a)   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Frank McHugh, James Hilton and Duke Ellington.      

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                     (b)        with The Music Maids

  The Kerry Dance                                           Connie Boswell

*You’re A Double Lovely (Parody)                 with Frank McHugh & Bob Burns

*It Was Wonderful Then                     (c)

  Stomp Caprice                                              Duke Ellington (Piano) & James H. Clanton Jr. (Bass)

  Frankie And Johnny                                       Duke Ellington (Piano)

*All Through The Night (Welsh Trad)  (b)

*The Hut-Sut Song                             (d)        with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

  The Band Played On                         (e)        Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Maria Elena                                       (f)

  The Things I Love                                         Connie Boswell

*Because Of You                                           with The Music Maids

 

Notes: 

(a)        The complete programme was issued on Spokane 17 - “Bing In The Hall”

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

(c)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

(e)        The dialogue suggests that Bing provides some accompaniment on drums during this item.

(f)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights  (This issue has been placed under the date shewn on the sleeve.  In fact it is not the version that was heard on this show and may be, through want of further evidence, any of the other four occasions on which it was broadcast - Programme Nos.221, 226, 228 or 230)

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

            Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

No.  224  5th June 1941  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester and William Boyd.

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                                          with The Music Maids

  Smile Your Troubles Away                                      Connie Boswell

*Yours

*The Band Played On                                                with The Music Maids

*Yes, Indeed!                                                 (a)       with Connie Boswell

*These Things You Left Me

  Berceuse de Jocelyn (Godard)                                  Connie Boswell (Cello)

  Sailors’ Dance from ‘The Red Poppy’ (Glière)          John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Play, Fiddle, Play                                          (b)

 

Notes:

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

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

“Connie Boswell topped her singing and talking assignments on Kraft Music Hall with a cello solo of a classical number.  Bing Crosby went to some lengths, fore and aft, in emphasising that the cellist was Miss Boswell.  After playing the selection, skilfully, Miss Boswell modestly expressed her hope that top flight cellists throughout the country would overlook her bit or words to that effect”

(“Variety” 11th June 1941)

 

We are advised that Connie Boswell was obliged to join the local Musicians Union to effect this performance.

 

No.  225  12th June 1941  

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Ethel Waters, Donald Crisp and Chester Morris.

 

*Why Cry Baby?                                                        with The Music Maids

  Hand Me Down My Walking Cane                           Connie Boswell

*Because Of You                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

  There’ll Be Some Changes Made                              Ethel Waters

  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child                Ethel Waters

*The Rose Of Tralee

*Everything Happens To Me                          (b)        with Connie Boswell

  William Tell Overture (Rossini)                                  Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Clementine                                                                with The Music Maids

  I Went Out Of My Way                                           Connie Boswell

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille                                           with The Music Maids

 

Note:

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

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

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

“Saw the Bing Crosby programme the other night.  The Groaner was dressed very formally - he was wearing an orange and green lumber-jacket”

(Milton Berle - “Variety” 16th April 1941)

 

No.  226  19th June 1941   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jimmy O’Brien, Gail Patrick and Bert Lahr.

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                                          with The Music Maids

  A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)                               Connie Boswell

*Maria Elena                                                   (a)

  You Must Think                                                        Bob Burns (Bazooka)

  Intermezzo                                                                Connie Boswell

*The Hut-Sut Song                                         (b)        with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*It Makes No Difference Now                                   with Gail Patrick

  I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen                         Jimmy O’Brien

*The Low-Backed Car                                               with Jimmy O’Brien

*Yours                                                            (c)

 

Notes:

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

            See Programme No. 223 Note (f)

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

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

 

26th June  1941 - Bing did not appear in this programme.

 

No.  227  3rd July 1941    

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Capt. Robert L Denig, Marcel Grandjany and Raymond Massey.

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                             with The Music Maids

*These Things You Left Me

*In The Gloaming                                       (a)

*Easy Street                                                                with Connie Boswell

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with The Music Maids

*The Rose Of Tralee


Note:

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

 

No.  228  10th July 1941 

 

With The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester, Wingy Manone and Rita Hayworth.

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                                          with The Music Maids

*I Can’t Remember To Forget

*Sweet And Low                                                       with The Music Maids

*You Are My Sunshine                                              with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*Maria Elena                                                   (a)                   

*The Blues                                                                  with Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester & Wingy Manone

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille                                            with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        See Programme No. 223 Note (f)

 

“With time on his hands after completing his Paramount picture and the race track at Del Mar not opening until the first of next month, Bing Crosby decides to stay on Kraft Music Hall beyond his original summer exit, last week.  He now drops off July 31st for his quarterly loafing spell and through the season, takes five weeks off at his discretion as per contract.  Jerry Lester has been put under a term contract by J. Walter Thompson and becomes a regular on Kraft, filling the slot vacated by Bob Burns who heads his own show for Campbell’s Soup”

(“Variety” 16th July 1941)

 

No.  229  17th July 1941   

 

With The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin, Warner Baxter and Maureen O’Sullivan.

 

*You Talk Too Much                                                 with The Music Maids

*BallinThe Jack

*You’ll Never Remember                                           with The Music Maids

*Yours

*We Go Well Together                                               with Connie Boswell

*You And I

 

No.  230  24th July 1941

 

With The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester, Florence George, Billy Conn and John Garfield.

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                             with The Music Maids

*Old Black Joe

*I Can’t Remember To Forget

*You Are My Sunshine                                               with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids

*Clementine                                                                with The Music Maids

*Maria Elena                                                   (a)

 

Note:

(a)        See Programme No. 223 Note (f)

 

No.  231  31st July 1941 

 

With the Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Jerry Lester, Frank Leahy and Mary Martin.

 

*We Go Well Together                                               with Connie Boswell

*You And I

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with The Music Maids

*You Talk Too Much                                                  with The Music Maids

*Reuben And Rachel                                                   with Mary Martin

*You’ll Never Remember                                            with The Music Maids

 

“Campbell’s Soup has signed Bob Burns for a full series based on his Arkansas Traveller character and is slated to have both dramatic and comedy incidents.  The comedian was given release from his Kraft contract which had six months to go.  It is understood that the deal is for 26 weeks at the same $5000 per week figure that Burns was paid by Kraft.  New series starts on September 19th, probably in the 9.30 spot, Friday nights on CBS formerly occupied by Campbell Playhouse”

(“Variety” 9th July 1941)

 

After an association which had endured for more than five years, this had been the last season for Bob Burns with the Kraft Music Hall.  Here is a quote outlining plans before the above news became official:

 

“Bing Crosby and Bob Burns will take their thirteen week vacation from the Kraft Music Hall (NBC Red Network) on July 11th (sic).  The summer replacement cast will consist of Don Ameche, Connie Boswell., The Music Maids, Ken Carpenter and Johnny Trotter.  Ameche will also replace Crosby on the March 27th broadcast and do 13 (sic) more broadcasts at irregular intervals, during the ensuing year.”

(“Variety” 19th March 1941)

 

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