1937-1938 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

The audience share for the season was 23.1 and again the show was in sixth place overall in the ratings for evening programs. Edgar Bergen’s show takes top place with 39.4.

 

No.  74  7th October 1937       

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Mischa Levitzki, William Gargan and Beatrice Lillie.

 

*It’s The Natural Thing To Do                         (a)        with Bob Burns & The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Remember Me?                                             (b)

*Smiles                                                            (b)

*All You Want To Do Is Dance

*The Moon Got In My Eyes                                      

 

Notes:

(a)                Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”

(b)               JSP1076 - Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”        

            Totem LP1008 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”           

            Spokane 1 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”      

            Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

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

            Radio Shows”

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

“Bing Crosby lifts the Master of Ceremonies burden off Bazooka Burns’ shoulders tonight and indulges in some airy persiflage with Bea Lillie, titled British, funny woman.  Bill Gargan is also heard.  Odd thing about this actor, he’s never been able to find another part like the one in “Animal Kingdom” and as a consequence, never has returned to the popular peak he attained in that excellent show.  Nevertheless, he’s a good actor.  The cultural part of the programme is in the hands of pianist, Mischa Levitzki.  Crosby’s ease of manner, his mellifluous voice and mike poise will make the show easy to the ear, though it may be hoped that he will allow the pianist to perform on the piano and not require him to indulge in other antics.  This seeming lack of respect for concertists is the only sour note of importance that the show has ever struck.”

(“Los Angeles Times” 7th October 1937)

 

“In swell shape, after a thirteen week lay-off, Mr. Bing Crosby returns to his Hollywood Music Hall, tonight, after temporarily relinquishing the directorial reins to Mr. Robin Burns.  Bing’s guest line-up includes that excellent English comedienne, Beatrice Lillie, William Gargan of films and concert pianist, Mischa Levitzki.  You probably haven’t heard Miss Lillie or ‘Auntie Bea’ for years - you’ll still like her!”

(San Francisco Chronicle” 7th October 1937)

 

“The “ribbing battle  of the century” is scheduled for the Music Hall programme over NBC-WSMB at 9 pm when Bing Crosby returns to the air after a three month vacation.  Just to give Bing a roaring welcome, Beatrice Lillie has been booked as guest star and the Crosby-Lillie-Bob Burns-free-for-all which will go under the friendly name of an “interview” should be a high point in radio raillery”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 7th October 1937)

 

No.  75  14th October 1937 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Hope Manning, Betty Furness and Walter Huston.

 

*Smarty (You Know It All)                                       (a)

*Can I Forget You?                                                  (a)

*The Trail Of The Lonesome Pine                              (b)

*Where Or When                                                       (a)

*The One Rose (That’s Left In My Heart)                

 

Notes:

(a)                JSP1076 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”      

            Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

(b)               Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes – 1937” 

 

“Walter Huston, stage and screen lead of ‘Dodsworth’ and Betty Furness, youthful star of the talkies will appear as guests of Bing Crosby on the Music Hall, tonight.  Miss Furness and Huston will be interviewed by Bing, if Bob Burns, the Arkansas philosopher, doesn’t interfere”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 14th October 1937

 

No.  76  21st October 1937 

           

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Edmund Lowe, Mary Carlisle and Connie Boswell..

 

*Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?                          (a)

*That Old Feeling                                                      (b)

*Sweet Little You                                                      (a)

*The Moon Got In My Eyes                                      (a)

*Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)                                 with Connie Boswell

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 (c)

 

Notes:

(a)        JSP1076 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”

Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”

CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

(b)        Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”

(c)        Sung over closing credits.

 

The programme was broadcast from Spokane, Washington where Gonzaga University had conferred, an honorary Doctorate of Philosophy, upon Bing, for his “eminence in the field of entertainment”.  The city also made him honorary Mayor and appointed, Bob Burns, Chief of Police, for that day. 

 

“Bing Crosby plays host to cinema people, Mary Carlisle and Edmund Lowe when he airs the Kraft Music Hall from Spokane, today.  Bing is back at his Alma Mater, Gonzaga University, to get a PhD.  The entire Music Hall crew, together with sweet piping, Connie Boswell who I hope will sing, “Whispers In The Dark” as only Connie can sing it.”

(“Los Angeles Times” 21st October 1937)

 

 (Headline)  “Crosby Gives His All For Gonzaga” - “Twelve years ago, a couple of Gonzaga University kids, tossed their books into a dusty corner, through their belongings into a couple of battered suitcases, tenderly deposited a set of tinny drums into an equally tinny flivver and with a whoop and a holler, set off for Hollywood.  They roared victoriously through the quite streets of Spokane, bid a last silent adieu to college days, bumped onto the highway, set the rudder due south and vowed to carry on.  Carry on, they did.  They rattled into California with their finances low and the gasoline lower.  The drums were sold to pay for enough fuel to carry them to Hollywood.  Finally, they arrived - broke, which is nothing new in Hollywood but enough of this gloom, might as well identify our heroes and ease the suspense.  The names of our two ex-students, in case you haven’t already guessed are, Bing Crosby and Al Rinker.  We’ll let Mr. Rinker pass because we’re concerned at this moment with Mr. Crosby - but in case you’re worrying, Mr. Rinker has a swell job with Columbia in New York and is moderately well into the blue chips.  The tale of Mr. Crosby’s notable departure from Spokane and its Gonzaga University, has its sequel next week, hence the above details.  One week from today, Mr. Crosby, the millionaire, the biggest pal of all the ‘poobahs’, a kid who has changed not at all in twelve eventful years, returns for the first time since 1925 to the campus he deserted.  He returns not alone, not merely to greet a few old friends but to stage a four-day festival for his Alma Mater.  With him will be Bob Burns, Johnny Scott Trotter and his orchestra and a group of cinema celebrities.  Mr. Crosby and his sponsor are footing the sizable bill, in the interest of building up the Gonzaga finances and reaping, of course, a little publicity on the side, to get sordid again.  Next Thursday, Bing and his entourage will pull into the Spokane station and be met, conceivably by the School Band, Glee Club, Officials and a few thousand assorted citizens.  He will be whisked away to the campus where, at a public ceremony, he will be given an M.A. degree in Music (sic).  After the becoming blushes have died away, Mr. Crosby will go into rehearsal and that night his coast to coast Music Hall takes the air from Spokane.  Some stunt, you’ll agree but that’s not all, after the broadcast there’ll be a huge banquet, receipts from which will go to the School Fund.  The following night the Crosby Music Hall cast will re-enact their broadcast for the benefit of ten thousand spectators in the Spokane Armoury, receipts to go into the School Fund.  Saturday night, Bing will be host at a dance at Natatorium Park with Bob Burns entertaining, receipts to go into the School Fund.  It is not difficult to deduce that Bing is giving his all for dear old Gonzaga.  As if all this were not enough, the great-hearted Mr. Crosby will act as judge at a North West Talent Quest Contest being staged by a Spokane theatre when the boy and girl who win will net a trip to Hollywood, at Bing’s expense, for a screen test and Sunday, when Gonzaga plays University of San Francisco (plug) at Spokane, Mr. Crosby will publicly confer upon his Alma Mater’s warriors, a streamlined, rubber tired, water wagon who’s contents will forthwith refresh tired athletes, in the midst of their gridiron warfare.  This then is how the grateful Mr. Crosby is demonstrating his undying devotion to Gonzaga University - now if he’d only contribute a couple of half-backs and a tackle to the football team.....”

(San Francisco Chronicle” 14th October 1937)

 

This honorary degree was to cause problems in the immediate future when Paramount were deciding on a title for Bing’s next picture.  ‘Swing Along Ladies’ was considered inadvisable; “At Your Service” - too colourless and flat and reams of publicity about Crosby being a Doctor of Music (a popular misconception), combined with the fact that he was to play a doctor made the title, ‘Doctor Rhythm’, a natural.   Complications arose when the President of Gonzaga University objected to the use of this title, due to repercussions over the event being received as humorous and not serious.  Bing was not disposed to combat the University on this issue and another title, ‘Come Along Lady’ was suggested.  As we know, time can be a great healer and by the time the film was released in May 1938 the ‘niggles’ had obviously been resolved.

 

No.  77  28th October 1937  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Vina Bovy, Robert Young and Marian Marsh.

 

*Whispers In The Dark                                                (a)

*Josephine                                                                   (b)

*Marie                                                                         (c)

*All You Want To Do Is Dance

*Harbour Lights

 

Notes:

(a)        Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes -

            1937” (Date shewn as 27.10.37)

      JSP1076 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”      

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

            Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall” (Date shewn as 28.10.38)

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

(b)        Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

            JSP1076 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(c)        Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”

            JSP1076 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume One”      

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

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

“Robert Young and Marian Marsh of the films join with the Belgian soprano, Vina Bovy, on Dr. Harry Lillis Crosby’s Music Hall (KPO at 7 pm).  This marks the first Hollywood appearance of Miss Bovy who is starring with the San Francisco Opera Company this season” 

(“San Francisco Chronicle” 28th October 1937)

 

No.  78  4th November 1937  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Giovanni Colonna, Fay Bainter and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

 

*Stop! You’re Breaking My Heart

*I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight

*When You Wore A Tulip                                                    (a)

*The Folks Who Live On The Hill                                         (b)

  You’re My Everything                                                                      Giovanni Colonna

  Night And Day                                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Ebb Tide

 

Notes:

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

            Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 (b)       Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

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

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

“KPO at 7 pm brings Doctor Bingus Crosby, the eminent musician and a guest list including Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Fay Bainter and a tenor named, Giovanni Colonna.  We’ve not heard of Mr. Colonna, either and a rummaging through the files reveals that he is a Crosby discovery.  Seems Doctor Bing heard him singing at Gonzaga University, a couple of weeks ago and immediately signed him, probably demonstrating that the great groaner is seriously accepting his new role as a Doctor of Music (sic).  It is also being bruited about that Doctor Crosby, taking a tip from Rudy Vallee and Eddie Cantor, is about to dabble heavily in this discovery business and future Music Halls will, doubtless bring us all manner of rank unknowns.”

(“San Francisco Chronicle” 4th November 1937)

 

No. 79  11th November 1937 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Olympe Bradna, Rosa Tentoni and Ray Milland.

 

*That Old Feeling

*If It’s The Last Thing I Do                                        (a)

*I Don’t Want To Get Well                                        (a)

*The Moon Got In My Eyes                                       (a)

  Musette’s Waltz                                                                    Rosa Tentoni

*The One Rose (That’s Left In My Heart)

 

Note:

(a)                Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

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

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

“Bing Crosby, Bob Burns and company didn’t have lustrously shining guests on Kraft Phoenix, last Thursday but the regulars on the show were definitely ‘up to snuff’ and snuff from a jewel-decked box.  Ray Milland and Olympe Bradna from films were up for two-way quizzing from Bing and Bobby.  The continuity carvers for the show took fine care of the Messrs. B but overlooked the one-shotters.  There was a faulty note too, when after Crosby repeatedly referred to Miss Bradna by her first name, in advance build up, she marched up to the mike and announced he’d mispronounced her name - An overwhelmingly large slice of the public does too!  Later, Bing’s pronunciation faltered again during the last few times he addressed her.  Third guest was Rosa Tentoni, San Francisco opera oriole who was on near the conclusion and did OK with several selections.  Crosby’s patter and Burns’ bumbling were particularly bright when the twain were twitting each other and one schoolroom farce that the boys did was as aces as anything the Kraft show has offered in a long time, if not ever before.  JST’s 18 piece orchestra was in the groove, all the way.”

(“Variety” 17th November 1937)

 

No.  80  18th November 1937    

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Fay Wray and Alan Mowbray.

 

*Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)

*Roses In December

*There’s A Girl In The Heart Of Maryland                  (a)

*Can I Forget You?                                                    (b)

*Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon

*Ca-Beans, Cab-Bages And Car-Rots                                               with Alan Mowbray

 

Notes:

(a)                Broadway Intermission BR116 - “Crosbyana Volume II - The Fabulous Rice Tapes - 1937”         

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 22”

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

(b)               Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

“Alan Mowbray showed himself to be quite a spoofer possibility for radio when he clowned around, last week with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns. The Englishman carried on some mumbo jumbo idiocy very cutely” 

(“Variety” 24th November 1937)

 

No.  81  25th November 1937

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Margarete Matzenauer (contralto), Isabel Jewell and Chester Morris.

 

*She’s Tall, She’s Tan, She’s Terrific

*I Still Love To Kiss You Goodnight                         (a)

*Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm

*When You Dream About Hawaii                             (a)        with Perry Botkin (Guitar)

*Ebb Tide

 

Note:

a)                  Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”  

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

            CD- JSP 934A – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1932-1937”

 

No.  82  2nd December 1937 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Joseph Knitzer, Barbara Weeks and Edward Arnold. 

 

*Josephine

*Once In A While  (Edwards/Green)                         (a)

*The Lonesome Road                                               (b)

*If It’s The Last Thing I Do                                       (b)

*Harbour Lights

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

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

            Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”  

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

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Harry B. Smith, the Chronicle’s famed sports editor, was listening to a woman radio gossiper from Hollywood, last Sunday.  He was slightly amused - no more, by her colossal ‘scoops’, her ‘inside tips’ on everything in general, her intimate dope on the celebrities that she knew so well.  Just before Harry fell asleep, in the middle of it all, he snapped to attention... The gal was discussing Bing Crosby. Oh! she had the most wonderful story about Bing.  It seems Bing knew of a girl he wanted, to play the lead opposite him in his next picture...trouble was he had never met her.  So, confided the gossiper, very gushingly, she had just learned that the producer of Bing’s next film had arranged for El Crosby and the girl discovery to meet at almost that very moment, over a dinner table, in a swank Hollywood spot.  Harry just yawned and went back to sleep, he knew darned well that Bing was in Sacramento, at the Santa Clara/Gonzaga football game”

 (“San Francisco Chronicle” 2nd December 1937)

 

No.  83  9th December 1937    

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Josephine Tuminia, Verree Teasdale and Adolphe Menjou.

 

*Nice Work If You Can Get It

*Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon

*I’ve Got Rings On My Fingers

*Roses In  December

*When The Organ Played At Twilight

*Down By The Old Mill Stream                                            with Verree Teasdale

 

 

“Bing Crosby’s Music Hall which I like so much because of poise, ease, informal charm and absence of meaningless applause presents Mr. & Mrs. Adolphe Menjou as honoured guests.  Sartorially resplendent, Adolphe and his wife, Verree Teasdale, are natives of Washington and will reminisce about the Pacific North West with Doctor Crosby.  Josephine Tuminia, operatic soprano, makes another Music Hall appearance as does Bazooka Burns, the excellent Paul Taylor Chorus, John Trotter’s Orchestra and the piece de resistance of the programme, Ken Carpenter, announcer and ‘Chamberlain of the Chimes’”

 (“Los Angeles Times” 9th December 1937)

 

No.  84  16th December 1937                      

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Simon Barere, Anne Shirley and Ralph Bellamy.

 

*Sweet Stranger                                                        (a)

*Swingin’ Down The Lane                                         (a)

*When You Dream About Hawaii    

*Once In A While  (Edwards/Green)

*There’s A Goldmine In The Sky                                           with The Paul Taylor Choristers 

  Home On The Range                                                           Ralph Bellamy with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”           

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

            (“Sweet Stranger” shewn as “Sweet Ranger” on last named issue)

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Ralph Bellamy was in the groove on the Bing Crosby/Bob Burns’ show last Thursday and benefited from a good script and careful handling.  Latest Bellamy labour before the camera was in the comedy, ‘The Awful Truth’, in which he played an oil-rich, loam lovin’ Oklahoman.  Matching up this character with that Apple of Arkansas, Bob Burns, was a good stunt and produced some rich strikes of comedy.  Crosby paced the boys well and kept them from exchanging blows over the merits of the two states.  Born and reared in the heart of Chicago, Bellamy did a good Oklahoman.  The wind-up was swell with Bellamy mooing ‘Home On The Range’ as he did in the picture, accompanied by Burns’ bazooka.  It was real corn and real comedy”.

(“Variety” 22nd December 1937)

 

“Bing Crosby brings cinema people, Ralph Bellamy and Anne Shirley to the mike, concert pianist Simon Barere and the regular Music Hall company.  Crosby can still out-sing his contemporaries and this is the only variety show I have heard that moves with a quiet, graceful ease that does not deprive the show of life and laughter” 

(“Los Angeles Times” 16th December 1937)

 

No.  85  23rd December 1937   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choir, The Kraft Choral Society, Madge Evans and Basil Rathbone.

*Adeste Fideles

*She’s Tall, She’s Tan, She’s Terrific                         (a)

*An Old Flame Never Dies

*Pennies From Heaven

*Silent Night

 

Note:

a)                 Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            SP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Big doin’s in the Music Hall, tonight with Doctor Bing Crosby and his guests, Madge Evans and Basil Rathbone of the films and a ninety voice choir, as highlights of what is always, to these ears, a swell show.  Paul Taylor Chorus and John Trotter Orchestra make the music from this end with large choir of sponsor’s employees appearing from Chicago. Amusing to note on this show is that the striking of hammer on metal, is raising Ken Carpenter to fame”.

(“Los Angeles Times” 23rd December 1937)

 

No.  86  30th December 1937 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Jose Iturbi, Louis Armstrong and Connie Boswell.

 

*Once In A While  (Edwards/Green)                         (a)

*Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

*Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (Parody)                                                     with Bob Burns

*Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)

*It Must Be True

*There’s A Goldmine In The Sky                                                       with The Paul Taylor Choristers 

  Kitten On The Keys (Confrey)                                                         Jose Iturbi (Piano)

 

Notes: 

(a)                Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

Both the LP issues named at Note (a) include a track which features Bing, laughingly, “ad-libbing” his way through a version of “That Old Feeling”.  The Spokane issue shews the date as 30.12.37, whereas the JSP issue offers the date 6.1.38.  Possibly, the time might be fixed between the two.  There is a strong atmosphere of an after-show “get together”. Connie Boswell, Bob Burns, Ken Carpenter and John Scott Trotter, are all heard.  There is no firm evidence that the song was broadcast on either Programme No. 86 or No. 87 and the “off the cuff” presentation, together with Bing’s joking (but slightly suggestive) remark to Connie Boswell, “Where’s the arrangement - Up to your apartment?”, casts doubts as to whether this item was ever aired.

 

“Bing Crosby tops off the year with lovely voiced Connie Boswell, screaming trumpeteer Louis Armstrong and pianist, Jose Iturbi.  I wonder if this latter gentleman is still of the opinion, ‘there is good American music but all this “I Love You” stuff is just trashy cheap music’” 

(“Los Angeles Times” 30th December 1937)

 

No.  87  6th January 1938     

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Toscha Seidel, Sterling Holloway and Constance Bennett.

 

*Rosalie

*Remember Me?                                                         (a)        with Constance Bennett

*You’re A Sweetheart                                                 (b)

*Meet Me Tonight In Dreamland

*An Old Flame Never Dies

*When The Organ Played “O Promise Me”

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1084 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 2”

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”          

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Bing’s Music Hall (KFI 7 pm) begins the New Year with Constance Bennett and Sterling Holloway of the films and pianist, Toscha Seidel, as his guests. It is devoutly hoped, at least by this writer that Mr. Crosby will not repeat the prank pianist guest fiasco offered, last week when Jose Iturbi, a really masterly artist, only played two tiny compositions, so simple that a child could handle them adequately.  It really isn’t right to dangle a classic name in front of the listener and then patronise him by having the name ‘play down’ to him.  Otherwise, this is a top flight programme, week after week”.

(“Los Angeles Times” 6th January 1938)

Constance Bennett, movie personality, will swap badinage with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns on the “Music Hall Program” over the NBC-Red network tonight. Burns has prepared a special questionnaire with which he hopes to embarrass Connie into playing a duet on the bazooka. The program will be heard at 9 o'clock.
(The Daily Iowan, January 6, 1938)

 

No.  88  13th January 1938 

 With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Joe Venuti, Ida Lupino and Douglas Fairbanks Jnr.

 

*Birth Of The Blues                                                   (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*This Is My Night To Dream                                     (a)

*My Heart Is Taking Lessons

*Blossoms On Broadway

*Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3” (date shewn as 6.1.38)

      JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

      TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

      CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”               

 

“Assuming you are still tuned in to KFI, Bing Crosby and his Music Hall will greet your ears at 7 pm.  If you could get a dime for every con-Crosby imitator, I’d give you a hundred dollars for everyone who can sing like this great American voice.  He’ll give out solo and with the Paul Taylor Choristers and Johnny Trotter’s music men, some very fancy vocalising.  Bob Burns as usual and three visiting firemen, Ida Lupino and Douglas Fairbanks Jr from the pictures and fiddlist, Giuseppe Venutski known in less select circles as, Joe Venuti.  Some show, I’d say and praise Allah there’ll be none of that offensive finger-flogging on Mr. Crosby’s ether effort”.

(“Los Angeles Times” 13th January 1938)

 

No.  89  20th January 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Rose Bampton, Frank McHugh, Joan Fontaine and Chester Morris.

 

*Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen

*On The Sentimental Side                                          (a)

*Pale Venetian Moon                                                 (b)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*You’re A Sweetheart                                               (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*There’s A Goldmine In The Sky

 

Note:  

(a)        Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”            T

RM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)        Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall” (as “Neath A Pale Venetian Moon”)

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

No.  90  27th January 1938             

 

With Bob Burns, Jan Smeterlin, Gregory LaCava and Madeleine Carroll.

 

*Show Me The Way To Go Home                                         (a)

*You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart                      (a)

*Rosalie                                                                                 (a)

*This Is My Night To Dream

*When The Organ Played “O Promise Me”

 

Note:  

(a)        Spokane 24 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 3”      

      JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

      CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

No.  91  3rd February 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Ethel Bartlett & Rae Robinson, Wayne Morris and Spring Byington.

 

*The Dipsy Doodle                                                     (a)

*On The Sentimental Side                                           (b)

*Moonlight Bay                                                           (c)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*I See Your Face Before Me                                      (b)

*The Moon Of Manakoora                                         (d)       with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4” (as “The Dipsey Doodle”)

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            Grappenhauser GRAP1001 - “Music! Music! Music!” (as “Dipsey Doodle”)          

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”                  

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(c)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(d)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”

 

“Bing Crosby plays host to Wayne Morris, Spring Byington of the films and husband and wife, piano duo, Ethel Bartlett and Rae Robertson.  The jocular Mr. Burns continues his bucolic chatter.  John Scott Trotter’s music and Ken Carpenter complete the cast”

(“Los Angeles Times” 3rd February 1938)

 

No.  92  10th February 1938 

 

With The Paul Taylor Choristers, Gertrude Wettergren, Brian Aherne and Beverly Roberts.

 

*Gypsy Love Song (Slumber On My Little

                        My Little Gypsy Sweetheart)             (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Thanks For The Memory                                        (b)

*My Heart Is Taking Lessons

*You Took The Words Right Out Of My Heart        (c)

*Sail Along, Silv’ry Moon

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

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

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”          

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

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

 

 Bing Crosby Music Hall (KFI  7 pm)  Brian Aherne and Beverly Roberts of the films, Swedish contralto Gertrude Wettergren, the pleasant patter and singing of Bing and the amusing Bob Burns” 

(“Los Angeles Times” 10th February 1938”)

 

“When Mr. Crosby launched his casual attack on radio’s heights, the wise ones weren’t slow in assuring all who would listen that the Bingo was all wrong, couldn’t last.  Fans, they said wanted to be impressed by the haughty superiority of radio’s noblemen.  If a star sounded genuinely folksyish, to use a rather coy term, diallers would feel a familiarity akin to contempt.  Well, Mr. Crosby continued to do all right as far as the listeners were concerned and quite naturally, his success inspired his contemporaries to follow suit.  What these impressionable gentlemen failed to consider is the fact that Mr. Crosby isn’t kidding; he sounds casual because he is casual.  In other words his microphone chatter is exactly the same as his non-microphone spiel.  Anyway, as a result of all these attempts to sound natural, Mr. Crosby is getting bigger and bigger, merely because there is only one Crosby - the rest of the yawn talkers are merely making themselves ridiculous in degrees, ranging from slight to overwhelming”

(“San Francisco Chronicle” 15th February 1938)

 

No.  93  17th February 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Grischa Gulahoff, Heather Angel and Randolph Scott.

 

*Gypsy In My Soul                                                    (a)

*You’re A Sweetheart                                               (b)

*My Heart Stood Still                                                (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*I See Your Face Before Me

*The Moon Of Manakoora

*A-Hunting We Will Go (Parody)                                         with Randolph Scott & Bob Burns 

  Hungarian Dance No. 1 (Brahms)                                        Grischa Gulahoff (Violin)

  La Jota                                                                                Grischa Gulahoff (Violin)

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Bing Crosby, KFI  , welcomes Randolph Scott and Heather Angel of the films, violinist Grischa Gulahoff, Ken ‘Chiming Charlie’ Carpenter, John Trotter’s Band and the Paul Taylor Chorus, then of course, the twangy, dry-witted observations of Van Buren’s Number One boy, Robin Burns, who turned in such an elegant job in “Wells Fargo” - of course, you saw the picture!”(“Los Angeles Times 17th February 1938)“Bing Crosby/Bob Burns’ cheese-hawking chapter for Kraft last Thursday had to wrestle for favour with some average guest help.  Heather Angel rambled rather vaguely about her British legit background.  It wasn’t funny nor very interesting.  Both Crosby and Burns seemed unable to draw her out. Grischa Gulahoff, fourteen year old, young classic fiddler, gut-grated a piece by Brahms and a high noted Spanish shortie at the programme’s end - Pretty limp! Randolph Scott came closest to scoring when he chatted with his two hosts on the show about the fox-hunting, in Virginia, in describing how Jock Whitney and his neighbours dress up to chase that rascal Reynard with hound and horn. The sallies of Burns and Crosby made it pretty good going.  Unfortunately, Scott didn’t have a script to point up his personality.  Burns’ description of how they hunt in the Ozarks was bristling with laugh levying lines.  Crosby clung to the pop song category for his vocals which is always his best element unless he can scare up a rare novelty.  Among them were, ‘Gypsy In Me’(sic); ‘Heart Stood Still’(sic) and ‘You’re Sweetheart’(sic).John Scott’s eighteen windjammers were in the background throughout, having less chance of mike fronting than usual”.

(“Variety” 23rd February 1938)

 

No.  94  24th February 1938   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Margot Grahame and Lotte Lehmann.

 

*Side By Side                                                             (a)

*An Old Flame Never Dies                                         (b)

*The Dipsy Doodle

*This Is My Night To Dream

*There’s A Goldmine In The Sky                                           with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”           

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

            CD- JSP 934B – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1937-1938”

 

“Informality, ease and entertainment - Bing Crosby at 7 pm.  Filmdom’s Margot Grahame and the Metropolitan Opera’s Lotte Lehmann are guests of the cheese salesman and Bazooka Bob Burns”

(“Los Angeles Times” 24th February 1938)

 

(The name of Margot Grahame may not be familiar to some.  A British actress of stage and screen experience who sought Hollywood in the 1930’s, appearing in films until the late Fifties.  Possibly, most remembered for playing opposite Victor McLaglen in his Oscar winning role, in John Ford’s “The Informer”)

 

No.  95  3rd March 1938      

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, The Foursome, Mischa Auer and Maureen O’Sullivan.

 

*Gypsy In My Soul                                                    (a)

*My Sweet Baby                                                                    with Mischa Auer & Bob Burns

*On The Sentimental Side

 Give My Regards To Broadway                                            Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Till We Meet Again                                                  (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Thanks For The Memory                                         (a)

*If You’re Irish, Come Into The Parlour                                  with Maureen O’Sullivan

  Whistle While You Work                                                      The Foursome (Vocal & Ocarinas) 

  Heigh Ho!                                                                             The Foursome (Vocal & Ocarinas) 

  Sweet Georgia Brown                                                           The Foursome (Vocal & Ocarinas)

  Fascinatin’Fakir                                                                    John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Let’s Waltz For Old Time’s Sake                                         with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Note:

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

            Nostalgia LPF2014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume One”

 

“....following comes Bing and his galaxy of entertainers.  Included are Mischa Auer, Russian born film comedian, Maureen O’Sullivan, one of Hollywood’s Irish importations, (very lovely to look at) and The Foursome, a group of boys who play ocarinas.  Of course, there is the cast of regulars, including Bob Burns, John Scott Trotter’s music and Paul Taylor’s Chorus together with bell-ringing announcer, Ken Carpenter - enough names and entertainment to last a month” 

(“Los Angeles Times” 3rd March 1938)

 

No.  96  10th March 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Moriz Rosenthal, David Niven & Miriam Hopkins.

 

*In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree

*I See Your Face before Me

*Sympathy                                                                 (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*My Heart Is Taking Lessons                                     (b)

*Down Where The Trade Winds Blow                       (c)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            JSP1104 - “Bing Crosby In The Thirties - Volume 3”

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

            Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

“Guest stars on the Music Hall programme over NBC-WSMB at 9 pm will include, Miriam Hopkins and David Niven of the screen and the distinguished pianist, Moriz Rosenthal”

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

 

It will give some indication that Bob Burns enjoyed equal footing with Bing on the Music Hall and should not be regarded as simply, a ‘stooge’, when it is realised that, immediately after the show, he would have had to dash to The Biltmore Hotel to act as Master of Ceremonies for the 10th Academy Awards, due to commence at 8.15 pm. This was the occasion when “Sweet Leilani” received the Oscar for best song. The presentation banquet had been delayed for one week due to major rain and floods which had inundated Los Angeles.  Reference is made to these weather conditions by Ken Carpenter in his opening announcements for Programme No. 95. 

 

No.  97  17th March 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Gaspar Cassedo, Francisca Gaal and Pat O’Brien.

 

*Whistle While You Work                                         (a)

*Let’s Waltz For Old Time’s Sake                             (b)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*That Tumbledown Shack In Athlone

*It’s Wonderful

*Sweet Leilani

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”     

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

            Radio Shows”

(b)               Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”

           

“Bing Crosby presents Pat O’Brien, cute Dutch (sic) cinema actress, Francisca Gaal, Cellist Gaspar Cassedo and the redoubtable Bob Burns - This show hasn’t a great deal of opposition!”

(“Los Angeles Times” 17th March 1938)

 

(Francisca Gaal was actually, Hungarian.  She will probably, be best known to those reading this script, as the girl Bing ‘gets’ in “Paris Honeymoon”. She was a most popular cabaret, stage and screen performer in Central Europe, between the wars.  Returning to Budapest in 1940, on a visit to her mother, she found herself trapped there for the rest of the War.)

 

No.  98  24th March 1938     

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Dorothy Mackaill, Mischa Levitzki and George Brent.

 

*Gypsy In My Soul                                                            (a)

*I’d Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You)       (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*The Moon Of Manakoora                                                (a)

*In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree

*I Simply Adore You                                                         (b)

 

Notes:

(a)             Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”

(b)               Spokane 1 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”      

            Spokane 25 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 4”      

            Totem LP1008 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”

 

No.  99  31st March 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Marion Claire, Anna May Wong and Warren William.

 

*Ti-Pi-Tin                                                                    (a)

*On The Sentimental Side                                            (b)

*Mexicali Rose                                                            (c)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Sweet As A Song                                                      (d)

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                    (c)

*Blow The Man Down                                                             with Warren William

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two”  (as “Tip-I-Tip-I-Tin”)          

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

(b)               Spokane 1 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”      

            Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            Totem LP1008 - “Bing Crosby - On The Air”

(c)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”     

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

            Radio Shows”

(d)               Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”

 

No.  100  7th April 1938  

 

With Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Rudolph Ganz, Gail Patrick and Edmund Lowe.

 

*My Heart Is Taking Lessons                                     (a)

*I Can Dream Can’t I                                                 (a)  (b)      with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Don’t Be That Way                                                  (a)

*I Simply Adore You

*Darling Nellie Gray

 

Note:

(a)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”

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


 

“Bing Crosby’s show over WEAF last Thursday night had Gail Patrick and Edmund Lowe as guesters but they weren’t at the mike together.  Part of the appeal of the Crosby show is its informality with the star and Bob Burns apt to uncork some pretty funny stuff, on short notice.  Nevertheless, that very informality sometimes dampens the powder which is just what it did for Miss Patrick and Lowe.  The session sounded as though neither one of them knew exactly what was expected.  Lowe and Crosby exchanged a flock of insults against each others tennis ability and kept referring to the recent Spokane trip but the bit was never quite tied up and the loose ends tangled up the kilocycles.  Miss Patrick’s stint was, apparently supposed to reveal her passion for collecting copper and uncovered some wacky gags- again, it didn’t quite jell.  In the case of  Rudolph Ganz, guest pianist, his ivory-massaging was skillful and to the point.  So, the clowning served to set it off a trifle but for the two, star visitors - not so good.  There is always a danger that informality will lapse into a suggestion of slovenly programming.”

 (“Variety” 13th April 1938)

 

And short but sweet! - “Note that while Bing Crosby is a bit wordy, at least his material fits him like a glove”

Los Angeles Times” 8th April 1938)

 

No.  101  14th April 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers and the Kraft Choral Society.

 

*Ti-Pi-Tin

*Sweet As A Song

*Down Where The Trade Winds Blow                                              with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

“A chorus of eight Chicago office helpers, truck drivers and factory workers will guest star by remote pick-up, with Ralph Bellamy and Sally Eilers of movie fame, (see Programme No. 102) during Bing Crosby’s Music Hall broadcast at 9 pm over NBC-WSMB” (“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 14th April 1938)

 

(On paper, the show looks rather odd with only three songs from Bing and although this would not be without precedent.   The explanation being that the programme was reduced to a half-hour running time, to make way for a 45 minute speech from the White House, by President Roosevelt on the subject, “Relief And Other Important Matters”.)

 

No.  102  21st April 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Percy Grainger, Sally Eilers and Ralph Bellamy.

 

*You Couldn’t Be Cuter

*Love Is Here To Stay

*Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

*One Song                                                                              with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Ralph Bellamy and Sally Eilers who were scheduled to appear with Bing Crosby on his Music Hall programme of April 14th but who had to postpone their visit because of President Roosevelt’s ‘fireside chat’ will be joined by Percy Grainger, internationally famous pianist and composer during the Music Hall broadcast at 9 pm over NBC-WSMB”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 21st April 1938)

 

No.  103  28th April 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Georges Barrere, Roland Young and Binnie Barnes.

 

*Hometown                                                                (a)

*Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon                           (b)

*Don’t Be That Way

*It’s Wonderful

*Love Walked In                                                        (c)

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”          

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)        Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

                Bing Crosby Enterprises CD: "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook"

(c)        Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”  (Shewn as “Love Walked Right In”)

 

No.  104  5th May 1938 

 

With The Paul Taylor Choristers, Walter Huston, Beulah Bondi and Alec Templeton.

 

*One Song                                                                  (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*My Heart is Taking Lessons

*Love Is Here To Stay

*At A Perfume Counter (On The Rue De La Paix)

*Row, Row, Row Your Boat

 

Notes:

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

            Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5” (Date shewn as 6.5.38)

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

“Guests on Bing Crosby’s Kraft Music Hall programme over NBC-WSMB at 8 pm will be Walter Huston, noted actor, Alec Templeton, blind pianist and Beulah Bondi, motion picture actress.  Bing will try some new hit tunes and Bob Burns will drawl out an interview with Huston” 

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 5th May 1938)

 

No.  105  12th May 1938

  

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Isabel Jewell, Toscha Seidel and Basil Rathbone.

 

*Sissy

*Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

*On The Sentimental Side

*Two Bouquets

*Love Walked In

 

Bing Crosby and Bob Burns on the Kraft Music Hall programme, 8 pm over NBC-WSMB will have as guest, Basil Rathbone and Isabel Jewell, cinema people and Toscha Seidel of the long-haired concert circuit.  As usual, the Paul Taylor Chorus and Johnny Scott Trotter’s Orchestra will perform”   (“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 12th May 1938)

 

No.  106  19th May 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Adrienne Ames, Rose Bampton and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*You Couldn’t Be Cuter                                                      (a)

*At A Perfume Counter (On The Rue De La Paix)               (a)

*At A Perfume Counter (Parody)                                                      with Bob Burns

*Hello, Hawaii                                                                                   with Humphrey Bogart

*I’ve Been Floating Down The Old Green River                   (a)

*Let Me Whisper “I Love You”

  Vissi D’Arte - Tosca (Puccini)                                                          Rose Bampton

  Stars In My Eyes                                                                              Rose Bampton w Paul Taylor Choristers

*The Dipsy Doodle                                                               (b)}       with Rose Bampton  

  I Dreamt That I Dwelt In Marble Halls                                    }

*Lovelight In The Starlight                                                    (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

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

            Nostalgia LPF22014 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats”

(b)               Bing sings this as a contrapuntal accompaniment, dueting with Rose Bampton.

 

No.  107  26th May 1938     

 

With Ken Carpenter, Edward Everett Horton, Miriam Hopkins and Alec Templeton.

 

*Hometown

*Two Bouquets

*It’s The Dreamer In Me

*Hail, KMH!                                                               (a)        with Ken Carpenter

*Sailing Down The Chesapeake Bay

*When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

 

Note:

(a)                Limited Edition Club JGB1004 - “Through The Years - Volume 2”

 

This song, purported, in the dialogue, to have been written by Ken Carpenter, was, in fact written by John Scott Trotter and Carroll Carroll. In later years, when the ASCAP strike prevented the use of “Where The Blue Of The Night” as the theme song, John Scott Trotter made a soaring arrangement of the tune, as a substitute.

 

“On Thursday (26th May), Bing Crosby announced over the air that Bob Burns, absent from the Kraft Music Hall, was “away fishing” but Buffalo knew better.  He was in a suite at the Statler Hotel with Mrs. Burns, listening to the sacred hour - the Kraft programme on NBC Red.  Burns said that he had planned to stay several days in New York but was so beset by people that he decided to slip quietly away.  He flew here to show his wife Niagara Falls which she had never seen.  ‘Sounds kinda corny to say people bother you’, said Burns, ‘if they didn’t you’d know you were slipping but I am supposed to be resting up, so I can take over the Hall when Bing goes away and I’ve got to find a hole I can crawl into’”

(“Variety” 1st June 1938)      

 

No.  108  2nd June 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Grete Stueckgold, Mary Astor and Joel McCrea.

 

*Sissy

*Cuddle Up A Little Closer                                       (a)

*Let Me Whisper “I Love You”

*Don’t Be That Way

*Little Lady Make-Believe                                         (a)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            TRM20029 - “Radio Memories Of Bing Crosby”

 

No.  109  9th June 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers,  Efrem Zimbalist, Claude Rains and Gladys George.

 

*Says My Heart                                                          (a) 

  Reading from “Julius Caesar”                                                           Claude Rains

*The Girl In The Bonnet Of Blue

*All The World Will Be Jealous Of Me

  Hail, KMH! (Parody)                                                                        Ken Carpenter

*It’s The Dreamer In Me

*I Can’t Escape From You  (Parody)                                                 with Gladys George 

  Prayer (Handel)                                                                                Efrem Zimbalist (Violin)

  Impromptu (Aulin)                                                                            Efrem Zimbalist (Violin)

*Lovelight In The Starlight                                                                  with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Note:

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

 

“Bob Burns comes back to the Music Hall after a two week vacation and Bing Crosby will have Claude Rains, Gladys George and Efrem Zimbalist on hand as guest stars to form a welcoming committee for the first citizen of Van Buren.  The programme will be heard over NBC-WSMB at 8 pm” 

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 9th June 1938)

 

No.  110  16th June 1938 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Constance Gifford, Akim Tamiroff, Wesley Ruggles and

Edna May Oliver.

 

*Stop And Reconsider                                               (a)

*Lost And Found                                                       (b)

*I Wonder What’s Become Of Sally?                         (b)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Gypsy In My Soul                                                    (b)

*When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 14 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume Two”  CP1 - “Bouncing  With Bing”

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

 

“Akim Tamiroff, Wesley Ruggles, Edna May Oliver and Clemence (sic) Gifford will join Bing Crosby and Bob Burns on the Music Hall programme at 8 pm and will submit to one of those lively interviews from the Master’s of the Hall”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 16th June 1938)

 

No.  111  23rd June 1938   

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Simone Simon, Roscoe Karns and Alec Templeton.

 

*Says My Heart                                                           (a)

*I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart                             (a)

*(He’d Have To Get Under) Get Out And Get Under   (b)

*Honeysuckle Rose                                                      (c)        with Alec Templeton (Piano)

*Two Bouquets

*Little Lady Make-Believe                                                        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

            Limited Edition Club JGB1003 - “Around The Hall - Volume Two” (N.B. The date on both issues is shewn as June 16, 1938.   However, other information suggests the date may be June 23 1938.  It is improbable that this item was sung in consecutive programmes and the latter has been preferred).

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

            Spokane 14 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 2”

 

“Roscoe Karns  guested on the Kraft show last Thursday night and teamed with Bing Crosby in a skit about a frantic poppa-to-be, hogging a drugstore phone booth.  It was a characterisation which was right up the screen comic’s alley and he whammed it over.  However, the very persuasion the actor put into the bit, merely emphasised the negative taste of the material.  Rather inexplicable that such subjects as tooth-extraction, gout and the agony of prospective fatherhood and the like are considered never-failing sources of fun.  Laughter at the pain of another is not evidence of a sense of humour, rather it indicates a lack of imagination and imagination is the essence of humour.  Or is “Variety” too rough-fined?”

(“Variety” 29th June 1938)

 

“A frequent visitor of late to the Music Hall programme, Alec Templeton, the famous blind pianist, will return for another appearance with Bing Crosby during the broadcast over NBC-WSMB at 8 pm.  Film star guests will be Simone Simon and Roscoe Karns”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 23rd June 1938)

 

No.  112  30th June 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Gloria Stuart and Jack Oakie.

 

*You’re An Education                                            (a)

*Hello, Hawaii                                                        (b)

*The Flat Foot Floogie                                            (b)        with Bob Burns (Vocal & Bazooka)

*Lovelight In The Starlight                                       (c)         with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Lovelight In The Starlight (Parody)                                      with Bob Burns

*Learn To Croon                                                                  with Jack Oakie

*Down The Old Ox Road (Parody)                                       with Jack Oakie

*Lost And Found

*Silver On The Sage                                            (b) & (d)    with The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”  (As “You’re An Education In Yourself”)

(b)               Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

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

            Chord 7” LP (Untitled and unnumbered)     

            Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”              

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”

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

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

 

“Bing Crosby’s Kraft show was in bright gait, last Thursday, with Jack Oakie the particular target via his weight loss of 50 lbs.  Oakie, a not bad mike stealer, on his own, when he has the material did much to bolster the triple cross-talk with Bob Burns and Crosby.  The latter, his usual suave host but Bob Burns blew a couple of lines and got himself over the hurdles by ad-libbing on the level.  Gloria Stuart’s forthcoming 20th Century Fox film was the basic structure for further gab but the idea petered out fast”

(“Variety” 6th July 1938)

 

“Probably the closest possible approach to a heckling contest to end all heckling contests will go over NBC-WSBM at 8 pm during the Music Hall programme.  Heckling personnel will be Bing Crosby, Bob Burns and Jack Oakie, screen comedian and past master of heckling”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 30th June 1938)

 

No.  113  7th July 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, Dailes Frantz, Mary Carlisle and Henry Fonda.

 

*I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams

*Laugh And Call It Love

*The Girl In The Bonnet Of Blue                                 (a)

*I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart

*When My Baby Smiles At Me                                   (b)        with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*When The Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam’(c)

*When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

*My Melancholy Baby                                                (d)       with Henry Fonda (Trumpet) & Bob Burns (Bazooka)

 

Notes:

(a)        Broadway Intermission BR114 - “Bing Crosby with Glenn Miller” 

            Nostalgia LPF22015 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume 2” (as “The Girl In The

            Sonnet Of Blue”)

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

(b)               Arrangement also includes “Three Letters”

(c)                Broadway Intermission BR114 - “Bing Crosby with Glenn Miller” 

Nostalgia LPF22015 - “Bing Crosby - 20 Golden Greats - Volume 2” (as “When That Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabama”)           

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

Biem/Stemra COL009 (CD) - “Bing Crosby Collection” (as “When The Midnight Train Leaves For Alabama”)      

Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

Bing Crosby Enterprises CD: "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook"

(d)               Bing’s contribution is restricted to spoken comments although he appears to join the ensemble on slide whistle.

 

No.  114  14th July 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Helen Jepson and Bob Hope.

 

*Stop And Reconsider

*Little Lady Make-Believe                                                     with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Don’t Let That Moon Get Away

*When I Lost You                                                      (a)

*Shine (Parody)                                                          (b)      with Bob Hope

*Daddy, Dear Old Daddy                                           (b)      with Bob Hope

  Little Lady Make Believe (Parody)                                      Bob Hope

*Silver On The Sage                                                             with  The Paul Taylor Choristers

 

Note:

(a)       Bing Crosby Enterprises CD: "Bing Sings The Irving Berlin Songbook"

(b)       Jasmine JASCD 358 (CD) – “Bob Hope & Friends – Put It There Pal”.  (The arrangement for “Shine” contains a single line from, “Smile, Darn Ya, Smile”.)

 

This appears to be the earliest known occasion on which Bing and Bob Hope appeared on the air together.

 

“Helen Jepson, Metropolitan Opera star and Bob Hope, popular radio comedian will help Bing Crosby entertain Music Hall listeners during the broadcast over NBC-WSNB at 8 pm.  Miss Jepson, who is adept at repartee, as well as singing, will join Hope in matching Crosby and Bob Burns in an informal conversation”

(“New Orleans Times-Picayune” 14th July 1938)

 

No.  115  21st July 1938  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Paul Taylor Choristers, Grete Stueckgold, Fay Bainter and Donald O’Connor.

 

*I’ve Got A Pocketful Of Dreams

*Naturally                                                                   (a)

*Small Fry                                                                  (b)        with Donald O’Connor

*Now It Can Be Told                                                 (b)

*Ride, Tenderfoot, Ride                                              (b)        with The Paul Taylor Choristers

*Someone Else May Be There When I’m Gone           (c)       

*When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby

 

Notes:

(a)                Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”  

            Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall” (Date shewn as 27.10.38)

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

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

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

            Spokane 26 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 5”      

            RY18 (CD) - “The Radio Years - Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties”  

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

 

As usual, during Bing’s 13 week lay-off, Bob Burns took over the MC chores at the Hall. The J. Walter Thompson agency auditioned film star, John Carroll, feeling that the show would suffer without a singer but there is no indication that anything came of this.  Guest stars during Bing’s absence included, James Stewart, Olivia de Havilland, Walter Huston, Jose Iturbi, Kirsten Flagstad, Melvyn Douglas, Maureen O’Sullivan, Fay Bainter and Preston Foster.  Bing was still to be heard on radio on a twice weekly, nationwide, hook-up from Del Mar where cinematic previews were to be staged from the club house.  The first, in August was ‘Sing You Sinners’

 

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