1948-1949 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra.  Produced by Bill Morrow and Murdo MacKenzie  

 

Philco Radio Time attains an audience share of 15.7 for the season. It reaches nineteenth position in the Hooper ratings. The top evening program was the Lux Radio Theater with 28.6.

 

No. 73  29th September 1948 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Gary, Phillip, Dennis & Lindsay Crosby and Claudette Colbert.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*You Call Everybody “Darling”                                with Rhythmaires

*My Happiness                                                                      

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (a)        Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter

  ‘The Flower Incident’ Sketch                                     Bing Crosby, Claudette Colbert and Gary, Phillip,

Dennis & Lindsay Crosby

*Blue Shadows On The Trail                          (b)        with Gary, Phillip, Dennis & Lindsay Crosby

*A Tree In The Meadow                                                                   

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Claudette Colbert and Gary, Phillip,

Dennis & Lindsay Crosby

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

 

(a)        This dialogue is a fairly lengthy lead-in for the sketch which follows.

(b)               Bing’s minimal contribution consists of one “Woo, woo, woo” in an exaggerated imitation of the other boys’ backing for Gary’s singing.

Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby – Live Duets”

            Commercial Recording 11.12.47

 

“Back for a third semester, under Philco auspices, the Bing Crosby Show is still one of radio’s choice half-hours and the pivotal point for ABC’s sock Wednesday night comedy lay-out which now finds Milton Berle, Groucho Marx and El Bingo, slotted back to back.  If anything, ABC has strengthened its hold on the Wednesday audience pull and the play off will probably be found in the ‘48/’49 Hooper’s.  Transcribed or live the Groaner can do no wrong.  The same glib artistry is once more in evidence, be it his off the cuff banter with Ken Carpenter, John Scott Trotter or his guest stars.  His vocal nifties or the assorted intros to the comedy patterned commercials (in this instance on behalf of the new Philco produced long-playing record machines). 

Play-off of the initial transcription for the new Crosby season, on the 29th, found the show grooved to the expected high entertainment level with its tradey by-play on Hope’s new sponsor and the Philco bank-rolling etc., strictly geared in the Crosby idiom.  Claudette Colbert as the guest star on the initialler, parlayed her comedic talents with a visitation by the four Crosby boys for a loosely scripted kicking around of the gong.  There were some obviously contrived and deliberate fluffs on the lines but the whole sequence, though overdrawn was so naturally patterned to the Crosby technique that it provided far more pleasure than embarrassment.  The qualitative scripting has always been and remains one of the show’s plus factors and the Trotter Orchestra ‘assist’ rates a deep bow!”

(“Variety” 6th October 1948)

 

No. 74  6th October 1948   (a) 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Judy Garland.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Love Somebody                                            (b)       with Rhythmaires

*Rambling Rose                                              (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Judy Garland

  ‘Take It And We’ll Break Your Arm’ Sketch            Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Ken Carpenter &

John Scott Trotter

  Over The Rainbow                                                   Judy Garland (Buddy Cole - Piano)

*For Me And My Gal                                     (d)       with Judy Garland

*Who                                                              (e)       with Judy Garland

*Embraceable You                                          (f)        with Judy Garland

*Confess                                                                     with Judy Garland & Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        A heavily edited version of the programme was issued on JSP Records CD702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away” and on CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”.  The running order has been slightly altered but all vocal items are included together with some dialogue.

(b)        The Rhythmaires’ vocal accompaniment includes an arrangement of “Careless Love”.       

            Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(c)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(d)       United Artists UAK30115 - “The Golden Age Of American Radio Starring Bing Crosby”

            HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Golden Age GA5023 - “One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows”

            Startone ST201 - “Hollywood On The Air Presents Judy Garland”

            GNP/Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

(e)        All Star Products LP2001 - Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

            Startone ST201 - “Hollywood On The Air Presents Judy Garland”

(f)        All Star Products LP2001 - Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

            Startone ST201 - “Hollywood On The Air Presents Judy Garland”

            Commercial Recording 12.11.47

 

“Bing Crosby’s coin, reportedly, is behind a new and apparently, as yet, unnamed transcription network which is being prepped for a September 1949 tee-off - if the promoters can get at least 300 stations into the fold.  Some 75 to 100 Mutual outlets, among others, are said already to have been inked to tentative affiliations by two representatives currently touring the country on behalf of the proposed web.  Trade hears that the operation, jointly financed by the Crosby Foundation and the Chemical National Bank, is offering a minimum of five and a quarter hours of commercial time weekly as a starter, provided 300 stations can be lined up.  Programmes would include, sources say, a Crosby stanza sponsored by Philco, his current bank-roller on ABC.  Whether this would be the same show or a separate one, however, isn’t known.”

(“Variety” 13th October 1948)

 

No. 75  13th October 1948  

  

Transcribed in Vancouver B.C. (a)  Announced by William Gargan (b).  With Joe Venuti, Marilyn Maxwell and Ray Milland.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue                          (c)       

*It’s Magic                                                                             

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Marilyn Maxwell

*Side By Side                                                 (d)       with Marilyn Maxwell

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell &

William Gargan

  ‘Detective Story’ Sketch                                          Bing Crosby, Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell &

William Gargan

*A Tree In The Meadow                                            with Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Ray Milland, Marilyn Maxwell &

William Gargan

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme           

 

Notes:

(a)        This benefit for the Sunset Memorial Centre is unique in being the only programme in the Philco series which was transcribed outside of the USA.

(b)        The introduction and credits are, in fact, spoken by Bing.  He introduces William Gargan as M.C. who assumes Ken Carpenter’s normal role, i.e., participating in the opening comedy dialogue and reading the commercials.

(c)        Bing alters the first line of the song, to suit the location, from, “I came down from Butte, Montana” to, “I came down from West Vancouver”.

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

            Commercial Recording 29.4.27

 

No. 76  20th October 1948   

 

Transcribed in Spokane (a).  Announced by William Gargan.  With Marilyn Maxwell and Dan Dailey.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                     (b)         Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Marilyn Maxwell & William Gargan

*Rambling Rose                                                                     

  Philco Commercial                                        (c)        Bing Crosby, Marilyn Maxwell & William Gargan

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Dan Dailey

  Thanks                                                        (d)         Dan Dailey

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

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Dan Dailey & Marilyn Maxwell

*Ja Da                                                           (f)        with Dan Dailey & Ensemble

*Love Somebody                                                                               

*My Happiness                                              (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

 

(a)        From The Post Theatre.

(b)        Pre-show, the strains of the orchestra are heard and William Gargan gives a comedy introduction for Bing, singing the opening theme.

(c)        The commercial is adapted as a sketch, in which Bing and Marilyn Maxwell play newly-weds and William Gargan, their local Philco dealer.

(d)       Sung in a caricature of Bing’s (early) style.

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

            Commercial recording 22.2.75

(f)        An instrumental item with Bing (Drums) and Dan Dailey (Trombone).  The ‘ensemble’ consists of Joe Venuti (Violin), Buddy Cole (Piano) and Perry Botkin (Guitar).  Bing’s sole vocal contribution is the ‘ad-lib’ line, “We do your laundry!”.

(g)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

 

 “Crosby Groans Under Strain Of Wide Interests” (Front Page Headline)

“To those close to Bing Crosby, his groaning is not the result of any larynxal strain, it’s all because of the physical anguish of carrying such a load of interests extraneous to picture making, broadcasting and recording.  Whichever way you turn these days you’ll be confronted by products of the Crosby Research Foundation, Crosby Enterprises and the Crosby, in person.  All that meets the eye however, is not a particular concern to the Groaner, financially or otherwise.  There are sundry other Crosby’s who handle his businesses.  For instance the Crosby Research Foundation is officered by Larry (President), Bob (Vice-President) and H.L Snr. - that’s Bing’s pop - (Secretary/Treasurer).  Bing is the Company’s smallest stockholder having been cut in for a $1000 worth of certificates.  It’s Crosby Enterprises that gets the personal touch being that it is a parent corporation of his diverse interests which include his picture making, interest in Ampex Recorders and radio package for Philco. 

His Decca recordings are not in the corporate structure.  His brothers, Everett and Larry, are pleading with him to market his own label.  Among his personal interests are $20,000 worth of stock in the Pittsburgh Pirates, 25,000 acres of Nevada on which he grazes 4,000 head of beef cattle and a stock interest in Jock Whitney’s vacuum pack frozen orange juice for which he turns disk jockey.  There is also the little matter of three television stations in his native state of Washington but that’s for the future.  Crosby’s annual income has been variously estimated from one and a half to two million and what he can keep for himself is a matter of speculation.  Only Bing and his attorney adviser, John O’Melveny know just how the blue chips are stacked.  The Crosby Research Foundation is more or less of a clearing house for inventors and none is turned away without a hearing.  The Foundation is also interested in uranium and other mineral deposits which it refers to the Atomic Energy Commission.”

(“Variety” 20th October 1948)

 

No. 77  27th October 1948   

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Peggy Lee, William Gargan and William Powell.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, William Gargan & Ken Carpenter

*Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue                                                

*Ain’t Doin’ Bad DoinNothin                    (b)        with Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Love Your Magic Spell Is Everywhere                     Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & William Powell

  ‘The Gay Nineties’ Sketch                                         Bing Crosby, William Powell, William Gargan &Peggy Lee

*You Came A Long Way From St. Louis      (c)        with Peggy Lee

*It’s Magic                                                   (d)      

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        In aid of the Boys’ Clubs of the Bay Area and the Bellarmine Preparatory College Building Fund.

(b)        Commercial Recording 18.11.47

(c)        This item develops into a slightly parodied version, with reference to both Bing and Peggy Lee’sbirthplaces.

            Parrot PARCD001 (CD) - “Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby - It’s A Good Day”                               

            Wisepack Legends LECD118 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 1”

            Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

            Commercial Recording 11.8.58

(d)       Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

Shout! CD DK31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

 

No. 78  3rd November 1948  

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Edgar Bergen (with ‘Charlie McCarthy’ and ‘Mortimer Snerd’).

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*You Call Everybody “Darling”                                 with Rhythmaires

*Dolores                                                         ( a)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Edgar Bergen

*At The Flying “W”                                         (b)      with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                          (c)       Bing Crosby, Edgar Bergen, ‘Charlie McCarthy’

& ‘Mortimer Snerd

*Put ‘Em In A Box (Tie ‘Em With A Ribbon)    (d)      with ‘Mortimer Snerd’ & Rhythmaires

*I’d Love To Live In Loveland                         (e)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Edgar Bergen &‘Charlie McCarthy’

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

            Commercial Recording 23.12.40

(b)        Commercial Recording 17.12.47

(c)        The comedy theme has Bing, attempting to teach ‘Mortimer Snerd’ how to sing item (d).

(d)       See note (c) above.

            HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

(e)        Commercial Recording 24.12.47

 

No. 79  10th November 1948

  

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With The Rhythmaires, Ziggy Elman (a), Red Nichols, Joe Venuti, Peggy Lee and Oscar Levant.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Ain’t Doin’ Bad DoinNothin                                (b)        with Joe Venuti (Violin)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby, Oscar Levant & Peggy Lee

 

Medley:           (c)

*Wildflower, I Love You                                           (d)       with Oscar Levant (Vocal)

*Look For The Silver Lining                                      (e)        with Oscar Levant

  Take Me Back To Manhattan                                               Oscar Levant (Vocal)

  What Is This Thing Called Love?                                          Peggy Lee

*Mandy                                                                     (f)        with Oscar Levant

*Exactly Like You                                                     (g)        with Peggy Lee

*You Are Too Beautiful                                             (h)       

*Blame It On My Youth                                             (i)         with Oscar Levant

*Lady, Play Your Mandolin                                       (j)         with Oscar Levant

*I Got Rhythm                                                          (k)         with Peggy Lee (Joe Venuti - Violin)

*They Can’t Take That Away From Me                    (l)          with Peggy Lee

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Although the Rhythmaires and Ziggy Elman are mentioned in the credits, the Rhythmaires’ presence cannot be detected in any of the vocal items and, unusually for a listed ‘guest’, there is no further acknowledgement of Ziggy Elman’s presence but it could be assumed that he participates in item (k), at least.

(b)        Commercial Recording 18.11.47

(c)        Oscar Levant provides piano accompaniment (augmented at times, by the orchestra) and some vocal contributions, which are specially noted.  There are also comedy dialogue links, featuring the principals, between all items.

(d)       Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(e)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(f)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

            Commercial Recording 9.9.54

(g)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

            Parrot PARCD001 (CD) - “Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby - It’s A Good Day

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

            Commercial Recording 19.2.57

(h)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(i)         Magic AWE7 - “Dark Moon”

            Commercial Recording 1.12.53

(j)         A ‘fluffed’ beginning to this item, as Bing sings the first two lines then breaks off with, “That was an introduction, wasn’t it?.....Oscar!  Attendez pour le moment”  (Sings)  “Lady....”  (There is a crashing run on the piano by Oscar Levant)....”What are you gonna play - a vamp?”  Levant replies, “We’ll play a vamp for about two or three hours and then you’ll sing” - All this to the obvious delight of the studio audience.

            Magic AWE7 - “Dark Moon”

(k)        In addition to Joe Venuti, Bing also mentions Buddy Cole, Red Nichols and Perry Botkin asparticipants.  See also Note (a).

            Parrot PARCD001 (CD) - “Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby - It’s A Good Day”

            Wisepack Legends LECD118 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 1”

            Rajon CDR0046 (CD) – “The Great Bing Crosby – Volume 2”

            Commercial Recording 22.2.75

(l)         Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Commercial Recording 12.11.47

 

No. 80  17th November 1948  

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With The Rhythmaires, Kay Starr and Adolphe Menjou.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*Buttons And Bows                                        (a)        with Rhythmaires

*Until                                                              (b)        with Rhythmaires

  The Lonesomest Gal In Town                                     Kay Starr

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Adolphe Menjou

  ‘The Giant Moth Attack’ Sketch                               Bing Crosby, Adolphe Menjou & Ken Carpenter

*Galway Bay                                                  (c)       

 

Notes:

(a)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(b)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

(c)        Commercial Recording 27.11.47

 

No. 81  24th November 1948   

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With The Rhythmaires, Dorothy Kirsten and Bert Lahr.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Cuanto Le Gusta                                                       with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Dorothy Kirsten

  Ouvre Ton Coeur (Bizet)                                          Dorothy Kirsten

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Bert Lahr

  ‘Burlesque Days’ Sketch                                          Bing Crosby, Bert Lahr & Dorothy Kirsten

*Friendship                                                     (a)        with Bert Lahr & Dorothy Kirsten

*These Foolish Things                                     (b)       with Dorothy Kirsten

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        This item is introduced by Ken Carpenter as an operatic excerpt and is commenced in such style with ‘solos’ from each of the trio.

            Parrot PARCD006 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & His Hollywood Guests - Hollywood Guys And Dolls- Volume 2”

(b)        Commercial Recording 15.12.44

 

“Highest offer ever to be made for an American performer to play London was made to Bing Crosby.  Maurice Winnick, a London bandleader and producer, has cabled Crosby, offering a £10,000 (around $40,000) for eight days at the Empress Hall, London.  According to the offer Crosby would do only one show daily, for 8 days, for a stipend of $5,000 daily.”

(“Variety” 24th November 1948)

 

No. 82  1st December 1948  

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee, Bob Crosby and Cathy Crosby (a).

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Buttons And Bows                                                   with Rhythmaires

*On A Slow Boat To China                           (b)        with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby & Cathy Crosby

*Hair Of Gold, Eyes Of Blue                                      with Bob Crosby & Cathy Crosby

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby & Peggy Lee

*A Little Bird Told Me                                  (c)         with Bob Crosby, Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*Until                                                                          with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Crosby & Cathy Crosby

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                    Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Not to be confused with other ladies of the same (or similar) name In Bing’s life, this is BobCrosby’s daughter.

(b)        Precision Records & Tapes NCP707 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years Volume 2” (Date

shewn as 15.12.48)

            GNP Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            Wisepack Legends LECD119 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 2”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years”

Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

            Commercial Recording 28.7.58

(c)        Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”        

            Jasmine CD JASCD 651 “The Crosby Brothers”

 

No. 83  8th December 1948   

   

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Kay Starr, Joe Venuti and Morton Downey.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Cuanto Le Gusta                                                      with Rhythmaires

  Was That The Human Thing To Do?                         Kay Starr

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Morton Downey & Joe Venuti

 

Medley:                                                           (a)

*My Melancholy Baby                                    (b)        with Morton Downey

*Mexicali Rose                                               (c)         with Morton Downey

*That Old Feeling                                                        with Morton Downey            

*If I Had My Way                                          (d)        with Morton Downey & Rhythmaires

*As Time Goes By                                          (e)        with Morton Downey

*I’ll Be Seeing You                                         (f)         with Morton Downey

*My Blue Heaven                                           (g)        with Morton Downey (Joe Venuti - Violin)

 

*My Darling                                                    (h)                               

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Items are linked with comedy dialogue by Bing and Morton Downey.

(b)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

            Commercial Recording 12.12.38

(c)        Commercial Recordings 11.7.38 & 16.6.54

(d)       Commercial Recording 31.3.39

(e)        Commercial Recording 20.7.76

(f)         All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

            Commercial Recording 17.2.44

(g)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

            Commercial Recording 17.4.56

(h)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

 

“Bing Crosby’s reunion with two other Paul Whiteman alumni on Wednesday’s (8th) Philco show provided a session of entertainment rich in reminiscences of the Twenties.  ‘Pops’ Whiteman probably did not draw an ‘in absentia’ guest shot fee but he should have.  The way Morton Downey and Joe Venuti and Crosby took Whiteman apart made him an integral part of the display.  Whiteman was alternatively pictured as living the life of an Oriental potentate, while LeGreeing his hirelings into line.  One of this trio, Venuti, was the only one who played a legitimate instrument.  Crosby held a rain catcher (a French horn) and Downey was given a sax, sans reed.  Once, Crosby told, he was caught blowing some sour oompahs into his instrument, he was next in the fiddle section, holding a violin with rubber strings.”

(“Variety” 15th December 1948)

 

No. 84  15th December 1948  

   

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Bob Hope.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee & Ken Carpenter

*A Little Bird Told Me                                   (a)        with Peggy Lee

  Then I’ll Be Happy

 (I Wanna Go Where You Go)                        Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (b)        Bing Crosby & Bob Hope

*On A Slow Boat To China                            (c)        with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Bob Hope

*Maybe You’ll Be There                                                                   

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Hope & Peggy Lee

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Parrot PARCD001 (CD) - “Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby - It’s A Good Day”

(b)        There is a one-fingered piano solo of “Thanks For The Memory” before Hope’s entrance.  Bing and Bob re-enact a ‘conversation’ between two Mexican golf caddies, producing the inevitable script ‘fluffs’ and ad-libbing.           

(c)        United Artists UAK 30115 - “The Golden Age Of American Radio Starring Bing Crosby” (Date shewn as 24.5.50 - Some ‘fly’ editing has taken place on this issue to make it appear that a portion of the Chesterfield Show of this date, which also featured Bob Hope, precedes this item).

            Parrot PARCD001 (CD) - “Peggy Lee With Bing Crosby - It’s A Good Day”

            Commercial Recording 28.7.58                     

 

“Bing Crosby traded gags with guest star, Bob Hope in one of the best of The Philco shows on the ABC net, last Wednesday night (15th).  The patter was free and easy with Crosby and Hope travelling down that well trod road of reminiscences and recriminations.  The boys bring out the best in each other and they work together like an old team which can dump a prepared line for an ad-lib at the proper spot.  Although transcribed and presumably, closely edited, this show had a spontaneous quality rarely felt on the live comedy airers.  One casual crack about Crosby bucking for a CBS Capital Gains deal was aimed strictly for trade circle hepsters but was left in, anyway.  Crosby and Peggy Lee topped off the session with a couple of numbers rendered in their usual palatable style.”

(“Variety” 22nd December 1948)

 

No. 85  22nd December 1948   (a)

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and The Bob Mitchell Boy’s Choir.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                       Opening Theme

*Adeste Fideles                                  (b)        with The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir & the Rhythmaires

*The Christmas Song                          (c)       

*Jingle Bells                                        (d)        with The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir & the Rhythmaires

*White Christmas                               (e)       

*The Small One (A Christmas Play)    (f)         with Ken Carpenter & supporting cast

*Silent Night                                      (g)         with The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir & the Rhythmaires

  Silent Night                                                   Closing Theme - The Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir

 

Notes:

(a)        Refer to notes for Programmes Nos.11 and 49.

(b)        Sung in Latin and then in English, accompanied by the vocal groups.

            Commercial Recordings 1934, 12.11.35 & 8.6.42

(c)        Commercial Recording 19.3.47

(d)       Commercial Recording 27.9.43

(e)        Commercial Recordings 29.5.42, 19.3.47, 10.4.54 & 24.12.55

(f)        Commercial Recording 20.3.47. 

(g)               Commercial Recordings 21.2.35, 13.11.35, 8.6.42, 19.3.47, 3.5.54 & 24.12.55

 

“Philco Television Playhouse’s presentation of ‘A Christmas Carol’ on NBCTV, Sunday Night (19th) was a warm, tender and wholly evocative interpretation of the Charles Dickens classic.  As an epilogue, Bing Crosby made what was advertised as his first appearance on video, via films with a rendition of ‘Silent Night’ but this highly publicised stint was completely overshadowed by the preceding dramatisation.  Film production on the Crosby number which had the Bob Mitchell Boys’ Choir backing up, was disappointingly flat.  There was no mention of the fact that this section of the show was filmed but viewers probably guessed it from the faded texture of the screen image.  Crosby, incidentally, has been seen on video before this in several of his old pics.”

(“Variety” 22nd December 1948)

 

No. 86  29th December 1948 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and The Mills Brothers.

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                     (a)        Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee & Ken Carpenter

*Cuanto Le Gusta                                         (b)        with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*The Night Has A Thousand Eyes                 (c)       

  I Got Lucky In The Rain                                          Peggy Lee

  Two Blocks Down And Turn To The Left                The Mills Brothers

*Maybe You’ll Be There                               (d)        with Peggy Lee

  Tea For Two                                               (e)        String Trio

*You Tell Me Your Dream                            (f)         with The Mills Brothers

*On The Banks Of The Wabash                    (g)        with The Mills Brothers

*Far Away Places                                         (h)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Orchestra only.  Ripples of laughter from the audience suggest that Bing may be clowning.

(b)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Golden Age GA5023 - “One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP711 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 4” (Recording

date shewn as 22.12.48)

            GNP/Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            Radio Years RY18 (CD) - “Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties” (Date shewn as 1938)

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

(c)        Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

            Shout! CD DK 31515 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(d)       Magic AWE1 - “Bing’s Magic”

            Wisepack Legends LECD119 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - Volume 2”

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

Radio Shows”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

(e)        The trio consists of Joe Venuti (Violin), Perry Botkin (Guitar) and Phil Stevens (Bass).

(f)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

(g)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

(h)        Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

            Commercial Recording 25.11.48

 

No. 87  5th January 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Harry James and Betty Grable.

 

  Where The Blue Of The Night                      (a)        Opening Theme

*I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm                     with Rhythmaires

*On A Slow Boat To China                           (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                        (c)        Bing Crosby, Ken Carpenter & John Scott Trotter

  Cottontail                                                     (d)       Harry James (Trumpet)

  ‘The Horse Sale’ Sketch                              (e)        Bing Crosby, Betty Grable, Harry James & John Scott Trotter

  What Did I Do?                                                       Betty Grable

*My Darling                                                                           

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Orchestra only (See Programme No. 86).  There is laughter from the studio audience and it seems apparent from Ken Carpenter’s opening remarks that Bing has been ‘conducting’ the orchestra.

(b)        Commercial Recording 28.7.58

(c)        The comedy theme, culminating in item (e), derives from Bing’s attempts to sell a broken-down horse to Harry James.  He first, outlines his scheme to Ken Carpenter and introduces his ‘accomplice’ - John Scott Trotter as ‘Colonel Fred J. Miles’.  During the ‘drive to the James’ residence’, Bing turns on the car radio to hear a ‘Japanese disc-jockey’ introduce item (d)

(d)       See note (c) above.

(e)        See note (c) above.

 

No. 88  12th January 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Johnny Mercer.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                                       Opening Theme

*A Bluebird Singing In My Heart (The Tra La La La Song) (a)        with Rhythmaires

*I Got Lucky In The Rain                                                                 

  Trouble Is A Man                                                                          Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                          Bing Crosby & Johnny Mercer

*Small Fry                                                                         (b)         with Johnny Mercer

  ‘Georgia Mountain Life’ Sketch                                       (c)         Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, Peggy Lee,

         Ken Carpenter & John Scott Trotter

*On A Slow Boat To China                                               (d)         with Johnny Mercer & Peggy Lee

*So Dear To My Heart                                                                      

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                                      Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 31.12.47

(b)        New updated lyric which is entirely different from the commercial issue.

            Commercial Recording 1.7.38

(c)        A bit of rustic nonsense with Ken Carpenter narrating and playing the ‘circuit riding judge’ and John Scott as “Grandpappy Trotter”.  The sketch closes with item (d).

(d)       See note (c) above.  A parodied version, dueted first by Bing and Peggy Lee (“A Slow Mule To Memphis”) then by Johnny Mercer and Peggy Lee (“A Slow Mule To Macon”).  Later, the trio delivers a short reprise.

            Commercial Recording 28.7.58

 

“Three Net Duel For Crosby” (Headline)

 

“The big guns of three networks will be turned on Fort Crosby, this week with the simultaneous arrivals of William S.Paley of Columbia and James Carmine of Philco.  The latter’s mission is clearly defined, to talk a new contract with the actor/singer before the old one runs out in June.  As for Paley, he’ll be around to throw the cheque book at any or all who can dress up his network, with a flirty look in his eye for El Bingo but on that score he’ll have plenty of competish from ABC which has gotten used to him by now and NBC’s Sid Strotz who has Crosby in his Sunday plans.  Naturally, Carmine has the last say but Crosby will have a voice in any decision that will be made.  Wherever Crosby goes, should he choose to stray from ABC, it will entail a reversal of policy on pre-recorded shows.  CBS has already weakened on this front and NBC, it is said, is willing to make such a concession as the price of bringing Crosby back to the network. 

In his new home, up on Monterey peninsular, just South of ‘Frisco, Crosby has fitted out a recording studio that is said to approximate anything the networks have.  It is slyly hinted that Crosby may do some of his shows from there, taped on Ampex of which he is a heavy stockholder.  NBC is making frantic moves to repair the Sunday damage to its comedy block and would like Crosby in there, not necessarily slotted opposite Jack Benny.  The Jordans (Fibber and Molly) and Dennis Day, have been overtured on switching to the Sabbath but so far ‘no dice’.  There’s a note of vindictiveness in NBC’s plan to rebuild its Sunday powerhouse and the spleen would be vented on those deserters, Jack Benny and Amos ‘n’ Andy.  Horace Heidt ‘may be moved out of the Number One spot on radio’ if his rating doesn’t pick up.  He’s in there for thirteen weeks, on probation, that is.  Crosby, it is said doesn’t like the idea at all of giving battle to Benny.  No one in the know is writing off Paley’s Hollywood visit as a social call just because he’s bringing along the missus.  The Jack Benny’s are tossing a soiree for the Paley’s on January 15th that will bring out the town’s creme de la creme and many a deal will start with a handshake.”

(“Variety” 12th January 1949)

 

No. 89  19th January 1949    

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Lasses White, Ruby Dandridge, Ernest Whitman and Hattie McDaniel.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Little Jack Frost Get Lost                             (a)        with Rhythmaires       

*Maybe You’ll Be There                                                       

  ‘Beulah’ Sketch                                            (b)        Bing Crosby, Hatty McDaniel, Ernest Whitman,

                                                                                    Lasses White, Ruby Dandridge & Ken Carpenter

*Galway Bay                                                  (c)       

  Mine, All Mine                                             (d)        Lasses White

*A Little Bird Told Me                                   (e)        with Hattie McDaniel & Ernest Whitman

*The Missouri Waltz                                       (f)        with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 17.11.52

(b)        The sketch is built around the characters portrayed in Hattie McDaniel’s radio (and

later, television) programme. The comedy theme concerns Bing’s attempts to get his

car fixed, becoming involved in the domestic situation at ‘Beulah’s’.  The sketch provides

the framework for items (c) and (d) and leads to item (e).

(c)        During the course of the sketch {item (b)}, the radio is switched on in time to hear Ken Carpenter as a disc-jockey, introducing this item and due to the dictates of the script, we have the unusual situation of Bing dueting with one of his own recordings.

            Commercial Recording 27.11.47

(d)       See note (b) above.

(e)                See note (b) above.

Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby – Live Duets”

(f)        Commercial Recording 9.6.39

 

“CBS Has Crosby Surrounded” (Front Page Headline)

“CBS Chairman, William S Paley from all indications has scored his most notable coup with Bing Crosby reported as the latest of the stars to latch on to ‘Paley’s Comet’.  Out of the three networks jockeying for Crosby’s services, that have been operating in high gear for the past week with Paley and ABC Prexy, Mark Woods, among those on hand to major domo the manoeuvres, it look’s like Paley, alone, who is emerging triumphant.  Nobody’s talking about it in any positive fashion, for Hollywood appears to have learnt its lesson on the penalty of 24 sheeted Capital Gains manoeuvres and thus inviting D.C. repercussions but unimpeachable sources disclose that El Bingo is practically in Paley’s backyard, as far as Paley and CBS are concerned, this one is his greatest achievement, for not only is a Crosby radio/television deal involved but the contractual intricacies extend into Crosby’s Paramount Pictures deal.  In effect it puts CBS in the picture business through its buy-in on the Crosby-Par set-up.  Just how closely this manoeuvring encroaches on Capital Gains appears to be speculative at the moment. 

A high CBS spokesman made the ‘off the record’ revelation that through the negotiations, Paley is buying into the multiple showbiz corporations headed up by Crosby (of which there are about six) but it is entirely exclusive of Crosby’s Decca holdings which won’t be disturbed.  Chiefly, it gives Paley an exclusive on the singer as a radio/television personality, transferring him from his present Wednesday night, ABC occupancy into a similar Wednesday time segment on CBS, thus permitting the capture of a sustained listening habit.  CBS is already in negotiation with Philco, Crosby’s current sponsor for continuance of the same bankrolling set-up.  The purported CBS/Paley ‘understanding’ (nothing’s been signed, as yet) comes at a time when the Capital Gains fever is running low in the film/radio Mecca and in the face of denials that Crosby is doing anything more definite than talk.”

(“Variety” 19th January 1949)

 

No. 90  26th January 1949   

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (3rd January 1949).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 (a)        Opening Theme

*The Night Has A Thousand Eyes                                                    

  So Dear To My Heart                                                          Peggy Lee

*I Got Lucky In The Rain                                                      with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & Abe Burrows

  It Ain’t Love I’m Just Sick                                                   Abe Burrows

  ‘The Purple Phantom’ Sketch                                 (b)         Bing Crosby, Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

*We Are The Bandits Bold                                      (c)          with Abe Burrows

*When You’re In Love With The Lover You Love   (d)         with Peggy Lee

*California                                                               (e)         with Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

*Tara Ta-Larra Ta-Lar                                            (f)          with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby, Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing can be heard whistling during Ken Carpenter’s introduction.

(b)        The sketch takes the form of a comic operetta, written and narrated by Abe Burrows (See also Programmes Nos.94 and 103) and provides the framework for items (c), (d) and (e).  Accordion accompaniment is provided by Milton DeLugg and the parts of ‘The Purple Phantom’ and the heroine, are played by Bing and Peggy Lee.

(c)        See note (b) above.

(d)       See note (b) above.

(e)        See note (b) above.

(f)        Commercial Recording 25.11.48

 

“Abe Burrows who calls himself ‘a singer who can’t sing’, guested on Bing Crosby’s Philco road show along with vocalist, Peggy Lee, last Wednesday (26th).  It turned out to be one of the season’s highs.  High spot of the show was a Burrows operetta, burlesquing the ‘Oklahoma!’- type musical with Crosby and Miss Lee giving him an assist.  It was sure-fire.  Yocks started with a ‘jolly bandit-type song’, increased with a ‘love-type ditty’ and reached a crescendo with a grand finale, ‘California’.  Burrows said he’s terrific on television (a lot of the guys in the trade will go along with him on that).  He addended that he’s looking for a bankroller: ‘If I stay out of work another year, is that a Capital Gain?’”

(“Variety” 2nd February 1949)

 

“Bing Bags Another Million” (Headline)

“That $13,000,000 said to be laying around in CBS’ coffers, spoiling to be spent, is now only $12,000,000.  Bill Paley, last week, made a $1,000,000 notation on his cheque book stub after talking long distance to Bing Crosby, up on the Monterey peninsular, following a few days conference with John O’Melveny, Bing’s attorney and business intimate.  The cool million went for a 25% interest in one of the two Crosby Corporations which controls his radio and picture activities.  It proved to be the ‘sweetener’ that stirred the deal to a full boil.  Although everyone concerned with the big push by the Paley raiders have had their lips buttoned, it is fairly well established that Bing’s guarantee by CBS for a 39 week season is approximately $500,000.  This figure is said to be around $200,000 more than his current Philco-ABC seasonal take.  The differential being in the nature of a bonus arrangement because of Columbia’s greater collection of high power stations which would necessitate fewer of the whistle stops which are now supplementing the ABC line-up.

It is also fairly certain that Crosby will hold the same 9 pm time on Wednesday which both Philco and Crosby are said to have demanded and which is okey dokey with Paley because it fits so snugly into his plan to build up another big night.  He’s well satisfied with Sunday, Monday and Thursday.  The big argument of Crosby’s that had to be batted down by Paley before the Groaner would say, “I do” was the type and potency of programmes to precede and follow him.  Now it’s up to Paley to make good his promise, so the pressure is on again with MCA running interference and doing the missionary work.”

(“Variety” 26th January 1949)

 

No. 91  2nd February 1949 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Gertrude Niesen and Jimmy Durante.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Little Jack Frost Get Lost                             (b)        with Rhythmaires

*My Darling                                                                           

  You Gotta Start Off Each Day With A Song              Jimmy Durante

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante & Gertrude Niesen

  Heat Wave                                                               Gertrude Niesen

*It’s Not His Mind It’s His Music                 (c)          with Jimmy Durante & Gertrude Niesen

*Pretty Baby                                                (d)          with Rhythmaires

*Far Away Places                                        (e)       

Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante & Gertrude Niesen        

Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Auditorium.  (At the time of the transcription, Bing was suffering from a heavy cold and this is apparent in the vocal items).

(b)        Commercial Recording 17.11.52

(c)        JSP CD701 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Jimmy Durante - Start Off Each Day With A Song”

            CD- JSP 934D – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1949”

(d)       JSP CD702 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And Judy Garland - All The Clouds’ll Roll Away”

            CD- JSP 934C – “Bing Crosby – The Vintage Years 1946-1950”

            Commercial Recording 3.12.47

(e)        Commercial Recording 25.11.48

 

No. 92  9th February 1949  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Connie Haines and Groucho Marx.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*I’ve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm         (b)        with Rhythmaires

 

  Medley:

  You Made Me Love You                                          Connie Haines

  The Darktown Strutters’ Ball                         (c)        Connie Haines

 

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx and Ken Carpenter

  ‘Dr. Marx’s Clinic’ Sketch                            (d)       Bing Crosby, Groucho Marx & Connie Haines

*When It’s Night Time In Little Italy                (e)       with Groucho Marx

*Tara Ta-Larra Ta-Lar                                    (f)       with Rhythmaires

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        The Rhythmaires’ accompaniment amuses Bing and at one point he quips, “Are you all right?”

(c)        There is a shout in the background during this item, to which Connie Haines replies, “Pardon?”  Although what is said is unintelligible, it would seem from audience reaction, that the unidentified voice could be Bing.

(d)       The sketch opens with Groucho Marx singing a snatch of a parodied version of “I Got Lucky In The Rain”.  In his role as the surgeon, Groucho removes Bing’s ‘solid gold tonsils’, thereby turning him into a soprano.  This ‘soprano voice’ (Pat Patrick), essays the first line of “Where The Blue Of The Night”.

(e)        Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

(f)        Commercial Recording 25.11.48

 

“Crosby Formula To Show Way”  (Headline)

“Bing Crosby, who recently transferred his future radio-television allegiance to CBS’ William S. Paley for a million dollars is mulling a two-way programme operation that maybe the answer to radio stars going video yet domiciling in Hollywood.  The whole problem of shifting their base of operation to New York, key production centre of television, has become increasingly vexing to top air personalities who, despite recognising that sooner or later they must embrace TV, are nonetheless reluctant to relinquish Californian climes.  With Hollywood retaining its grip on coast to coast radio production, the LA to New York problem has been a major factor in stymying the pacting of big-time personalities for telly.  It was considered inevitable that someone would evolve a formula that in one fell swoop would permit for simultaneous radio-video-casting to the theme of, ‘California, Here I Stay’ and if Crosby pioneers the practice - which would involve taping (for AM and kinescoping for TV) at one and the same time, it’s considered a certainty that it would spark a succession of star-studded, simul-casts, emanating from the Coast.  It would also provide the impetus for the taping (such as Crosby, Groucho Marx etc.) of major radio programmes from here on in - a practice that has already been given the blessing of Paley and NBC Prexy (until this year, it was strictly verboten on both of the major networks). 

Crosby it is reported, is peddling his show for next season.  Philco is now paying him $25 (sic) a week for his taped programme on ABC but the crooner it is understood wants $27,500 for next season.  That’s for radio alone but he wants a simultaneous AM-TV show-casing on Columbia.  This will be feasible by training the video cameras on his programme while its being tape-recorded, weeks in advance of airing and kinescoping the stanza for a day and date release of the transcribed TV version.  Such a parlay would also permit a separate sponsorship of the video edition, with a commercial cut-in to dovetail with the AM commercial insert.”

(“Variety” 9th February 1949)

  

No. 93  16th February 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Kay Starr and Bob Burns.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*Pretty Baby                                                   (a)        with Rhythmaires

*A Bluebird Singing In My Heart

(The Tra La La Song)                          (b)       with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                      Bing Crosby, Kay Starr & Ken Carpenter

  So Tired                                                                    Kay Starr

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (c)        Bing Crosby, Bob Burns & John Scott Trotter

*Just A Gigolo                                                (d)       with Bob Burns (Bazooka)

*Galway Bay                                                  (e)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Bob Burns & Kay Starr

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Bing reaches a little for the last notes and concludes by singing, “Too high.....too high”

            Commercial Recording 3.12.47

(b)        Commercial Recording 31.12.47

(c)               Bob Burns, Bing’s old sparring partner from the Kraft Music Hall who had his own thirty minute radio show on NBC until 1946 and is now, a rancher, claims that his animals are more contented when listening to Bing’s voice and persuades him to make a ‘new recording’ of item (d).

(d)                See note (c) above.  A light-hearted version with laughter and asides from Bing.

Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

            Commercial Recording 2.3.31

(e)        Commercial Recording 27.11.47

 

“CBS Sells Crosby (But Not To Philco)” (Front Page Headline)

“Bing Crosby, who recently took the Capital Gains route to CBS, has been sold by the network - all that remains is the signaturing.  Columbia is keeping the new client under wraps, pending the signed, sealed and delivered notation but a high net spokesman admits that it is not Philco.  Philco currently sponsors Crosby on ABC and is paying $25,000 for the tape-record programme.  It’s known that CBS has been peddling the Crosby package in recent weeks, at a larger figure and is now acknowledging that the new bankroller will be paying more than $27,500 for him.  The new sponsor is reported to be Chesterfield and the deal is for Crosby’s radio show which will continue to be taped in advance at the Coast but, as in all new Columbia negotiations, it also embraces television with the new client having the first TV crack at Crosby.  Crosby wants to kinescope his video show at the same time that it is being tape-recorded, thus permitting for a simultaneous AM-TV spread.  Crosby gets a Wednesday night spot on CBS starting in the Fall although the exact time hasn’t been set as yet.”

(“Variety” 16th February 1949)

 

“Bing’s 10G Fee On Ford Theatre”  (Headline)

“Kenyon Eckhardt blew the lid off the $5,000 ceiling for guest shots on Ford Theatre with well over the ceiling fees for Bing Crosby for doing ‘Dixie’, next month.  The Groaner will be paid $10,000 and Bob Hope draws his established fee of $7,500 for ‘The Awful Truth’”

 (“Variety” 16th February 1949)

 

“As we became more familiar with tape, and as blank tape became available from 3M and others, we found that we could do all sorts of things that weren’t possible on disc. One time Bob Burns, the hillbilly comic, was on the show, and he threw in a few of his folksy farm stories, which of course were not in Bill Morrow’s script. Today they wouldn’t seem very off-color, but things were different on radio then. They got enormous laughs, which just went on and on. We couldn’t use the jokes, but Bill asked us to save the laughs. A couple of weeks later he had a show that wasn’t very funny, and he insisted that we put in the salvaged laughs. Thus the laugh-track was born. It brought letters, because those big guffaws sounded ridiculous after the corny jokes.

We considered the ability to splice in laughs a technical achievement. We had to trim carefully so that, where we went into or came out of a laugh, the levels would be the same as those on the laugh we were replacing. It was pretty tricky; we had no way of fading in or out.”

(John T. Mullin, writing in High Fidelity, April, 1976)

 

No. 94  23rd February 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood. Announced by Ken Carpenter. With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Opening Theme

*Then I’ll Be Happy (I Wanna Go Where You Go)  (a)         with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*So In Love                                                             (b)        with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & Abe Burrows

  Tender Little Foolish Moments                                            Abe Burrows

  Comedy Dialogue                                                               Bing Crosby & Abe Burrows

  ‘The Duke Of Dittendorten’ Sketch                        (c)        Bing Crosby, Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

*Dittendortenites Love Their Pumpernickel               (d)       with Abe Burrows

*Royal Wedding                                                      (e)        with Abe Burrows

*It Means That We Are We                                     (f)        with Peggy Lee

*Happy, Happy, Happy Days                                  (g)        with Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

 

*So Dear To My Heart                                                                      

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby, Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

(b)        Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(c)        The sketch is another comic operetta by Abe Burrows (See Programmes Nos.90 and 103) and provides the framework for items  (d), (e), (f) and (g).

(d)       This item is a parodied version of “The Blue Danube” and there is a reprise in the form of a sung commercial (“Dittendortenites Love Their Philco Radios”) just prior to Ken Carpenter’s reading of the usual commercial.

(e)        See note (c) above.

(f)        See note (c) above.

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee” (as “When A Man Is A Man”)

(g)        See note (c) above.

 

“CBS, it is reported, pitched up Bing Crosby to Kraft, his longtime sponsor in the Thursday night, NBC slot but the client turned a deaf ear on the proposition, in view of the fact that Crosby took a powder on the show, a few seasons ago. Oddly enough, it was the longtime association with the Kraft cheese product which purportedly, influenced Crosby to nix  recent overture made by rival concern, Borden’s, to pick up the tab on his upcoming CBS programme.”

(“Variety” 23rd February 1949)

 

No. 95  2nd March 1949 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Dinah Shore and Burl Ives.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  (b)        Opening Theme

*Sunflower                                                                (c)         with Rhythmaires

*So Tired                                                                               with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Dinah Shore

  Always True To You In My Fashion                                     Dinah Shore

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby, Burl Ives & Dinah Shore

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

*Clementine                                                               (e)        with Burl Ives & Dinah Shore

  Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)                                        (f)         Burl Ives

*Far Away Places                                                     (g)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby, Burl Ives & Dinah Shore

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        Bing interrupts himself with a humorous ‘dig’ at one of the instrumentalists as follows. “....of the night… Flashy… someone....Pay him by the note, hm?”

(c)        Commercial Recording 29.10.63

(d)       Bing sings a chorus of this to (his own?) ukulele accompaniment.

(e)        A very light-hearted version with additional guitar accompaniment by Dinah Shore, amid much

laughter and ad-libbing which includes a fragment of “The Whiffenpoof Song” by Bing.

Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

            JASBOX 14-4 (CD) - “Burl Ives: the Golden Years of The Wayfaring Stranger”

Commercial Recording 14.6.41

(f)                JASBOX 14-4 (CD) - “Burl Ives: the Golden Years of The Wayfaring Stranger”

(g)               Commercial Recording 25.11.48

 

No. 96  9th March 1949 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee, Elliott Lewis and Phil Harris.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*Busy Doing Nothing                                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

*So In Love                                                              (c)        with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    (d)        Bing Crosby, Phil Harris, Peggy Lee,

                                                                                                            Elliott Lewis & John Scott Trotter

  When Is Sometime?                                                              Peggy Lee

*If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon                       (e)         with Rhythmaires

*Once And For Always                                             (f)         with Peggy Lee

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        Commercial Recording 27.12.47

(c)        Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(d)       The comedy theme concerns an attempt by Phil Harris to ‘unload’ an unwanted ‘lodger’ in the

shape of ‘Frankie’, his guitarist, played by Elliott Lewis.

(e)        Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

Commercial recording 30.12.47

(f)               Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Commercial Recording 18.12.47 & 27.12.47

 

No. 97  16th March 1949  (a)

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (b).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Peggy Lee, Joe Venuti, Jack Teagarden and Louis Armstrong.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*You Was                                                      (c)       with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (d)       Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti &

Jack Teagarden

  Panama                                                                    Louis Armstrong (Trumpet), Joe Venuti (Violin) &

Jack Teagarden (Trombone)

  Lazy River                                                                Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet)

*Lazybones                                                     (e)        with Louis Armstrong (Vocal)

  Rockin’ Chair                                                            Louis Armstrong (Vocal & Trumpet & Jack

Teagarden (Vocal & Trombone)

*Galway Bay                                                  (f)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Peggy Lee &

Jack Teagarden

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        A large part of the programme was issued on Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”.  All of the musical numbers with the exception Of “Galway Bay” are included and most of the linking dialogue is featured.

(b)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.  See item (e) below.

(c)        Fioretti FI3639 - “All American Stars” (Shewn as “If You Would Ever Ask Me”)

(d)       Includes a fragment of “Skeleton In The Closet” sung by Bing in reminiscence of the film “Pennies From Heaven”.

(e)        All Star Products LP2001 - “Bing Crosby’s All Star Philco Show”

Windmill WMD190 - “Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby On Stage” (Sleeve note states ‘All selections recorded in New York February 16th & 21st 1949’)

            Family SFR-DP655 - “Louis Armstrong & Bing Crosby Live”

            Sounds Rare SR5009 - “Havin’ Fun”

            Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

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

            Shout! CD DK 31516 “Swingin’ With Bing”

(f)        Commercial Recording 27.11.47

 

“Bing Crosby’s half-hour, CBS programme to tee-off in September will cost Chesterfield from $30,000 to $35,000 a week.  It’s understood that CBS which owns and sold the package, guarantees Crosby $8,500 a show, net to himself.  How much more he will receive on the bonus plan is not yet been estimated.  No time has been set, although it will be Wednesday and the format of the show is still nebulous.”

(“Variety” 16th March 1949)

 

No. 98  23rd March 1949 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Ethel Merman.

 

*Where The Blue of The Night                                               Opening Theme

*Busy Doing Nothing                                                 (b)        with Rhythmaires

*So Tired                                                                  (c)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Ethel Merman

 

Medley: - Your All Time Flop Parade                        (d)

  Rhythmitis                                                                            Ethel Merman

*Grace                                                                                      

*There’s A Flaw In My Flue                                                  with Ethel Merman

*On A Rainy Day                                                                  with Ethel Merman

*Silver Coated Moon                                                  (e)      with Ethel Merman

 

*Once And For Always                                              (f)       

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & Ethel Merman

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        Commercial Recording 27.12.47

(c)        Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

(d)       See Programme No. 39 Note (c).  Ken Carpenter reads the usual ‘commercials’ which include brief vignettes featuring Bing, Ethel Merman and John Scott Trotter.  On this occasion, the product advertised is ‘Air’.

            Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

Parrot PARCD005 (CD) - “Bing Crosby And His Hollywood Guests - Hollywood Guys And Dolls - Volume 1”    

            (All vocals from the medley are included with the exception of “Silver Coated Moon”)

            Riff CDPRGA 50290 (CD) – “Bing And His Gal Pals”

(e)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

(The selection represented on the above-mentioned issues is a curious hybrid, comprised of a ‘cod’ commercial from ‘The Flop Parade’ on Programme No. 70 plus this song).

(f)        Commercial Recordings 18.12.47 and 27.12.47

  

No. 99  30th March 1949 

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires and Dennis Day.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 (b)        Opening Theme

*Sunflower                                                                (c)        with Rhythmaires

*Why Can’t You Behave                                           (d)       with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    (e)        Bing Crosby, Dennis Day & ‘Mildred’

*Clancy Lowered The Boom                                     (f)        with Dennis Day

*While The Angelus Was Ringing                                          with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby, Dennis Day & ‘Mildred’

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        Bing interrupts his opening theme after “Someone....” with, “You’re pretty busy, aren’t

you?....Yes!”  There is no explanation for this comment.

(c)        Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

            Commercial Recording 29.10.63

(d)       Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

            Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(e)        During the comedy dialogue the role of Dennis Day’s ‘girl friend’ (‘Mildred’) is played by Janet Waldo.

(f)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends” and Japanese MCA9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP707 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 2”

            GNP/Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years”

Varese Sarabande CD 3020668762 “Bing Crosby – When Irish Eyes Are Smiling”

 

No. 100  6th April 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Kay Starr and James Stewart.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Opening Theme

*If You Stub Your Toe On The Moon            (a)                   with Rhythmaires

*Once In Love With Amy                                                                 

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Kay Starr

  You Broke Your Promise                                                     Kay Starr

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                 Bing Crosby & Ken Carpenter

  ‘The Babysitter’ Sketch                                                        Bing Crosby & James Stewart

*You Was                                                       (b)                  with Kay Starr

*While The Angelus Was Ringing                                           with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                                Bing Crosby & James Stewart

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                              Closing Theme

 

Note:

(a)                Commercial Recording 30.12.47

(b)               Viper’s Nest VN-1003 (CD) – “Bing Crosby Live Duets”

 

No. 101  13th April 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and The Gonzaga University Glee Club.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee & Ken Carpenter

*Easter Parade                                              (a)         with Peggy Lee & Rhythmaires

*A Bluebird Singing In My Heart

(The Tra La La La Song)                    (b)        with Rhythmaires

*Gonzaga Men                                               (c)        with The Gonzaga Glee Club

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                         with The Gonzaga Glee Club

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee

*Down The Old Ox Road                              (d)        with Peggy Lee & The Gonzaga Glee Club

  Comedy Dialogue                                         (e)        Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Ken Carpenter & John Scott Trotter

  Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?   The Gonzaga Glee Club

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 1.6.42

            Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

(b)        Commercial Recording 31.12.47

(c)        Written by Johnny Burke and Jimmy Van Heusen, this song was officially adopted by Gonzaga University.

(d)       Varese Sarabande CD 3020669052 “Bing Crosby – Crosby Classics”

            Commercial Recordings 16.6.33 and 3.5.54

(e)        This item develops into a series of vignettes, purportedly depicting Bing’s college days at Gonzaga University.

 

No. 102  20th April 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Walter O’Keefe and Rudy Vallee.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Opening Theme

*Cruising Down The River                                          with Rhythmaires

*Why Can’t You Behave?                              (a)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                      Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee & Walter O’Keefe

  ‘Early Days’ Sketch                                      (b)        Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee & Walter O’Keefe

  My Time Is Your Time                                 (c)         Rudy Vallee

*I Surrender, Dear                                         (d)      

 

*Hand Holdin’ Music                                     (e)         with Rudy Vallee & Walter O’Keefe

*While The Angelus Was Ringing                                with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Rudy Vallee & Walter O’Keefe

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(b)        The sketch depicts the ‘young’ Bing trying to break into show business, by attempting to enlist the aid of the already successful Rudy Vallee.  The sketch includes items (c) and (d).

(c)        See note (b) above.  One Chorus only.

(d)       See note (b) above.  A snatch only, by Bing as he demonstrates his crooning technique.

            Commercial Recordings 19.1.31, 31.3.39 and 24.4.54

(e)        HRB Music BCP1001 - “Bing Crosby And Friends”

            Japanese MCA 9301 - “Bing Crosby Radio Show”

            Precision Records & Tapes NCP711 - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years - Volume 4” (Recording date shewn as 13.4.49)          

            GNP/Crescendo GNPD9052 (CD) - “Bing Crosby - The Radio Years”

            Hallmark 303372 (CD) - “Bing Crosby & Friends - The Radio Years”

 

No. 103  27th April 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Peggy Lee and Abe Burrows.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies        (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Bali Ha’i                                                                 Peggy Lee

*Be-bop Spoken Here                                 (b)        with Peggy Lee

  Comedy Dialogue                                                   Bing Crosby & Abe Burrows

 

  ‘Upper Peabody Tech’ Sketch                    (c)        Bing Crosby, Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

*Upper Peabody Technological College        (d)        with Abe Burrows & Rhythmaires

  She’s The Sweetheart Of Delta Delta Tau    (e)        Abe Burrows & Peggy Lee

*John C. Schultzenhammer High                    (f)         with Abe Burrows

 

*Some Enchanted Evening                             (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 18.3.49

(b)        Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Commercial Recording 14.4.49

(c)        The sketch takes the form of another comic operetta, written by Abe Burrows (See Programmes Nos.90 and 94).

            Accordion accompaniment is provided by Milton DeLugg and the ‘score’ consists of items (d), (e) and (f).

(d)       See note (c) above.  There is also a short reprise of this item serving as the finale for the ‘operetta’.

(e)        See note (c) above.

(f)        See note (c) above.

(g)        Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

No. 104  4th May 1949  

 

Transcribed in Hollywood (18th April 1949).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Carole Richards and Alec Templeton.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                     (a)        Opening Theme

*Everywhere You Go                                    (b)        with Rhythmaires

  Again                                                                       Carole Richards

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Alec Templeton

  ‘A Connecticut Disc-Jockey In

            King Arthur’s Court’ Sketch               (c)        Bing Crosby & Alec Templeton

  I Took My Harp To A Party                         (d)       Alec Templeton (Piano & Vocal)

*I Like Kissing                                               (e)        with Carole Richards & Alec Templeton (Piano)

  Buon Giorno, Bing Crosby                            (f)        Alec Templeton (Piano & Vocal)

*Far Away Places                                          (g)        with Alec Templeton (Piano)

*Philco Commercial                                        (h)        with Alec Templeton (Piano & Vocal), Carol Richards & Ken Carpenter

*Bali Ha’i                                                        (i)        

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:            

(a)        The programme opens with much laughter and Bing can be heard saying, “Are you ready?....I don’t feel it yet....I’m waiting for the message....I don’t get the message....Now I got it!” before commencing the opening theme.

(b)        Commercial Recording 18.3.49

            Magic DAWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

(c)        The comedy theme has Bing and Alec Templeton as mediaeval disc jockeys introducing various

‘requests’.  Alec Templeton also assumes the parts of Beethoven and Verdi and plays

fragmentary, illustrative piano solos. Items (d), (e), (f) and (g) are included within the framework

of the sketch.

(d)       See note (c) above.

(e)        See note (c) above.

(f)        See note (c) above.  A parody to the music of Verdi.

(g)        Performed in a comic manner with Alec Templeton providing piano accompaniment in pseudo-Verdi style.

(h)        An extended sung commercial which is a continuation of the theme developed in item (c).  Performed in operatic style (‘Opera Commerciale Di Philco’), there are strong similarities, particularly in the orchestral overture, to the version heard on Programme No. 71 {item (g)}.

(i)         Magic AWE48 (CD) - “Bing Swings”

            Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

No. 105  11th May 1949  

 

Transcribed in San Francisco (a).  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Peggy Lee and Alec Templeton.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Opening Theme

*How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies        (b)        with Peggy Lee

*Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)      (c)        with Perry Botkin (Guitar) & Issy Rosenbaum (Bass)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    Bing Crosby, Alec Templeton & Peggy Lee

*Far Away Places                                         (d)       with Peggy Lee & Alec Templeton (Piano)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                    Bing Crosby, Alec Templeton & Peggy Lee

  ‘Trip To Hawaii’ Sketch                              (e)        Bing Crosby, Alec Templeton & Peggy Lee

*Blue Hawaii                                                 (f)        with Peggy Lee & Alec Templeton (Piano)

  Bali Ha’i                                                      (g)        Peggy Lee

*Sweet Leilani                                               (h)        with Alec Templeton (Piano & Vocal)

*Philco Commercial                                       (i)         with Peggy Lee & Alec Templeton (Piano & Vocal)

*Some Enchanted Evening                             (j)        

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        From the Marine Memorial Theatre.

(b)        Sun 2108 (CD) – “El Rancho Grande – Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee”

Commercial Recording 18.3.49

(c)        Commercial Recording 22.3.49

(d)       A repeat performance of the version described in Programme No. 104 Note (g).  This time with the additional assistance of Peggy Lee.

            Commercial Recording 25.11.48

(e)        The sketch includes, incongruously enough, a bagpipe solo by Alec Templeton and provides the framework for items (f), (g) & (h).

(f)        See note (e) above.  Commercial Recordings 23.2.37 & 24.4.54

(g)        See note (e) above.

(h)        See note (e) above.  Alec Templeton’s contribution consists of a vocal impression of chords

played by an Hawaiian guitar.

            Commercial Recordings 23.2.37 & 3.5.54

(i)         This sung commercial, (“You Ought To Get A Portable Philco”) concludes with a brief parody of “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”.

(j)         Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

No. 106  18th May 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires, Rhonda Fleming and Johnny Mercer.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                   Opening Theme

*Careless Hands                                             (a)        with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                      Bing Crosby & Johnny Mercer

*The Glow Worm                                                       with Johnny Mercer with Rhythmaires

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Rhonda Fleming

*When Is Sometime?                                                  with Rhonda Fleming

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer & Rhonda Fleming

  ‘A Georgia Cotton Chopper In

            King Trotter’s Court’ Sketch                          Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, Rhonda Fleming,

Ken Carpenter & John Scott Trotter

*Small Fry                                                       (b)      with Johnny Mercer

*Again                                                             (c)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                  Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Commercial Recording 22.3.49

(b)        Updated version, see Programme No. 88 Note (b).

            Commercial Recording 1.7.38

(c)        Commercial Recording 23.6.60  

 

No. 107  25th May 1949 

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Dorothy Kirsten.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                     (a)        Opening Theme

*Why Can’t You Behave?                             (b)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

  Comedy Dialogue                                                     Bing Crosby & Dorothy Kirsten

  My Man’s Gone Now                                              Dorothy Kirsten

*Riders In The Sky (A Cowboy Legend)       (c)        with Perry Botkin (Guitar) & Phil Stevens (Bass)

  ‘Which Way Did They Go,

Pardner?’ Sketch                              (d)        Bing Crosby, Dorothy Kirsten, Joe Venuti & Ken Carpenter

*La Pasta Marinari                                        (e)        with Dorothy Kirsten & Joe Venuti

*I’m An Old Cowhand

(From The Rio Grande)                    (f)         with Dorothy Kirsten & Joe Venuti

*You’ve Been Poisoned By Giuseppe          (g)         with Dorothy Kirsten & Joe Venuti

*Long Live The Isle Of Stromboli                 (h)         with Dorothy Kirsten & Joe Venuti

*Again                                                          (i)         with Dorothy Kirsten

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                 Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        Whistled only.

(b)        Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(c)        Commercial Recording 22.3.49

(d)       This comic ‘horse opera’ includes a version of “Home On The Range” played as an operatic overture by the orchestra and also includes items (e), (f), (g) and (h).

(e)        See note (d) above.  Bing ‘fluffs’ his opening on this item, to the amusement of the studio audience but after singing his part in operatic style, quips, “Better than you thought, huh?”

(f)        See note (d) above.  A parodied version.

            Commercial Recordings 17.7.36 and 3.5.54

(g)        See note (d) above.

(h)        See note (d) above.

(i)         Commercial Recording 23.6.60

 

No. 108  1st June 1949  (a)

 

Transcribed in Hollywood.  Announced by Ken Carpenter.  With Jud Conlon’s Rhythmaires.

 

*Where The Blue Of The Night                                 (b)         Opening Theme

*Buttons And Bows                                                               with Rhythmaires

*Cuanto Le Gusta                                                                  with Rhythmaires

*My Happiness                                                                                  

*It’s Magic                                                                             

*So Dear To My Heart                                                                      

*Galway Bay                                                              (c)       

*Cruising Down The River                                                     with Rhythmaires

*Maybe You’ll Be There                                                                   

*I Got Lucky In The Rain                                                      with Loulie Jean Norman

*So In Love                                                              (d)      

*On A Slow Boat To China                                       (e)        with Gloria Wood

 

Medley:

*Far Away Places                                                      (f)        with Buddy Cole (Piano)

*So Tired                                                                              with Buddy Cole (Piano)

*Powder Your Face With Sunshine                                       with Buddy Cole (Piano)

 

*Some Enchanted Evening                                         (g)       

  Where The Blue Of The Night                                             Closing Theme

 

Notes:

(a)        This final show for Philco is noteworthy in that there are no guests and the content consists of an almost non-stop review of the top tunes of the past year.  Bing sings all fifteen of these popular songs of the day, many of them million-sellers for other artistes, although he recorded only three of the titles, himself, during the actual period covered.  This, undoubtedly, due to the Musician’s strike of 1948.

(b)        Pre-show, Bing can be heard making an unintelligible remark which vastly amuses the studio

audience.

(c)        Commercial Recording 27.11.47

(d)       Commercial Recording 4.1.49

(e)        Commercial Recording 28.7.58

(f)        Commercial Recording 25.11.48

(g)        Commercial Recording 10.3.49

 

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