1939-1940 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra 

The audience share for the season is 23.3, which makes it the top musical show but leaves it in seventh place in the Hooper ratings for evening programmes as a whole. For the third year running, the Edgar Bergen programme tops the table with a rating of 34.6 overall. Bob Hope’s show enters the ratings with 25.0, which earns it sixth place.

 

No.  152  28th September 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, Bobby Riggs and Jackie Cooper.

 

*Go Fly A Kite

*Go Fly A Kite (parody)                                                            with Bob Burns

  Jackie Cooper spot

*The Dipsy Doodle                                                                    with Jackie Cooper (both on drums)

*Still The Bluebird Sings

  Bob Burns spot

  Down In Jungle Town                                                               Bob Burns (bazooka)

*A Man And His Dream

  Bobby Riggs spot

  Star Dust                                                                                   Pat Friday

*An Apple For The Teacher                                                       with Pat Friday

*An Apple For The Teacher (parody)                                         with Pat Friday and Bob Burns

*If I Was A Millionaire

*The Lamp Is Low

*A Man And His Dream

 

Summer vacation is over for Bing Crosby. Tonight, at ten o’clock he returns to the Music Hall to take over his regular job as head man. Bob Burns has a welcome-home celebration all lined up. Jackie Cooper of the screen, Bobby Riggs, America’s number one tennis ace and Pat Friday will be on hand to extend a special welcome to the returning singing star.

(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 28th September, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercials: Long. Carpenter says he had trouble reading them. General remarks: Bing back. Wonderful."


No.  153  5th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Albert Coates, Frank Albertson, Wendy Barrie and John Payne.

 

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

  John Payne spot

  Count Me Out Of Your Dreams                                              John Payne

*Garden Of The Moon                                                              with John Payne

*What’s New?

  Wendy Barrie spot

*Girl Of My Dreams

*Oh! You Crazy Moon                                                 (a)         with The Music Maids

  Frank Albertson spot

*The Mountaineer's Sweetheart                                                  with Frank Albertson, John Payne & Wendy Barrie

  Waltz (from Pickwick)                                                             Albert Coates (piano)

  San Weller's Song                                                                     Albert Coates (piano)

  Wedding March (from Pickwick)                                             Albert Coates (piano)

  Shadrack                                                                                   John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Over The Rainbow

 

Note:

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


The fact that the vacationing Bob Burns will be missing from the line-up accounts for the fact there’s an extra guest in the Kraft Music Hall today when Wendy Barrie, John Payne, Frank Albertson of the film colony, and Robert Coates, symphony conductor, will all be present. Crosby will do everything but the bazooka solo in the broadcast over the NBC-WFBC network at 10 p.m…John Payne, Wendy Barrie and Frankie Albertson will each submit to a verbal tiff with Bing, the walking dictionary….Though he’s well known as a conductor, not many people know that Robert Coates is an expert on the keyboard. He’ll do two numbers on the piano around a chat with Bing….John Scott Trotter will take his orchestra over “Shadrack” lightly. (NOTE: It is suspected that Robert Coates was in fact Albert Coates.)

(The Greenville News (South Carolina), 5th October, 1939)

 

Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: Swell.  Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Too bad Coates can't play piano."

No.  154  12th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Erna Rubenstein, Reginald Gardiner, Erle Stanley Gardner and Rosemary Lane.

 

*An Apple For The Teacher                                                     with The Music Maids

  Rosemary Lane spot

  Lamplight                                                                                Rosemary Lane

*South American Way (parody)                                               with Rosemary Lane

*Moonlight Serenade                                                                with The Music Maids

  Reginald Gardiner spot

*Oklahoma, Hail!

*Still The Bluebird Sings

  Erle Stanley Gardner spot

*Sunbonnet Sue                                                                        with The Music Maids

  Melodie                                                                                   Erna Rubenstein (violin)

  Czardas                                                                                    Erna Rubenstein (violin)                                                                          

*The Lamp Is Low

 

“Bing Crosby, KFI at 7, will present Rosemary Lane, Reginald Gardiner of stage and screen, Erle Stanley Gardener, author of mystery stories and Erna Rubenstein, an opera singer, violinist and dancer from Budapest.  A publicity item says that Bob Burns will not return to the series until after Thanksgiving.”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 12th October 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: Good.  Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: R. Gardiner certainly has wonderful timing."

 

No.  155  19th October 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Doris-Jeanne Peterson, Walter Connolly, Preston Foster and Jack Oakie.

 

*The Man With The Mandolin                                      (a)        with The Music Maids

  Jack Oakie spot

*Down The Old Ox Road                                                          with Jack Oakie

*What’s New?

  Walter Connolly spot

*I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?                           (b)         with The Music Maids

*Blue Orchids                                                               (c)

  Preston Foster spot

*High On Gopher Mountain                                                       with Walter Connolly, Preston Foster and Jack Oakie

  Serenade (Schubert)                                                                 Doris-Jeanne Peterson (marimba)
  Star Dust                                                                                 
Doris-Jeanne Peterson (marimba)

  In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room                               John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*A Man And His Dream                                                            with The Music Maids

 

Notes:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

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

         Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


Variety will be the keynote of Bing Crosby’s program tonight when character actor Walter Connolly, comedian Jack Oakie, movie villain Preston Foster and the 16-year-old marimba player Doris Peterson all pay the Music Hall a visit…Miss Doris Peterson has selected Schubert’s “Serenade” as her marimba number while the Trotter orchestra will do a special arrangement of “18th Century Drawing Room.”

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 19th October, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: Fair.  Comments on Commercial: OK. Trouble on the local cut-in in L. A. General remarks: Great difficulty getting a good pickup on Peterson's marimba."


 No.  156  26th October 1939  (a)

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Pat Friday, J. L. Kraft, Brian Aherne, Sterling Holloway and Kirsten Flagstad.

 

*An Apple For The Teacher                                                     with The Music Maids

  Brian Aherne spot

*Day In, Day Out                                                         (b)

  Sterling Holloway spot

*She's Funny That Way (parody)                                              with Sterling Holloway

*Love Is The Sweetest Thing                                                    with The Music Maids

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

  Du Bist Der Lenz                                                                    Kirsten Flagstad

  Not Eveld (Twilight)                                                               Kirsten Flagstad                                                                           

  Morning                                                                                   Kirsten Flagstad 

  J. L. Kraft / 4-H spot

*The Spirit Of The Hill

 

Notes:

(a)    The President of Kraft Phenix Cheese was on the programme to present medals to the 4-H Club National Dairy Production Demonstration winners.

(b)    Bing Crosby Enterprises CD - "Bing Crosby Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook"


Bing Crosby will be host to eleven guests tonight at 10 o’clock during his “Music Hall” program. Kirsten Flagstad, Metropolitan Opera soprano; Sterling Holloway, comedian; Brian Aherne, actor, and eight winners of 4-H Club College scholarships will be heard during the program.

(Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, 26th October, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: Swell!  Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: OK. 4-H kids great - Flagstad out of this world etc."

 

No.  157  2nd November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Doris-Jeanne Peterson, Mark Hellinger, Charles Butterworth and Joan Bennett.

 

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

  Joan Bennett spot

*What's New? (parody)                                                             with Joan Bennett

*Blue Orchids

  Charles Butterworth spot

*Blow The Smoke Away                                                           with The Music Maids

  Sweetheart of Rappa Tappa Gong                                           Ken Carpenter

*The Man With The Mandolin                                                   with The Music Maids

  Mark Hellinger spot

*Far Above Cayuga’s Waters

  Czardas                                                                                     Doris-Jeanne Peterson (marimba)

  Rhumba Medley                                                                       Doris-Jeanne Peterson (marimba)

  Rachmaninoff Prelude                                                              John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*South Of The Border                                                     (a)

                         

Notes

(a)    Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"


The visiting foyer of the “Music Hall" will be crowded once more when Bing Crosby entertains Joan Bennett, Charles Butterworth, Mark Hellinger, and Doris Jean Peterson tonight. With Bob Burns still on vacation, the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra carry on beside Bing, in the broadcast over KTBS tonight at 9 o'clock.  Joan Bennett, one of the lovelier of the screen lovelies, makes it a point to hobnob with Crosby at regular intervals to brush up on the newest in K. M. H. expressions. The foggy Charlie Butterworth will add to the confusion when he "cuts up a few touches” with the master crooner. Mark Hellinger exchanges tips on how to conduct a newspaper column for a little coaching on methods of putting a song across.

(The Times, (Shreveport, Louisiana), 2nd November, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: OK. Comments on Entertainment: OK. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Hellinger fine."

 

No.  158  9th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Lou Holtz, Larry Adler, Lucille Ball and Chester Morris.

 

*Are You Having Any Fun?                                           (a)         with The Music Maids

*Are You Having Any Fun?  (parody)                            (a)        with Lou Holtz

  Lou Holtz spot

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)                            (a)

  Lucille Ball spot

*My Melancholy Baby                                                               with The Music Maids

*Day In, Day Out

  Chester Morris spot

*Can't We Talk It Over (parody)                                                with Lou Holtz, Lucille Ball and Chester Morris

  Estrellita                                                                                    Larry Adler

*Dinah                                                                                         with Larry Adler

  South American Way                                                                Larry Adler

  In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Over The Rainbow                                                                    with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”


An all-star line-up headed by Bing Crosby will tackle the "Music Hall” microphone with such triple-threats as Lou Holtz, Chester Morris, Lucille Ball and Larry Adler in the backfield. The regular string of players in John Scott Trotter’s orchestra and the Music Maids will also be on hand for the broadcast which will be heard over WSB at 9 o’clock tonight. Larry Adler, a newcomer to the Music Hall, will present several South American selections on his harmonica.

(The Atlanta Constitution, 9th November, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Swell. Comments on Commercial: OK after a slight cut. General remarks: An orchid show."

 

No.  159  16th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Jarmila Novotna, Reginald Gardiner, Louis Hayward and Eugene Pallette. 

 

*Scatter-brain                                                                (a)        with The Music Maids

  Louis Hayward spot

*What’s New?

  Reginald Gardiner spot

*I Can’t Believe That You’re In Love With Me             (b)

*Yodelin’ Jive                                                                           with The Music Maids

  Eugene Pallette spot

  Die Tote Stadt                                                                         Jarmila Novotna

  Amore Mio                                                                              Jarmila Novotna

  Brahms Lullaby                                                                       Jarmila Novotna

  Kitten On The Keys                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Over The Rainbow                                                                   with The Music Maids

                                   

Notes:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(b)        Spokane 29 - “Bing In The Thirties - Volume 8”

The radio debut of Jarmila Novotna, often called the most beautiful of opera singers, takes place on Bing Crosby’s Music Hall tonight. On hand to aid in the festivities over WMAQ at 9 o'clock will be a trio of screen luminaries consisting of Louis Hayward, Eugene Pallette, and Reginald Gardiner. Mme. Novotna's appearance on the Crosby hour, will be a sort of preview. She doesn't make her Metropolitan debut until this fall when she will be heard in “The Bartered Bride.” Crosby will endeavor to unmask “The Man in the Iron Mask,” which was the title-role Louis Hayward had in a recent movie. The booming bass speaking voice of Eugene Pallette, well-known picture stealer, and the imitations of Reggie Gardiner will both be aired in the course of an hour's entertainment. King Croon Bing, of course, will warm up his vocal chords for renditions of, “Scatterbrain,” “Yodeling Jive,” in which he'll be joined by the Music Maids, “My Prayer,"(sic) and for his Memory Song. “I Can't Believe You’re In Love With Me.” John Scott Trotter leads his orchestra for the accompaniment.
(Belvidere Daily Republican, 16th November, 1939)

Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: OK. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Just didn't seem to jell."

No.  160  23rd November 1939

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Lou Holtz, Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti, Stuart Erwin and Shirley Ross.

 

*Are You Having Any Fun?                                                       with The Music Maids 

*Are You Having Any Fun? (parody)                                        with Lou Holtz

  Lou Holtz spot

*Nobody (parody)                                                                      with Lou Holtz

*Lilacs In The Rain

  Stuart Erwin spot                     

*Just A Dream Of You, Dear                                          (a)

*After All                                                                                    with The Music Maids

  Shirley Ross spot

*Mine                                                                                          with Shirley Ross

  Malaguena                                                                                 Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti (pianos)

  Home Sweet Home                                                                    Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti (pianos)

*South Of The Border


Notes

(a)     Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"


They’ll be talking turkey on the Music Hall program tonight when Bing Crosby will have Lou Holtz, Stuart Erwin, Shirley Ross and the reunited piano team of Fray and Braggiotti as the Thanksgiving guests. The meeting will start at 10 o’clock over the NBC Red network with the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra set to “cut up a few musical touches,” as Crosby would call it…Lou Holtz made a special trip to the coast to appear with Bing two weeks ago. So strong an impression did he make, he’ll return with Sam Lapidus stories this Thursday. The fast-speaking Holtz intends to chin a bit with the professionally slow-witted Erwin. Shirley Ross will sing a song or two after facing the microphone opposite King Croon. The music department will set aside a pair of grand pianos for a pair of Fray and Braggiotti arrangements.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23rd November, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: John didn't like this one but we are forced to disagree. Erwin and Holtz were swell."

 

No.  161  30th November 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Florence George, Annabella and Harry Carey.

 

*Scatter-brain                                                                with The Music Maids

*Scatter-brain (parody)                                                 with Bob Burns (bazooka)

  Annabella spot

*Make With The Kisses

  Bob Burns spot

*Marcheta

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                       (a)        with The Music Maids 

  Harry Carey spot

  Musetta's Waltz                                                            Florence George

  Old Folks At Home                                                      Florence George

  Blue Orchids                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                          with The Music Maids

 

Note:

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


Bing Crosby gives thanks that his old sidekick. Robin Burns, will take up his share of the entertainment in the Music Hall tonight when the visiting foyer will be filled with such cinema notables as Annabella, Florence George, and Harry Carey. This is the third Thanksgiving celebration of the year for M. H., the first having occurred when Bing returned in the fall, another one last week, and now once more for the bazooka tooter. The hour that includes the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra among its regular features is heard at 9 o'clock over WMAQ.

At first Bob Burns intended to spend his vacation at home since his wife had suffered a spinal injury in a fall aboard his boat. But Mrs. Burns showed such improvement the pair was able to get as far away from home as New York and Florida. Now the Sage of Van Buren is set to take up a long run.

Mrs. Tyrone Power, better-known as Annabella, will be inducted into the rituals of the hall for the first time. Such veterans of the Thursday night shindigs as Florence George, singing actress, and Harry Carey, cowboy star, will try to make her feel at home from the opening gong.

Bing's vocals are “Scatterbrain,” “Make With the Kisses,” “Stop, It's Wonderful,” “To You, Sweetheart, Aloha,” “Musetta Waltz” from “La Boheme,” “My Old Kentucky Home (sic),” and for his 1913 memory song, “Marcheta.” John Scott Trotter's orchestra gives out with a special arrangement of “Blue Orchids.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, November 30, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: None."

 

No.  162  7th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Maria Ouspenskaya, The Kidoodlers and Jackie Cooper.

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                         (a)         with The Music Maids

*Ciribiribin (parody)                                                          (b)         with Bob Burns (vocal & bazooka)

  Jackie Cooper spot

*Tiger Rag                                                                                       with Jackie Cooper (both on drums)

*After All                                                                           (a)         with The Music Maids

  Bob Burns spot

*Looking At The World Through Rose-Coloured Glasses (c)        with The Music Maids

*Lilacs In The Rain                                                            (d)
 
Maria Ouspenskaya spot

  The Man With The Whiskers                                                         The Kidoodlers

  Old MacDonald Had A Farm                                                         The Kidoodlers

  William Tell Overture                                                                    The Kidoodlers

*South Of The Border

 

Notes:

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

               Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

(b)        Also includes parodied version of “Santa Lucia”

            Spokane 12 - “Bing In The Thirties”

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

(d)        Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


The Music Hall debut of Mme Ouspenskaya, well-known actress of stage and screen will occupy the attention of Bing Crosby and Bob Burns tonight when they’ve also invited Jackie Cooper and the Kidoodlers, novelty instrument quartet, to be presented for the roll call.  The Music Maids and John Scott Trotter's orchestra fill the bill for the broadcast over WMAQ, at 9 o'clock.

Madame Ouspenskaya had a remarkable background in the theater before she made a definite hit in the picturization of “Dodsworth.” This veteran of the Moscow Art theater has taught drama students on Broadway and appeared in hit after hit in New York. She recently played Charles Boyer’s mother in “Love Affair.”

Another interviewee in the inimitable M. H. manner of Crosby will be Jackie Cooper who is now classed as a veteran of the hall in spite of his years. Young Mr Cooper has just appeared in “What A Life.”

Bing sings “Ciribiribin,” “After All,” “Lilacs in the Rain,” “South of the Border:' and for his 1926 memory song, “Looking at the World Through Rose Colored Glasses,” John Scott Trotter trots out his famous arrangement of Ravel's “Bolero” for an orchestral interlude.
 (Belvidere Daily Republican, December 7, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "
Comments on Entertainment: Fair. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Have to watch commercial lead-ins."

 

No.  163  14th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Efrem Zimbalist, Una Merkel and Jack Holt.

 

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                                                with The Music Maids

*Stop! It’s Wonderful (parody)                                                 with Bob Burns

  Jack Holt spot

*Girl Of My Dreams

  Bob Burns spot

  Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!                                                     Bob Burns (bazooka)

*(Back Home Again In) Indiana                                  (a)

*Yodelin’ Jive                                                                            with The Music Maids 
  Una Merkel spot

  Zigeunerweisen                                                                         Efrem Zimbalist (violin)

  Chopin Waltz                                                                            Efrem Zimbalist (violin)

  March Of The Toys                                                                   John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                       with The Music Maids

 

Notes

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


Variety is the word for the talent assemblage in the Music Hall tonight when Bing Crosby doffs his well-worn chapeau to Efrem Zimbalist, eminent concert violinist; Jack Holt, star of action pictures; and Una Merkel, the southern belle who makes a habit of stealing pictures from established stars. Of course, Robin Burns will be on the precincts for the broadcast over WMAQ at 9 o'clock as will the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra.

Zimbalist and Hollywood just haven’t gotten together during the past year which accounts for the fact this well-known artist is making his first appearance of 1939 in M. H. He’s one of Bing's old pals and never fails to let his hair down with the crooner in between selections on his Stradivarius.

Crosby and his clan of youngsters have long been admirers of the cinematic achievements of the seemingly indestructible Jack Holt, who is scheduled for an interview. There’s a rumor going around that Una Merkel may leave her scatterbrained professional antics at home and be serious during a “pear-shaped” chat but that's hardly likely with Bob Burns around. Bing gives out with “Stop, It's Wonderful,” “Girl of My Dreams,”  “Yodelin' Jive,” “To You Sweetheart, Aloha,” and for his memory song, “Back Home Again in Indiana.” As a special pre-Christmas treat, John Scott Trotter has an arrangement handy of “March of the Toys” from “Babes in Toyland.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, December 14, 1939)


No.  164  21st December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Kraft Choral Society, Kenneth Brown, Billy Lenhart and Fay Bainter.

 

*Adeste Fideles                                                                               with The Music Maids

  Fay Bainter spot

  "Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus."                                         Fay Bainter

*Ciribiribin                                                                                      with The Music Maids

  Bob Burns spot

*In The Evening By The Moonlight

*Make With The Kisses

  Polka                                                                                              Kenneth Brown (accordion) and Billy Lenhart (bass fiddle)

  Medley (Tiger Rag, Alexander's Ragtime Band, La Cucaracha)   Kenneth Brown (accordion) and Billy Lenhart (bass fiddle)

  Lullaby On Christmas Eve (Christiansen)                                     The Kraft Choral Society

  The 150th Psalm (Franck)                                                             The Kraft Choral Society

  "The Infinite Shining Heavens" (Robert Louis Stevenson)            Fay Bainter

*Silent Night


To get into the “mood Noel” as Bing Crosby calls the Christmas spirit, the Kraft Choral Society will be on the Music Hall tonight, doing its part of the broadcast from Chicago. Fay Bainter and two talented youngsters named Kenneth Brown and Billy Lenhart join Bing, Bob Burns, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra for the Hollywood end of the festivities over WMAQ at 9 o'clock.

“Lullaby on Christmas Eve,” by F. Melius Christiansen: and “The One Hundred and Fiftieth Psalm,” by Cezar Franck will be sung by the choral society. The group is made up entirely of Kraft-Phenix Cheese corporation employees. Kenneth Brown and Billy Lenhart are the pair of juveniles who caused such a sensation in Universal's “The Underpup.” Ken will bring his accordion and Billy, his bass-fiddle, when they face the M. H. microphone. Bing's songs include. “Adeste Fideles,” “Ciribiribin,” “Silent Night.” “Make With the Kisses,” and “Memory in the Evening by the Moonlight” (sic).  John Scott Trotter's orchestra will have the stage all to themselves in “Tambourine Chinois.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, December 21, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "
Comments on Entertainment: OK. Orchids. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Kids out of this world, and got spontaneous applause. Chorus stretched, of course."

 

No.  165  28th December 1939 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Georges Barrere, The Kidoodlers and Claude Rains.

 

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

  The Toy Town Jamboree                                                          The Kidoodlers

  Chinatown                                                                                The Kidoodlers

  Chopsticks                                                                                The Kidoodlers

  Claude Rains spot

  "The Building Of The Ship" (extract - Longfellow)                  Claude Rains

*Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay                                                                        with The Music Maids

*Happy Birthday To Love

  Bob Burns spot

  The Little Shepherd                                                                    Georges Barrere (flute)

*Yankee Doodle                                                                           with Georges Barrere (flute), Bob Burns (bazooka) and The Kidoodlers
  Minute Waltz                                                                              Georges Barrere (flute)

  Toy Trumpet                                                                               John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams

*Auld Lang Syne

 

Note:

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

When Bing Crosby shuffles gently into the Music Hall for tonight's airing, following directly in the wake of his famous “outboard shirt” will be Claude Rains, of the cinema: Georges Barrere, of the concert stage; and Kidoodlers, of radio fame.

Robin Burns, the Music Maids, bell-master Ken Carpenter, and John Scott '''Two Ton” Trotter's orchestra, will take their regular turns at the WMAQ microphone starting at 9 o'clock.

The genial Claude Rains divides his time between making pictures in Hollywood and working on his farm in Bucks county, Pa. He usually talks over farm problems with Squire Crosby on M. H. Mr. Rains' latest screen-role is that of Father Lemp in “Four Wives” which is just being released throughout the country.

Georges Barrere will attempt to show why music critics have dubbed him “the world's greatest flautist.” He will use his platinum flute which equals to a concert grand piano in value. In direct contrast, the Kidoodlers will play novelty numbers on ten-cent toy instruments. Bing sings, '”I Thought About You,” “Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams,” “Happy Birthday to Love,” “Tumbling Tumblewood,”(sic) “Auld Lang Syne,” and for his 1908 memory song “Yip-I-Addy-I-Ay”.

 (Belvidere Daily Republican, December 28, 1939)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: OK. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Audience terrible. The old routine is better."

 

No.  166  4th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Joan Brodel, Lucy Monroe (soprano) and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*You’re A Lucky Guy                                                  (a)        with The Music Maids

  Humphrey Bogart spot

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                     with The Music Maids

  Bob Burns spot

*Moonlight On The Ganges                                         (b)

*Scatterbrain                                                                (c)         with The Music Maids

  When A Gypsy Makes His Violin Cry                                     Joan Brodel (accordion)

  Il Bacio                                                                                     Lucy Monroe

  Neapolitan Street Song                                                             Lucy Monroe

  Comin' Thro' The Rye                                                               Lucy Monroe

  Siberian Sleigh Ride                                                                  John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds


Notes:

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

            CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

 

Joan Brodel may be better known as film actress, ‘Joan Leslie’.


The screen bad man, Humphrey Bogart, will reform his tactics long enough to appear with Bing Crosby on the Music Hall broadcast tonight. Two singers. Lucy Monroe, opera star; and Joan Brodel, night club performer, will be the other guests on the program over WMAQ at 9 o’clock. Bob Burns, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra complete the bill for the night's divertisement. “Bogey,” as Bing calls Humphrey, is a M. H. veteran. He'll compete with Crosby in shooting big words at the ever-receptive microphone.

Bing sings, “You’re a Lucky Guy,” “To You, Sweetheart, Aloha,” “Moonlight on the Ganges,” “Tumblin’ Tumbleweed:” and for his 1926 memory song, “Scatterbrain.” Joan Brodel will handle the vocals on “Love in Bloom,” “Old Spinning Wheel,” and “June in January.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, January 4, 1940)

 

Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: OK."

 

No.  167  11th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Hilda Burke, Alan Hale and Maureen O’Hara.

 

*Looking At The World Through

            Rose-Coloured Glasses                         (a)        with The Music Maids

  Alan Hale spot

*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling                                       with Alan Hale, Bob Burns & Ken Carpenter

*Vagabond Dreams

  Bob Burns spot

*My Little Girl                                                  (b)         with Chorus

  La Gonga                                                                      Ken Carpenter

*Holy Smoke! (Can’t You Take A Joke?)        (a)         with The Music Maids

  Maureen O'Hara spot

*Believe Me, If All Those Endearing Young Charms    with Maureen O'Hara

  My Johann                                                                    Hilda Burke

  The Old Refrain                                                            Hilda Burke

  The Dance                                                                    Hilda Burke

  Tambourin Chinois                                                       John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Missouri Waltz

 
Notes:
(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

         Interfusion CD D26291 "A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song"
(b) 
        Limited Edition Club JGB1002 - “Around The Hall”


Hilda Burke, soprano of the Metropolitan Opera Company; Maureen O’Hara, English actress, and the man of many supporting roles in the films, Alan Hale, make up the list of personalities to be heard from by Bing on the Music Hall tonight….Maureen O’Hara is currently being frightened on screens throughout the nation by Charles Laughton as “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” She’ll no doubt welcome the comparative quiet of K. M. H. unless Bob Burns takes to shooting unfair questions at her.

(Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11th January, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: Such fluffs!"

 

No.  168  18th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Dalies Frantz, Ida Lupino and Frank McHugh.

 

*You’re A Lucky Guy                                                               with The Music Maids

  Frank McHugh spot

*Hurrah for Baffin's Bay                                                            with Frank McHugh & Bob Burns

*Happy Birthday To Love

  Bob Burns spot

*Ballin’ The Jack

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

  Ida Lupino spot

  The Mazurka                                                                            Dalies Frantz (piano)

  Gigue (Bach)                                                                            Dalies Frantz (piano)

  The Man I Love                                                                       Dalies Frantz (piano)

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds

 

Bing Crosby turns the key to his Music Hall over WMC at 9 tonight and welcomes one of the leading concert pianists and two members of the film colony. The keyboard artist is Dalies Frantz, making his first visit to the program in over a year, and the cinema performers are Ida Lupino, English actress, and Frank McHugh, comedian. While Bing has become widely known as a host through his greetings to a wide assortment of visitors, each week, the famous Crosby vocal chords continue to predominate and rank the crooner as a radio favorite.

(The Commercial Appeal, 18th January, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Swell. Orchids. Comments on Commercial: OK. General remarks: McHugh should be added to our stock company. He is great."

 

No.  169  25th January 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gloria Jean, Madeleine Carroll and Lon Chaney Jr.

 

*Stop! It’s Wonderful                                                                with The Music Maids

*Stop! It’s Wonderful (parody)                                                 with Bob Burns

  Madeleine Carroll spot

*Vagabond Dreams

  Bob Burns spot

*Juanita

*Holy Smoke! (Can’t You Take A Joke?)                                 with The Music Maids
 
Lon Chaney Jr. spot

  Russian Nightingale                                                                  Gloria Jean

*If I Had My Way                                                                      with Gloria Jean

  Prelude in G Minor (Rachmaninoff)                                         John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair


That rising young starlet, twelve-year-old Gloria Jean, will meet Bing Crosby for the first time tonight on the Music Hall. Bing and Gloria will talk over plans for the new picture they’re to make together called, “If I Had My Way.”

Madeleine Carroll and Lon Chancy, Jr., will also drop in on Bing, Bob Burns, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra for the broadcast over WMAQ at 9 o'clock.

The glamorous Madeleine Carroll enjoys nothing better than the informalities of M. H. She even outdoes Crosby’s "doubletalk” on occasion.

When Bing tendered his invitation to Lon Chaney, Jr., he found the son of the late master of cinema make-up was heading for Hollywood from the east by train and therefore couldn't sign the contract until he arrived. Lon Jr. had just attended the “Of Mice and Men” preview in which he played the part of the dim-witted Lennie.

Crosby sings “Stop. It's Wonderful,” “Vagabond Dream,” “Holy Smoke, Can't You Take A Joke?” “Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair,” and will ask the listening audience if they remember “Juanita.” Trotter's band lets go with a special arrangement of Rachmaninoff's “Prelude in G Minor.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 25th January, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Comments on Commercial: OK."

 

No.  170  1st February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gaspar Cassado, Jean Parker and Randolph Scott.

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                                with The Music Maids

*Ciribiribin (parody)                                                                 with Bob Burns (vocal & bazooka)

  Randolph Scott spot

*Just One More Chance

  Bob Burns spot

*I Thought About You                                                  (b)

  Jean Parker spot

*Love’s Old Sweet Song                                               (a)       with The Music Maids

  The Swan                                                                                Gaspar Cassado (cello)

  Spanish Dance                                                                        Gaspar Cassado (cello)

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds

 

Notes:

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

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

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

            Bing Crosby Enterprises CD - "Bing Crosby Sings The Johnny Mercer Songbook"


Bing Crosby will roll out the well-worn reception carpet in the old Music Hall tonight to receive Randolph Scott, Jean Parker, both of the films, and the noted cellist, Gaspar Casado (sic)…Randolph Scott will slip into the language of the open spaces he employed in the westerns that gave him his picture start, when he chats with Bob Burns. Jean Parker, the ideal ingenue, may be persuaded to try a song with King Croon Crosby. The cellist, Gaspar Casado, a Spaniard by birth, first attained prominence in his field by being the only man to play the instrument with a metal bow. Bing sings. “Ciribiribin,” “Just One More Chance,” “I Thought About You,” “Tumblin' Tumbleweed,” and will reach into the musical past to come up with “Love’s Old Sweet Song” as his 1882 memory number.

 (Belvidere Daily Republican, 1st February, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  171  8th February 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Mischa Levitzki, Ralph Bellamy and Walt Disney

 

*Confucius Say                                                           (a)        with The Music Maids

*Confucius Say (parody)                                                         with Bob Burns                                     

  Ralph Bellamy spot

*I Thought About You

  Bob Burns spot

  Chinatown                                                                 (b)        Bob Burns (bazooka)

*Silver Threads Among The Gold                               (c)

*Indian Summer

  Walt Disney spot

*Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me)                     with Walt Disney, Bob Burns & John Scott Trotter

  Valse Brilliante (Chopin)                                                      Mischa Levitzki (piano)

  Valse (Levitzki)                                                                    Mischa Levitzki (piano)

*When I Hold You In My Arms                                             with Mischa Levitzki (piano)

  In An 18th Century Drawing Room                                      John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Love Is The Sweetest Thing                                                  with The Music Maids

 

Note:

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

(b)        Bing sings the words “Egg Foo Yung” at the conclusion.

(c)        Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"


Pinocchio’s papa, Walt Disney; Ralph Bellamy, movie actor; and Mischa Levitsky, concert pianist, will present their calling cards to Bing Crosby in the Kraft Music Hall, over WIBA at 9 o’clock tonight.

(The Capital Times (Madison. Wisconsin), 8th February 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  172  15th February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Alice Ehlers, Frank Albertson and Marlene Dietrich.

 

*The Little Red Fox (N’Ya, N’Ya, Ya Can’t Catch Me)          (a)       with The Music Maids

*The Little Red Fox (parody)                                                               with Bob Burns

  You’ve Got That Look                                                                        Marlene Dietrich

  The Boys In The Back Room                                                              Marlene Dietrich

*The Boys In The Back Room (parody)

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

  Bob Burns spot

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                                               with The Music Maids

*Devil May Care

  Frank Albertson spot

*Little Joe The Wrangler                                                                       with Marlene Dietrich & Frank Albertson

  Gavotte                                                                                                Alice Ehlers (harpsichord)

  Malaguena                                                                                           Alice Ehlers (harpsichord)

  The Village Fair                                                                                   Alice Ehlers (harpsichord)

*To You, Sweetheart, Aloha                                                                  with The Music Maids

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”


Bing Crosby will have competition on his program over WBAP-WFAA and NBC at 9 p.m. when Marlene Dietrich breaks into song. Frank Albertson will be another guest with the regulars consisting of Bob Burns, the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra. Miss Dietrich will engage in banter with Bing and Bob before a session of warbling in her own style.

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15th February, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay. General remarks: Dietrich out and in until 1:30 Thursday, which is very hard on the nerves. However she did a good show."

 

No.  173  22nd February 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Robert Viroval, Sabu and Joan Bennett.

 

*Confucius Say                                                            (a)         with The Music Maids

*Confucius Say (parody)                                                           with Bob Burns (vocal & bazooka)

  Joan Bennett spot

*Was That The Human Thing To Do? (parody)                        with Joan Bennett

*Careless

  Bob Burns spot

  Little White Lies                                                                      Bob Burns (bazooka)

*Sunday                                                                       (b)          with The Music Maids

*Sweet Potato Piper                                                                   with The Music Maids

  Sabu spot

*The Donkey's Walk                                                     (c)          with Sabu

  The Violin Master Of Cremona                                                  Robert Viroval (violin)

  The Flight Of The Bumble Bee (Rimsky-Korsakov)                  Robert Viroval (violin)
 
Maple Leaf Rag                                                                          John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Marcheta


Note:  

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

            Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

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

(c)        Just a few words from Bing

 

“Robert Viroval, in Hollywood for a recital date guested last Thursday (22nd) on the Bing Crosby show for Kraft cheese. The young violinist who quickly became a box office smash in a single New York concert appearance, after his arrival from Prague, last year, demonstrated the mellow tone and sensitive touch that recital audiences have praised.  His two numbers were shrewdly selected for a radio‘briefy’ of this kind, although they were limited in interpretative scope.

Sabu, the young elephant driver from India who has appeared in several pictures also guested on the program, giving the answers in a lively interview about elephant driving as compared to horseback riding, his headband as compared to a hat etc.  Like the Viroval appearance it was skillfully scripted to highlight the youngster and incidentally, continue the flavor that makes the Crosby series one of the week’s standouts.” 

(“Variety” 28th February 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Comments on Commercial: Okay. "

 

No.  174  29th February 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin, Patricia Morison and Brian Donlevy.

 

*In An Old Dutch Garden                                             (a)        with The Music Maids

*In An Old Dutch Garden (parody)                                           with Bob Burns (vocal & bazooka)

  Brian Donlevy spot

*I'm An Old Cowhand (parody)                                                 with Brian Donlevy, Bob Burns & John Scott Trotter

*Devil May Care

  Bob Burns spot

*De Camptown Races

*Say “Si Si”                                                                  (b)         with The Music Maids

  Patricia Morison spot

  Volveras                                                                                   Patricia Morison

  Polovstian Dances                                                                                 Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin (pianos)

  Frere Jacques                                                                            Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin, Bob Burns & John Scott Trotter (pianos)

  An Egyptian Girl                                                                       Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin (pianos)

  In An Eighteenth Century Drawing Room                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Beautiful Dreamer

 

Notes:

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

     Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

(b)             Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

             Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

               Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

 

“Bing Crosby and Bob Burns, KFI at 7 pm, will entertain Pat Morison, actress; Brian Donlevy, Irish-American actor and the piano team of Vronsky & Babin.  John Scott Trotter’s Orchestra will play, ‘Eighteenth Century Drawing Room’ and Bing will sing, ‘Devil May Care’, ‘Camptown Races’ and ‘Beautiful Dreamer’”.

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 29th February 1940)

 

“Bob Burns says that Crosby calls him ‘Robin’ except when they are on the air, that he addresses Ken Carpenter as, ‘Kensington’ which is not his first name.  John Scott Trotter as, ‘J. Scott’ and the Music Maids as ‘the mice’. Half of the cast calls him ‘Bing’ and the other half, ‘Mr. B’”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 7th March 1940) 

 

Bob Burns has, obviously, not been paying attention!  For some time Bing has been calling him ‘Robin’, on the air.


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  175  7th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Howard Hill, Rudolph Ganz and Priscilla Lane.

 

*Sunday                                                                       (a)        with The Music Maids

*Sunday (parody)                                                                     with Bob Burns, John Scott Trotter & Ken Carpenter

  Priscilla Lane spot

*It Had To Be You                                                                   with Priscilla Lane & Bob Burns

*Careless

*Careless (parody)                                                       (b)

  Bob Burns spot

*I’m Waiting For Ships That Never Come In

*Give A Little Whistle                                                              with The Music Maids

  Howard Hill spot (World's Greatest Archer)                           shoots a string with his bow and arrow

  La Terrasse des audiences du Clair de Lune                           Rudolph Ganz (piano)

  Little Elf                                                                                  Rudolph Ganz (piano)

  Cotton Picker's Congregation                                                  John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*The Singing Hills


Notes:

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

(b)        Brief unaccompanied parody


One of the loveliest of the Lane sisters, Priscilla, joins the eminent pianist, Rudolf Ganz, and Howard Hill, expert archer, in the guest panel of Bing Crosby’s show at 9 p.m….Miss Lane is currently featured in “Four Wives” and Ganz is equally noted as a conductor and has appeared with leading symphony orchestras throughout the world.

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 7th March, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  176  14th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, John Erskine, Lotte Lehmann and Pat O’Brien.

 

*In An Old Dutch Garden                                                          with The Music Maids

  Pat O’Brien spot

*The Wearing Of The Green (parody)                                       with Pat O'Brien

*Love Is All                                                                  (a)

  Bob Burns spot

*When Irish Eyes Are Smiling                                      (c)                      

  The Why Dance                                                                        Ken Carpenter

*Sweet Potato Piper                                                                   with The Music Maids

  John Erskine spot

  Verborgenheit (Secrecy)                                                           Lotte Lehmann

  Would God I Were The Tender Apple Blossom                       Lotte Lehmann

  Die Post                                                                                     Lotte Lehmann

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds                                              (b)

 

Notes:

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

    Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

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

(c)       Universal CD B0027588-02 "Among My Souvenirs - More Treasures from the Crosby Archive"

 

Lottie Lehmann of the Met and Bazooka Bob Burns – a combinations as contrasting as crepes suzette and beer (make mine Bock) – is the tasty dish offered this week by Bing Crosby – 7 p.m. on KPO. And along with it Bing plans on singing “In An Old Dutch Garden” and the same program with Pat O’Brien, Hollywood’s best known Irishman, as gueststar in honor of St. Patrick’s Day.

(The Press Democrat, 14th March, 1940)


“Heretical Observation - Is it not possible that too much of a good thing is as bad for the ears as it is for the stomach? Specifically, the Kraft program is now, so loaded with overdone Bing Crosby vocabulary stuff, that the whole program threatens to become the same.  The sentences are now as long as the twine on a make-believe gift box. Simple, routine thoughts are dressed up as literary sunbursts.  The program has lost part of its sparkle and any respect it ever possessed for brevity.  This was so, even in the brogue-bandying routine (St Patrick’s Day) among Crosby, Pat O’Brien and Bob Burns which was amusing half as long as it lasted.  The poem recitation by O’Brien was, similarly, allowed to run its wordy course.  Granting that the Kraft program has been a big success and that it has contributed more than its mite to radio technique, the time may be approaching for the introduction of a new idea. There are suggestions of self-enchantment with the mere sound of polysyllabics.”

(“Variety” 20th March 1940)

 

After the glowing closing sentence from the critique of Programme No. 173, someone seems to have got out of the wrong side of the bed!


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  177  21st March 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Kraft Choral Society, Victor Schertzinger and Humphrey Bogart.

 

*Say “Si Si”                                                                                with The Music Maids

  Humphrey Bogart spot

*Big Rock Candy Mountain                                          (a)        with Humphrey Bogart

*Devil May Care

  Bob Burns spot

*I’d Love To Live In Loveland (With A Girl Like You)

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                                 with The Music Maids 

  Victor Schertzinger spot

*Schertzinger medley                                                     (b)         with Victor Schertzinger (piano)

  Panis Angelicus (Franck)                                                           The Kraft Choral Society

  In The End Of The Sabbath                                                       The Kraft Choral Society

  Paderewski's Minuet                                                                  John Scott Trotter Orchestra 

*The Singing Hills


Notes:

(a)  Bing adds a few words at the end of the song. 
(b)  A few lines from several Schertzinger songs


Bing Crosby’s guests on his “Music Hall” variety program…will include Humphrey Bogart, screen star, and Victor Schertzinger, movie director, who was the first film technician to write a musical score into a screen production.

(The Evening News, (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania), 21st March, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  178  28th March 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Oscar Levant, Brenda Marshall and Errol Flynn.

 

*Give A Little Whistle                                                                 with The Music Maids

*Give A Little Whistle (parody)                                                  with Bob Burns (vocal and bazooka)

  Errol Flynn spot

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

  Bob Burns spot

*Old Black Joe

*Ooh! What You Said                                                                  with The Music Maids
 
Brenda Marshall spot

  Gershwin's Third Prelude                                                            Oscar Levant (piano)

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

  Jardins Sous La Pluie                                                                  Oscar Levant (piano)

  The Woodpecker Song                                                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Missouri Waltz


Oscar Levant, whose smattering of ignorance has made him a household term and has produced a book on the subject, will visit Bing Crosby along with Errol Flynn and Brenda Marshall at 9 p.m. over WBAP-WFAA and NBC. Flynn and Miss Marshall, fresh from the set of “The Sea Hawk,” will converse with Crosby and Bob Burns. Levant will play “Prelude No.2.” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 28th March, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Swell. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  179  4th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Anne Jamison, Virginia Bruce and Donald Budge.

 

*I’ve Got My Eyes On You                                          (a)         with The Music Maids
 
Virginia Bruce spot

*In My Merry Oldsmobile (parody)                                            with Virginia Bruce

*Love Is All

  Bob Burns spot

*Little Girl                                                                    (b)

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                                 with The Music Maids

  Donald Budge spot

  Honeysuckle Rose                                                                     Donald Budge (drums)

  La Promessa                                                                              Anne Jamison

*Barcarolle                                                                                  with Anne Jamison

  Frasquita Serenade                                                                    Anne Jamison

  Saxophobia                                                                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*The Singing Hills


Note:

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

            Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

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

Donald Budge, the tennis player, who turned “pro” when he ran out of competition in the amateur ranks, will be on the other side of the microphone when Bing Crosby steps forward for a battle of words in the Music Hall tonight. Other special guests for the broadcast over WMAQ at 9 o'clock are Virginia Bruce, of the films, and Ann Jameson, soprano… Since retiring from amateur matches, Don Budge has been crossing tennis racquets with such veteran stalwarts of the courts as Bill Tilden, Fred Perry, and Ellsworth Vines. He plans to get some pointers on golf from Bing in return for giving the crooner a few tennis tips. Crosby will sing. “I've Got My Eyes on You,” “Love Is Al1,” “The Singing Hills,” and for his 1931 memory number, “Little Girl.” He's persuaded Virginia Bruce to use her soprano voice on “Won’t You Come Over to My House?”
(Belvidere Daily Republican, 4th April, 1940)

Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Everyone was excellent. The script superb. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

No.  180  11th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Jeffrey Lynn, Lucille Ball and Fields & Fingerle.

 

*Say “Si Si”                                                                              with The Music Maids 

*Say “Si Si” (parody)                                                               with Bob Burns

  Jeffrey Lynn spot

*Angel In Disguise                                                                    with Jeffrey Lynn (harmonica)

*The Whistler And His Dog                                                      with Bob Burns & Jeffrey Lynn (violin)

*Last Night’s Gardenias                                               (a)

  Bob Burns spot

*Tell Me, Little Gypsy                                                  (b)

*Ooh! What You Said                                                                with The Music Maids

  Lucille Ball spot

  Paderewski's Minuet In G                                                        Fields & Fingerle (pianos)

  Gershwin Group                                                                       Fields & Fingerle (pianos)

  Shadrack                                                                                   John Scott Trotter Orchestra                                                                               

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

Notes:

(a)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights” (Date shewn as November 4th 1940)

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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


A quartet of young stars will drop in at the Kraft Music Hall tonight, over WIBA at 9 o’clock, when Bing Crosby calls roll to open the hall. From the film colony, the program will draw Lucille Ball and Jeffrey Lynn, and from the music world Crosby has invited the piano team of Fingerle and Fields.

(The Capital Times, (Madison, Wisconsin), 11th April, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  181  18th April 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Janice Porter, Donald Crisp and Anna Neagle.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                          (a)         with The Music Maids

  Anna Neagle spot

*Alice Blue Gown                                                                                 with Anna Neagle

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                                               with The Music Maids

  Bob Burns spot

*Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

*I’ve Got My Eyes On You 

  Donald Crisp spot

*Dear Old Girl                                                                                        with Donald Crisp, Anna Neagle & Bob Burns

  Morning (Speaks)                                                                                 Janice Porter
  Ma Curly-Headed Baby                                                                       
Janice Porter

  Kitten On The Keys                                                                              John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Tumbling Tumbleweeds         

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

                Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

 

“Anna Neagle, Donald Crisp and Janice Porter guested Thursday night (18th) on the Kraft cheese program with Bing Crosby and Bob Burns.  Although the fact wasn’t brought out clearly, Miss Neagle’s first stint was, apparently, from her forthcoming RKO picture “Irene”.  Part of the sketch she spieled in French, the rest in a thick brogue, winding up with a duet with Crosby - all but the latter kind of inconclusive.  Carrying the accent theme further, Crisp next did a Jewish characterization, occasionally tossing in a couple of lines of his natural Scottish burr.  Miss Porter of the Chicago Opera, sang a couple of light classic numbers, agreeably.  In general, the program was up to its standard.”

(“Variety” 24th April 1940)

 

Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good, except Porter, who is a screecher. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  182  25th April 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Carol MacFarlane, Spring Byington and Basil Rathbone.

 

*Meet The Sun Halfway                                                                        with The Music Maids

  Basil Rathbone spot

  Love's Philosophy (reading)                                                                 Basil Rathbone

*Last Night’s Gardenias

  Bob Burns spot

*My Gal Sal

*April Played The Fiddle                                                                       with The Music Maids

  Spring Byington spot

  Deep Night                                                                                           Carol MacFarlane

*Thou Swell                                                                                           with Carol MacFarlane

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

"A young lady who lived next door to Bing Crosby in Los Angeles while he was still singing in a trio hasn’t been forgotten by the crooner. Carol MacFarland is her name and she’ll make her radio singing debut at the invitation of Bing in the Music Hall Thursday at 10 p. m. over WEAF.  Basil Rathbone and Spring Byington will be the other guests, with the regulars Bob Burns, the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra."

(Lima News, April 25, 1940)


Mike fright is a common ailment. Carole MacFarlane, Bing Crosby’s ex-next door neighbor who made her world debut on the Music Hall last week, succumbed to a bad case of it after her first song. The tune was easy, but the words, supposed to be chatted with Crosby, were hard. Bing ad-libbed until she got her air-legs, and Miss MacFarlane carried on with her second ditty, though queazily.

(The Tampa Tribune, 2nd May, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay. General Remarks: MacFarlane lost her place, but picked up well.  Sang well but not as well as she might have. "


No.  183  2nd May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gene Towne, Graham Baker, Annabella and Jose Iturbi.

 

*The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab-Apple Face) (a)   with The Music Maids

  Annabella spot

*Imagination

  Bob Burns spot

*Sierra Sue                                                                                with The Music Maids

  Hail KMH (words adjusted to reflect Bing's birthday)            Ken Carpenter

*Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street                               with The Music Maids

  Towne & Baker spot

  Liebestraum (Liszt)                                                                  Jose Iturbi (piano)

  Prelude for Piano (Gershwin)                                                  Jose Iturbi (piano)

  Bolero                                                                                      John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*I Haven’t Time To Be A Millionaire

 

Note:

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

 

“Gene Towne and Graham Baker, the Hollywood scripting team and professional cut-ups, guested on the Kraft program, last week, with Bing Crosby.  As usual, on this series, there was no attempt at a formal appearance in a sketch or an interview.  The noted screwballers tossed a few gags back and forth with Crosby and Bob Burns and then did more of the same with Annabella when she joined the quip-fest.  It wasn’t exactly punchy but not bad, either.  Jose Iturbi played a couple of pieces in sock fashion and also contributed a few laugh lines.” 

(“Variety” 8th May 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  184  9th May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, The Coolidge String Quartet, Kay Francis and William Boyd.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                              (a)         with The Music Maids

*The Woodpecker Song (parody)                                             with Bob Burns (bazooka)                                               

  Kay Francis spot

*April Played The Fiddle                                                          with Bob Burns (bazooka)

  Bob Burns spot

*Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me)                                 (b)        with The Music Maids

*Ma! (He’s Making Eyes At Me (parody)                    (c)                               

*Devil May Care
  William Boyd spot

  Andante Cantabile                                                                   The Coolidge String Quartet

  Molly On The Shore                                                                The Coolidge String Quartet

  Maple Leaf Rag                                                                       John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*The Singing Hills


Notes:

(a)        Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”.   A few lines are reprised, in parodied form, as an introduction for Bob Burns.

(b)             Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”

             CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

             Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

(c)         Spokane 21 - “Bing And The Music Maids”


Kay Francis and William Boyd, screen stars, and the Coolidge String Quartet, will be guests of Bing Crosby and Bob Burns on their “Music Hall” broadcast over the WEAF chain at 10 o’clock.

(The Evening News (Harrisburg), May 9, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  185  16th May 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Dave Butler, Jarmila Novotna and Brian Aherne.

 

*Meet The Sun Halfway                                                           with The Music Maids

  Brian Aherne spot

  The Mad Gardener's Song (poem)                                          Brian Aherne

*Imagination

  Bob Burns spot

*Cecilia                                                                        (a)         with The Music Maids

*Angel In Disguise                                                       (b)

  David Butler spot

  Ah, Fors e Lui                                                                          Jarmila Novotna

  Poem                                                                                        Jarmila Novotna

  Huckleberry Duck                                                                    John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Too Romantic

 

Note:

(a)        Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

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

     Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

     Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"


Ever loyal to the graduates of the Music Hall, Bing Crosby has invited “the most beautiful opera star in the world,” Jarmila Novotna, to make her second appearance on his program during its broadcast to be heard over WSB at 9 o’clock tonight. Miss Novotna made her debut in the hall before she made her operatic debut last fall at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York. Brian Aherne, of the stage and screen, and David Butler, who directed Bing’s new picture, “If I Had My Way,” will complete the guest roster for the broadcast.

(The Atlanta Constitution, 16th May, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good.. Comments on Commercial: Okay General remarks: Everyone performed well."

 

No.  186  23rd May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Gloria Jean, Frank McHugh and Robert Preston.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                            with The Music Maids

*The Woodpecker Song (parody)                                             with Bob Burns (bazooka)

  Robert Preston spot

*Sierra Sue                                                                                 with The Music Maids

  Bob Burns spot

*Down By The Ohio (Oh! My! Oh!)                            (a)        with The Music Maids

*Where Do I Go From You

  Frank McHugh spot

  Mighty Lak' A Rose                                                                 Gloria Jean

*Meet The Sun Halfway                                                            with Gloria Jean

  Dancing Tambourine                                                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*If I Had My Way                                                        (a)         with The Music Maids

 

Note:

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


Bing Crosby is bringing his favorite leading lady, little 12-year Gloria Jean, to the Music Hall for a visit tonight when Robert Preston and Frank McHugh will also be guests. Currently on exhibit throughout the country is Bing Crosby’s newest motion picture, “If I Had My Way,” in which he is co-starred with Gloria Jean. Gloria will sing a song or two from the picture as well as chat with her “Uncle Bing.”

Robert Preston and Frank McHugh are a contrasting pair on the screen but all that changes before the microphone. Preston plays menaces with McHugh cast for his laugh-getting abilities. They’ll both be in there “pitching” for laughs tonight.

(The Belvidere Daily Republican, 23rd May, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good - in fact, orchids. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  187  30th May 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Elisabeth Rethberg, Chester Morris and Edna Best.

 

*The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab-Apple Face)                    with The Music Maids

*The Pessimistic Character (With The Crab-Apple Face) (parody)     with Ken Carpenter & Bob Burns (vocal and bazooka)

  Chester Morris spot

*Angel In Disguise

  Bob Burns spot

*When You Look In Her Eyes                                                              with The Music Maids

*If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)

  Edna Best spot

  Ritorna Vincitor                                                                                   Elisabeth Rethberg

  On Wings Of Song                                                                               Elisabeth Rethberg

  Huckleberry Duck                                                                               John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

The option for the Music Maids has been picked up six weeks in advance of its expiration.


Opera and Movie Performers to Appear With Bing Crosby

TRIPLE star entertainment is promised the radio audience tonight as the highlight of The Music Hall program on WSUN at 9 o'clock when carefree Bing Crosby corrals Elizabeth Rethberg, the Metropolitan soprano, Edna Best and Chester Morris, of the Hollywood sound stages, as his guests of the evening. Morris has made many visits to the program before, in fact, to the K. M. H. gang he is known as “Mysterious Morris” because of his great interest, in the art of magic. Miss Rethberg, as everyone knows, is an habitue of the Metropolitan Opera House during the regular season, but for this time she will join in one of Crosby's famous chats and contribute two numbers to the program. Besides the guests to be present for the Memorial Day outing on the Crosby picnic, the regular cast composed of Bob Burns, The Music Maids and John Scott Trotter and his orchestra will be on hand to add to the entertainment.

(The Tampa Times, 30th May, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  188  6th June 1940  

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Suzanne Fisher and John Payne.

 

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)      (a)         with The Music Maids

  John Payne spot

  I'll  Soon Forget                                                                          John Payne

*But All That Comes Out Is "My My"                                        with John Payne

*I Haven’t Time To Be A Millionaire

  Bob Burns spot

*Hawaiian Paradise                                                                     with The Music Maids & Perry Botkin (guitar)

*Where Do I Go From You?

  Lloyd Nolan spot

  Gavotte                                                                                      Suzanne Fisher

  The House On The Hill                                                             Suzanne Fisher

  South Rampart Street Parade                                                    John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Too Romantic

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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


The well-known soprano of opera fame, Suzanne Fisher, and John Payne, one of the up and coming leading men of the films, have promised Bing Crosby to hand him their calling cards for a Music Hall visit tonight. The leading and only exponent of the bazooka, Robin Burns, the Music Maids, Ken Carpenter, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra fill the bill for the airing over WMAQ at 8 o'clock.

Bing Crosby is ever on the alert to introduce young Hollywood talent on his program. He has presented John Payne on a previous occasion thus making this a return appearance by “popular request.” John married one of Bing’s favorite M. H. graduates, lovely Anne Shirley.

Ken Carpenter, the master bell ringer, is readying several surprises for the graduation ceremonies in M. H. Last week Carpenter irked Professor Crosby by saying he had only learned three things in M. H. and then proceeded to give out with the three station-break chimes.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 6th June, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  189  13th June 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Marcel Hubert, Wendy Barrie and Ralph Bellamy.

 

*Playmates                                                                   (a)        with The Music Maids

*Playmates (parody)                                                                 with Bob Burns

  Ralph Bellamy spot

  "To A Small Boy Standing On My Shoes

        While I Am Wearing Them" (Ogden Nash poem)              Ralph Bellamy

*Devil May Care

  Bob Burns spot

*She Is The Sunshine Of Virginia                                 (c)         with The Music Maids

*When You Look In Her Eyes                                                   with The Music Maids

  Wendy Barrie spot

*I Might Fall Back On You                                                        with Wendy Barrie

  Apres Un Reve                                                                          Marcel Hubert (cello)

  Am Springbrunnen (At The Fountain)                                      Marcel Hubert (cello)

  Serenade To A Wealthy Widow                                               John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Make Believe Island                                                   (b)

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

                Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

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

     Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

     Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"

(c)        Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

 

Marcel Hubert, French cellist of note, a guest of Bing Crosby at 6 over KFI, will play his Montagnana cello of 1727 often called, ‘Le Roi Soleil’ because of its tonal quality and sunburst markings on its sides.  He is the youngest cellist to win first prize at the Paris Conservatoire. Ralph Bellamy will be the second visitor to the Town (sic) Hall.  The Music Maids could become a five-piece band.  At least three are pianists, two play the saxophone, one the cello, two the violin and one the drums”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 13th June 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on Commercial: Okay."

 

No.  190  20th June 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Garson Kanin, Kirsten Flagstad and Roland Young.

 

*The Woodpecker Song                                                           with The Music Maids

  Roland Young spot

*Imagination

  Bob Burns spot

*Virginia Lee                                                                (a)       

  Underneath The Moon Of KMH                                             Ken Carpenter

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)                 with The Music Maids

  Garson Kanin spot

*Dinah                                                                                      with Bob Burns & Garson Kanin (saxophone)

  Oh, Lovely Night                                                                    Kirsten Flagstad

  The Water Lily                                                                        Kirsten Flagstad

  Morning (Speaks)                                                                    Kirsten Flagstad

  The Night Ride                                                                        John Scott Trotter Orchestra
*Juanita                                                                        (b)

 

Note:

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

       Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

 

“Kirsten Flagstad, one of the world’s outstanding singers, will be one of Crosby’s three guests at 6 over KFI.  Madame Flagstad will sing two arias.  Garson Kanin, 27 year-old RKO director and Roland Young, comedian will be Crosby’s other visitors.  The Music Hall will change its broadcast time on July 4th to 5pm.”

(“Hollywood Citizen News” 20th June 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchid. Comments on Commercial: Okay."


27th June 1940 - No programme due to Republican Convention.

 

No.  191  4th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Johnny Mercer, Nigel Bruce, Geraldine Fitzgerald and John Garfield.

 

*Meet The Sun Halfway

*Meet The Sun Halfway (parody)                                 (a)        with John Scott Trotter (vocal)

  John Garfield spot

  Socrates Final Speech extract (Plato)                                      John Garfield

*The Hobo's Convention                                                            with John Garfield

*You Tell Me Your Dream                                                        with Chorus

*Cecilia                                                                                      with The Music Maids

  Nigel Bruce spot

*The Flowers That Bloom In The Spring                    (c) (d)      with Nigel Bruce

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby                        (b)          with The Music Maids

  Geraldine Fitzgerald

*Mister Meadowlark                                                                    with Johnny Mercer

*On Behalf Of The Visiting Firemen                              (c)         with Johnny Mercer

*Make Believe Island

 

Notes:

(a)        This parodied version is included as a tribute to a (purported) weight loss of 40 lbs by John Scott Trotter, who had been dieting.

(b)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

(c)        This item includes a final, parodied, chorus as a lead-in to the commercial by Ken Carpenter.

(d)        Nigel Bruce's contribution consists of singing "Tra-La" on multiple occasions.


Bob Burns did not appear on this or the subsequent four programmes.

 
“Bob Burns is taking a six week lay-off in order to be in shape for the long summer ahead when Bing Crosby absents himself”  (“Variety” 3rd July 1940)

 

John Scott Trotter has worked 186 weeks without a vacation.


Bing Crosby will celebrate the new time of his "Music Hall” program by presenting a number of stars to his audience when he switches to a 7 o’clock broadcast over KTBS tonight. Formerly the Music Hall was heard at 8 o’clock. The outstanding guests will include such notables of the stage and screen as John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald and song-writer Johnny Mercer. The Music Maids and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra will also be on hand for the broadcast. Johnny Mercer, one of Bing’s oldest friends, will introduce a new number which he has written titled “Meadow Lark.” Mercer will perform it in duet with Crosby.

(The Shreveport Times, 4th July, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchid, and a great one. Everyone was great, Comments on Commercial: Okay."


No.  192  11th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Carol MacFarlane, Virginia Bruce, Lynne Overman and Eddie Albert.

 

*Down By The Ohio (Oh! My! Oh!)                                        with The Music Maids

  Virginia Bruce spot

*I'm In The Mood For Love                                                      with Virginia Bruce

*When I Grow Too Old To Dream                  (a)

*Devil May Care

  Lynne Overman spot

  Till The Clouds Roll By                                                           Lynne Overman

  Doc Sifers (poem)                                                                    Lynne Overman

*Sierra Sue                                                                                 with The Music Maids

  Eddie Albert spot

*The Wee Cooper O' Fife                                                          with Eddie Albert (vocal & guitar)

  You’re Lonely And I’m Lonely                                               Carol MacFarlane

*You (parody)                                                                            with Carol MacFarlane

  Night Ride                                                                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*I'll Never Smile Again                                    (b)                      with The Music Maids


Note:

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

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


Virginia Bruce, Lynne Overmann, Carol MacFarlane and Eddie Albert will be Bing Crosby’s guests at 5 over KFI. They were scheduled for two weeks ago but the show gave way to the Republican Convention. Miss Bruce will sing “Button Up Your Overcoat” (sic) with Crosby and Albert will accompany himself on the guitar in “Wee Cooper of Fife,” a 15th century Scotch ballad. Overmann will relate some stories and then will offer “Till the Clouds Roll By.” From Miss MacFarlane, Crosby’s protege, you will hear “You” from The Great Ziegfeld and “You’re Lonely and I’m Lonely” from Louisiana Purchase. The Music Maids sing five songs in the forthcoming RKO picture, Too Many Girls and every two weeks for the past two years they have supplied the background vocals for a “Merrie Melodies” cartoon.

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Citizen News, July 11, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. General Remarks: MacFarlane much better - might be great yet."


No.  193  18th July 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Oscar Levant, Lou Holtz, Olivia De Havilland and Alan Hale.

 

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do)                   with The Music Maids

*I Can’t Love You Anymore (Anymore Than I Do) (parody)    with Lou Holtz

  Lou Holtz spot

*When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano         (a)

  Olivia De Havilland spot

*Till The Clouds Roll By                                                             with The Music Maids

*Fools Rush In                                                               (b)

  Alan Hale spot

  Sonata in C Major (Scarlatti)                                                    Oscar Levant (piano)

  Evening In Granada (Debussy)                                                 Oscar Levant (piano)

  Fascinating Rhythm (Gershwin)                                               Oscar Levant (piano)

*Yours Is My Heart Alone

 

Notes:

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

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

     Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


Bing Crosby and Oscar Levant will continue their discussion of Debussy and his music where they left off a few weeks ago, when Levant makes his second guest appearance on the Kraft Music Hall, tonight over WIBA at 7 o’clock. Other guests include Olivia de Havilland, Alan Hale and Lou Holtz. As a concession to Crosby, Levant will play Debussy’s “Garden in Granada,” as one of his piano solos.

(The Capital Times, [Madison, Wisconsin], 18th July, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay."


 No.  194  25th July 1940

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Mildred Dilling, Shirley Ross, Allen Jenkins and Raymond Massey.

 

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby                                     with The Music Maids

*Just Like Taking Candy From A Baby}                      (a)         with The Music Maids & John Scott Trotter (vocal)

                      Sweet Leilani (parodies)}                                        

  Raymond Massey spot

*Nobody                                                                                     with Raymond Massey

*Only Forever

  It Never Entered My Mind                                                        Shirley Ross

*Every Sunday Afternoon (parody)                                            with Shirley Ross

*Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga                          (b)         with The Music Maids

  Allen Jenkins spot

*I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store)

  Men Of Harlech                                                                         Mildred Dilling (harp)

  At The Fountain                                                                         Mildred Dilling (harp)

*I’ll Never Smile Again

 

Notes:

(a)        This item, sometimes known among collectors as “Falling Off My Diet”, consists, in fact, of parodied versions of the songs mentioned.  The subject being, once again, John Scott Trotter’s diet [See Programme No. 191 - Note (a)]

(b)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

            Limited Edition Club JGB1005 - “Slightly Latin”

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


Raymond Massey, noted Canadian actor and star of the recent historical play by Robert Emmet Sherwood, “Abe Lincoln in Illinois,” will be the principal guest on Bing Crosby’s Kraft Music Hall program tonight. Massey will appear, not in character, but as himself, something it is doubtful that if he has done on the radio before. The actor is not the only one on the list. There is also Shirley Ross from the movies, and Allen Jenkins, the dry comedian from the same source. Bing Crosby is still carrying the load himself as Bob Burns will not be back until the middle of next month.

(The Gazette, [Montreal], 25th July, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchid. General remarks:  Jenkins especially good, Massey fine, Ross's voice greatly improved."

 

No.  195  1st August 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Muriel Angelus, The Kidoodlers, Lou Holtz and Pat O’Brien.

 

*That’s For Me                                                                                     with The Music Maids

*That’s For Me (parody)                                                                      with Lou Holtz, Pat O'Brien & Muriel Angelus

  Lou Holtz spot

*When I Lost You

  Pat O'Brien spot

  This Land And This Flag (NYT Editorial)                                           Pat O'Brien

*Cecilia                                                                                                  with The Music Maids

  Will You Remember?                                                                           Muriel Angelus

  Falling In Love With Love                                                                   Muriel Angelus

*When The Moon Comes Over Madison Square

  Lou Holtz spot

  A-Tisket, A-Tasket                                                                               The Kidoodlers

  The Man On The Ferry (The Hoboken Ferry)                                      The Kidoodlers

*When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano


Bing Crosby’s Music Hall, KFI at 5, will be visited by Muriel Angelus, seen in Safari and The Great McGinty, Pat O’Brien, Lou Holtz and the Kidoodlers. The latter go in for novelty vocal and instrumental music. Crosby will sing two tunes from Rhythm on the River, his picture which is completed but which has not yet been previewed. They are "That’s for Me" and "When the Moon Comes Over Madison Square." His memory song will be "When I Lost You." Before the members of the Music Maids began singing together, each had been in unmusical work. Bobbie Canvin clerked in a five-and-ten-cent store; Denny Wilson modeled dresses in a Paris shop; Alice Ludes ran an elevator; Dotty Messmer was a telephone operator, and Jinny Erwin made and sold cup-cakes.

(Zuma Palmer, Hollywood Citizen News, August 1, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. A little much of Holtz, but he was very funny."

 

No.  196  8th August 1940 

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Lillian Cornell, Amparo Iturbi, Jose Iturbi and Charles Laughton

 

*Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga

  Charles Laughton spot

*Fools Rush In

  Bob Burns spot

*Mary’s A Grand Old Name

  Lillian Cornell spot

  The Breeze And I                                                                                   Lillian Cornell

*That's For Me (parody)                                                                          with Lillian Cornell

  Sentimento                                                                                             Jose Iturbi & Amparo Iturbi (pianos)

  Ritmo                                                                                                     Jose Iturbi & Amparo Iturbi (pianos)

*Only Forever

  South Rampart Street Parade                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Legend Of Old California

 

“Radio will have to get along without Bing Crosby.  That is the decision announced by the warbler in the war between ASCAP and the National Association of Broadcasters.  Crosby is serving notice that his new contract with the J. Walter Thompson agency which handles the Kraft Music Hall air programs will be reviewed in December, only with an inserted clause, allowing his withdrawal if or when ASCAP songs are no longer available for his broadcasts, pointing out that neither, himself or his fellow air songsters are taking sides in the quarrel.  Crosby asks, how can one publisher, meaning Broadcasters Music Incorporated, supply 137 publishers by the first of the year.  In other words what will we have to sing?  Larry Crosby, the star’s brother and business manager explained that neither side in the controversy has had any consideration for the name singers on the air.  He said that there are 1100 authors writing ASCAP numbers and their works are being made available through 137 publishers.  Bing and other singers need this flow of songs.  Bing, himself, eats up about five tunes a week and the only place he can get them is through ASCAP”.

(“Variety” 14th August 1940)

 

“Bob Burns will return to the Music Hall at 5 over KFI.  Crosby’s guests will be Charles Laughton, who certainly knows how to read Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address; Lillian Cornell, singing actress in ‘Buck Benny Rides Again’; Jose Iturbi, pianist and conductor and his sister, Amparo, a pianist.”

 (“Hollywood Citizen News” 8th August 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Laughton great; although muffed a few lines. Iturbis great. Cornell all right. Comments on commercial: Okay. Some trouble on Canadian ones. Seems boys up there won't let us say all the things U. S. will."

 

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