1940-1941 Season with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra

 

No.  197  14th November 1940

 

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

 

*That’s For Me                                                              with The Music Maids

  Blueberry Hill                                                              Connie Boswell

*Basin Street Blues                                         (a)          with Connie Boswell

*Trade Winds

  Joel McCrea spot

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

*You Are The One

  Bob Burns spot (includes piano solo)

  Stravinata                                                                     Connie Boswell

*Rhythm On The River                                                  with Wingy Manone (vocal)

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

*Only Forever

 

Notes: 

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

 

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

 

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

(“Variety” 20th November 1940)

 

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


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment:  Good. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks. Everything good."

 

No.  198  21st November 1940 

 

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

 

*The Ferryboat Serenade                               (a)         with The Music Maids

  Robert Young spot

  A Million Dreams Ago                                                Connie Boswell

*A Song Of Old Hawaii

  Ogden Nash spot

  "The Strange Case Of Mr. Artesian's Conscientiousness" (poem)    Ogden Nash 

  I Am An American                                                      The Brewer Kids

  Down By The Ohio (Oh! My! Oh!)                             The Brewer Kids

*The Band Played On                                                    with The Music Maids

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

  Bob Burns spot

*Maybe

  The Blue Danube                                                            Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti (pianos)

  Stop Beatin' 'Round The Mulberry Bush                         Jacques Fray & Mario Braggiotti (pianos)

  I Can't Give You Anything But Love                              Connie Boswell

  Alexander's Ragtime Band                                              John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Legend Of Old California

 

Note:

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

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

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

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"


No less than seven visitors will gather around Bing Crosby and the Kraft Music Hall microphones for tonight’s broadcast at 10:00 p.m. over NBC and CBM. The program will have a festive air of Thanksgiving, many listeners in the states having celebrated the holiday on this day. The guests will include Robert Young of the films, Fray and Braggiotti of the two pianos, Ogden Nash the poet of unhampered line and the three Brewer kids, Betty, Sonny and Ileene.

(The Gazette (Montreal), 21st November, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment:  Very good. We got an orchid: although we didn't get many belly laughs... chuckles all through, and pleasant stuff. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks. Had ten mikes on this show, and poor Mac missed half of one of Connie's lines. It's a wonder he didn't miss more."


No.  199  28th November 1940

 

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

 

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

  Charles Boyer spot

  Our Love Affair                                               Connie Boswell

*Do You Know Why?

  Minerva Pious spot

*Please

*Down Argentina Way                                     with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot (includes guitar solo)

*Only Forever

  I'm Getting Sentimental Over You                   Tommy Dorsey (trombone)

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

  Yesterthoughts                                                Connie Boswell

  March Of The Toys                                         John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra

*Dream Valley

 

Note:

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


Charles Boyer, Tommy Dorsey, and radio comedienne. Minerva Pious, make up the guest panel in Bing Crosby’s Music Hall for tonight's get-together. Also on hand for Thanksgiving Number 2 will be Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter’s orchestra.

New to the proceedings in M. H. is Charles Boyer who has never faced Bing Crosby across the WMAQ microphone that will carry his verbal foray at 8- o'clock. Minerva Pious, who is an old friend of Fred Allen's, will also be making her debut on the program. She's on the coast currently to work in the movies. When the Music Hall first presented Bing Crosby as a regular, Jimmy Dorsey’s orchestra was featured. Now Jimmy’s well-known brother, Tommy, will trot out before Trotter’s band for a workout on his famous trombone.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 28th November, 1940)


Bing Crosby called Tommy for a guest appearance on the Kraft Music Hall. Tommy appeared in a bit with Minerva Pious, who played Mrs. Nussbaum on the Fred Allen Show. In the bit, Tommy used Mrs. Nussbaum’s New Yorkese dialect. At one point, Tommy expressed disdain for Min, who was playing the part of a swing fan. She snapped at him, “Don’t gimme dat; if it wasn’t for jitterbugs like me, you’d still be playing a horn in some jug band.” When Bing brought Tommy on as guest star, he showed he had not forgotten an earlier time on the Kraft Music Hall. He introduced Tommy as “brother of Jimmy.”

(Herb Sanford, writing in Tommy and Jimmy: The Dorsey Years)


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

 

No.  200  5th December 1940

 

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

 

*The Ferryboat Serenade                                            with The Music Maids

  Aloha                                                                         Perry Botkin (guitar)

  Remember Me?                                                         Connie Boswell

  Errol Flynn spot

*Wagon Song                                                              with Errol Flynn and Connie Boswell

*Along The Santa Fe Trail                                         

  Cliff Nazarro spot

  Concerto In D                                                             Cliff Nazarro (on piano) with Orchestra

  We'll Always Be Together                                          Cliff Nazarro

*Precious                                                                      with The Music Maids

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

  String Tease                                                                Perry Botkin (guitar)

*You Are The One

  Benny Rubin spot

  He's My Uncle                                                           Benny Rubin

*Let’s Be Buddies                                                       with Connie Boswell

*Trade Winds


The dashing man of pictures, Errol Flynn; comedian Benny Rubin; and “double-talk” authority Cliff Nazarro will help Bing Crosby carry on without his man, Bob Burns, in the Music Hall tonight. Burns is currently in New York with his wife for a two weeks’ vacation during which they’ll put the cares of radio aside tor a little show-seeing…Errol Flynn has a habit of bringing up his sea-going adventures in conversation with Bing. According to a recent news dispatch, the actor plans to turn over his yacht to the navy for patrol duty. Benny Rubin hasn’t visited the Hall in too long but one of the more frequent callers is Cliff Nazarro who is an expert at befuddling people with his slashing attacks on the English language.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 5th December, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment:  Good. Flynn didn't contribute too much. Comments on commercial: Okay."

 

No.  201  12th December 1940 

 

With Ken Carpenter, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Richard Bonelli, Charles LaVere and Lynne Overman.

 

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

*You’ve Got Me This Way (parody)                          with Connie Boswell and John Scott Trotter

  Lynne Overman spot

*I'll Lend You Everything That I've Got Except My Wife    with Lynne Overman

  Two Dreams Met                                                     Connie Boswell

*Do You Know Why?

  La Danza                                                                  Richard Bonelli

  Begin The Beguine                                                    Richard Bonelli

  Somewhere                                                               Connie Boswell

*Down Argentina Way                                               with Connie Boswell

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

  Cuban Boogie Woogie                                             Charles LaVere (piano)

  Liebestraum                                                              Charles LaVere (piano with orchestra)

*I’d Know You Anywhere

  Prelude in G Minor                                                   John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra

*A Song Of Old Hawaii

 

Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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

Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


Connie Boswell and the Music Maids will keep the Music Hall from becoming a “stag” affair tonight for Bing Crosby has invited a male quartet of guests around. They are movie director Preston Sturges, opera star Richard Bonelli, Lynne Overman, and musician Charles Lavere…Those Crosby-Boswell duets have become such a popular feature of the show, the pair will do “Down Argentine Way” together this week. On his own, Bing will croon “You’ve Got Me This Way,” “Do You Know Why,” “I’d Know You Anywhere,” “Song of Old Hawaii,” and “I Know That You Know.” Connie does “Two Dreams Met” and “Somewhere” and the Trotter orchestra is to be featured in its special arrangement of Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in G Minor.” Preston Sturges will confide in Bing and the Music Hall audience some of the secrets that have made him an overnight success as a movie writer and director. He’s the man responsible for “The Great McGinty” and “Christmas in July.” Richard Bonelli will compare his baritone with the Crosby “groanin’” and Lynne Overman will make cracks about anyone on hand at the moment.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 12th December, 1940)  (It is possible that Preston Sturges withdrew from the show at the last moment.)


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

 

No.  202  19th December 1940   

 

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

 

*Adeste Fideles

*Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town (parody)                  with Connie Boswell & Bob Burns

  Donald Crisp spot
  Nobody's Sweetheart                                                
Connie Boswell

*Along The Santa Fe Trail

  Bob Burns spot

*Along The Way To Waikiki                                      with The Music Maids

*The Five O’Clock Whistle                                         with Connie Boswell

  Allen Jenkins spot

*Only Forever

  In A Monastery Garden                                              Kraft Choral Society 
  When The Sun Has Sunk To Rest                              
Kraft Choral Society

  The Toy Trumpet                                                        John Scott Trotter Orchestra

  The Infinite Shining Heavens (reading)                      Donald Crisp
*Silent Night


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

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


Christmas is being celebrated in the Music Hall tonight when Bing Crosby will present the Kraft Choral Society from Chicago with Donald Crisp and Allen Jenkins as his Hollywood guests. This will be in the nature of a double celebration for Robin Burns will return to the hall following a New York vacation…The choral society is to sing “When the Sun Has Sunk to Rest” and “In a Monastery Garden.”  This huge chorus is made up entirely of employees of the Kraft Cheese corporation and they perform on the program twice annually - once during the Easter season and once near Christmas day…Donald Crisp and Allen Jenkins chat with Bing and Bob Burns on their Christmas plans. Burns just had to get back to Hollywood to play Santa Claus for the younger members of the family.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 19th December, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Excellent. Crisp especially good. Comments on commercial: Okay."

 

No.  203  26th December 1940   

 

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

 

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

  When Christmas Is Gone                                           Connie Boswell

  Thomas Mitchell spot

*A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square

  Remember Me?                                                         Connie Boswell

  Granada                                                                     Jose Iturbi (piano)

  Spanish Dance                                                           Jose Iturbi (piano)

*Ain’t We Got Fun                                                       with The Music Maids

*Tea For Two                                                               with Connie Boswell
  Bob Burns spot
  I Can't Give You Anything But Love                           Connie Boswell

*Ballad For Americans                                                   with The Ken Darby Singers


A great American—”Ballad for Americans”—will be sung for the first time by Bing Crosby over the air as a special feature of the Music Hall tonight. Bing’s guests for the broadcast over WMAQ at 8 o'clock are Thomas Mitchell, screen actor, and Jose Iturbi, the well-known pianist and conductor. “Ballads for Americans,” whose theme is patriotic was written by Earl Robinson and John La Touche. It is probably the longest composition ever sung in the Music Hall with a running time of about 12 minutes…Thomas Mitchell will be interviewed by Bing, Bob Burns will compete with Jose Iturbi on the piano (Burns has openly challenged Iturbi to a duet), the Music Maids will “give out” with background harmony, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra will furnish the music for the full-hour of entertainment.  

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 26th December, 1940)


The best show of the week was the Bing Crosby program this week. First, there was Bing and Connie Boswell singing “Tea for Two” and it was really something. Then there was Bing Crosby doing “Ballad for Americans” which is enough to make any program. Finally, and this was a surprise, Bob Burns did a routine that I thought was good and I don’t go for Burns. He did a monologue on Christmas and among other things, said, “I’m giving Bing a pair of two-way binoculars. He can watch his horse and the winner at the same time.”

(Sidney Skolsky, Hollywood Citizen News, December 28, 1940)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Great. Ballad terrific. Iturbi almost best yet in spite of infected finger. Comments on commercial: Okay."


No.  204  2nd January 1941  

 

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

 

*De Camptown Races                                                  with The Music Maids

  Frank McHugh spot

*Do I Worry?
  Ah! So Pure (from "Martha")                                     
Connie Boswell

  Tommy Harmon spot

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

*Yes, Indeed!                                                                 with Connie Boswell
  Bob Burns spot

*Mexicali Rose

  James Hilton spot

  Sunrise Serenade                                                         Connie Boswell

  By Heck                                                                      John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Darling Nellie Gray


An author of note, an All-American football player, and a comedian make up the varied guest list Bing Crosby has invited around to the “old Music Hall” tonight to celebrate the advent of the New Year. They are, in order, James Hilton, Tom Harmon, and Frank McHugh who'll appear on the broadcast over WMAQ at 8 o'clock…Tommy Harmon, Michigan All-American backfield ace will make use of his radio talents with which he hopes to gainsay employment following graduation this June. James Hilton, who is responsible for the successful novel, “Lost Horizon,” will give Bing Crosby a few lessons in the use of the English dialect. An old hand at M. H. antics is Frank McHugh. This movie comedian who has helped many a picture at the box office, will aid Bing Crosby in the laugh-giving department.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 2nd January, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Burns tightened two minutes instead of spreading. Trotter and I misunderstood each other on how to fill the time, and we started the Caramel jingle in the wrong place, then filled with "Mexicali Rose," as planned, then repeated commercial jingle and did commercial."


No.  205  9th January 1941

 

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

 

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

  Roland Young spot

*Georgia On My Mind
  Home On The Range                                                  
Connie Boswell

  James Stephenson spot

  "Hippocratic Oath" reading                                          James Stephenson

*BallinThe Jack

*Frenesi                                                                         with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*Song Of The Islands

  Slavonic Dance (No. 10 in E-minor)                             Raphael (concertina)

  Flight Of The Bumble Bee                                            Raphael (concertina)

  Perfidia                                                                         Connie Boswell

*Beautiful Dreamer                                                        with The Music Maids


Movie actors Roland Young and James Stephenson join Bing Crosby in everything, but song when the meeting of the Music Hall “takes up" tonight…James Stephenson is the young actor who got his long-awaited break in “The Letter” with Bette Davis. His movie studio is predicting stardom for him within the next year. This will be his first experience of facing Bing Crosby and Bob Burns across a live microphone. Roland Young, an old hand in M. H. matters, will doubtless give young Stephenson a few pointers on the ritual.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 9th January, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: NBC cut off the Caramel commercial at :51."

 

No.  206  16th January 1941    

 

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

 

*Ciribiribin                                                                  with The Music Maids

  Walter Pidgeon spot

*Sweetly She Sleeps My Alice Fair                            with Walter Pidgeon

  Amapola                                                                    Connie Boswell

  Benny Rubin spot

*My Sweetheart’s The Man In The Moon

*Do I Worry?

*Yes, Indeed!                                                               with Connie Boswell

  Duke Ellington spot

  Jive Rhapsody                                                             Duke Ellington (piano) & Jimmy Blanton (double bass)

  Jumpin' Punkin                                                            Duke Ellington with John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

  Bob Burns spot

  Polka From "Schwanda the Bagpiper"                         John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen


Walter Pidgeon, Duke Ellington and Benny Rubin are guests of Bing Crosby on the Music Hall, WCAF, at 9. Walter intends to give Bob Burns a few lessons in “Pidgeon” English.

(Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 16th January 1941)


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

 

No.  207  23rd January 1941  

 

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

 

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

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

  Edward Everett Horton spot

  Love Is A Wonderful Thing                                        Edward Everett Horton

*Georgia On My Mind

 There'll Be Some Changes Made                                Connie Boswell

  Jimmy Demaret spot

  Home On The Range                                                  Jimmy Demaret

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

  La Gonga                                                                    Ken Carpenter

*Frenesi                                                                        with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*Aloha Oe

  James Hilton spot

  Sunrise Serenade                                                        Connie Boswell

  Malaguena Tipica                                                       John Scott Trotter Orchestra
*Brahms' Lullaby


One of those things Connie Boswell never talks about is her ability at song-writing, but she’s done more than a little in her time. In fact, she’s written special lyrics for “Frenesi” and will sing the song duet-fashion with Bing Crosby in the Music Hall over WSB at 8 o’clock tonight. Bingston, as Connie calls him, has invited quite a diversified line-up of talent around to the Hall this week. James Hilton, the eminent author; Edward Everett Horton, comedian of complete confusion; and that able golfer Jimmy Demaret will take up various matters with Bing.

(The Atlanta Constitution, 23rd January, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Demaret blew a bit, but the rest carried him along all right. Hilton, as before, superb. Comments on commercial: Okay."

 

No.  208  30th January 1941  

 

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

 

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

  Virginia Bruce spot

*Do I Worry?

 The Kerry Dance                                                            Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen

*Ooh! Look At Me Now                                (a)            with Connie Boswell & The Music Maids
  Second Hungarian Rhapsody                                       
Leo Diamond (harmonica)

  Harmonica Boogie-Woogie Train                                 Leo Diamond (harmonica)

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

  Ogden Nash spot

  Perfidia                                                                         Connie Boswell

  John Scotter Trot                                                          John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Beautiful Dreamer

 

Note:

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

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


A beautiful girl, a poet in the popular vein, and an accomplished harmonica player will come face to face with Bing Crosby in the ever-popular Music Hall tonight. In order, they add up to Virginia Bruce, Ogden Nash, and Leo Diamond who'll bob up during the proceedings over WMAQ at 8 o’clock…Under the pinpricking attack from Robin Burns, who is addressed as “Junior” by Crosby, Ogden Nash created a little piece of poetry especially for M. H. the last time he was on the program. If Bob will stay on his side of the fence, Ogden has promised never to do it again. But, of course, Bob won't. Virginia Bruce has been on the program many times before but this will be the initial time out for Leo Diamond. Leo is a veteran harmonica player who graduated from the Borah Minnevitch company.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 30th January, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good. Comments on commercial: Okay. Think this was the best Caramel set-up."

 

No.  209  6th February 1941 

 

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

 

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

  Lew Ayres spot

  Hand Me Down My Walking Cane                           Bing (cymbal), Lew Ayres (banjo), Connie Boswell (piano) & Bob Burns (bazooka)

*The Moon Won’t Talk
  Amapola                                                                    Connie Boswell

  Wallace Clark (Boy Scouts spot)

  El Rancho Grande                                                      Boy Scouts

*Brahms' Lullaby

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

  Bob Burns spot

  Dark Eyes                                                                   Bob Burns (bazooka)

*Lazy River

  Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child                Paul Robeson

  Oh No, John                                                                Paul Robeson

  All Through The Night                                                Paul Robeson

  Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper"                         John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Song Of The Islands                                                     with The Music Maids


When Bing Crosby unzips the entertainment in the Music Hall tonight he'll have with him as special guests Lew Ayres, of the cinema lots, and Paul Robeson, noted Negro singer. Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter's orchestra will all be there for the broadcast over WMAQ at 8 o'clock. Crosby has once more pulled down top honors as the best male popular singer in the annual N. Y. World-Telegram poll of radio editors throughout the United States and Canada. For this signal honor, Bing doffs his ever-present chapeau to all the editors taking part in the vote-casting. Lew Ayres is the young man who jumped to movie stardom after posing for collar-ads. He forms a great contrast with Bingston who has never been known to wear a collar to work in the old Hall. Bing says his well-known “out-board” shirts are more comfortable but promises not to argue the point with Ayres.  

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 6th February, 1941)


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

 

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

 

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

(“Variety” 5th February 1941)

 

No.  210  20th February 1941    

 

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

 

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

  George Raft spot

*Oh! Susannah                                                (a)

  You Walk By                                                              Connie Boswell

  Sabu spot

*Song Of The Islands                                                   with The Music Maids

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

  Bob Burns spot

*The Moon Won’t Talk

  Rhapsodia Andalusia                                                  Vicente Gomez (guitar)

  Tropical Rhythm                                                         Vicente Gomez (guitar)

  High On A Windy Hill                                                 Connie Boswell

  Russian Sailors Dance                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra                                              

*Brahms' Lullaby


Note:

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


Fresh from a week at Sun Valley with his family Bing Crosby returns to the Music Hall tonight when he will face a welcoming committee consisting of George Raft, Sabu the “Elephant Boy,” and guitarist Vicente Gomez…With such a pair of horse fanciers as Crosby and George Raft on hand it's hard to predict just where the script will wind up. Perhaps both will prefer to keep mum on their doings at the dust ovals. Sabu has familiarized himself with the English language pretty well since leaving his native India but there's no doubt that certain of the Crosby verbiage will puzzle the youngster who's just made a hit in “The Thief of Bagdad.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 20th February, 1941)


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

 

No.  211  27th February 1941 (a)

 

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

 

*The Friendly Tavern Polka                                        with The Music Maids

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

  Fay Bainter spot

*Lazy River

  Pork Chops And Gravy                                             The Ink Spots

  Do I Worry?                                                              The Ink Spots

*Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider

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

  Bob Burns spot

*Blue Echoes*                                                                                                               

  Moon Over Muncie                                                   Andy Secrest (cornet)

*You Ain't Kiddin'                                                       with Connie Boswell & Andy Secrest (cornet)

  It All Comes Back To Me Now                                 Connie Boswell

  John Scotter Trot                                                        John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair


Note:

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

Fay Bainter and the Four Ink Spots will make it a point to drop in on Bing Crosby’s Music Hall this evening. Bing is due to focus the spotlight on another of John Scott Trotter’s musicians, Andy Secrest, the trumpeter, who’ll be featured in a new tune he’s written for the occasion.

(The Republican Courier, February 27, 1941)


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


No.  212  6th March 1941

 

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

 

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

  Lionel Barrymore spot

  "Elegy - By A Country Doctor" (poem)                       Lionel Barrymore

  Even Steven                                                                  Connie Boswell

*You Walk By                                               (b)

  Eddie Bracken spot

*Loch Lomond                                              (c)             with The Music Maids

*Manhattan                                                   (d)              with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*The Moon Won’t Talk                                 (e)

  Orare Orare                                                                     Thurston Knudson & Augie Goupil (drums & vocal)

  Brazilian Nights                                                              Thurston Knudson & Augie Goupil (drums)    

  May I Never Love Again                                                Connie Boswell

*Nell And I

 

Notes:

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

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

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

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

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

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

            (All as “You Walked By”

(c)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

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

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

            Radio Shows”

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

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

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

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

            Radio Shows”

(e)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

            SOOTAM004 - “Bing Crosby - Broadcast Selections”

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

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

 

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

(“Variety” 12th March 1941)

 

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


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids - Bracken especially good. Comments on commercial: Okay."


No.  213  13th March 1941

 

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

 

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

  Jackie Cooper spot

*By Heck                                                                                 with Jackie Cooper & The Music Maids

  The Kerry Dance                                                                   Connie Boswell

*Walkin’ By The River

  Lou Novikoff spot

*When The Bloom Is On The Sage                                          with Lou Novikoff (vocal)

  La Paloma                                                                               Lou Novikoff (harmonica)
*Carry Me Back To Old Virginny

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

*Blue Echoes

  Prelude In C-sharp minor                                                        Fields & Fingerle (pianos)

  Fine And Mellow                                                                     Fields & Fingerle (pianos)

  Peter And The Wolf                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Sweetly She Sleeps, My Alice Fair

 

Notes:

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

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

     Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

(“Variety” 19th March 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Too bad Fields had to lose his place in the script. Comments on commercial: Okay."

 

No.  214  20th March 1941

 

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

 

*The Band Played On                                                         with The Music Maids

  Edward Arnold spot

  Amapola                                                                           Connie Boswell

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

  J. Carrol Naish spot

  The Song That Reaches Irish Hearts (The Wearin’ O’ The Green)    J. Carrol Naish

*Rose Of Tralee

*You Ain’t Kiddin'                                        (b)                 with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*My Mind’s On You                                      (c)

  Sextet - Lucia Di Lammermoor (Donizetti)                      Cliff Nazarro

  It All Comes Back To Me Now                                         Connie Boswell

  Polichinelle (Kreisler)                                                        John Scott Trotter Orchestra                   

*May I Never Love Again                              (d)

 

Notes:

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

            Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

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

            Retrieval CD 79054 “Bing Crosby – Jazz Singer”

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

(c)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

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

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


Edward Arnold, portly actor of the screen, and Cliff Nazarro, double-talking comedian, will be the special guests of Bing Crosby at the Kraft Music Hall tonight…Crosby is to sing a number called You Ain’t Kidding as his duet with Miss Boswell. This is the number written by Nathan Scott, the Hollywood NBC pageboy who guides tours through the Kraft Music Hall precincts, and Ed Helwick, one of the writing assistants on the show.

(The Gazette (Montreal), 20th March, 1941)


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


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

 

No.  215  3rd April 1941

 

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

 

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

  Roland Young spot

  There'll Be Some Changes Made                               Connie Boswell

*You Walk By

  Russ Morgan spot

  I Hear A Rhapsody                                                    Russ Morgan (trombone)

*G'bye Now (parody)                                                  with Russ Morgan (vocal)                          

*Nell And I

*Number Ten, Lullaby Lane                                       with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*Georgia On My Mind

  Chopin Waltz                                                             Rudolph Ganz (piano)

  Traumerei                                                                   Rudolph Ganz (piano)

*May I Never Love Again


Note:

(a)        CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”


Bing Crosby will come up with these - Roland Young, Russ Morgan and Rudolph Ganz - when he calls his Music Hall broadcast to order on WFLA at 9 o’clock this evening. This versatile trio of guests will represent the acting art, music and more music. Young, noted for his urbane humor and delightful comedy roles, will engage Bing in conversation; Morgan, who is one of the best-known trombonists of modern dance orchestras will demonstrate his talent for dispensing popular rhythms and Ganz will sit on the opposite side of the musical fence as he upholds serious music.

(The Tampa Times, 3rd April, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Let's not mention "Information Please" again. Bob ad-libbed a "Hit Parade" crack which added insult to injury,"


No.  216  10th April 1941

 

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

 

*G’bye Now                                                                with The Music Maids

*G’bye Now (parody)                                                 with Bob Burns, Connie Boswell & Bob Hope

  Bob Hope spot

  Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina                  Connie Boswell

*Blue Echoes

  John O'Hara spot

*Oh! Susannah                                                              with John O'Hara (mandolin)

*Little Annie Rooney                                                   with The Music Maids

*Manhattan                                                                   with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*My Mind’s On You

  God's Son In Triumph Rose Today                             The Kraft Choral Society

  Gounod's Sanctus                                                        The Kraft Choral Society 

  Amapola                                                                      Connie Boswell

  Espana Cani                                                                 John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Brahms' Lullaby


Bing Crosby’s Music Hall…will feature the first yearly visit of the Choral Society, the highly trained chorus of employees who appear in the Music Hall twice annually – once at Easter and once at Christmas. The group will sing “Sanctus” from “St. Cecilia” and “God’s Son in Triumph Rose Today.” Also on this special Easter program will be Bob Hope, who insists that the reason Bing needs a full hour for his program is so that he can use longer words than anyone else, and John O’Hara, author of the book behind George Abbot’s current Broadway play, “Pal Joey.”

(The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 10th April, 1941)


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

 

No.  217  17th April 1941

 

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

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                       with The Music Maids

  Brian Aherne spot

  Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two) (parody)         Brian Aherne

  Let's Dream This One Out                                          Connie Boswell

*Walkin’ By The River

  Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen                     Jack Teagarden (trombone)

*Rockin’ Chair                                                            with Jack Teagarden (vocal) & Connie Boswell

*Darling Nellie Gray

*Everything Happens To Me                                      with Connie Boswell

  Rosemary Lane spot

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with Rosemary Lane

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night             (a)

  Bob Burns spot

*May I Never Love Again

                                                                                                           

Note:  

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


Jack Teagarden, band leader and expert trombonist; Rosemary Lane and Brian Aherne of the films, form a healthy lineup of talent for any radio show. Add to them the regulars of the “Music Hall” Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, the Music Maids and John Scott Trotter's orchestra—and you have what looks like a “bang-up” entertainment for the full hour show that’s heard over NBC-KTBS tonight at 8 o’clock. Bing Crosby and Jack Teagarden’s friendship for each other dates back to the days “the groaner” was a member of the Rhythm Boys with Paul Whiteman’s famous band. Teagarden was then the ace trombonist of the outfit, Now Jack has a band of his own and Crosby hasn’t done so badly himself either.

(The Times (Shreveport, Louisiana), 17th April, 1941)  


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

 

No.  218  24th April 1941

 

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

 

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

  Wise Old Owl                                                            Connie Boswell

  Virginia Bruce spot

*And The Band Played On (parody)                           with Virginia Bruce

*It Was Wonderful Then

  Bob Burns spot

*Home On The Range                                    (b)

*Number Ten Lullaby Lane                                        with Connie Boswell

  Frank Jenks spot

  Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me                 Frank Jenks (vocal & trombone)

*You And I                                                                                                          

  Jan Struther spot

  Intermezzo                                                                 Connie Boswell
*Loch Lomond                                                             with The Music Maids

 

Notes

(a)                CP1 - “Bouncing With Bing”

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


Bing Crosby will come out of his corner in the Music Hall tonight to take up a few matters of interest with Movie-Men Robert Young and Frank Jenks and novelist Jan Struthers…Young is one of the most versatile and continuously occupied of Hollywood’s stars. His last two pictures were “Western Union” and “The Trial of Mary Dugan.” Jenks, who plays a number of instruments in addition to acting, appeared last year in “His Girl Friday.” Jan Struthers is the author of the current best-selling novel “Mrs. Miniver.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 24th April, 1941) (NOTE: Looks like Robert Young was replaced by Don Ameche).


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

 

No.  219  1st May 1941 

 

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

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                        with The Music Maids

  Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina                 Connie Boswell

  Pat O'Brien spot

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

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with The Music Maids

  Captain Ryder spot (top parachute trooper)

  The Things I Love                                                      Connie Boswell

*Everything Happens To Me                                       with Connie Boswell

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

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night            (a)

  Quando Rapita In Estasi (Donizetti)                           Josephine Tuminia

  Listen To The Mocking Bird                                      Connie Boswell & Josephine Tuminia

*Long, Long Ago

  Triumphal March from ‘Peter And

                        The Wolf' (Prokofiev)                           John Scott Trotter Orchestra

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


Notes

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


Two of the most distinguished graduates of Bing Crosby’s Music Hall come back to call at 8 p.m. Thursday over WAVE. They are Pat O’Brien of the films and Josephine Tuminia of the Metropolitan Opera Company…This makes the tenth time Josephine Tuminia has sung on Bing’s program. Many things of importance have happened since her last visit including her successful debut at the Metropolitan.

(The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky), 1st May, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Swell. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: More sick people, including Bing, around --- but good nevertheless. Tuminia-Boswell duet wonderful."

 

No.  220  8th May 1941 

 

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

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                              with The Music Maids

  Well! Well!                                                                 Connie Boswell

  William Frawley spot

  Little Annie Rooney                                                   William Frawley

*It Was Wonderful Then

*Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes                          with Walter Pidgeon

*The Old Oaken Bucket                                               with The Music Maids

  Chester Clute spot

*What D'Ya Hear From Your Heart?                           with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

  Alec Templeton spot

  Rachmaninoff Prelude                                                Alec Templeton (piano)
*
Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider                                          with Alec Templeton (piano)

  Hail KMH                                                                    Alec Templeton (piano)

  My Sister And I                                                           Connie Boswell

  Moon Over Muncie                                                     John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Brahms' Lullaby


Alec Templeton repays Bing Crosby for the visit to the pianist's program by playing in the Music Hall tonight when Walter Pidgeon has also mentioned dropping in on "the groaner.”…Bob Burns has always interested Templeton as a rare American type rapidly disappearing. In fact, Alec looked into Burns's tricked-up piano when he dropped around to visit Bing at M. H. rehearsal recently and dashed off a little number he called "Back in Arkansas." It was the Templeton version of Robin's theme-song, "The Arkansas Traveler." He may do it on the program. Speaking of Burns, he’s made quite a hit recently with the letters from his relatives back home. Bing always leads into this part of the program with a series of ad-libs.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 8th May, 1941)


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

 

No.  221  15th May 1941  

 

With Bob Burns, The Music Maids, Connie Boswell, Dolly Loehr, Jerry Lester and Priscilla Lane.

 

*Why Cry Baby?                                                         with The Music Maids
  There'll Be Some Changes Made                              
Connie Boswell

  Jerry Lester spot

*These Things You Left Me

  Bob Burns spot

  Mornin' On The Farm                                                Bob Burns & Connie Boswell

*Maria Elena                                                  (a)

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

  Priscilla Lane spot

*Because Of You                                                          with Priscilla Lane & Jerry Lester

*Play, Fiddle, Play

  Dolly Loehr spot
  Scherzo                                                        (c)           
Dolly Loehr (piano)

  Silver Threads Among The Gold                                 Connie Boswell

  The Flight Of The Bumble Bee                                    Dolly Loehr

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille

 

Notes:

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

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

(c)        14-year old Dolly Loehr subsequently changed her name to Diana Lynn


Connie Boswell will step out of her usual role of songstress in the Music Hall tonight long enough to play “Dark Eyes” on her cello. This is the night Bing Crosby is having Priscilla Lane, of the Lane brigade; and Jerry Lester comedian, around to help with the entertainment…Though some may be surprised that Connie is adept at playing the cello, those with a long memory will recall her talents. In fact, the famed trio which dissolved when Martha and Vet Boswell got married, was an instrumental group when the first radio break came along. Up and coming among the younger radio comedians is Jerry Lester. Lately, he's been doing special broadcasts from the army camps of the country.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 15th May, 1941) NOTE:  Connie Boswell's performance on the cello was postponed.


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

(Helen Stevens, writing in BINGANG magazine in 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Great. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Lester was good - pressed a little on first spot - eased up and was better in Lane spot. Some fun in studio, but not offensively so."

 

No.  222  22nd May 1941 

 

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

 

*With A Twist Of The Wrist                                           with The Music Maids

  Benny Rubin spot

  Well! Well!                                                                   Connie Boswell

  Humphrey Bogart spot

*Blow The Man Down                                                    with Humphrey Bogart and Bob Burns

*Two Hearts That Pass In The Night

  Kay Kyser spot

  The Conga-lina                                                              Kay Kyser (vocal), John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Clementine

*Easy Street                                                    (a)            with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

  The Wail Of The Trail                                                    Bob Burns (vocal)

  Lieut. W. W. Lowrey spot

*Yours                                                                        

*(Lights Out) ‘Til Reveille


Note:

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

 

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

(“Variety” 14th January 1941) 

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


One of the oddest coincidences that has ever occurred in signing guests to appear on the Music Hall, brings Lieut. W. W. Lowrey, who with Aviation Chief Machinist’s Mate, J. R. McCants, performed the most spectacular mid-air rescue in naval history, to the Bing Crosby program Thursday May 22. Lowrey, who was suggested by naval officials as a typical test pilot to go on the air with Bing Crosby, took part in a feat without parallel on Thursday, May 15. Lowrey piloted the plane that rescued Lieut. Walter S. Osipoff who was dangling by his parachute from a transport plane for over 30 minutes. The rescue took place high over the Pacific Ocean after Osipoff’s parachute got caught in the plane from which he leaped. The producer of the Crosby show chatted with Lowrey on Tuesday, May 13, about his proposed June 5 appearance. After the exciting episode happened on the following Thursday, the date of Lieut. Lowrey’s appearance was moved forward.   

    Other guests on the program…will be Kay Kyser, band leader; and Humphrey Bogart, of the films…And, according to the latest word from Hollywood, Connie Boswell’s blistered fingers have healed enough to permit her to go through with her cello solo of “The Swan” by Saint Saens. 

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 22nd May, 1941) NOTE: Connie Boswell 's debut as a  cellist on the show was again postponed,


This week Bing wore solid color slacks and shirt, but his antics were in direct contrast to his sober (for him) raiment. Need I say that with that array of stars the station nearly exploded? Humphrey Bogart was awed at the idea of meeting the naval hero, and Kay Kyser and John Scott Trotter have the same alma mater— all of which gave the program a personal touch. Highlight of the evening was when everyone on the stage except the orchestra congaed to a little number John Scott and Kay had tossed off, called I think, “Carolina Conga”. At any rate, it was a tricky number and the whole show just broke up at that point. Bing wanders ‘round the stage when he’s not at the mike, and tosses his script to the floor, page by page, as he finishes with it. After the program there is a mad scramble by the audience to retrieve these pages and perhaps have them autographed. Bing always manages to disappear before anyone can nail him down, however.

(Helen Stevens, writing in BINGANG magazine in 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Swell. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Lowrey was great -- More Army and Navy people are indicated."

 

No.  223  29th May 1941  (a)   

 

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

 

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

  The Kerry Dance                                           Connie Boswell

  Frank McHugh spot

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

*It Was Wonderful Then                     (c)

  Duke Ellington spot

  Stomp Caprice                                                Duke Ellington (piano) & James H. Clanton Jr. (bass)

  Frankie And Johnny                                        Duke Ellington (piano)

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

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

  Bob Burns spot

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

*Maria Elena                                         (f)

  James Hilton spot

  The Things I Love                                          Connie Boswell

*Because Of You                                             with The Music Maids

 

Notes: 

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

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

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

(c)         Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

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

    Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”

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

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

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

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

            Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song”


A novelist of note, a band leader, and a comedian should manage to keep Bing Crosby hopping through another Music Hall divertissement tonight. In order, they are James Hilton, Duke Ellington and Frank McHugh who’ll be heard over WMAQ at 7 o'clock on the hour-show that regularly features Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, Ken Carpenter, the Music Maids, and John Scott Trotter’s band. As a special feature of the entertainment, Duke Ellington will play two new tunes written by his son for the first time publicly. The band leader, who is an excellent pianist, has a son who takes after him for the Duke has written many a hit song. Now writing for the movies is novelist James Hilton whose latest best-seller in the book-stalls is “Random Harvest.” He's been in M. H. before as has Frank McHugh who always comes back for more.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 29th May, 1941)


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

 

No.  224  5th June 1941  

 

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

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                               (c)       with The Music Maids

  Smile Your Troubles Away                                       Connie Boswell

  Jerry Lester spot

*Yours

  William Boyd spot

*The Band Played On                                     (c)       with The Music Maids

*Yes, Indeed!                                                  (a)        with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

*These Things You Left Me

  Berceuse de Jocelyn (Godard)                                  Connie Boswell (cello)

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

*Play, Fiddle, Play                                           (b)

 

Notes:

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

(b)        Spokane 19 - “Music Hall Highlights”

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

            Interfusion CD D26291 “A Bing Crosby Cavalcade Of Song"
(c)        Sepia CD 1373 "Bing Crosby - Kraft Music Hall Time"


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

(“Variety” 11th June 1941)

 

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


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Orchids. Lester was out of this world! Connie got nervous, but since it was Connie, it was okay."

 

No.  225  12th June 1941  

 

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

 

*Why Cry Baby?                                                          with The Music Maids

  Hand Me Down My Walking Cane                             Connie Boswell

  Chester Morris spot

*Because Of You                                           (a)           with The Music Maids

  There'll Be Some Changes Made                                 Ethel Waters

  Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)     Ethel Waters

*The Rose Of Tralee

*Everything Happens To Me                          (b)          with Connie Boswell

  Bob Burns spot

  William Tell Overture (Rossini)                                  Bob Burns (bazooka)

*Clementine                                                                  with The Music Maids

  Donald Crisp spot

  I Went Out Of My Way                                               Connie Boswell

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

 

Note:

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

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

             Sepia CD 1224 "Bing Crosby in the Hall"

 

Bing Crosby will play host to a singularly versatile trio of guests in the Music Hall tonight at 7 o'clock over WMAQ. The welcome mat will be spread for Donald Crisp and Chester Morris, movie actors, and Ethel Waters, star of “Cabin in the Sky,” each of whom has achieved prominence in a field other than that in which he is now established. Chester Morris was successful on the stage and in vaudeville until 1928 when he entered the movies. Since then he has been in an impressive list of productions. Ethel Waters was a well-known blues singer until her work in “Mamba’s Daughters” disclosed her talent for dramatic acting. Donald Crisp, a Londoner by birth, was both an opera singer and movie director before devoting himself wholly to acting in pictures.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 12th June, 1941)


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

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


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

 

No.  226  19th June 1941   

 

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

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                                          with The Music Maids

  A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)                               Connie Boswell

  Bert Lahr spot

*Maria Elena                                                  (a)

  Bob Burns spot

  You Must Think                                                        Bob Burns (bazooka)

  Intermezzo                                                                Connie Boswell

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

  Gail Patrick spot

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with Gail Patrick

  Jimmy O'Brien spot

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

*The Low-Backed Car                                                 with Jimmy O’Brien

*Yours                                                            (c)

 

Notes:

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

            See Programme No. 223 Note (f)

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

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


Bert Lahr, returning to Hollywood after two years on the stage, will drop in at the Music Hall to visit Bing Crosby and company this evening. Gail Patrick of the movies, and a young singer, Jimmy O’Brien, also will be heard during the KMH session. Lahr, who portrayed the Cowardly Lion in the Wizard of Oz, deserted Hollywood for the stage and was featured in DuBarry Was a Lady on Broadway and on the road. Miss Patrick will be drafted into a sketch with Crosby and Bob Burns, and O’Brien will be guest vocalist on the program.

(The Sacramento Bee, 19th June, 1941)


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

 

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

 

No.  227  3rd July 1941    

 

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

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                              with The Music Maids

  A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)                                 Connie Boswell

  Raymond Massey spot

*These Things You Left Me

  Bob Burns spot

*In The Gloaming                                       (a)

*Easy Street                                                                 with Connie Boswell

  Robert L Denig spot (re Marines)

*The Marine's Hymn                                                    with Robert L Denig, Bob Burns & Ken Carpenter

  Toccata (Loeillet)                                                        Marcel Grandjany (harp)

  Londonderry Air                                                         Marcel Grandjany (harp)

*It Makes No Difference Now                                     with The Music Maids

  Espana Cani                                                                John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*The Rose Of Tralee


Note:

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


Win, lose or draw in the golf tournament which kept him away from the Music Hall last week, it’s a safe bet Bing Crosby will undergo rough treatment from his partner in entertainment, Robin Burns, when he returns to the program tonight. Actor Raymond Massey, harpist Marcel Grandjany, and Captain Robert L. Denig, a graduate of the U.S. Marine Corps tank school, will be the special guests…A versatile citizen indeed, Raymond Massey invariably reveals a lighter side of his personality in his appearances with Bing Crosby. In addition to quipping with the quippers, Massey plans to recite a serious work during the festivities.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 3rd July, 1941)


Robert J. Brewster, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Difficult to understand Grandjany."

 

No.  228  10th July 1941 

 

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

 

*You’re A Double Lovely                                           with The Music Maids

  Just A Little Bit South Of North Carolina                 Connie Boswell

  Jerry Lester spot

*I Can’t Remember To Forget

  Bob Burns spot

*Sweet And Low                                                         with The Music Maids

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

  Rita Hayworth spot

*Maria Elena                                                   (a)                   

  Wingy Manone spot

  Dark Eyes                                                                   Wingy Manone (trumpet)

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

  The Clock Song                                                          Connie Boswell

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

 

Note:

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

 

Working right through the Fourth of July weekend, Bing Crosby has come up with a surprising list of guests for his Music Hall tonight, including Rita Hayworth, trumpeter Wingy Manone, and Jerry Lester. Miss Hayworth, it will be remembered, practically caused Tyrone Power to forsake home life in “Blood and Sand,” but, of course, it was only movie pretending. As difficult as it is at time for the homefolks in M. H. (i.e. Bob Burns, Connie Boswell, Ken Carpenter, the Music Maids, and the Trotter band) to understand fully the talk of Crosby that borders on double-talk, there’s a man who comes around occasionally who makes the crooner's diatribes sound simple in comparison. He is Wingy Manone, the hot trumpeter, who talks in plain, straight, and only jive. Even Bing, himself, pauses to reconsider some of the words that issue forth from Wingy’s mouth.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 10th July, 1941)


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

(“Variety” 16th July 1941)


Cal Kuhl, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Technical comments: Okay. KFI transmitter off air for approximately six minutes. Comments on Entertainment: Very good. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Bing objected to lights: We had none for rehearsal or show."

 

No.  229  17th July 1941   

 

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

 

*You Talk Too Much                                                 with The Music Maids

  Jerry Lester spot

*BallinThe Jack

*Yours

  Warner Baxter spot

  A Gay Ranchero (Las Altenitas)                               Connie Boswell

*We Go Well Together                                                with Connie Boswell

  Ida Lupino spot

*You And I

  Melodie                                                                      Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin (pianos)

  Floods Of Spring                                                        Vitya Vronsky & Victor Babin (pianos)                                                                                                                   
  Nighty, Night                                                             
Connie Boswell

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

*You’ll Never Remember                                             with The Music Maids


Bing Crosby has invited Jester Jerry Lester to make a quick return trip to the Music Hall tonight when over and above the regular company, such performers as Warner Baxter, Maureen O’Sullivan, and the piano team of Vronsky and Babin will be on hand. Said regular company now consists of Connie Boswell, the Music Maids, John Scott Trotter’s orchestra with Jerry Lester shaping up as a regular weekly starter on the full-hour that's heard over WMAQ at 7 o'clock.

There’s no denying that Jerry Lester grooved well into the pattern of the Hall last week. He was omnipresent, ducking into the guest interviews at just the right moment and even joining Bing on a song number. As a matter of fact, Lester has been signed to appear on the next three M. H. airings and will be heard on fifteen out of the twenty-two programs to be aired between July 31 and the end of the year of 1941.

Bing’s songs are “You Talk Too Much,” “Yours,” “Ballin’ the Jack,” “You’ll Never Remember,” and “You and I.” He'll sing “We Go Well Together" with Connie Boswell which is a true statement if there ever was one. Connie’s two numbers alone are “Daddy” and “Nighty Night.”

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 17th July, 1941)


Cal Kuhl, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Good! Orchid! Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Used eight-ball type mic in front center-stage - - Thus Bing, Lester and guests faced audience full on for the first time since K.M.H began. This gives the audience and the jokes a better break."


No.  230  24th July 1941

 

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

 

*Can’tcha Tell                                                             with The Music Maids

  Jerry Lester spot

*Old Black Joe

*I Can’t Remember To Forget

  John Garfield spot

  Daddy                                                                        Connie Boswell

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

  Billy Conn spot

  Florence George spot

  The Nightingale And The Rose                                 Florence George

  Love's Old Sweet Song                                              Florence George

*Clementine                                                                 with The Music Maids

  Polka from "Schwanda the Bagpiper"                       John Scott Trotter Orchestra

*Maria Elena                                                   (a)

 

Note:

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


Billy Conn, the man who put up such a great fight against Joe Louis in the recent heavyweight championship classic, will face a much tougher job tonight. This is the night he’ll be in there trading punch-lines with Bing Crosby on the Music Hall…Bing’s sister-in-law, Florence George, is the singing guest…Known as a pretty glib youngster with the chatter, Billy Conn will be pitted against radio’s virtual ad-lib champ Crosby. Jerry Lester, who has been functioning smoothly in the show’s comedy spot, will also pitch into the fray with Conn – if the going gets tough for Kid Crosby.

(Belvidere Daily Republican, 24th July, 1941)


Cal Kuhl, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Okay. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Audience response to Lester not as good as expected, probably due to horseplayish pre-show. Garfield, Conn spots went quite well...Conn doing surprisingly good job. Florence George very good."


No.  231  31st July 1941 

 

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

 

*We Go Well Together                                               with Connie Boswell
  Jerry Lester spot

*You And I

*It Makes No Difference Now                                    with The Music Maids

  Don Ameche spot

  The Kerry Dance                                                       Connie Boswell

*You Talk Too Much                                                   with The Music Maids

  Mary Martin spot

  Tit Willow                                                                  Mary Martin

*Reuben And Rachel                                                   with Mary Martin

  Frank Leahy spot

  I Went Out Of My Way                                             Connie Boswell

*You’ll Never Remember                                            with The Music Maids

 
    Bing Crosby’s last appearance in the Music Hall before his summer vacation will take place when he'll entertain Frank Leahy, Notre Dame university’s head coach and director of athletics; Don Ameche, Notre Dame's most ardent fan, and lovely Mary Martin of the films…Doctor Crosby will leave for his Del Mar track's racing season immediately after the full hour of fun. The doctor will turn over the reins of M. H. to his confrere, Don Ameche, who’ll be the host until Bing returns in the fall.

Don Ameche was the one who suggested Frank Leahy as a great bet for a guest spot in the Hall. Leahy is well-known for his ability to take a joke at face value and will give as well take during the informal festivities.

 (Belvidere Daily Republican, 31st July, 1941)


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

(“Variety” 9th July 1941)

 

Cal Kuhl, J. Walter Thompson Program Director, commented: "Comments on Entertainment: Quite good. Comments on commercial: Okay. General remarks: Ameche had few "gracious" lines -- so couldn't give out much with the Ameche smile and charm, and laughs."


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

 

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

(“Variety” 19th March 1941)


 

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