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Bing-His Legendary Years 1931-1957

Bing Crosby

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This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby's years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late '30s, but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. His ballads grew in stature in later years, while the up-tempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the '20s and early '30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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1
Where The Blue Of The Night (Meets The Gold Of The Day) 1932 Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:02

Bing Crosby, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Roy Turk, ComposerLyricist - Fred E. Ahlert, ComposerLyricist - Bennie Krueger & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1932 Geffen Records

2
Out Of Nowhere 1931 Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:08

Edward Heyman, Author - Johnny Green, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Just One More Chance 1931 Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:29

Arthur Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Sam Coslow, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
I'm Through With Love Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:06

Gus Kahn, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Matty Malneck, ComposerLyricist - Joseph A. Livingston, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
I Found A Million Dollar Baby (In A Five And Ten Cent Store) Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:02

Harry Warren, ComposerLyricist - Mort Dixon, ComposerLyricist - Billy Rose, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
At Your Command Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:19

Bing Crosby, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Harry Tobias, ComposerLyricist - Harry Barris, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
I Apologize Single Version
Victor Young
00:03:18

Al Hoffman, ComposerLyricist - Victor Young, Conductor - Al Goodhart, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Edward G. Nelson, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Dancing In The Dark Single Version
Victor Young
00:02:30

Victor Young, Conductor - Howard Dietz, ComposerLyricist - Arthur Schwartz, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist

℗ 1931 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Star Dust 1931 Single Version
Victor Young
00:02:46

Victor Young, Conductor - Mitchell Parish, Author - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, Composer - Bing Crosby, MainArtist

℗ 1931 Geffen Records

10
The Moon Was Yellow (And The Night Was Young) Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:04

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Fred E. Ahlert, ComposerLyricist - EDGAR LESLIE, ComposerLyricist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1934 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Two Cigarettes In The Dark Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:11

Paul Francis Webster, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Lew Pollack, ComposerLyricist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, MainArtist

℗ 1934 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
With Every Breath I Take Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:13

Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Rainger, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1934 UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
June In January Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:15

Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Rainger, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1934 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Love Is Just Around The Corner Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:04

Leo Robin, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - LEWIS E. GENSLER, Composer - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1934 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Soon Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:04

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1935 Geffen Records

16
Down By The River Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:52

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1935 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
It's Easy To Remember Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:12

Richard Rodgers, Composer - Lorenz Hart, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra - Rhythmettes & Three Shades of Blue, Ensemble

℗ 1935 UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Red Sails In The Sunset Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:12

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Wilhelm Grosz, ComposerLyricist - James Kennedy, ComposerLyricist - Victor Young & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1935 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
Silent Night, Holy Night 1935 Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:04

Mads Hauge, Arranger, Work Arranger - Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Joseph Mohr, ComposerLyricist - Franz Xaver Gruber, ComposerLyricist - Phil Thornalley, Arranger, Work Arranger - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Jon Green, Arranger, Work Arranger - Pixie Lott, Arranger, Work Arranger - Victor Young & His Orchestra, MainArtist - Guardsmen Quartet, MainArtist

℗ 1935 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:19

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Ira Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Heyward Du Bose, ComposerLyricist - Victor Young & His Orchestra, Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1936 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grande) Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:41

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - SONNY BURKE, Producer - Bing Crosby, Producer, MainArtist - Milt Gabler, Producer - Buddy Cole, Producer - Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra, Orchestra - Jack Kapp, Producer

A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1936 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Pennies From Heaven Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:13

Arthur Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Georgie Stoll & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1936 Geffen Records

23
A Fine Romance Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:07

Jerome Kern, ComposerLyricist - Dorothy Fields, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Victor Young & His Orchestra, Orchestra - Dixie Lee Crosby, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1936 Geffen Records

24
Sweet Leilani Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:16

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - HARRY OWENS, ComposerLyricist - Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians, Ensemble

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

DISC 2

1
Blue Hawaii Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:05

Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Ralph Rainger, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Lani McIntyre & His Hawaiians, Ensemble

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

2
Too Marvelous For Words Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:04

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Richard A. Whiting, ComposerLyricist - Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

3
It's The Natural Thing To Do Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:17

Arthur Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1937 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
The Moon Got In My Eyes Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:11

Arthur Johnston, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

5
Remember Me? Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:01

AL DUBIN, ComposerLyricist - Harry Warren, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

6
Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?) Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:37

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Bernie Hanighen, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - Connee Boswell, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1937 Geffen Records

7
Don't Be That Way Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:38

Mitchell Parish, ComposerLyricist - Benny Goodman, ComposerLyricist - Edgar Sampson, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1938 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:58

Traditional, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Paul Taylor Choristers, Choir

℗ 1938 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Small Fry Single Version
Johnny Mercer
00:03:05

Johnny Mercer, FeaturedArtist - HOAGY CARMICHAEL, ComposerLyricist - FRANK LOESSER, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Victor Young's Small Fryers, Orchestra

℗ 1938 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
I've Got A Pocketful Of Dreams Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:38

John Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - James Monaco, ComposerLyricist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1938 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Mexicali Rose Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:49

Jack B. Tenney, Composer - Helen Stone, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1939 Geffen Records

12
You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:56

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Harry Warren, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Bob Crosby & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1938 Geffen Records

13
Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:57

Ted Koehler, ComposerLyricist - Gus Arnheim, Orchestra - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Billy Moll, ComposerLyricist - Harry Barris, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1931 Geffen Records

14
Somebody Loves Me Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:47

George Gershwin, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Buddy DeSylva, ComposerLyricist - BALLARD MACDONALD, ComposerLyricist - Victor Young & His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist - Victor Young & His Concert Orchestra, Orchestra

A Geffen Records Release; ℗ 1940 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
What's New? Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:11

Robert Haggart, Composer - Johnny Burke, Author - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1939 UMG Recordings, Inc.

16
Sierra Sue Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:01

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - John Scott Trotter, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Buell Carey, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1940 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Trade Winds
Bing Crosby
00:03:15

CHARLES TOBIAS, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Cliff Friend, ComposerLyricist - Dick McIntire & His Harmony Hawaiians, Orchestra

℗ 1940 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

18
Only Forever Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:11

Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - James V. Monaco, Composer - John Scott Trotter, Orchestra

℗ 1940 UMG Recordings, Inc.

19
New San Antonio Rose Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:03:16

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Bob Wills, ComposerLyricist - Bob Crosby's Bob Cats, Orchestra

℗ 1941 UMG Recordings, Inc.

20
Humpty Dumpty Heart Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:58

Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Jimmy Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Woody Herman And His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1941 UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Deep In The Heart Of Texas Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:42

Don Swander, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Woody Herman's Woodchoppers, Orchestra - June Hershey Swander, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1942 Geffen Records

22
Wait Till The Sun Shines, Nellie Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:35

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Harry von Tilzer, ComposerLyricist - Andrew B. Sterling, ComposerLyricist - Mary Martin, FeaturedArtist - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1942 UMG Recordings, Inc.

23
When My Dream Boat Comes Home Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:26

Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Cliff Friend, ComposerLyricist - Dave Franklin, ComposerLyricist - Bob Crosby & His Bob Cats, Orchestra

℗ 1942 UMG Recordings, Inc.

24
White Christmas 1942 Holiday Inn Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:59

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - Ken Darby Singers, Chorus, AssociatedPerformer - John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra, Orchestra - Harry Lillis Crosby, Producer

℗ 1942 Geffen Records

25
Easter Parade Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:50

Irving Berlin, Musical Director, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1942 UMG Recordings, Inc.

DISC 3

1
Be Careful, It's My Heart Single Version
Bing Crosby
00:02:44

Irving Berlin, Musical Director, ComposerLyricist - Bing Crosby, MainArtist - John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, FeaturedArtist

℗ 1942 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby's years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered. Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late '30s, but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. His ballads grew in stature in later years, while the up-tempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the '20s and early '30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set.
© Scott Yanow /TiVo

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