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Bing Crosby and Friends
     

Bing Crosby and Friends

by Bing Crosby
 

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More than any other singer, it was Crosby who made the connection between instrumental jazz and popular singing. Crosby was the first to demonstrate how the rhythmic innovations of Louis Armstrong could lead to new levels of intimacy, which were now possible thanks to the microphone and the talking picture camera. Crosby achieved all

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More than any other singer, it was Crosby who made the connection between instrumental jazz and popular singing. Crosby was the first to demonstrate how the rhythmic innovations of Louis Armstrong could lead to new levels of intimacy, which were now possible thanks to the microphone and the talking picture camera. Crosby achieved all this in the very dawn of his career (say, before 1934), while at the same time establishing himself as the supreme patriarch of pop. Crosby then spent the remaining 40 years of his career, like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett after him, as a superlative pop artist with a firm foundation in jazz and big bands. This collection samples Crosby's jazz encounters of the '30s and '40s, in which he "crosses cadenzas" with like-minded singers (Connie Boswell on "Basin Street Blues," Lee Wiley on "I Still Suits Me"), instrumentalists (Eddie Condon's band on "After You've Gone"), and any number of gentlemen who excelled at both, like Jack Teagarden ("Birth of the Blues"), Woody Herman ("I Ain't Got Nobody"), Louis Jordan ("Your Socks Don't Match"), and Der Bingle's number-one fave, Pops Armstrong himself ("Gone Fishin'").

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Included on this Living Era CD issue are 25 selections of Bing Crosby and a host of duet partners (including Fred Astaire, the Boswell Sisters, the Mills Brothers, Jack Teagarden, Mary Martin, Duke Ellington and Frances Langford), all recorded during the 1930s and early '40s, with most of the tracks coming from his radio show. Included are "Pistol Packin' Mama," "Dinah," "Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries," "Gypsy Love Song," "Darling Nellie Gray," "Little Sir Echo," "An Apple for the Teacher,"and "Basin Street Blues,"among others.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/1995
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625514728
catalogNumber:
5147

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Fred Astaire   Track Performer
Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Connee Boswell   Track Performer
Mary Martin   Track Performer
Johnny Mercer   Track Performer
Vic Schoen   Track Performer
Frances Langford   Track Performer
Bob Crosby & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jack Teagarden Orchestra   Track Performer
Joe Venuti & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Del Porter   Ocarina,Vocals
Foursome   Ocarina,Vocals
Music Maids   Track Performer
Margaret Lenhart   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Victor Herbert   Composer
Andrews Sisters   Contributor
Fred Astaire   Contributor
Boswell Sisters   Contributor
Mills Brothers   Contributor
Harry James   Composer
Jack Teagarden   Contributor
Joe Marsala   Composer
Mary Martin   Contributor
Lew Brown   Composer
Duke Ellington   Contributor
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Eddie Leonard   Composer
Andrew B. Sterling   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Frances Langford   Contributor
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Joe Young   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Ford Dabney   Composer
Cecil Mack   Composer
Shean   Composer
Rida Johnson Young   Composer
Ed Gallagher   Composer
Adele Girard Marsala   Composer
Alberto Pestalozza   Composer
Eddie Munson   Composer
J.S. Fearis   Composer
Laura R. Smith   Composer
Benjamin R. Hanby   Composer

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