Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957

Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957

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by Bing Crosby

There’s only one way to understand why Bing Crosby was the most successful popular vocalist of his time: Listen to his imperishable music. This collection gives a fine overview of Crosby’s work during his peak years as America's best-loved singer. Overflowing with classics from three decades of hits, the four-CD set includes signature songs as well as novelty numbers…  See more details below


There’s only one way to understand why Bing Crosby was the most successful popular vocalist of his time: Listen to his imperishable music. This collection gives a fine overview of Crosby’s work during his peak years as America's best-loved singer. Overflowing with classics from three decades of hits, the four-CD set includes signature songs as well as novelty numbers and duet performances. An essential release for anyone interested in the art of popular song.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
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.

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Disc 1

  1. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  2. Out of Nowhere
  3. Just One More Chance
  4. I'm Through with Love
  5. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  6. At Your Command
  7. I Apologize
  8. Dancing in the Dark
  9. Stardust
  10. The Moon Was Yellow
  11. Two Cigarettes in the Dark
  12. With Every Breath I Take
  13. June in January
  14. Love Is Just Around the Corner
  15. Soon
  16. Down by the River
  17. It's Easy to Remember
  18. Red Sails in the Sunset
  19. Silent Night
  20. I Got Plenty O' Nuttin'
  21. I'm an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande)
  22. Pennies from Heaven
  23. A Fine Romance
  24. Sweet Leilani

Disc 2

  1. Blue Hawaii
  2. Too Marvelous for Words
  3. It's the Natural Thing to Do
  4. The Moon Got in My Eyes
  5. Remember Me
  6. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  7. Don't Be That Way
  8. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
  9. Small Fry
  10. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
  11. Mexicali Rose
  12. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  13. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  14. Somebody Loves Me
  15. What's New?
  16. Sierra Sue
  17. Trade Winds
  18. Only Forever
  19. New San Antonio Rose
  20. Humpty Dumpty Heart
  21. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  22. Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie
  23. When My Dreamboat Comes Home
  24. White Christmas
  25. Easter Parade

Disc 3

  1. Be Careful, It's My Heart
  2. Adeste Fideles
  3. Moonlight Becomes You
  4. Sunday, Monday or Always
  5. Mississippi Mud/I Left My Sugar Standing in the Rain
  6. Pistol Packin' Mama
  7. I'll Be Home for Christmas
  8. San Fernando Valley
  9. Close the Door Joe, We're Making a Disc!
  10. Swinging on a Star
  11. I Love You
  12. I'll Be Seeing You
  13. I'll Be Seeing You
  14. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  15. Song of the Fifth Marines
  16. (There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go ...)
  17. Don't Fence Me In
  18. My Baby Said Yes (Yip, Yip de Hootie)
  19. Mine
  20. AC-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  21. The Road to Morocco
  22. You Belong to My Heart
  23. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  24. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
  25. I Can't Begin to Tell You
  26. Day by Day
  27. Macnamara's Band
  28. South America, Take It Away!

Disc 4

  1. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  2. The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
  3. The Whiffenpoof Song
  4. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  5. But Beautiful
  6. Galway Bay
  7. Far Away Places
  8. Sing Soft, Sing Sweet, Sing Gentle
  9. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
  10. Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy
  11. Play a Simple Melody
  12. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)
  13. Harbor Lights
  14. Autumn Leaves
  15. Silver Bells
  16. Getting to Know You
  17. Gone Fishin'
  18. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  19. Watermelon Weather
  20. Thanks for the Memory
  21. Around the World (In Eighty Days)
  22. Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise
  23. Gigi
  24. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals,Human Whistle
Judy Garland   Vocals
Peggy Lee   Background Vocals
Baxter   Vocals
Paul   Electric Guitar
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Jolson   Vocals
Spike Jones   Drums
Louis Jordan   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Ted Nash   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Willie Smith   Alto Saxophone
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Mel Tormé   Vocals
Fred Waring   Guitar,Celeste,Background Vocals
Red Nichols   Cornet
Dave Barbour   Guitar
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Connee Boswell   Vocals
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Pee Wee Erwin   Trumpet
Irving Fazola   Alto Saxophone
Bob Haggart   Bass
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Ray Linn   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Matty Matlock   Alto Saxophone
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Ray McKinley   Drums
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Slack   Piano
Warren Smith   Trombone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Tutti Camarata   Trumpet
Carmen Cavallaro   Piano
Dominic Frontiere   Accordion
Mel Henke   Piano
Johnny Richards   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Bobby Sherwood   Guitar
Ray Turner   Piano,Celeste
Bob Zurke   Piano
Mary Martin   Vocals
Buddy Cole   Piano
Maxene Andrews   Vocals
Norma Zimmer   Background Vocals
Jimmy Durante   Vocals
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Patty Andrews   Vocals
Howard White   Alto Saxophone
George Kennedy   Trumpet
Sue Allen   Background Vocals
Louis Armstrong   Vocals
Victor Arno   Violin
Bill Atkinson   Trombone
Robert Barene   Violin
Benjamin Barrett   Violin
Harry Barris   Piano
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Cy Bernard   Cello
Vic Berton   Drums
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Don Bonnee   Tenor Saxophone
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Verlye Mills   Harp
Arnold Brillhardt   Alto Saxophone
Frank Carlson   Drums
Gene Cipriano   Tenor Saxophone
Mahlon Clark   Clarinet
Peggy Clark   Background Vocals
Irving Cottler   Drums
Ken Darby   Background Vocals
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
Charles Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
David Frisina   Violin
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Fred Glickman   Viola
Larry Gomar   Drums,Bells
Ray Gonzales   Marimbas
Charles Green   Trumpet
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Jose Gutierrez   Trombone
Robert Guy   Trumpet
Allan Harshman   Viola
Skeets Herfurt   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Abraham Hochstein   Viola
Francis Howard   Trombone
Carlton Hunt   Violin
King Jackson   Trombone
Jules Jacob   Tenor Saxophone
Robert "Rumba" Jones   Trumpet
Slick Jones   Drums
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Louis Kievman   Viola
Harry Klee   Alto Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Robert Konrad   Violin
Benny Krueger   Piano,Reeds,Trombone,Trumpet,C-Melody Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Harry Lawson   Tenor Saxophone
Bill Lee   Background Vocals
Cappy Lewis   Trumpet
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Fud Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Dan Lube   Violin
Ray Martinez   Violin
Ann Mason   Harp
Don Mattison   Trombone
Jack Mayhew   Alto Saxophone
John Mayhew   Alto Saxophone
Lani McIntire   Guitar,Vocals
Johnny Mercer   Vocals
Joe Meyer   Trumpet
Eddie Miller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Morgan   Bass
Earl Murphy   Steel Guitar
Lynn Murray   Conductor
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Bob Nichols   Guitar,Vocals
Loulie Jean Norman   Background Vocals
Floyd O'Brien   Trombone
Bernie Parks   Vocals
Charles Parlato   Background Vocals
Jack Pepper   Violin
Tom Peterson   Trombone
Lou Raderman   Violin
Bill Rank   Trombone
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Thurl Ravenscroft   Background Vocals
Carol Richards   Vocals
Eddie Roane   Trumpet
Gil Rodin   Tenor Saxophone
Jerry Rosa   Trombone
Sam Rubinwich   Alto Saxophone
Joe Rushton   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Jack Ryan   Bass
Gene Schroeder   Piano
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Paul Shure   Violin
Ray Sims   Trombone
Ernie Smith   Trombone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Stacey   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Bill Stegmeyer   Alto Saxophone
Phil Stephens   Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Slim Taft   Bass
Conrad Taylor   Background Vocals
Richard Taylor   Trombone
Arnold Thomas   Piano
Milton Thomas   Viola
George Thow   Trumpet
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Joe Country Washburne   Bass Guitar
Walter Welscher   Piano
George Wendt   Trumpet
Don Whitaker   Bass
Hy White   Guitar
Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Lawrence Wright   Tenor Saxophone
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Walter Yoder   Bass
Victor Young   Bass,Clarinet,Flute,Guitar,Piano,Trombone,Trumpet,Drums,Alto Clarinet
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Larry Breen   Bass
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Joseph DiFiore   Viola
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Gail Laughton   Harp
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
George Stoll   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Piano,Reeds,Trombone,Trumpet,Violin,Harp,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Vibes
Sam Weiss   Drums
Victor Bay   Violin
Morris Bercov   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Jud Conlon   Conductor,Background Vocals
Fred Falensby   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Ray Hagan   Drums
Gerald Joyce   Violin
Murray Kellner   Violin
Gordon Lee   Conductor,Background Vocals
Irving Lipschultz   Cello
Leonard Mach   Trumpet
Kurt Reher   Cello
Jack Rose   Mandolin
Sylvia Ruderman   Flute
Benjamin Simon   Violin
Max Smith   Background Vocals
Joe Tarto   Tuba
Roy Bargy   Conductor
Carl Maus   Drums
Nick Pisani   Violin
Hank Stern   Tuba
Olcott Vail   Violin
Carl Prager   Clarinet
Jack Schulman   Violin
Robert Stevens   Background Vocals
Henry Beau   Alto Saxophone
Peter Beilman   Trombone
Murray Cohan   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Dodson   Background Vocals
Peter Ellis   Violin
Sam Freed   Viola
Emanuel Gershman   Alto Saxophone
Howard Halbert   Violin
Max Herman   Trumpet
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Arthur Kafton   Cello
Bernard Kaufman   Alto Saxophone
Edward Kuczborski   Trombone
Charlie LaVere   Piano
William May   Trumpet
William Miller   Violin
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Martin Ruderman   Flute
Harry Schuchman   Baritone Saxophone
Andy Secrest   Trumpet,Cornet
Jack Sewell   Cello
Phillip Shuken   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Charles Strickfaden   Oboe
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
LaVerne Andrews   Vocals
Guy Bonham   Vocals
Wamp Carlson   Vocals
Red Latham   Vocals
Larry Wright   Alto Saxophone
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Richard Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Barton Gray   Violin
Joe Kretcher   Alto Saxophone
Fred Whiting   Bass
Ben Zimberoff   Violin
Lyle Bowen   Alto Saxophone
Morton Friedman   Tenor Saxophone
Mark Levant   Violin
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Tommy Linehan   Piano
Steady Nelson   Trumpet
Haig Stephens   Bass
Joe Kearns   Alto Saxophone
Saxie Mansfield   Tenor Saxophone
Neal Reid   Trombone
Joe Howard   Trombone
Archie Rosate   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
M. Bikaleicoff   Bass
Solomon Bomser   Violin
George Boujie   Bass
Julian Brodetsky   Violin
Pauline Burns Hudson   Background Vocals
Alvert Calderon   Drums
Joe Cascals   Bass
Jack Chaney   Reeds
Ben Crietz   Bass
Ralph Dadesman   Trumpet
Bill Days   Background Vocals
Vince Degan   Background Vocals
Candido Demandez   Alto Saxophone
Vladimir Drucker   Trumpet
Dent Eckels   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Evens   Tenor Saxophone
Lew Feiler   Violin
Louis Fester   Violin
Cy Fuer   Trumpet
Ossip Giskin   Cello
Shirley Goedike   Trumpet
Robert Goodrich   Trumpet
Laura Griffins   Violin
Scipione Guidi   Violin
Herbert Hagmer   Tenor Saxophone
James Hervath   Alto Saxophone
Ignace Hilsberg   Piano
Sam Kaapuni   Guitar
George Kainapau   Ukulele,Vocals
Arkady Konchester   Violin
Lou Kosloff   Violin
Nat Kosloff   Bass
Lawrence Kurdjie   Violin
Jack Kurkosie   Violin
Loretta MacFarland   Harp
Mack MacLean   Background Vocals
Lawerence J. Maddi   Violin
Billy Markas   Drums
Vada Marlowe   Background Vocals
Dorothy McCarty   Background Vocals
Raymond Menhennick   Viola
Gil Mershon   Background Vocals
Frederick Moritz   Bassoon
Clinton Nordquist   Bass
Julietta Novis   Background Vocals
Affonso Ozorio   Drums
Gene Piltz   Ukulele
Jerry Preshaw   Background Vocals
Arthur Rando   Alto Saxophone
William F. "Bill" Reeve   Background Vocals
Walter Ruick   Piano
Jules Seder   Bassoon
Barbara W. Shik   Harp
Max Sobolewsky   Violin
Vincent Spolodori   Harp
Harry Steinfeld   Oboe
Julius Toldi   Viola
V. Volodin   Cello
Oscar Wasserberger   Violin
Jane Wyman   Background Vocals
Frank Zinzer   Trumpet
Vic Hamann   Trombone
Ernest Travares   Flute,Guitar
Charles Prescott   Background Vocals
Don Ruffell   Tenor Saxophone
Sidell   Drums
Gloria Wood   Background Vocals
Joe Harris   Trombone
Ivan Ditmars   Piano
Ted Bacon   Viola
Joe Lilly   Conductor
Simón Madera   Bass
Bill Miller   Piano
Jimmy Thomason   Trombone
Billy Hobbs   Tenor Saxophone
Charles Butler   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Koki   Steel Guitar
Ada Beth Lee   Background Vocals
Marineau   Trombone
McIntire   Bass,Vocals
Angelo Santos   Drums
Steinberg   Violin
Art McCulloch   Background Vocals
Arthur Ginder   Trombone
Austin Grout   Background Vocals
Bill Brower   Violin
Bill Seckler   Background Vocals
Earl Hatch   Drums
Luther Roundtree   Guitar
Country Washburne   Bass Guitar
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
J.S. Whelan   Saw
John L. Shanahan   Drums
Buddy Silva   Bass
Raul Soler   Piano
Gary Speare   Guitar
Dan K. Stewart   Guitar
Marie Vernon   Background Vocals
Hal Schaer   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Betty Allan   Background Vocals
Eddie Ehlert   Trumpet
Kenneth Lowman   Bassoon
Cliff Barber   Trumpet
George Harris   Guitar
Betty Noyes   Background Vocals
Nestor Amaral   Guitar
Dixie Lee Crosby   Background Vocals
Boris Blinder   Cello
Joachim Chassman   Violin
Eddie Dunstedter   Organ
Galen Gloyde   Trombone
Howard Hudson   Background Vocals
Harry Baty   Guitar
Margery Briggs   Background Vocals
Henry Castleton   Violin
Dorothy Hill   Background Vocals
Henry Hill   Violin
Cal Gooden   Guitar
Nick Dann   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Marv Baily   Background Vocals
Russell Banker   Tenor Saxophone
J. Bench   Horn
Ted Bergren   Guitar
Jack Bunch   Tenor Saxophone
Edwin K. Bush   Guitar
Jo Campbell   Background Vocals
Sam Chiefitz   Bass
T. Davidson   Guitar
King   Trumpet
Gary Crosby   Vocals
Robert Lawson   Baritone Saxophone
Harry Stanton   Background Vocals
Arthur Frantz   French Horn
Vincent Terri   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bing Crosby   Producer
Billy May   Arranger
Carmen Cavallaro   Arranger
Buddy Cole   Arranger,Producer
Buck Ram   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Perry Botkin   Arranger
Sonny Burke   Producer
Ken Darby   Arranger
David Franklin   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Jack Kapp   Producer
Gordon Kennedy   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Walter Kent   Composer
Steve Lasker   Producer
Lani McIntire   Arranger
Andy McKaie   Producer
Lynn Murray   Arranger
Cole Porter   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Walter Sheets   Arranger
Axel Stordahl   Arranger
Vic Schoen   Arranger
Victor Young   Director
John Reading   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Guy Bonham   Composer
Wamp Carlson   Composer
Red Latham   Composer
John Scott Trotter   Arranger
Ted Duncan   Arranger
Joe Glover   Arranger
Paul Wetstein   Arranger
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Joan Whitney   Composer
Clement Scott   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Helen Stone   Composer
Jack Tenney   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Tod Galloway   Composer
Alex Kramer   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Nick Kenny   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Dave Franklin   Composer
Meade Minnigerode   Composer
George S. Pomeroy   Composer
Joseph Buell Carey   Composer
Elliott Shapiro   Composer
Maewa Kaihau   Composer
Shamus O'Connor   Composer
Larry Russell   Arranger
John J. Stamford   Composer
June Hershey   Composer
Ed Nelson   Composer

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Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoy his music very much, there is hardly anything I don't like, especially his Christmas albums/cd's... Does anyone know where you can get the soundtrack for the movie White Christmas? They offered it for a short time and sent notice it was no longer available. Got any ideas??
Guest More than 1 year ago
On our first date, November 11, 1943, we danced to White Christmas and it has been our song for 60 years. It was played at all the important events of our married life, no matter what time of the year it was. There will never be another Bing Crosby---ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago