Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook

Bing Sings the Sinatra Songbook

by Bing Crosby
     
 

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The concept of an album in which Bing Crosby sings "the Sinatra songbook" is a curious one on two grounds. First, "songbook" albums usually consist of songs written by a particular person, not songs associated with a particular singer, and second, since Crosby preceded Frank Sinatra by roughly a decade-and-a-half and was an idol and mentor to Sinatra, the idea of… See more details below

Overview

The concept of an album in which Bing Crosby sings "the Sinatra songbook" is a curious one on two grounds. First, "songbook" albums usually consist of songs written by a particular person, not songs associated with a particular singer, and second, since Crosby preceded Frank Sinatra by roughly a decade-and-a-half and was an idol and mentor to Sinatra, the idea of Crosby singing his pupil's songs seems to cast things in reverse. That said, this collection, assembled by Bing Crosby Enterprises for release by Collectors' Choice Music and consisting largely of previously unreleased radio transcriptions from the '50s, has much to recommend it, as Crosby puts his own stamp on some well-chosen songs tailored to his follower. As annotator Michael Feinstein points out, by the '50s Sinatra had eclipsed Crosby as a record seller, and songwriters were hard at work writing songs for him to sing in his movies and on his records. Interestingly, one of those songwriters was composer James Van Heusen, who had previously written songs for Crosby's movies. (In those days, Van Heusen had worked with lyricist Johnny Burke; by now he was paired with Sinatra's favorite word man, Sammy Cahn.) So, perhaps it's no surprise that, while "High Hopes" was designed for Sinatra, it also works well for Crosby, for whom it is a virtual follow-up to his hit "Swinging on a Star." Crosby also has fun with Sinatra specialty material like "Young at Heart," "The Tender Trap," and "Love and Marriage," and if he isn't interested in giving "All the Way" the drama Sinatra brings to it, he nevertheless renders the song effectively. A lot of these songs, while they might have been recorded by Sinatra at one point or another, are no more associated with him than they are with Crosby, and perhaps less so. "Imagination," for example, is a song Sinatra covered while with Tommy Dorsey's orchestra, but it was really a hit for Glenn Miller, and it was actually written by Burke and Van Heusen, which would seem to put it in Crosby's camp. A bunch of '30s standards are also featured, and they could be included in any number of singers' "songbooks." It's true, for instance, that Sinatra interpolated the 1937 song "The Lady Is a Tramp" into the 1957 film Pal Joey, but Crosby couldn't have anticipated that when he sang the version here in 1955, even if he makes a point of humorously mentioning Sinatra by name. Sinatra himself turns up for a medley with Crosby recorded in 1954, and it's too bad there isn't more of the two together on the album. The tracks vary from full orchestral arrangements featuring Crosby's longtime radio bandleader John Scott Trotter to small ensembles led by keyboardist Buddy Cole, who can be a little busy for some listeners' taste, especially when, as on "Witchcraft," he takes to the organ or, as on "Love and Marriage," the harpsichord.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/17/2012
Label:
Bing Crosby Ent
UPC:
0617742215922
catalogNumber:
2159

Tracks

  1. The Lady Is a Tramp  - Bing Crosby
  2. Young at Heart  - Bing Crosby
  3. Too Marvelous For Words  - Bing Crosby
  4. April In Paris  - Bing Crosby
  5. I Get a Kick Out Of You  - Bing Crosby
  6. Imagination  - Bing Crosby
  7. Witchcraft  - Bing Crosby
  8. High Hopes  - Bing Crosby
  9. Where Or When  - Bing Crosby
  10. Crosby & Sinatra Medley: Among My Souvenirs; September Song; As Time Go  - Bing Crosby
  11. Chicago  - Bing Crosby
  12. The Tender Trap  - Bing Crosby
  13. All The Way  - Bing Crosby
  14. Love And Marriage  - Bing Crosby
  15. You Go To My Head  - Bing Crosby
  16. It Happened In Monterey  - Bing Crosby
  17. South Of the Border  - Bing Crosby
  18. Summer Wind  - Bing Crosby

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Frank Sinatra   Guest Appearance
Joe Venuti   Violin,Group Member
Red Nichols   Trumpet,Cornet,Group Member
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet,Group Member
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
Buddy Cole   Piano,Group Member
Cy Bernard   Violin,Cello,Viola,Group Member
Harry Bluestone   Violin,Group Member
Perry Botkin   Guitar,Group Member
Bugs Bower   Guest Appearance
Nick Fatool   Drums,Group Member
Jacques Gasselin   Violin,Group Member
Robert Guy   Trumpet,Group Member
Joseph E. Howard   Trombone,Group Member
Ron Marshall   Vocal Director
Eddie Miller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Phil Stephens   Bass,Group Member
Milton Thomas   Viola,Group Member
Nick Pisani   Violin,Group Member
Murray Cohan   Flute,Oboe,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Sam Freed   Violin,Viola,Group Member
Geoff Love   Conductor
Larry Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone,Group Member
Meyer Oberman   Violin,Group Member
Warren Baker   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Henry Hill   Violin,Group Member
Phil Shuken   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Group Member
John Scott Trotter's Orchestra   Guest Appearance
Pete Moore Orchestra   Guest Appearance
David Harris   Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Ted Vesley   Trombone,Group Member

Technical Credits

Kurt Weill   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Cy Coleman   Composer
Johnny Richards   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buddy Cole   Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Ken Barnes   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Henry Mayer   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Eugene Lowell   Producer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Michael Carr   Composer
Mabel Wayne   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Kathryn Crosby   Executive Producer
Joe Abend   Producer
Murdo MacKenzie   Producer
Bill Morrow   Producer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
William Rose   Composer
Mark Brodka   Producer,Music Business Affairs
Robert S. Bader   Producer
Horatio Nichols   Composer

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