Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions

Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions

by Bing Crosby

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Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions

Bing Crosby's musical relationship with Rosemary Clooney is well established by their co-starring roles in the film White Christmas; their three duo albums; and their joint concert appearances toward the end of Crosby's life. But one aspect of the partnership has gone undocumented until now, and it may be the most extensive one: their radio work. Crosby, a major star of radio during its heyday in the 1930s and '40s, clung to the medium as it went into commercial decline with the rise of television starting in the '50s. He maintained a weekly network show until 1954 and continued to host radio programs for syndication into the early '60s, prerecording songs and patter for later broadcast. Clooney was not only a frequent guest, but also shared The Crosby-Clooney Show with him in 1960-1961. This double-CD set, assembled under the auspices of Bing Crosby Enterprises and released through Collectors' Choice Music, presents 61 tracks in over two-and-a-half hours, nearly all of them Crosby/Clooney duets. On the first disc, recorded between 1952 and 1958, they are accompanied by Crosby's longtime bandleader John Scott Trotter and his orchestra. On the second disc, keyboardist Buddy Cole leads a quartet to support them. It looks as though producer Robert S. Bader, in analyzing the material, decided he had too much for a single 80-minute CD and, instead of cutting, decided to expand. Particularly on the first disc, this means the tracks are often loosely edited with studio chatter included, and there are sometimes multiple versions of songs. No doubt the Crosby and Clooney fans most likely to buy this album won't mind, but four versions of "You'd Be so Nice to Come Home To" and three of "Something to Remember You By" seem a bit much. The two singers take on everything from each other's hits to standards, then-current songs from Broadway musicals, and novelties, always performing with comfortable chemistry. Bob Hope pops in for a specially written "Open Up Your Heart" that calls to mind the Hope/Crosby "Road" pictures, but otherwise it's the two principals trading off lines and harmonizing. Sometimes the songs were designed as duets, such as Clooney's first hit "You're Just in Love" (two versions) or "Anything You Can Do." Others were not; it would be hard to find another duet arrangement of "Summertime" from Porgy and Bess, for instance. But that matters less than the joy of hearing two such compatible voices singing together at length.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2012
Label: Bing Crosby Ent
UPC: 0617742216226
catalogNumber: 2162


Disc 1

  1. The Merry-Go-Run-Around
  2. Takes Two To Tango
  3. Chicago Style
  4. Open Up Your Heart
  5. South Rampart Street Parade
  6. Something To Remember You By
  7. You're Just In Love
  8. It's Only a Paper Moon
  9. Chicago Style
  10. Easter Parade
  11. People Will Say We're In Love
  12. Only Forever
  13. Medley: Those Foolish Things Remind Me of You /We Just Could
  14. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  15. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
  16. These Foolish Things Remind Me of You
  17. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  18. That's Amore
  19. The Little Brown Jug
  20. Sweet Genevieve
  21. Shine On Harvest Moon
  22. Buckle Down Winsocki
  23. Indian Summer
  24. Something To Remember You By
  25. You're Just In Love
  26. Easter Parade
  27. Man (Uh-Huh) and Woman (Uh-Huh)
  28. Lily of Laguna
  29. Ford Jingle #1
  30. Ford Jingle #2

Disc 2

  1. Will You Still Be Mine?
  2. People Will Say We're In Love
  3. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
  4. I May Be Wrong
  5. Would You Like To Take a Walk?
  6. They Can't Take That Away From Me
  7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
  8. Something To Remember You By
  9. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  10. Ain't We Got Fun?
  11. Isn't This a Lovely Day?
  12. Let's Put Out the Lights and Go To Sleep
  13. They Say It's Wonderful
  14. Shine On Harvest Moon
  15. Let's Take a Walk Around the Block
  16. Don't Worry (About Tomorrow)
  17. Hey, Look Me Over
  18. Anything You Can Do
  19. What Takes My Fancy
  20. Summertime
  21. True Love
  22. Medley: It's Been a Long Long Time/Life Is Just a Bowl of Cherries/Gimm
  23. Medley: Moon Over Miami/Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland/There's a Long Lon
  24. Goodnight My Someone
  25. Medley: September Song/As Time Goes By/Till We Meet Again
  26. Medley: Any Town is Paris When You're Young/Paris in the Spring/April i
  27. Singin' in the Rain
  28. Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney Sing for Eastern Products, Pt. 1
  29. You're in Kentucky Sure As You're Born
  30. Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney Sing for Eastern Products, Pt. 2
  31. This Ole House

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Joe Venuti   Violin
Red Nichols   Trumpet,Cornet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Buddy Cole   Piano,Keyboards
Cy Bernard   Violin,Cello,Viola
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Nick Fatool   Drums
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Robert Guy   Trumpet
Joseph E. Howard   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Loulie Jean Norman   Vocals
Charles Parlato   Vocals
Phil Stephens   Bass
Don Whitaker   Bass
Jud Conlon   Vocals
Nick Pisani   Violin
Murray Cohan   Flute,Oboe,Piccolo,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Freed   Violin,Viola
Mac McLean   Vocals
Larry Wright   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Gloria Wood   Vocals
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Meyer Oberman   Violin
Warren Baker   Oboe,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Henry Hill   Violin
Phil Shuken   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Vince Terri   Guitar
David Harris   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Vesley   Trombone

Technical Credits

Steve Allen   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Victor Herbert   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Cy Coleman   Composer
Ray Bauduc   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Bob Haggart   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Buddy Cole   Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Jack Brooks   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Meredith Willson   Composer
Billy Jones   Composer
Nora Bayes   Composer
Ernest Hare   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
John Scott Trotter   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
George Cooper   Composer
Maxwell Anderson   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Woods   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
Harry Ruskin   Composer
Henry Sullivan   Composer
Raymond B. Egan   Composer
Leo Friedman   Composer
Henry Tucker   Composer
Beth Slater Whitson   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Kathryn Crosby   Executive Producer
Jack Smith   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Dick Gleason   Composer
Stoddard King   Composer
Murdo MacKenzie   Producer
Zo Elliott   Composer
Bill Morrow   Producer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer
Dorothy Hayward   Composer
Leslie Stuart   Composer
Mark Brodka   Music Business Affairs
Robert S. Bader   Producer
Martin McQuade   Liner Notes
R.a. Eastburn   Composer

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