It's Easy to Remember

It's Easy to Remember

by Bing Crosby


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It's Easy to Remember

The European copyright law on recordings, which cuts off after only 50 years, is responsible for many shoddy compilations of the work of vintage artists, scratchy 78s from someone's collection transferred to disc and put out with little or no concern for quality. But it also allows for more respectable efforts, such as the series of four-CD box sets assembled by England's Proper Records. Raiding the catalogs of Sony, BMG, and Universal (i.e., remastering old records now in the vaults of these majors), Proper has assembled this five-hour, 99-track survey of Bing Crosby's recording career that stretches from his first waxing in 1926 to a couple of covers of songs from Guys and Dolls in 1950. That career was less than half over at this legally mandated cutoff point, but Crosby was really at his peak in the '30s and '40s, and his '20s recordings, with Paul Whiteman's Orchestra and others, are interesting juvenilia. Included here are 32 of the record-setting 36 number one singles credited to Crosby by Billboard chart researcher Joel Whitburn (plus one with Duke Ellington and two with the Andrews Sisters), along with 39 other chart records and 25 well-chosen non-chart songs that include compositions by Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, DeSylva, Brown & Henderson, Walter Donaldson, Frank Loesser, George & Ira Gershwin, W.C. Handy, Jerome Kern, and Vincent Youmans and duets with Fred Astaire, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Mary Martin, and Lee Wiley, among others, all in chronological order. The sound isn't as good as it probably would have been if the original masters had been used, but it isn't bad, and the set is well-annotated with a reasonable essay by compiler Stan Britt and a discography. As a result, It's Easy to Remember bears comparison with the "official" Crosby box sets and exceeds them in some respects.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/08/2002
Label: Proper Box Uk
UPC: 0604988993424
catalogNumber: 34


Disc 1

  1. I've Got the Girl
  2. Muddy Water
  3. Side by Side
  4. From Monday On
  5. Mississippi Mud
  6. 'Tain't So, Honey, 'Tain't So
  7. If I Had You
  8. Can't We Be Friends?
  9. Happy Feet
  10. You Brought a New Kind of Love to Me
  11. Three Little Words
  12. I Surrender, Dear
  13. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  14. Just a Gigolo
  15. Out of Nowhere
  16. Just One More Chance
  17. I'm Through With Love
  18. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  19. Dancing in the Dark
  20. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)
  21. Dinah
  22. St. Louis Blues
  23. Sweet Georgia Brown
  24. Please
  25. I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You

Disc 2

  1. Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?
  2. You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
  3. I've Got the World on a String
  4. The Last Round-Up
  5. Love in Bloom
  6. June in January
  7. Soon
  8. It's Easy to Remember
  9. Red Sails in the Sunset
  10. Silent Night
  11. Moonburn
  12. The Touch of Your Lips
  13. Pennies from Heaven
  14. Shoe Shine Boy
  15. The Way You Look Tonight
  16. Sweet Leilani
  17. Too Marvellous for Words
  18. The Moon Got in My Eyes
  19. Remember Me?
  20. Bob White (Whatcha Gonna Swing Tonight?)
  21. Don't Be That Way
  22. I've Got a Pocketful of Dreams
  23. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  24. If I Had My Way
  25. An Apple for the Teacher

Disc 3

  1. Sierra Sue
  2. Mister Meadowlark
  3. Trade Winds
  4. Only Forever
  5. Along the Santa Fe Trail
  6. Tea for Two
  7. Yes, Indeed!
  8. San Antonio Rose
  9. The Waiter and the Porter and the Upstairs Maid
  10. The Birth of the Blues
  11. You Are My Sunshine
  12. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  13. Wait 'Til the Sun Shines, Nellie
  14. White Christmas
  15. Moonlight Becomes You
  16. Sunday, Monday or Always
  17. People Will Say We're in Love
  18. San Fernando Valley
  19. Swinging on a Star
  20. I Love You
  21. Night and Day
  22. I'll Be Seeing You
  23. (There'll Be A) Hot Time in the Town of Berlin (When the Yanks Go ...)
  24. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
  25. Don't Fence Me In

Disc 4

  1. Mine
  2. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  3. Put It There Pal
  4. Baia
  5. You Belong to My Heart
  6. If I Loved You
  7. Close as Pages in a Book
  8. Along the Navajo Trail
  9. It's Been a Long, Long Time
  10. I Can't Begin to Tell You
  11. Day by Day
  12. Sioux City Sue
  13. After You've Gone
  14. South America, Take It Away!
  15. A Couple of Song and Dance Men
  16. I Still Suits Me
  17. Alexander's Ragtime Band
  18. Now Is the Hour (Maori Farewell Song)
  19. Embraceable You
  20. But Beautiful
  21. Sam's Song (The Happy Tune)
  22. Autumn Leaves
  23. I've Never Been in Love Before
  24. If I Were a Bell

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians   Violin
Henry Busse   Trumpet
Eddie Condon   Guitar
Xavier Cugat   Violin
Woody Herman   Clarinet
Johnny Hodges   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Gene Krupa   Drums,Vibes
Eddie Lang   Guitar
Pee Wee Russell   Clarinet
Muggsy Spanier   Cornet
Jack Teagarden   Tuba,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Cootie Williams   Trumpet
Ray Bauduc   Drums
Lawrence Brown   Trombone
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Hank D'Amico   Clarinet
Irving Fazola   Clarinet
Phil Napoleon   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Jack Jenney   Trombone
Carl Kress   Guitar
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Ray McKinley   Drums
Warren Smith   Trombone
Joe Sullivan   Piano
Frankie Trumbauer   Reeds,Bassoon,C-Melody Saxophone,Vocals
George Wettling   Drums
Carmen Cavallaro   Piano
Horace Diaz   Piano
Bobby Sherwood   Bass
Ray Turner   Piano
Bob Zurke   Piano
Anson Weeks   Piano
Wild Bill Davison   Trumpet
Wellman Braud   Bass
Sonny Greer   Drums
Gus Arnheim   Piano
Red Ballard   Trombone
Harry Barris   Piano,Vocals
Bix Beiderbecke   Cornet
Artie Bernstein   Bass
Barney Bigard   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Larry Binyon   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Arnold Brillhardt   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Toots Camarata   Trumpet
Frank Carlson   Drums
Tony Carlucci   Bass
Harry Carney   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Bill Challis   Vocals
Damon Dickson   Guitar
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Jimmy Dorsey   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Duke Ellington   Piano
Charlie Frazier   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Gonzalez   Violin,Marimbas
Jose Gutierrez   Tuba
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Tenor Saxophone
Roc Hillman   Guitar
Ernie Hughes   Piano
Freddie Jenkins   Trumpet
Isham Jones   Tenor Saxophone
Stan King   Drums
Nappy Lamare   Guitar
Cappy Lewis   Trumpet
Ernie Mathias   Trumpet
Don Mattison   Trombone
Eddie Miller   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Chauncey Morehouse   Drums,Vibes
Floyd O'Brien   Tuba
Joe Pina   Trumpet
Danny Polo   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Bill Rank   Trombone
Gil Rodin   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Rubinwich   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Gene Schroeder   Piano
Arthur Schutt   Piano
Artie Shapiro   Bass
Jack Stacey   Alto Saxophone
Jess Stacy   Piano
Phil Stevens   Bass
Eddie Stone   Violin
Slim Taft   Bass
George Thow   Trumpet
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Bobby Van Eps   Piano
Ted Walters   Bass
Arthur Whetsol   Trumpet
Hy White   Guitar
Clarence Willard   Trumpet
Milt Yaner   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Walter Yoder   Bass
Griff Williams   Piano
Sterling Bose   Trumpet
Dick McDonough   Guitar
Joe Tarto   Bass
Roy Bargy   Piano
Hank Stern   Bass
Arthur Beck   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Fulton   Trombone
Max Herman   Trumpet
Min Leibrook   Tuba,Bass Saxophone
Harold MacDonald   Drums
Matty Malneck   Violin,Viola
Fulton McGrath   Piano
Reggie Merrill   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Bob Peck   Trumpet
Andy Secrest   Cornet
Charles Strickfaden   Reeds,English Horn,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Russ Columbo   Violin
George Hamilton Green   Bass,Tuba
Red Jessup   Trombone
Carmen Lombardo   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Fred MacMurray   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Harold Smith & the Majestics   Piano
Ward Silloway   Trombone
Zeke Zarchy   Trumpet
Jorge Lopez   Trumpet
Tony Antonelli   Alto Saxophone
Pokey Carriere   Trumpet
Joe Ferrall   Tuba
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Seymour Goldfinger   Tuba
Freddy Guy   Banjo
Lebert Lombardo   Trumpet
Larry Owen   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Tommy Satterfield   Piano
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet,Cornet
Tommy Linehan   Piano
Joe Kearns   Alto Saxophone
Rinker   Vocals
Chet Hazlett   Clarinet,Reeds,Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Neal Reid   Tuba
Irving Friedman   Clarinet,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
Jack Blanchette   Guitar
Bob Effros   Trumpet
John Fallstitch   Trumpet
Charles French   Drums
Victor Hauprich   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Richard Kissinger   Tuba
Fred Kreitzer   Piano
Noah Landberg   Violin
Victor Lombardo   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Harry McKeown   Trumpet
Arthur Rando   Alto Saxophone
Walter Shaver   Bass
Joe Ferdinando   Alto Saxophone
Rhythm Boys   Vocals
Harry Perrella   Piano
Truman Quigley   Trumpet
Art Moore   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Higman   Tenor Saxophone
Antonio Lopez   Percussion
Billy Hobbs   Accordion,Alto Saxophone
Ferde Grofé   Piano
Abbey Brown   Drums,Vibes
Alberto Calderon   Percussion,Drums
Andy Sannella   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Jimmy Dillon   Trombone
Raul Soler   Piano
Mort Freedman   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Frank Barton   Trumpet
Art Fleming   Drums
Earle Morgan   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Francis Henry   Guitar
Paul Collins   Drums
Catalino Rolón   Percussion
Dixie Lee Crosby   Vocals
Bernard Davis   Tuba
Eddie Asherman   Guitar
Joe Gillespie   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Gowans   Drums,Vibes
Vincent Grande   Trombone
Jimmy Wallen   Tuba
Merle Johnston   Clarinet,Tenor Saxophone
Ruben Moss   Violin,Alto Saxophone
Mike Renzill   Trumpet
Rowland "Bunny" Berigan   Trumpet
Ismael Romales   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Edwin Cole   Keyboards
Lawrence "Bud" Freeman   Tenor Saxophone
Lorin "Red" Nichols   Cornet
Max Nadle   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Emmanuel Klein   Trumpet
Ramon Lite   Accordion
Joseph A. "Fud" Livingston   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Julian "Matty" Matlock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Joseph Nanton   Trombone
George Marsh   Drums

Technical Credits

Paul James   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Billy Hill   Composer
Jimmie Davis   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Boswell Sisters   Contributor
Bing Crosby   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lou Reed   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Composer
Joe Bushkin   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Harold Rome   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Gus Arnheim   Arranger
Harry Barris   Composer
Ben Bernie   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Duke Ellington   Arranger
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Cliff Friend   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Lennie Hayton   Arranger,Director
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Isham Jones   Arranger,Director
Irving Kahal   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Bert Kalmar   Composer
James Kennedy   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Fud Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Charles Mitchell   Composer
Billy Moll   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Luciano Salvatore   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Andrew B. Sterling   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Dick Thomas   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Victor Young   Arranger,Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Don Clark   Arranger
Max Farley   Arranger
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Matty Malneck   Arranger,Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Ary Barroso   Composer
Monaco   Composer
Stan Britt   Liner Notes
Ray Gilbert   Composer
Dick Charles   Composer
John DeVries   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Lou Quadling   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
Kay Swift   Composer
Charles Tobias   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Kenneth Casey   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Larry Markes   Composer
Clement Scott   Composer
James Royce Shannon   Composer
Dorothy Stewart   Composer
Don Swander   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer
Jimmy Campbell   Composer
Leonello Casucci   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Pierre Connor   Composer
Edwina Coolidge   Composer
Ray Freedman   Composer
Joop Visser   Executive Producer
Will Grosz   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Merle Johnston   Arranger
James Kendis   Composer
Lou Klein   Composer
Julius Brammer   Composer
Timothy A. Morgereth   Film Producer
Joseph Buell Carey   Composer
Elliott Shapiro   Composer
Maewa Kaihau   Composer
Gary Crosby   Contributor
June Hershey   Composer

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