December 11, 2011
Bing Crosby issued hundreds of singles during the course of his career. Some faded quickly away and others topped the charts for weeks and sometimes months.
Carmen Cavallero, 1913-1939, was known as the “poet of the piano.” He put together his own group during 1939. He went on to an excellent career that lasted over forty years.
Crosby and Cavallaro combined on what would become a future standard, “I Can’t Begin To Tell You.” Cavallero’s piano work is really the highlight of the release. It topped the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Chart for the week of Jan. 19, 1946.
December 4, 2011
A funny thing happened to the number one hit “It’s Been A Long Long Time” by Harry James and His Orchestra. It was replaced as the number one song in The United States for the week of December 8, 1945, by “It’s Been A Long Long Time” by Bing Crosby with The Les Paul Trio.
The two versions are totally different and this one has intricate guitar work by the great Les Paul which makes it an essential listen all by itself.
A guitar and vocal master combined for a memorable performance.
November 15, 2011
1944 was coming to an end and Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters produced one of the biggest hits of the year. “Don’t Fence Me In” became the number one song in the United States on December 23rd and remained in that position for the last two weeks of the year and the first six weeks of 1945 for a total of eight weeks.
During 1934, Cole Porter took a poem by Robert Fletcher and turned it into the song, “Don’t Fence Me In.” It was originally intended for the movie ADIOS ARGENTINA, but the film was never produced.
It finally came to the public’s attention when Roy Rogers sang the song in his 1944 film, “Hoolywood Canteen.” Kate Smith also released a version around the same time. Both paled next to the version by Bing Crosby and The Andrew Sisters who grabbed the brass ring on this one.
October 30, 2011
During July, August, and September of 1944 Bing Crosby had two songs spend a total of 13 weeks on top of the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Singles Chart in the United States.
“Swingin’ On A Star” was originally sung by Crosby in the film, GOING MY WAY, and won the OSCAR for best song. Released as a single, it became the number one song in the country August 5, 1944 and remained in that position for nine consecutive weeks.
The song has since been covered by a variety of artists and remains an American standard. It also remains one of Bing Crosby’s most recognizable performances.
October 24, 2011
“I’ll Be Seeing You” was the second of four number one hits for Bing Crosby during 1944. His songs would spend 20 weeks at number one during the year. The song reached the top on July 1, 1944, and spent four non-consecutive weeks on top of the Singles Chart.
The song was part of a Broadway Musical, RIGHT THIS WAY, that closed after 15 performnces. It was also part of a film of the same name and it was here that that the song gained its fame.
Crosby sold hundreds of millions of records during his carrer and “I’ll Be Seeing You” was released at the height of his career.
October 18, 2011
The 1940’s found Bing Crosby as the number one solo artist in the world. His records would sell in the hundreds of millions and he would constatnly have his own radio show to present his music. He would also become a movie star, winning an Oscar along the way. His “White Christmas” single is the biggest selling of all time.
He released the ballad “I Love You” during 1944. It reached number one on May 6th and remained there for five weeks. There were a lot more to come for Mr. Crosby.
September 29, 2011
“Sunday Monday Or Always” by Bing Crosby was the number one song in the United States for seven weeks beginning September 11, 1943. Frank Sinatra released a similar version but it stalled at number nine.
It was another song recorded in the midst of the mmusicians strike. It was so well done that you really had to listen closely before you realized there was no instrumental backing. The use of backing voices fill in for the missing musicians.
Crosby had his first chart hit with the Paul Whiteman orchestra during 1927 and during the latter half of the 1940s would be one of the biggest, if not the biggest star in the world. His single “White Christmas” was the biggest selling single of all time.
He released 409 singles during the course of his career and this was one of his best.