Thursday, March 25, 2010

Rare Bing Crosby

These came to me not as pressed recordings but as a series of acetates. Doubtful that any of these were ever on vinyl of any sort. Given to me years ago by a certain Song Cycle-ist in the form of reparations for not showing up for a newspaper interview. Not the first time, nor the last.

A Medley of Parodies: Set to the tunes of Mack the Knife, Surrey With the Fringe on the Top, Yellow Bird, I've Been Working on the Railroad, You Came a Long Way from St. Louis, The Pleasure of Your Company, Galway Bay, Old Man River. Special lyrics detail the activities of a Texas quail hunting group of which Crosby was a member. Thus recording weaves into the songs the names of many of the group's members. With the late Jake Hanna, Johnny Smith, Joe Bushkin, Milt Hinton.

Anthem of the Clams: w Bing Crosby, m James VanHeusen. 1960. Source? Date?

South of the Border: Small group with flute prominently featured. Source? Date?

 Available for the next 48 hours only. This just in: one of the comments to this post is a link to an improved, processed version of this Crosby material.

1 comment:

Buster said...

Hi Bill - thanks for this! Hope you don't mind that I did some fiddling with the sound. Here are the results: