Bing Crosby Sings the Song Hits from...

'Bing Crosby Sings the Song Hits from... is a Decca Records album by Bing Crosby featuring songs from recent Broadway musicals issued as a 10” LP issued as catalog No. DL5298 [1] and as a 4-disc 78rpm box set (A-805) and as a 4-disc 45rpm set (9-144).

Bing Crosby Sings the Song Hits from...
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Studio album by
Released1951
Recorded1949-1950
GenrePopular
Length24:25
LabelDecca Records
Bing Crosby chronology
Way Back Home
(1951)
Bing Crosby Sings the Song Hits from...
(1951)
Bing and the Dixieland Bands
(1951)

ReceptionEdit

The sides were issued as singles also and received warm reviews from Billboard. Looking at "The Big Movie Show in the Sky" they said "Pretentious production number from “Texas L’il Darlin’” is performed impressively by Crosby and the Morgan organization." and for "The Yodel Blues" "Bing is especially convincing with this “Texas L’il Darlin’” lilt. He’s brilliantly supported by Morgan and vocal group."[2] "If I Were a Bell" was highlighted by the magazine in their review. "Remarkably light and happy treatment of a cleverly carved rhythm item from “Guys and Dolls” should bring in heavy returns. Patti and Bing's adroit sense of humor make this one of high spot diskings of the day."[3]

Variety commented: "Stay Well / The Little Gray House - Bing Crosby endows this coupling from the B’way musical hit, “Lost In The Stars,” with one of his better, more relaxed and tonally rich baritonings."[4]

The writer Will Friedwald discussing Crosby's recordings of show tunes said that "My particular favorites are a pair of songs from Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson’s Lost in the Stars, “Stay Well” and “The Little Gray House.”... Of all the many lesser known Crosby performances, particularly from the postwar era, these are the ones that most deserve to be heard again."[5]

Track listing for 10" LPEdit

Recording dates follow track titles.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."Marrying for Love" (from Call Me Madam) (September 21, 1950)Irving BerlinSonny Burke and His Orchestra2:54
2."The Best Thing for You (Would Be Me)" (from Call Me Madam) (September 21, 1950)BerlinSonny Burke and His Orchestra3:20
3."If I Were a Bell" (from Guys and Dolls) (September 7, 1950)Frank LoesserPatty Andrews and Vic Schoen and His Orchestra3:08
4."I've Never Been in Love Before" (from Guys and Dolls) (September 7, 1950)Frank LoesserAxel Stordahl and his Orchestra2:54
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."The Little Gray House" (from Lost in the Stars) (November 16, 1949)Anderson, WeillJohn Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, and the Jud Conlon Singers3:00
2."Stay Well" (from Lost in the Stars) (November 16, 1949)Anderson, WeillJohn Scott Trotter and His Orchestra, and the Jud Conlon Singers2:53
3."The Yodel Blues" (December 23, 1949)Dolan, MercerRuss Morgan and his Orchestra, and The Morganaires3:17
4."The Big Movie Show in the Sky" (from Texas, Li'l Darlin) (December 23, 1949))Dolan, MercerRuss Morgan and his Orchestra, and The Morganaires2:59

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Discogs.com". Discogs.com. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. February 18, 1950.
  3. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. November 4, 1950.
  4. ^ "Variety". Variety. December 20, 1949.
  5. ^ Friedwald, Will (2010). A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. New York: Pantheon. p. 127. ISBN 0375421491.
  6. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved December 15, 2015.