Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz

Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz is a Decca Records studio album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby of songs from his movies Top o' the Morning and The Emperor Waltz, catalog number DL 5272.

Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz
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Studio album by
Released1950
Recorded1947, 1949
GenrePopular
Length23:41
LabelDecca
Bing Crosby chronology
Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
(1949)
Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz
(1950)
Songs from Mr. Music
(1950)

BackgroundEdit

Bing Crosby had recorded the songs from his film Top o' the Morning in May and June 1949 and these were released on two separate 78 records to tie in with the film’s premiere on August 31, 1949. Following the development of the vinyl LP record by Columbia Records in 1948, Decca issued a plethora of Crosby albums in that format. Many were simply reissues of earlier 78rpm albums but Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz appears to be the first 10" LP not to have been issued as a 78rpm album. As the four songs from Top o' the Morning only filled one side of the LP, Decca added the four songs from the successful Bing Crosby – The Emperor Waltz 78 rpm album to complete the record.

ReceptionEdit

Billboard reviewed the songs from “Top o’ the Morning” when they were issued as singles saying:[1]

Oh, ‘Tis Sweet to Think
Bing and the fem lead from “Top o’ the Morning” do an art song—lyrics by Thomas Moore—charmingly. Not for the masses.
The Donovans
More from the score—and as Irish as Barry Fitzgerald’s phiz. Special stuff—may appeal in the Gaelic nabes.
You’re in Love with Someone
A Burke-Van Heusen pop from “Top o’ the Morning” gets the tender treatment from Bing.
Top o’ the Morning
Irish and quaint as all get-out is the title tune, a small lesson in Gaelic a la Berlitz.

Track listingEdit

Recording dates follow song titles.

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."You're in Love with Someone" (May 10, 1949)Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny BurkeVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Jeff Alexander Chorus2:38
2."Top o' the Morning" (June 21, 1949)Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny BurkeVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Jeff Alexander Chorus2:48
3."Oh, 'Tis Sweet to Think" (May 31, 1949)Thomas MooreAnn Blyth and Simon Rady and His Orchestra3:23
4."The Donovans" (June 21, 1949)Alicia Adélaide Needham, Walter Kent, Francis FahyVictor Young and His Orchestra, and the Jeff Alexander Chorus3:00
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Performed withLength
1."Friendly Mountains" (March 17, 1947)Johnny BurkeVictor Young and His Orchestra3:04
2."The Kiss in Your Eyes" (January 17, 1947)Richard Heuberger, Johnny BurkeVictor Young and His Orchestra3:01
3."I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" (January 17, 1947)Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Ralph ErwinVictor Young and His Orchestra3:09
4."Emperor Waltz" (March 17, 1947)Johann Strauss, Johnny BurkeVictor Young and His Orchestra2:38

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. September 17, 1949.
  2. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved November 26, 2015.