Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957 – Bing Crosby

Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957 - Bing Crosby

Artist: Bing Crosby
Album: Bing! His Legendary Years, 1931 to 1957
Release Date: 1994
Duration: 04:53:45
Genre: Vocal, Jazz
Styles: Standards, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, American Popular Song, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Vocal Jazz, Swing
Recording Date: November 23, 1931 – December 27, 1957

This four-CD set does a superb job of summing up Bing Crosby’s years with Decca. After nine titles from 1931 (which were acquired by Decca later on), the program concentrates on the 1934-1957 period and, in addition to the expected hits, all aspects of his career are covered.

Despite a few Dixieland-flavored selections, Crosby had largely abandoned jazz by the late ’30s, but his phrasing (which was influenced by Louis Armstrong) and appealing voice should be of interest to jazz listeners. His ballads grew in stature in later years, while the up-tempo performances tended to be less memorable novelties. Although it should be augmented by collections that focus on his recordings of the ’20s and early ’30s, this is the definitive Bing Crosby set.

Title/Composer Performer Time
Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) / Fred E. Ahlert / Bing Crosby / Roy Turk Bing Crosby 3:00
Out of Nowhere / Johnny Green / Edward Heyman Bing Crosby 3:06
Just One More Chance / Sam Coslow / Arthur Johnston Bing Crosby 3:27
I’m Through With Love / Gus Kahn / Fud Livingston / Matty Malneck Bing Crosby 3:04
I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store) / Mort Dixon / Billy Rose / Harry Warren Bing Crosby 3:00
At Your Command / Harry Barris / Bing Crosby / Harry Tobias Bing Crosby 3:17
I Apologize / Al Goodhart / Al Hoffman / Edward Nelson / Eric Nelson Bing Crosby 3:16
Dancing in the Dark / Howard Dietz / Arthur Schwartz Bing Crosby 2:28
Stardust / Hoagy Carmichael / Mitchell Parish Bing Crosby 2:44
The Moon Was Yellow / Fred E. Ahlert / Edgar Leslie Bing Crosby 3:02
Two Cigarettes in the Dark / Lew Pollack / Paul Francis Webster Bing Crosby 3:09
With Every Breath I Take / Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin Bing Crosby 3:11
June in January / Ralph Rainger / Leo Robin Bing Crosby 3:13
Love Is Just Around the Corner / Lewis Gensler / Leo Robin Bing Crosby 3:01
Soon / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers Bing Crosby 3:02
Down by the River / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers Bing Crosby 2:50
It’s Easy to Remember / Lorenz Hart / Richard Rodgers Bing Crosby 3:09
Red Sails in the Sunset / Jimmy Kennedy / Hugh Williams Bing Crosby 3:10
Silent Night / Franz Grüber / Joseph Mohr Bing Crosby 3:02
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ / George Gershwin / Ira Gershwin / DuBose Heyward Bing Crosby 3:17
I’m an Old Cowhand (From the Rio Grande) / Johnny Mercer Bing Crosby 2:38
Pennies from Heaven / Johnny Burke / Arthur Johnston Bing Crosby 3:11
A Fine Romance / Dorothy Fields / Jerome Kern Bing Crosby 3:05
Sweet Leilani / Harry Owens Bing Crosby 3:15

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