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Songs Bing Crosby recorded multiple times

This is a list of Bing Crosby songs he recorded twice or more during his career, excluding all of the 1954 re-recordings for Bing: A Musical Autobiography.

Contents

  • Christmas songs 1
    • Silent Night 1.1
    • White Christmas 1.2
  • Popular songs 2
    • Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral 2.1
    • Star Dust 2.2
    • Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day) 2.3
    • Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams 2.4
  • References 3

Christmas songs

Silent Night

Bing's holiday recordings began in 1935, when Decca Records founder and advisor to Bing, Jack Kapp suggested that he record Silent Night and Adeste Fideles for the holiday season. Bing at first recorded the song but it was not released because he felt that a popular singer shouldn't profit on a song associated with religion. Later in 1935, he recorded the song and arranged for the profits from that record be donated to charity and it was released.[1][2]

  • 2/1/1935- Crosby made his first recording but did not want it to be released because of his feelings about musicians singing about religion. It was released in 1998.[3]
  • 11/13/1935- Crosby made his second recording of the song on DLA 261 and this version was eventually released on Christmas Music[4]
  • 6/8/1942- Crosby made another recording of the song to be a single but it was eventually released on Bing's compilation holiday album Merry Christmas
  • 3/19/1947-Crosby made yet another recording of the song (the same day he re-recorded White Christmas) because Decca said that the master recordings for White Christmas and Silent Night had worn out because they stamped a lot of records. This version was released on the 1947 and all later incarnations of Merry Christmas.

White Christmas

White Christmas by far is Bing's biggest hit and the entire world's, since it has sold over 50 million copies;[5] No song has ever come close to matching it. There are two versions of this song that were recorded in the studio and a couple outside of that used for TV and radio.

  • 12/25/1941- Crosby performed White Christmas live on a Christmas Day radio broadcast for NBC's Kraft Music Hall. The recording was thought to be lost but the estate of Bing Crosby owns a copy. It is unclear whether that is the original copy on a disc or an radio airwave scan.
  • 5/18/1942- Crosby first records White Christmas in the studio. It is stamped as Decca DLA 3009 on Disc 18429 with B-side Let's Start the New Year Right for the album Song Hits from Holiday Inn. An alternate copy recorded that same day was released in the 1998 compilation album Bing Crosby: The Voice of Christmas.
  • 3/19/1947- Crosby records White Christmas again because Decca said that the "original master recording wore out". This version would soon replace the 1942 version and would become the standard. The 1942 version, because of no stamper disc in reasonable condition, was never released on 45rpm or LP records.[6]

Popular songs

Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral

  • 7/7/1944- Bing makes his first recording of the song. It was matrix number L3456 on Disc 18621. It was a single, and soon became a million-seller.[7][8]
  • 7/17/1945- Exactly one year and ten days later, for unknown reasons, Crosby re-records the song for the album Selections from Going My Way. It was stamped as L3895 on Disc 18704.[9]

Star Dust

Star Dust (sometimes spelled Stardust) was a song about love. It has over 1,500 recordings and was one of the most recorded songs of the 20th century. Bing Crosby made two main recordings during his career of the single.[10]

  • 8/19/1931- A very young Bing Crosby recorded the song first for Brunswick Records, stamped on disc 6169, with Dancing in the Dark as its B-side.[11]
  • 3/22/1939- Bing recorded the classic for Decca this time around, stamped as matrix # DLA 1733 on Disc 23285.[12] An album was made based upon the song in 1940.

Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)

Coming into radio during the early 1930s, Crosby felt he needed a theme song. He co-wrote Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day and performed as the theme for of all of his radio shows. He made several recordings in the studio to be public releases with different record labels.

  • 11/23/1931- While recording under Brunswick, Crosby makes his first recording of his theme song.
  • 7/20/1940- Bing makes his second recording, the first for Decca in 1940.
  • 7/17/1945- Second recording for Decca, L3897, often mislabeled as 1948 version[13]

Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams

Shorty after leaving Paul Whiteman's band, The Rhythm Boys broke up because Crosby was beginning to be featured more and more on his own. [14]Bing recorded this with Gus Arnheim and His Coconut Grove Orchestra.

  • 3/2/1931- Bing records the song with Gus Arnheim and his Coconut Grove Orchestra.
  • 6/9/1939- Crosby waxes the record for Decca this time around, DLA 1767.
  • 6/9/1939- A fluff take 'C' got out of the studio where Crosby joked "... he cut out eight bars, the dirty bastard...", "And I didn't know which eight bars he was gonna cut", "Why don't someone tell me these things around here.... holy christ I'm going off my nut". The version has been all over the media and countless bootleg pressings have been made of it. That version was released in the soundtrack to Bing Crosby Rediscovered, a documentary by American Masters.

References

  1. ^ http://www.hymnsandcarolsofchristmas.com/History/other_holiday_songs.htm
  2. ^ Voice of Christmas CD inner liner notes
  3. ^ Voice of Christmas CD inner liner notes
  4. ^ http://www.78discography.com./Dec500.htm
  5. ^ http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/59721-best-selling-single
  6. ^ https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1873&dat=19631127&id=UX8eAAAAIBAJ&sjid=RMoEAAAAIBAJ&pg=4787,5053414&hl=en
  7. ^ http://www.stevenlewis.info/crosby/ThatsAnIrishLullaby.html
  8. ^ http://www.78discography.com./Dec18500.htm
  9. ^ http://www.78discography.com./Dec18500.htm
  10. ^ Stardust (song)
  11. ^ http://www.78discography.com./BRN6000.htm
  12. ^ http://www.78discography.com./Dec25000.htm
  13. ^ http://www.jazzdiscography.com/Artists/Crosby/crosby1bDecca.html
  14. ^ Bing Crosby Rediscovered. PBS 2014.
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