Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bing Crosby

1903 - 1977

Well, folks, May 3rd is here. The day all fans celebrate the birth of Bing Crosby. Let the merriment be unconfined. Let there be cake, and listening to records and watching of movies, and searching of YouTube. How is this different from every other day of the year? Oh, yes, the cake!

Favourite Christmas Special: The one where he sang "White Christmas". The one where Kathryn and Mary Frances wore green. The one when Harry played the guitar. The one where Nathaniel stopped wearing short pants.

Favourite ballad from a Technicolor feature: It's a tie! "The Kiss in Your Eyes" from "The Emperor Waltz" (1948) and "True Love" from "High Society" (1956).

Favourite ballad from a Black and White feature: It's a tie! "Moonlight Becomes You" from "Road to Morocco" and "Let's Take the Long Way Home" from "Here Come the Waves" (1944).

Favourite movie traditionally aired at Christmastime not starring Alastair Sim: It's a tie! "Holiday Inn" (1941) and "Going My Way" (1944).

Favourite cheeky narration of a classic cheeky cartoon: "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (1949).

Favourite Oscar winning performance that stands the test of time with its low-key genuineness: Father O'Malley in "Going My Way" (1944).

Favourite performance that shoulda won the Oscar, though Brando was fine too: Frank Elgin in "The Country Girl" (1954).

Favourite movie co-starring Jane Wyman: It's a tie! "Here Comes the Groom" (1951) and "Just for You" (1952).

Favourite gag appearance in a Hope flick: "My Favourite Brunette" (1947).

Favourite Frank Capra remake of a Frank Capra movie: "Riding High" (1950).

Favourite record: "It's Been a Long, Long Time" (1945) with Les Paul.

Favourite performance of a title tune: the title song from "Rhythm on the River" (1940).

Favourite books: It's a tie! Gary Giddens - "Bing Crosby: A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years 1903 - 1940" and Kathryn Crosby - "My Life With Bing" (the autographed copy).

Favourite sites: "The Official Home of Bing Crosby" (bingcrosby.com) and "The Bing Crosby Internet Museum".

I'm a fan!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-7Pc3p4FcQ

4 comments:

  1. Favourite guest on Bing's radio show, Bob Hope. "I didn't know you'd let me in on a song, this is my night!"
    Bogey and Betty, a close second. A fine rendition of, 'The Bold Fisherman' with their charming host.

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  2. novabreeze, I need more radio in my life - and more cake!

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  3. Bing was great. I don't think he did anything that I didn't like. Happy Birthday.

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  4. godinla, and you thought we didn't have anything in common!

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