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Bing Christmas

For many of us, the real signal that the Christmas Season has begun is hearing Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" on the radio.

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Bing Crosby Santa HatFor many of us, the real signal that the Christmas Season has begun is hearing Bing Crosby singing "White Christmas" on the radio.

The song has become the most popular recording of all time, and its story goes back even further than Bing's debut rendition of the tune on the Christmas Day edition of Kraft Music Hall in 1941. Bing took over hosting duties on Music Hall in January 1936 and had the first of many Christmas specials. In fact, there was a Bing Crosby Christmas Special on the radio every year from 1936 until 1962 when the Golden Age of Radio came to an end.

During his first few years with Music Hall, and even after recording "White Christmas", Bing's signature Christmas song was "Adeste Fideles/O Come, All Ye Faithful". Sung in both English and Latin, the carol was a perfect showcase for Crosby's bass/baritone stylings. Bing's next great contribution to the Great American Christmas Songbook had its genesis in January 1940 when Irving Berlin rushed into his office, calling for his musical secretary to transcribe what he called, "The best song I ever wrote…the best song anybody ever wrote." With hits like "Alexander's Ragtime Band", "Cheek to Cheek", and "God Bless America" to his credit, Berlin certainly knew what he was talking about. That spring, Berlin signed a contract with Paramount to provide songs for a musical picture about an inn which was only open on public holidays, Holiday Inn (1942).

The film starred Bing along with Fred Astaire and began filming in November 1941 (Astaire was scheduled to co-star with Crosby in the film version of White Christmas but thought the script was bad and asked to be released from his contract). When Bing was preparing that year's Christmas special for Music Hall, borrowing from his latest picture was natural. The fact that "White Christmas" is as melancholy as it is nostalgic certainly fit the country's mood of the first Christmas of America's involvement in the War. Part of the song's melancholy tone comes from the fact that Irving Berlin, a Russian Jewish immigrant who did not observe Christmas, had been visiting the grave of his infant son who died on Christmas Day, 1928.

Bing Crosby Santa HatThe nostalgia of the then new Christmas song was what caught the listening public. "White Christmas" became one of the most requested songs on the Armed Forces Radio Services. After premiering it on Music Hall and performing it in Holiday Inn, Bing cut the song for Decca Records in May 1942. The song was so popular that the master disc wore out from re-release pressings and Bing made a new cut (with the same musicians) in 1947, the version which is heard most often today.

"White Christmas" and "Adeste Fideles" are hardly Bing's only contributions to the Holiday Season. Veterans called Bing the biggest influence on raising morale during WWII, even more than FDR, General Eisenhower, or Bob Hope. In addition to their weekly programs, Hope and Crosby made dozens of Christmas Broadcasts for AFRS. Bing's first wife, singer Dixie Lee and their four sons appeared on the 1950 Chesterfield Program Christmas special, the only time Dixie appeared on the radio with her husband before she died of ovarian cancer in 1952.

Bing made his first TV Christmas appearance as a guest on Frank Sinatra's weekly show in 1957. It was a special enough occasion that Sinatra had the episode filmed in color years before ABC began color broadcasts. The program closed with "Old Blue Eyes" and "der Bingle" performing a duet of "White Christmas".

It was hardly Crosby's last notable Christmas duet. In later years, Bing was taping what would be his last Christmas special, "Bing Crosby's Merrie Olde Christmas" for CBS, and among his guests was a rock and roll star named David Bowie. It has been reported that Bing had no idea who Bowie was, but the Crosby children were big fans and very excited that the rocker was going to perform a duet with their dad. Things started off badly when Bowie and his wife entered the studio wearing matching full-length mink coats, matching flaming red hair, and matching make-up. The producer quickly convinced David to get rid of his earrings and lipstick, but Bowie put his foot down when he was informed that he would be singing "The Little Drummer Boy", saying, "I won’t sing that song. I hate that song I’m doing this show because my mother loves Bing Crosby."

The show's music writers quickly composed a counter melody, "Peace on Earth". When it was time to actually record the number, there was still a lot of nervousness in the studio, but as they gathered around the piano, Mary Crosby remembers, "Dad realized David was this amazing musician, and David realized Dad was an amazing musician. You could see them both collectively relax and then magic was made." The result has become a holiday standard.

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    41 recordings on 1 MP3 CD for just $4.50
    total playtime 16 hours, 5 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 16 hours 5 minutes
      1. Best Of All 541004 08 Irving Berlin.mp3
      2. Best Of All 541220 19 Small One.mp3
      3. Bing Crosby 501220 Christmas Program.mp3
      4. Bing Crosby ACN Radio Network Christmas Special.mp3
      5. Bob Hope 3955 481207 396 Bing Crosby, Doris Day.mp3
      6. Christmas Eve At Front 431224 Bob Hope.mp3
      7. Christmas Shows Collection 441225 Elgin 3rd Annual Christmas.mp3
      8. Christmas Shows Collection 611224 Christmas Sing With Bing.mp3
      9. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      10. Command Performance 441224 Christmas Show 2 Hrs..mp3
      11. Command Performance 451225 1945 Christmas Special Part 2.mp3
      12. CP 481225 1948 Christmas Special, Ken Carpenter Part 2.mp3
      13. KMH 441012 Swinging On Star George Murphy Crosby Hope.mp3
      14. Kraft Music Hall 431216 Phil Silvers.mp3
      15. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Adeste Fidelis, Kraft Choral Club.mp3
      16. Philco Radio Time 471224 049 Christmas Show.mp3
      17. Philco Radio Time 481222 085 Bob Mitchell Boys Choir.mp3
      18. Song Bowie Christmas Peace on Earth.mp3
      19. Song Bowie Little Drummer Boy Full Version.mp3
      20. Song Bowie Peace On Earth.mp3
      21. Song Christmas Adeste Fideles O Come All Ye Faith.mp3
      22. Song Christmas In Killarney.mp3
      23. Song Deck Halls.mp3
      24. Song Do You Hear What I Hear.mp3
      25. Song Frank Sinatra Have Yourself Merry Ch.mp3
      26. Song Frosty Snowman.mp3
      27. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Alt.mp3
      28. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.mp3
      29. Song Happy Holidays.mp3
      30. Song Have Yourself Merry Little Christmas.mp3
      31. Song I Wish You Merry Christmas.mp3
      32. Song Its Beginning Look Lot Like Christmas.mp3
      33. Song Jingle Bells.mp3
      34. Song Let It Snow.mp3
      35. Song O Holy Night.mp3
      36. Song Santa Claus Is Comin To Town.mp3
      37. Song Silent Night, Holy Night.mp3
      38. Song Silver Bells.mp3
      39. Song Twelve Days of Christmas.mp3
      40. Song White Christmas.mp3
      41. Song Winter Wonderland.mp3
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    total playtime 16 hours, 5 min
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      41 shows - total playtime 16 hours 5 minutes
      1. Best Of All 541004 08 Irving Berlin.mp3
      2. Best Of All 541220 19 Small One.mp3
      3. Bing Crosby 501220 Christmas Program.mp3
      4. Bing Crosby ACN Radio Network Christmas Special.mp3
      5. Bob Hope 3955 481207 396 Bing Crosby, Doris Day.mp3
      6. Christmas Eve At Front 431224 Bob Hope.mp3
      7. Christmas Shows Collection 441225 Elgin 3rd Annual Christmas.mp3
      8. Christmas Shows Collection 611224 Christmas Sing With Bing.mp3
      9. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special.mp3
      10. Command Performance 441224 Christmas Show 2 Hrs..mp3
      11. Command Performance 451225 1945 Christmas Special Part 2.mp3
      12. CP 481225 1948 Christmas Special, Ken Carpenter Part 2.mp3
      13. KMH 441012 Swinging On Star George Murphy Crosby Hope.mp3
      14. Kraft Music Hall 431216 Phil Silvers.mp3
      15. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Adeste Fidelis, Kraft Choral Club.mp3
      16. Philco Radio Time 471224 049 Christmas Show.mp3
      17. Philco Radio Time 481222 085 Bob Mitchell Boys Choir.mp3
      18. Song Bowie Christmas Peace on Earth.mp3
      19. Song Bowie Little Drummer Boy Full Version.mp3
      20. Song Bowie Peace On Earth.mp3
      21. Song Christmas Adeste Fideles O Come All Ye Faith.mp3
      22. Song Christmas In Killarney.mp3
      23. Song Deck Halls.mp3
      24. Song Do You Hear What I Hear.mp3
      25. Song Frank Sinatra Have Yourself Merry Ch.mp3
      26. Song Frosty Snowman.mp3
      27. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Alt.mp3
      28. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.mp3
      29. Song Happy Holidays.mp3
      30. Song Have Yourself Merry Little Christmas.mp3
      31. Song I Wish You Merry Christmas.mp3
      32. Song Its Beginning Look Lot Like Christmas.mp3
      33. Song Jingle Bells.mp3
      34. Song Let It Snow.mp3
      35. Song O Holy Night.mp3
      36. Song Santa Claus Is Comin To Town.mp3
      37. Song Silent Night, Holy Night.mp3
      38. Song Silver Bells.mp3
      39. Song Twelve Days of Christmas.mp3
      40. Song White Christmas.mp3
      41. Song Winter Wonderland.mp3
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    41 recordings on 13 Audio CDs
    total playtime 10 hours, 50 min

    Bing Christmas Disc A001

    1. Bing Crosby ACN Radio Network Christmas Special
    2. Song Bowie Christmas Peace on Earth
    3. Song Bowie Little Drummer Boy Full Version
    4. Song Bowie Peace On Earth

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    Bing Christmas Disc A002

    1. Song Christmas Adeste Fideles O Come All Ye Faith
    2. Song Christmas In Killarney
    3. Song Deck Halls
    4. Song Do You Hear What I Hear
    5. Song Frank Sinatra Have Yourself Merry Ch
    6. Song Frosty Snowman
    7. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Alt
    8. Song God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
    9. Song Happy Holidays
    10. Song Have Yourself Merry Little Christmas
    11. Song I Wish You Merry Christmas
    12. Song Its Beginning Look Lot Like Christmas
    13. Song Jingle Bells
    14. Song Let It Snow
    15. Song O Holy Night
    16. Song Santa Claus Is Comin To Town
    17. Song Silent Night, Holy Night
    18. Song Silver Bells
    19. Song Twelve Days of Christmas
    20. Song White Christmas
    21. Song Winter Wonderland

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    Bing Christmas Disc A003

    1. Command Performance 421224 1942 Christmas Special

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    Bing Christmas Disc A004

    1. Kraft Music Hall 431216 Phil Silvers
    2. KMH 441012 Swinging On Star George Murphy Crosby Hope

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    Bing Christmas Disc A005

    1. Kraft Music Hall 441221 Adeste Fidelis, Kraft Choral Club

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    Bing Christmas Disc A006

    1. Command Performance 451225 1945 Christmas Special Part 2

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    Bing Christmas Disc A007

    1. Philco Radio Time 471224 049 Christmas Show
    2. Bob Hope 3955 481207 396 Bing Crosby, Doris Day

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    Bing Christmas Disc A008

    1. Philco Radio Time 481222 085 Bob Mitchell Boys Choir

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    Bing Christmas Disc A009

    1. CP 481225 1948 Christmas Special, Ken Carpenter Part 2

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    Bing Christmas Disc A010

    1. Bing Crosby 501220 Christmas Program

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    Bing Christmas Disc A011

    1. Best Of All 541004 08 Irving Berlin

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    Bing Christmas Disc A012

    1. Best Of All 541220 19 Small One

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    Bing Christmas Disc A013

    1. Christmas Shows Collection 611224 Christmas Sing With Bing

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