Bing Crosby Enterprises and HLC Properties, Ltd. Announce
New SiriusXM Satellite Radio Series
And Two New CD Releases

Bing’s Basement to Premiere July 4th
New Bing Crosby Archive CDs Set for Fall Release

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“If Bing Crosby wasn’t the single most important figure in 20th century popular music—and, in particular, the most influential singer of the great American songbook—it’s difficult to know who would be… [His is] one of the great careers in American music.” – Wall Street Journal, 2010

“… A perfect sense of time, swing and style.” – Jazz Weekly, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 28, 2013 Bing’s Basement, a series of 12 monthly one-hour radio specials comprised of rare and unknown material from Bing Crosby’s extensive tape archive, as well as more familiar Crosby recordings, premieres July 4th on SiriusXM Satellite Radio on channel 4 (40s on 4.)

For details visit SiriusXM 40s on 4 online at:
http://www.siriusxm.com/40son4

40s on 4 is on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/siriusxm40son4

To listen online worldwide visit:
http://www.siriusxm.com/listen

The shows feature never-before-available music, as well as highlights and guests from Crosby’s long radio career – including his time as a disc jockey in the 1940s and 1950s. Radio personality Arne Fogel hosts the series, which kicks off with an Independence Day show. Bing’s Basement debuted on SiriusXM with two one-hour Christmas specials in December 2012.

This fall The Bing Crosby Archive will release two new CDs through Universal Music Enterprises. Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook is a new CD compilation celebrating Bing Crosby’s recordings of songs composed by his friend and frequent collaborator, Johnny Mercer. The recordings span more than two decades – starting with a rare 1934 radio performance of “P.S. I Love You.” Other highlights include “Lazy Bones,” a duet with Louis Armstrong, and several of Bing’s Decca hits like “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” which features the Andrews Sisters, and “Mr. Meadowlark,” a duet with Mercer. Also included among the 22 selections are 10 previously unissued recordings, including “That Old Black Magic,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Glow Worm,” and “Autumn Leaves.”

The CD release of Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris – 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be the first-ever reissue of Bing Crosby’s first LP. The original 1953 release, recorded in Paris with Bing singing in French, was an eight song, 10″ album and one of the first concept albums ever made. Bing’s French language recordings include “La Vie En Rose” and “Madamoiselle de Paris.” The anniversary edition expands Le Bing to 24 tracks – 15 never before released ­– including rare studio outtakes, and several English language bonus tracks including a pair of Cole Porter favorites, “I Love Paris” and “Allez Vous En (Go Away.)”

For more information about Bing Crosby visit:
www.bingcrosby.com

Bing Crosby is on Facebook at:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bing-Crosby/44544738326

About The Bing Crosby Archive – The Bing Crosby Archive series debuted in 2010 as an outlet for the vast film and tape library maintained by Bing Crosby and his family. The initial compact disc releases included long out-of-print albums, new compilations of hitherto unavailable recordings and an album recorded in 1962, but never issued.

Other CDs available from the Bing Crosby Archive and Universal Music Enterprises:

Bing Crosby – A Southern Memoir, Deluxe Edition

Bing Crosby – Bing In Dixieland

Bing Crosby – Bing On Broadway

Bing Crosby – Bing Sings The Great American Songbook

Bing Crosby – Bing Sings The Sinatra Songbook

Bing Crosby – El Señor Bing, Deluxe Edition

Bing Crosby – On The Sentimental Side, Deluxe Edition

Bing Crosby – Return To Paradise Islands, Deluxe Edition

Bing Crosby – Seasons, Deluxe Edition

Bing Crosby – So Rare: Treasures From The Crosby Archive (2-CDs)

Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney – Bing & Rosie: The Crosby-Clooney Radio Sessions (2-CDs)

About Universal Music Enterprises –Universal Music Enterprises (UMe), a division of Universal Music Group, is the centralized U.S. catalog and special markets entity for the company Universal Music Group. Working closely in concert with all of the UMG’s record labels, UMe provides a frontline approach to catalog management, a concentration of resources, a greater emphasis on strategic marketing initiatives and opportunities in new technologies. Outside North America, the Universal Strategic Marketing division of Universal Music Group International works to maximize the profile and value of UMG’s catalogue in international markets. It acts as a service center adding value through marketing initiatives and coordination of commercial issues through local and international markets.

 

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The lead singer of the legendary Andrew Sisters passed (1/30) of natural causes at her home in Northridge, CA.  The tight, three-part harmonies and playful stage presence of The Andrew Sisters made them one of the most successful female recording groups in music history.  The sisters were longtime friends, musical collaborators with Bing and frequent guests on his radio broadcasts.  Give a listen to Patty and her sisters along with Bing, singing “You Don’t Have To Know The Language,” from their 1947 co-starring role with Bing in “Road to Rio!”

 

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Patti was a frequent guest of Bing’s on his Chesterfield Radio Show as well as The Bing Crosby Show for television in October of 1958. As an early crossover singer from pop to country, her most enduring songs remain: “Tennessee Waltz,” and “(How Much Is That) Doggie in the Window.” Give a listen to her distinctive singing style in this January, 1952 Chesterfield Radio program with Bing…

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Regis Philbin Returns as Special Guest Host of “Bing Crosby Christmas Radio” Channel on SiriusXM

Limited-run holiday channel features vintage Bing Crosby holiday radio programs

Personal anecdotes and memories from Bing’s wife Kathryn, daughter Mary, sons Nathaniel and Harry Crosby

For the first time, “Bing’s Basement” collection of outtakes, rarities and obscurities from Crosby’s personal vault to be featured on SiriusXM channel  

NEW YORK–December 19, 2012– Sirius XM Radio (NASDAQ: SIRI) announced that legendary entertainer Regis Philbin will return as the special guest host of “Bing Crosby Christmas Radio,” a limited-run holiday channel celebrating Crosby’s life and legacy by airing his beloved, classic radio broadcasts from 1942 -1962 brimming with celebrity guests and musical performances, plus a rare recording of Crosby reciting the iconic poem “The Night Before Christmas.” This year for the first time, SiriusXM’s “Bing Crosby Christmas Radio” will feature special presentations of “Bing’s Basement,” a collection of Christmas-related outtakes, rarities and obscurities from the personal Crosby vault.

“Bing Crosby Christmas Radio” will air from December 19 at 3:00 pm ET through December 26 at 3:00 am ET on SiriusXM channel 142, online on SiriusXM Internet Radio channel 762 and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App on smartphones and mobile devices in the Holiday category.

On “Bing Crosby Christmas Radio,” Bing’s wife Kathryn Crosby, daughter Mary Crosby and sons Harry and Nathaniel share memories, introduce songs and shows and reflect on Crosby’s life and work. In addition, Philbin shares with listeners why Crosby’s songs mean so much to him and plays his favorite Bing Crosby Christmas records.

“When I was a kid, my Christmas dream was to be Bing Crosby—I wanted to sing like him,” said Regis Philbin. “Bing personified Christmas, and it’s a thrill for me to celebrate his timeless voice and cherished holiday gems with generations of fans and listeners across the country.”

“With Bing’s music and Regis as host of ‘Bing Crosby Christmas Radio,’ you have another Christmas present under your tree,” Scott Greenstein, President and Chief Content Officer, SiriusXM. “We love bringing this channel to our listeners every holiday season—especially this year with the added gift of rare material from the personal vault of Bing himself.”

“Bing Crosby Christmas Radio” features Crosby with special guests including: Rosemary Clooney, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, The Andrews Sisters, Johnny Mercer, Ethel Barrymore, Edgar Bergen and his daughter, a young Candice Bergen.

The channel features Crosby’s most popular recording ever, “White Christmas,” as well as numerous Christmastime radio specials he hosted over the years, including: “Christmas Sing with Bing,” “The Bing Crosby Show,” “Philco Radio Time” and “Kraft Music Hall.” Listeners will also be treated to “The Bob Hope Radio Show” from Christmas Day 1950 featuring Crosby as Bob’s special guest, as well as a rare recording of Crosby reciting the classic poem “The Night Before Christmas.”

Crosby was a major radio star from 1931 to 1962. He appeared on approximately 4,000 radio broadcasts, nearly 3,400 of them his own programs.

Philbin is the proud recipient of five Emmy® Awards, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, a Broadcasting & Cable Lifetime Achievement Award, the Walter Camp Distinguished American Award at Yale University, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2006, was inducted into both the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.

Visit www.siriusxm.com/holiday and www.bingcrosby.com for more information.

**Encore Presentation, Friday, December 21 8/7c NBC**

Bing Crosby Co-Stars with Michael Bublé – Home for the Holidays!

Bing Crosby Enterprises and the Crosby Family are pleased to announce that Bing will be featured on a new holiday single of “White Christmas”, available worldwide Dec 10/11 on iTunes.  Bing will also be a special guest on Michael’s December 10 NBC TV Christmas special, “Michael Bublé – Home for the Holidays”.  The Canadian star,  who has long idolized Crosby,  joined up with Bing for a very special performance courtesy of some computer magic.  The Crosby Family is pleased to be part of this memorable performance and single – enjoy!

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