Bing Crosby sang as if he were addressing only one person with his voice.
“What Bing created was the art of intimacy,” says singer Tony Bennett. “He sang very quiet and very understated …. You’re singing to someone’s eyes, you’re singing to someone’s ears, and you don’t have to push.”
In this film excerpt, entertainer Michael Feinstein uses the song “Moonlight Becomes You,” from the film Road to Morocco (1942), to illustrate how Bing would change a song’s phrasing and melody to make it more conversational. Bing’s knack for adding something different to a song was something that songwriters never complained about, says Feinstein.
“Moonlight Becomes You” was written by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Johnny Burke (lyrics).
Bing chats with George Burns and Gracie Allen before singing “Auf Wiedersehen, My Dear,” with Harold Grayson and his orchestra.
Broadcast of Bing’s March 9th, 1968 visit to Spokane to receive the DeSemt Medal from Gonzaga University.
Gary Cooper presents Bing with the Best Actor Oscar for “Going My Way.” The ceremony took place at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood and was the first Academy Award presentation to be broadcast on radio.
Bing attends the Elko Nevada premiere of his film “Here Comes The Groom,” appearing in his Levi’s Dungaree Tuxedo and on his ranch.
Bing is interviewed on the grounds of his Hillsborough home with local broadcaster, Russ Conlon.
Edward R. Morrow interviews Bing and his son Lindsey at their home in Los Angeles.
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.”
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Bing performs the Mercer classic “Accentuate The Positive,” with the 11th Naval District Coast Guard Band.