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BING CROSBY: AMERICAN MASTERS

For more than three decades, through radio, film and records, Bing Crosby reigned supreme. The first true multimedia star, he won the Oscar for 1944’s Going My Way, recorded nearly 400 hit singles — an achievement no one has come close to matching, and played a pivotal role in the development of the postwar recording industry. Thirty-seven years after his death, he remains the most recorded performer in history.

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Indiewire: Christmas Treats From Bing Crosby

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No performer of the 20th century was more associated with Christmas than Bing Crosby and, while he’s been gone for decades, his voice still rings out on radios and Muzak systems whenever the holidays roll around. (He’s not alone in this: go to any mall and you’ll hear the voices of Gene Autry, Perry Como, and Andy Williams warbling their enduring Christmas anthems.) If you have SiriusXM Radio you can listen to Crosby round the clock for the next week on Channel 111, as Regis Philbin hosts a collection of vintage radio specials, from 1942 to 1962 with Bing and such guests as Bob Hope, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Orson Welles, Peggy Lee, The Andrews Sisters, and Edgar Bergen with his young daughter Candice. Regis also chats with Bing’s widow Kathryn Crosby and his son Harry.

Meanwhile, the Crosby recording of “White Christmas” remains the biggest-selling song of all time (over 100 million and counting)—as a single, on albums, and on downloads. Robert S. Bader of Bing Crosby Enterprises tells me it’s also the most bootlegged song of all time.

Just in time for Christmas, Bing Crosby Enterprises has released two new CD collections, meticulously produced by Bader. Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook features 22 tracks; some are original Decca recordings, others are excerpts from the Crosby radio show, and all are wonderful.

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Crosby and Mercer had an obvious musical simpatico, and you’ll hear them together on “Mister Meadowlark.” Mercer was a prodigiously gifted lyricist, evidenced by a wide range of songs, from his first hit “I’m an Old Cowhand” (introduced by Bing in the movie Rhythm on the Range) to the wistful French-inspired “When the World Was Young (Ah, the Apple Trees).” Other Mercer songs include “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Skylark,” “Blues in the Night,” “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Autumn Leaves,” and “Too Marvelous for Words.” Louis Armstrong makes a guest appearance performing a duet with Bing on “Lazy Bones,” a song that evokes Mercer’s Southern upbringing. Informative liner notes are provided by Howard E. Green.le-bing-485

The other new release is an expansion of the crooner’s first original long-playing album from 1953, Le Bing. I’ll quote the official Crosby website for details: “It’s fair to say that Bing Crosby had a lifelong love affair with France. As Martin McQuade recounts in his new liner notes for Le Bing, Crosby was affected by the experience of entertaining there with the USO, and memorably shot the dramatic film Little Boy Lost in the European country. Crosby wrote in his 1953 autobiography that ‘with the exception of my own, France is my favorite country – principally for its people and their individualism.’  It was in France that Crosby discovered his wife Dixie had cancer, and it was in France that he spent some time during a family vacation after her passing. While in Paris on that trip, Crosby recorded what would become his first-ever original long-playing record.

“Le Bing included songs by such renowned French songwriters and artists including Edith Piaf, Jacqueline Francois and Charles Trenet,  but going above and beyond in his quest for authenticity, the quintessentially American Crosby decided to sing the songs in their native tongue. Composer-conductor Paul Durand, who had recorded with Piaf and Francois, was chosen to collaborate with Crosby, and Crosby’s usual musical director John Scott Trotter was also in attendance. The resulting album wasn’t only a milestone as Crosby’s first LP, but holds up as one of his most unique.  Among the Trenet songs included is ‘La Mer,’ which Bobby Darin later made famous in the U.S. as ‘Beyond the Sea.’  Piaf’s immortal ‘La Vie en Rose’ also gets a stylish Crosby treatment.

“The deluxe Le Bing adds 15 tracks (12 previously unreleased) to the original eight-song LP, almost tripling its length. Outtakes and alternate takes have been appended, as well as radio broadcast performances of other Gallic favorites and the English versions of selected tracks which Bing recorded for release on Decca.  Among the radio tracks is a take on Cole Porter’s Can-Can showtune ‘I Love Paris’ and a duet with Jane Morgan on ‘C’est Si Bon.’ All songs have been remastered for this reissue by Gene Hobson.”

If you haven’t browsed the official Bing Crosby website, I encourage you to visit—but only when you have time to get lost in its cornucopia of audio and video treats. I never get tired of hearing Bing’s voice, and it’s reassuring to know that there are still rare recordings and TV shows being unearthed and made available to his countless fans.

Regis Philbin hosts ‘Bing Crosby Christmas Radio’

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The channel will run from Dec. 20 to Dec. 26.

Love those classic Christmas tunes?

Look for Regis Philbin to return this year as host of SiriusXM’s holiday pop up channel, Bing Crosby Christmas Radio.

The limited-run 24/7 channel will feature vintage Crosby holiday radio programs from 1942-1962 — including specials with Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Orson Welles, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, The Andrews Sisters, Johnny Mercer, Ethel Barrymore and Edgar Bergen with his daughter, Candice.

“Bing Crosby (who died in 1977) has been my idol and greatest inspiration from the first time I heard him on the radio when I was a young child to the thrilling moment I met and sang for him on The Joey Bishop Show,” says Philbin, 82, in a release about the show.

For the first time, Crosby’s wife Kathryn, 80, and son Harry will join Philbin in the studio for a Q & A session at SiriusXM’s studio, and a special music show on which Kathryn will share her favorite Bing Christmas songs and the memories/stories behind them. Daughter Mary and son Nathaniel will also share memories of dad.

Bing Crosby Christmas Radio launches Dec. 20 at 12:00 pm ET and airs through Dec. 26 at 12:00 pm ET on SiriusXM channel 111.

Read full original article at USAToday.com

Review: Too Marvelous For Words: Bing Crosby Archive Collection Celebrates Johnny Mercer, “Le Bing”

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The two latest releases in the Bing Crosby Archive Collection – now distributed by Universal Music – take the legendary crooner around the world, from the American South to the streets of Paris, France.  Bing Crosby Enterprises has just released one new anthology, Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook, along with a 60th anniversary deluxe expanded reissue of the Decca album Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris.   In the tradition of past Archive Collection releases, these discs are packed with rarities and previously unissued songs from one of the most influential singers of all time.

Savannah, Georgia’s favorite son Johnny Mercer was championed by Bing Crosby from virtually the start of his illustrious career.  Crosby gave Mercer his first major hit in the movies when he sang “I’m an Old Cowhand” in the 1936 film Rhythm on the Range, but even that wasn’t the first time Bing recorded a Mercer composition.  The Johnny Mercer Songbook kicks off with a 1934 radio performance of “P.S. I Love You,” co-written by Mercer and composer-arranger Gordon Jenkins.  It concludes with a 1953 radio take of the same song for which Crosby still evinced great affection.  All told, this new compilation produced by Robert S. Bader includes 22 tracks of prime Mercer sung by one of his biggest admirers between 1934 and 1955.

A full 14 of these recordings are receiving their first-ever release, while the remaining eight tracks first appeared on Decca Records.  Of the previously unreleased material, Bing tackles songs co-written with Harold Arlen (“That Old Black Magic”), Hoagy Carmichael (“Lazy Bones,” sung in duet with Louis Armstrong), Harry Warren (“Jeepers Creepers”), Joseph Kosma (“Autumn Leaves”) and Paul Lincke (“Glow Worm”).  From the Decca catalogue, Crosby brings his relaxed tones to the Arlen co-writes “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive” with the Andrews Sisters and “Blues in the Night” and further standards written with Carmichael (“Skylark”) and Harry Warren (“On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” “You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby”).  From Mercer’s solo songbook, Crosby sings “Jamboree Jones” (1951) and “Something’s Gotta Give” (1955).  The songwriter himself even duets with Bing on a 1940 Decca single of “Mister Meadowlark.”  Indeed, Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook could simply be called Bing Sings the Great American Songbook.  Like Crosby himself, Johnny Mercer is still synonymous with American song itself.  Howard E. Green provides new liner notes, and Gene Hobson has remastered all tracks.

After the jump: we have the details on Le Bing, plus full track listings with discographical annotation for both titles and order links!

BingLeBingIt’s fair to say that Bing Crosby had a lifelong love affair with France. As Martin McQuade recounts in his new liner notes for Le Bing, Crosby was affected by the experience of entertaining there with the USO, and memorably shot the dramatic film Little Boy Lost in the European country.  Crosby wrote in his 1953 autobiography that “with the exception of my own, France is my favorite country – principally for its people and their individualism.”  It was in France that Crosby discovered his wife Dixie had cancer, and it was in France that he spent some time during a family vacation after her passing.  While in Paris on that trip, Crosby recorded what would become his first-ever original long-playing record.

Le Bing included songs by such renowned French songwriters and artists including Edith Piaf, Jacqueline Francois and Charles Trenet,  but going above and beyond in his quest for authenticity, the quintessentially American Crosby decided to sing the songs in their native tongue.  Composer-conductor Paul Durand, who had recorded with Piaf and Francois, was chosen to collaborate with Crosby, and Crosby’s usual musical director John Scott Trotter was also in attendance.  The resulting album wasn’t only a milestone as Crosby’s first LP, but holds up as one of his most unique.  Among the Trenet songs included is “La Mer,” which Bobby Darin later made famous in the U.S. as “Beyond the Sea.”  Piaf’s immortal “La Vie en Rose” also gets a stylish Crosby treatment.

The deluxe Le Bing adds 15 tracks (12 previously unreleased) to the original eight-song LP, almost tripling its length.  Outtakes and alternate takes have been appended, as well as radio broadcast performances of other Gallic favorites and the English versions of selected tracks which Bing recorded for release on Decca.  Among the radio tracks is a take on Cole Porter’s Can-Can showtune “I Love Paris” and a duet with Jane Morgan on “C’est Si Bon.”  All songs have been remastered for this reissue by Gene Hobson.

Both Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook and Le Bing are available for order now at the links below!

Bing Crosby, Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook (Bing Crosby Enterprises CD B0018921-02, 2013) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. P.S. I Love You (Woodbury Soap Presents Bing Crosby, 10/30/34)
  2. I’m an Old Cowhand (Decca DLA442-A, 1936)
  3. Too Marvelous for Words (Decca DLA738-A, 1937)
  4. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby (Decca C91511-A, 1938)
  5. Day In, Day Out (Kraft Music Hall, 10/26/39)
  6. I Thought About You (Kraft Music Hall, 2/1/40)
  7. Mister Meadowlark – with Johnny Mercer (Decca DLA1985-A, 1940)
  8. Skylark (Decca DLA2643-B, 1942)
  9. Blues in the Night (Decca DLA2857-A, 1942)
  10. That Old Black Magic (Kraft Music Hall, 4/15/43)
  11. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe (Decca L3320-A, 1944)
  12. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive – with the Andrews Sisters (Decca L3685-A, 1944)
  13. Lazy Bones – with Louis Armstrong (The Bing Crosby Show, 1/25/50)
  14. Autumn Leaves (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, 11/29/50)
  15. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, 10/24/51)
  16. Jamboree Jones (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, 11/28/51)
  17. When the World Was Young (Ah, the Apple Tree) (The Bing Crosby Show for Chesterfield, 11/14/51)
  18. Glow Worm (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 11/20/52)
  19. Jeepers Creepers (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 3/12/53)
  20. And the Angels Sing (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 5/7/53)
  21. Something’s Gotta Give (The Bing Crosby Show, 6/23/55)
  22. P.S. I Love You (The Bing Crosby Show, 11/18/53)

Tracks 1, 5-6, 10, 13-22 are previously unreleased

Bing Crosby, Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris – 60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (Bing Crosby Enterprises CD B0018939-02, 2013) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.)

  1. Mademoiselle de Paris
  2. Embrasse-Moi Bien
  3. Mon Coeur est un Violon
  4. La Vie en Rose
  5. La Seine
  6. Au bord de l’eau
  7. La Mer
  8. Tu No Peux Pas Te Figurer
  9. Allez Vous En (Go Away) (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 10/18/53)
  10. Domino (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 5/28/53)
  11. C’est Si Bon – with Jane Morgan (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 10/25/53)
  12. Where is Your Heart (Song from Moulin Rouge) (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 10/18/53)
  13. I Love Paris (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 10/11/53, released as Decca L7513)
  14. All My Love (Bolero) (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 6/4/53)
  15. Medley (And He’d Say Ooh-La-La!  Wee Wee!/How You Gonna Keep ‘Em Down on the Farm (After They’ve Seen Paree)/Oui, Oui Marie – with Lindsay Crosby (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 6/11/53)
  16. Mademoiselle de Paris (English Version) (Decca W84783, 1953)
  17. Embrasse-Moi Bien (Hold Me Close) (English Version) (Decca W84782, 1953)
  18. Embrasse-Moi Bien (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 5/28/53)
  19. Mon Coeur est un Violon (False Start, Breakdown, Take 4)
  20. Cela M’est Egal (If It’s All the Same to You) – with Lindsay Crosby (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 6/18/53)
  21. La Seine (English/French Version, Take 2, Breakdown, Pickup)
  22. La Seine (Pickup with French Chorus)
  23. La Seine (English/French Version, Broadcast Edit) (The Bing Crosby Show for General Electric, 6/18/53)

Tracks 1-8 from Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris, Decca LP DL 5499, 1953
Tracks 9-12, 14-15, 18-23 are previously unreleased

Read original review at TheSecondDisc.com

CELEBRATING THE LATEST RELEASES FROM THE BING CROSBY ARCHIVES!

The Bing Crosby Archive celebrates the release of 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.”

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This title is now available at Amazon.com: http://smarturl.it/BingSingsMercer

Enjoy this rare clip of Bing and Johnny Mercer performing together from The Bing Crosby Show for Oldsmobile, 10/5/60

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 23 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).”

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This title is now available: http://smarturl.it/LeBingParis

Enjoy this extra scene from the 2009 release of The Legendary Bing Crosby special featuring Leonard Maltin, WITH Bing and Maurice Chevalier performing for The Bing Crosby Show on March 20th, 1961.

Be sure to check our current titles available from THE BING CROSBY ARCHIVES at: www.bingcrosbyshop.com

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

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.

 

Remembering Patty Andrews

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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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Remembering Patti Page – one of music’s vocal legends who passed New Year’s day at the age of 85

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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”

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.

Bing Crosby Co-Stars with Michael Bublé – Friday, December 21 8/7c NBC

**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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