Bing Crosby

Havin' More Fun

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The second of two Jazz Unlimited CDs that feature the appearances of Louis Armstrong on Bing Crosby's TV series of 1950-51 is almost as rewarding as the previous Havin' Fun. There is lot of inspired banter by Satch and Bing; violinist Joe Venuti, trombonist Jack Teagarden and Dinah Shore also join in on the fun, and the music's most memorable highlights are "Gone Fishin'," "Lazy Bones," Teagarden's playing on "Baby Won't You Please Come Home," a free-for-all performance of "My Honey's Lovin' Arms" and "Panama." The Dec. 27, 1950 broadcast salutes Crosby's 20 years in show business (although he'd actually been in it for 24) and has a version of "Rockin' Chair" that pokes fun at the crooner's age. This very likable CD is well worth acquiring, although one should get Havin' Fun first.

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