Bing Crosby

Bing in Dixieland

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Bing Crosby was as familiar and fluent with Dixieland as any other big-time vocalist of the 1940s and '50s, since he slightly predated most of his crooning brethren and sang plenty of Dixieland as a youngster -- even though his influence came more from Al Jolson than Buddy Bolden. Regardless of whose lap he was on when he learned "Swanee," his radio show of the mid-'50s included plenty of Dixieland, mostly recorded with a band led by Buddy Cole but sometimes a larger group led by the estimable John Scott Trotter. The Bing in Dixieland compilation focuses almost entirely on these radio-show recordings, but the material is sparkling and bright -- mostly because Crosby always prerecorded his radio shows in a studio, making them sound more polished than most. Highlights include "At the Jazz Band Ball," "Muskrat Ramble," and "That's A-Plenty," plus as bonus tracks, a pair of duets with two other all-timers: Louis Armstrong ("Now You Has Jazz") and Ella Fitzgerald ("Memphis Blues").

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Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:18 Amazon
2 2:11 Amazon
3 2:19 Amazon
4 1:50 Amazon
5 2:06 Amazon
6 2:00 Amazon
7 2:37 Amazon
8 2:17 Amazon
9 2:12 Amazon
10 3:39 Amazon
11 2:26 Amazon
12 2:03 Amazon
13 2:59 Amazon
14 2:04 Amazon
15 2:35 Amazon
16 2:46 Amazon
17 1:53 Amazon
18 1:52 Amazon
19 1:29 Amazon
20 2:01 Amazon
21 1:59 Amazon
22 3:06
23 3:40
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