Bing Crosby

Essential Collection [Wisepack]

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Not exactly essential, but this two-disc set includes almost 50 tracks, all duets taken from Crosby's Decca recordings of the 1940s and his radio show of the same time. Just about every major celebrity singer of the time is included, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Rosemary Clooney, Bob Hope, Jimmy Durante, the Mills Brothers, the Andrews Sisters, and many more. Highlights are frequent, and Crosby always sounds good while singing light novelty numbers and old favorites.