Bing Crosby

Remembering 1927-34

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The period 1927 to 1934 represents the first phase of Bing Crosby's phenomenally successful career, beginning with his tenure with bandleader Paul Whiteman and early featured recordings such as "Ol' Man River" and "Great Day"; these are followed by appearances with Gus Arnheim and Duke Ellington, notably the hit "Three Little Words," recorded as part of the Rhythm Boys; and finally ends with the early years of his solo career, including such massive hits as "Please," "Love In Bloom," and "Little Dutch Mill." This story isn't really told on Remembering, a somewhat random sampling of Crosby's many recordings of the period that includes only "Please," "Sweet Georgia Brown," and "Dinah" from among his most popular discs. The compilers seem more interested in emphasizing Crosby's jazz roots, including four tracks recorded with the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra and a rendition of "St. Louis Blues" with Ellington. Crosby is typically comfortable in all contexts, but he is done no favors by the preservation of such tripe as the racially challenged "Shine." Sound quality is only fair.

Track Listing

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feat: Anson Weeks
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