Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits [Cassette Version]

Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits [Cassette Version]

by Bing Crosby



According to chart researcher Joel Whitburn, Bing Crosby hit the singles charts 361 times between 1931 and 1965, including 40 number one hits, by far the most successful recording career of all time. Most of those hits were recorded for Decca Records, subsequently owned by MCA. In 1977 (the year of Crosby's death), when MCA came to compile an album called Bing Crosby's Greatest Hits, it began by limiting its choices to the most successful decade of Crosby's career, from the late '30s to the late '40s. But even within that limitation, the label did not stick to the biggest hits. Some of them were here, to be sure: "Swinging on a Star" from the film Going My Way, which earned Crosby his only Academy Award for best actor, and the Andrews Sisters duet "Don't Fence Me In," both long-running chart-toppers and gold records; the 1947 re-recording of "White Christmas," which scored in the holiday season almost annually through 1962; and such big hits as "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" and "Pistol Packin' Mama" (both also featuring the Andrews Sisters). But beyond these, the selections become more idiosyncratic and seem intended to display Crosby's versatility and the breadth of his career, rather than actually compiling his greatest hits. These include a 1939 recording of "I Surrender, Dear," the song he originally did with Gus Arnheim's Orchestra in 1931 and that helped get him his radio contract; a 1945 recording of "Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day," which he used as his radio theme song; "Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)," the gold-selling 1944 hit that showed off his Irish heritage; and "Deep in the Heart of Texas," which features accompaniment by Woody Herman & His Woodchoppers. It's a varied collection, but it does not by any reasonable measure contain his "greatest hits." [For no apparent reason, MCA used a different running order for the tracks on the original LP and cassette releases of the album, and even assigned different catalog numbers: 3031 for the LP, 1620 for the cassette. When the album was reissued on CD, it had the LP song sequence, but the cassette catalog number.]

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/1990
Label: Mca
UPC: 0076732162040
catalogNumber: 1620


  1. White Christmas
  2. Don't Fence Me In
  3. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  4. The Whiffenpoof Song
  5. Blue Skies
  6. Swinging on a Star
  7. I Surrender, Dear
  8. Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's an Irish Lullaby)
  9. You Are My Sunshine
  10. Deep in the Heart of Texas
  11. Pistol Packin' Mama
  12. Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Andrews Sisters   Vocals,Track Performer
Woody Herman   Ensemble,Track Performer
Fred Waring   Vocals,Track Performer
Vic Schoen   Leader,Ensemble,Track Performer
John Scott Trotter   Leader,Ensemble,Track Performer
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Leader,Ensemble,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Andrews Sisters   Contributor
Woody Herman   Contributor
Fred Waring   Contributor
Harry Barris   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Vic Schoen   Contributor
John Scott Trotter   Contributor
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Contributor
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Tod Galloway   Composer
Ken Darby Singers   Contributor
Robert Fletcher   Composer
Meade Minnigerode   Composer
George S. Pomeroy   Composer
June Hershey   Composer

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