Havin' Fun [2 CD]

Havin' Fun [2 CD]

by Bing Crosby


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Bing Crosby hosted a radio program beginning in 1949 that ran throughout most of the following decade. It featured a number of different musicians, with his good friend Louis Armstrong as a frequent guest. This two-CD set, previously issued on individual discs by Jazz Unlimited as Havin' Fun and Havin' More Fun, was repackaged by Storyville, adding detailed liner notes by Chris Albertson. The banter between the two men varies between ad-libbed and scripted, though it is clear they enjoy one another's company on-stage. Because these performances are excerpted from a number of different programs, there are several versions of "Rockin' Chair," "Blueberry Hill," "Up a Lazy River," and "Lazy Bones," most of which aren't very different from one another. Although Armstrong is primarily a vocalist, he has several opportunities to play trumpet, too, including a hot instrumental ("Panama") with Joe Venuti. Other guests include Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Dinah Shore, Jack Teagarden, and Venuti. Fans of Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong will find this set to be an excellent investment.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/18/2007
Label: Storyville Records
UPC: 0717101840526
catalogNumber: 1038405
Rank: 76118

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals,Spoken Word
Peggy Lee   Vocals
Dinah Shore   Vocals
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Jack Teagarden   Trombone,Vocals
Joe Venuti   Violin
Matty Matlock   Clarinet
Nick Travis   Trumpet
Mel Henke   Piano
Buddy Cole   Piano
Dick Taylor   Trombone
Louis Armstrong   Trumpet,Vocals
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Ken Carpenter   Spoken Word
Nick Fatool   Drums
James Moore   Bass Guitar
Phil Stephens   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jack Chaney   Tenor Saxophone
James C. Moore   Bass
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires   Vocals,Track Performer
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra   Guitar
Johnny Cyr   Drums

Technical Credits

Bing Crosby   Contributor
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Chris Albertson   Liner Notes
Ken Carpenter   Contributor
Will Marion Cook   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Anders Stefansen   Producer,Audio Production

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