Through the Years, Vol. 1: 1950-1951

Through the Years, Vol. 1: 1950-1951

by Bing CrosbyBing Crosby


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In 2006 and 2007, Sepia Records issued two Bing Crosby compilations, Good & Rare and Good & Rare, Vol. 2, that brought into the CD realm commercial recordings made by Crosby between 1949 and 1955 that had fallen into out of print obscurity, never having achieved much popularity to begin with since they were released at a time when the singer's popularity was in decline. The albums were enthusiastically received by Crosby collectors, and as of 2008, Sepia agreed to take over the long-running series The Chronological Bing Crosby that had been undertaken by the tiny Jonzo Records label and, running to 51 single-CD volumes, traced Crosby's commercial recording career from 1926 to 1950. (Neither the Jonzo nor Sepia releases are authorized; they take advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe and are remastered from old 78-rpm records with audio restoration techniques applied. In the U.S., copyright continued to be claimed by Universal Music, successor to Crosby's main record label, Decca, and others.) With Through the Years, Vol. 1: 1950-1951, Sepia renames the series and starts the counter over at one, but for all intents and purposes, this album might as well be called The Chronological Bing Crosby, Vol. 52. It picks up the story at a time when Crosby was the country's top pop recording artist (he is ranked number one for the calendar year 1950 by Billboard chart researcher Joel Whitburn), as well as one of the top Hollywood film stars and radio show hosts. But change is in the air as tastes in music and movies are in flux, and television is supplanting radio. The 47-year-old Crosby is slow to adapt, and that can be seen in his recording sessions here, which produced only one chart single, the holiday-themed "A Marshmallow World," number 24 in Billboard for a single week. But that only became apparent later. Between September 1950 and February 1951, Crosby did what he usually did in the studio, recording songs from upcoming Broadway shows (including numbers from Guys & Dolls and Call Me Madam); Christmas music, much of it with his longtime partners the Andrews Sisters; a big-band swing session with the orchestra led by his old friend Tommy Dorsey; Irish music in anticipation of St. Patrick's Day, 1951; and, finally, a Latin American date with the Bando da Lua. There may only be one minor hit, but there are standards in the making, including "Autumn Leaves," "If I Were a Bell," and "Silver Bells." And whatever the material or the backing, Crosby maintains his calm assurance and light touch.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2008
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122111115
catalogNumber: 1111
Rank: 114647

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Reeds
Buddy Cole   Piano
Johnny Amoroso   Trombone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Jerry Bruno   Bass
John Cyr   Drums
Nick Dimaio   Trombone
Tommy Dorsey   Trombone
Babe Fresk   Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Sam Herman   Guitar
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Phil Stephens   String Bass
Milton Thomas   Viola
Ted Vesely   Trombone
Jackie Mills   Drums
Sam Freed   Violin
Larry Wright   Reeds
Art Tancredi   Trumpet
Sam Hyster   Trombone
Warren Baker   Reeds
John Hacker   Reeds
Alluísio Antunes "Lulu" Ferreira   Guitar
Harry Vasco de Almeida   Percussion,Trumpet
José Ferreira Soares   Pandeiro
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra   Guitar
Henry Hill   Violin
Bobby Guy   Trumpet
Phil Shuken   Reeds

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane   Liner Notes
Jacques Prévert   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Geoff Milne   Records
Joao de Barro   Composer

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