Through the Years, Vol. 2: 1951

Through the Years, Vol. 2: 1951

by Bing CrosbyBing Crosby


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In 1950, Bing Crosby ranked as the top pop recording artist in the U.S. (according to chart researcher Joel Whitburn's analysis of the Billboard charts), the fifth time he had topped the list since 1943. In 1951, Crosby would slip to 11th place, the first time he had missed the Top Ten since Billboard instituted a singles chart in 1940. But in February 1951 it must have seemed to be smooth sailing, as Crosby held marathon recording sessions prior to scheduled hospitalization for gallstones. Jonzo Records issued 51 volumes of its series The Chronological Bing Crosby, compiling Crosby's commercial recordings in chronological order, and now the series has been taken over by Sepia Records and renamed Through the Years. This second volume in the Sepia series chronicles four months in Crosby's recording career, running through June 1951. In the 24 songs (plus an alternate take of the Louis Armstrong duet "Gone Fishin'"), Crosby does what he usually did, moving from Spanish material to Broadway to Hawaiian music to old standards, and giving every selection an assured reading. By this time, the hits, such as they were, tended to come when he was paired with another act -- with the Andrews Sisters on "Sparrow in the Treetop," with his son Gary Crosby on revivals of "Moonlight Bay" and "When You and I Were Young, Maggie, Blues," and with Armstrong. (He also had a minor hit with his cover of Doris Day's "Shanghai.") But his best performances come when he finds a song that suits his mature perspective, notably the show tunes "More I Cannot Wish You" from Guys & Dolls and "Hello, Young Lovers" from the just-opened The King and I, songs in which he is not the ardent lover himself but instead a sage observer of young romance. "Indian Summer" (recorded for an album of Victor Herbert songs) is also a good choice for a veteran artist transitioning into the latter part of his career. (Crosby fans should note that "With This Ring I Thee Wed" and "We All Have a Song in Our Hearts" are making their CD debuts with this release.)

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/11/2008
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122111221
catalogNumber: 1122
Rank: 110325


  1. Maria Bonita
  2. Granada
  3. I Might Be Your Once-In-A-While
  4. Indian Summer
  5. More I Cannot Wish You
  6. The Loneliness of Evening
  7. Let Me Look at You
  8. Forsaking All Others
  9. Sparrow in the Treetop
  10. Any Town Is Paris When You're Young
  11. Here Ends the Rainbow
  12. With This Ring I Thee Wed
  13. We All Have a Song in Our Hearts
  14. Moonlight Bay
  15. When You and I Were Young, Maggie, Blues
  16. I Whistle a Happy Tune
  17. Hello, Young Lovers
  18. Getting to Know You
  19. Something Wonderful
  20. Old Soldiers Never Die
  21. Gone Fishin'
  22. Gone Fishin'
  23. I've Got to Fall in Love Again
  24. Shanghai
  25. Row, Row, Row

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist,Vocals
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Clarinet,Reeds
Mel Henke   Piano
Buddy Cole   Piano
Paul Nero   Violin
Sue Allen   Choir, Chorus
Louis Armstrong   Track Performer
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Irving Cottler   Drums
John Cyr   Drums
Walter Edelstein   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Fred Glickman   Viola
Hendrickson   Guitar
Abraham Hochstein   Viola
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
George Kast   Violin
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Loulie Jean Norman   Choir, Chorus
Charles Parlato   Choir, Chorus
Joe Rushton   Bass Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Moe Schneider   Trombone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Bob Stephens   Choir, Chorus
David Sterkin   Viola
Milton Thomas   Viola
Walter Welscher   Piano
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Morris Bercov   Bass Clarinet
Murray Kellner   Violin
Kurt Reher   Cello
Sylvia Ruderman   Flute
Nick Pisani   Violin
Sam Freed   Violin
Mac McLean   Choir, Chorus
Martin Ruderman   Flute
Phillip Shuken   Clarinet,Reeds
Larry Wright   Reeds
Victor Young & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Raymond Menhennick   Viola
Gil Mershon   Choir, Chorus
Frederick Moritz   Bassoon
Barbara W. Shik   Harp
Gloria Wood   Choir, Chorus
Dave Barbour & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Kenneth Lowman   Bassoon
Philip Stephens   Bass,String Bass
Warren Baker   Reeds,Oboe
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Alluísio Antunes "Lulu" Ferreira   Guitar
Harry Vasco de Almeida   Percussion,Trumpet
Vic Schoen & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Bill Reeve   Choir, Chorus
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra   Banjo,Guitar
Henry Hill   Violin
William J. Atkinson   Trombone
Elizabeth Rinker   Choir, Chorus
Bobby Guy   Trumpet
Armand Kaproff   Cello
Gary Crosby   Track Performer
Betty Mullin   Track Performer
Harry Stanton   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane   Liner Notes
James Van Heusen   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Monaco   Composer
Bill Foreman   Composer
Adair   Composer
Lara   Composer
Ron Bosley   Photo Courtesy
Smith   Composer
Burke   Composer
R. Asherman   Composer
E. Asherman   Composer
Watkins   Composer
Trotter   Composer
R. & C. Yale   Composer
N. C. Kenny   Composer
Merrill   Composer
Hilliard   Composer
Herbert   Composer
Delugg   Composer
Cornett   Composer
Frost   Composer
Worth   Composer
Glazer   Composer
Madden   Composer
Dodd   Composer
Jerome   Composer
Wilkinson   Composer
Wenrich   Composer
King   Composer

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