Through The Years, Vol. 7: 1954

Through The Years, Vol. 7: 1954

by Bing CrosbyBing Crosby

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In the sixth volume of Sepia Records' chronological series of Bing Crosby's commercial recordings called Through the Years, the series reached a major re-recording project for Crosby, the five-LP box set Bing Crosby: A Musical Autobiography, in which he introduced and sang songs from throughout his career to mark the 20th anniversary of Decca Records in 1954. Through the Years, Vol. 7: 1954 is largely given over to more material from the box set. Crosby, accompanied by Buddy Cole's organ playing in his spoken reminiscences, then sings over Cole's piano trio on evergreens from the '20s and '30s (many of which, in their original versions, were cut for labels other than Decca). These often brief renditions are heard in Crosby's relaxed, resonant later style (he celebrated his 51st birthday in this period, though thinking himself only 50). A few new recordings are interspersed with the Musical Autobiography tracks, notably a couple from Crosby's upcoming film White Christmas with a score by Irving Berlin, "What Can You Do with a General?" and "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." As the extensive liner notes by Crosby expert Malcolm MacFarlane point out, Crosby's statements in the introductions are not always entirely factual (he gets some dates wrong, for instance), but they have the jocular tone of his radio shows, and, in fact, this disc comes off more like a radio show than a set of commercial tracks, making it an unusual entry in the chronological series.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/10/2011
Label: Sepia Recordings
UPC: 5055122111672
catalogNumber: 1167
Rank: 123399


  1. Learn To Croon
  2. Thanks
  3. Muddy Water
  4. Mississippi Mud
  5. My Kinda Love
  6. I Surrender, Dear
  7. Oh! Tell Me Why
  8. If You Love Me
  9. Down the Old Ox Road
  10. Black Moonlight
  11. The Day You Came Along
  12. After Sundown
  13. Temptation
  14. Love Thy Neighbour
  15. May I?
  16. Love In Bloom
  17. I Love You Truly
  18. June In January
  19. Love is Just Around the Corner
  20. It's Easy To Remember
  21. I Wished On the Moon
  22. Silent Night
  23. I'm an Old Cowhand
  24. Song of the Islands
  25. Sweet Leilani
  26. Blue Hawaii
  27. What Can You Do With a General?
  28. Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep
  29. Liza
  30. In the Good Old Summertime
  31. Out of Nowhere
  32. Star Dust
  33. Soon
  34. The One Rose
  35. There's a Gold Mine In the Sky
  36. My Heart is Taking Lessons

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Bing Crosby   Primary Artist
Red Nichols   Cornet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Matty Matlock   Reeds
Buddy Cole   Piano
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Perry Botkin   Guitar
Nick Fatool   Drums
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Phil Stephens   String Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Don Whitaker   Bass
Murray Kellner   Violin
Larry Wright   Reeds
Wendell Mayhew   Trombone
Meyer Oberman   Violin
Warren Baker   Reeds
Henry Hill   Violin
Bobby Guy   Trumpet
Phil Shuken   Reeds
David Harris   Reeds
Ted Vesley   Trombone
Joseph F. Howard   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
Carrie Jacobs-Bond   Composer
Franz Gruber   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Charles F. Kenny   Composer
Malcolm MacFarlane   Liner Notes
Lani McIntire   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jo Trent   Composer
Harry Richman   Composer
Monaco   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Joseph Mohr   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Marguerite Monnot   Composer
Harry Owens   Composer
Del Lyon   Composer
Ren Shields   Composer
James Cavanaugh   Composer
Lewis Gensler   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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