Bing Crosby – The Emperor Waltz

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Bing Crosby – The Emperor Waltz
Selections from The Emperor Waltz (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released Original 78 album: 1948
Recorded January / March 1947
Genre Popular
Length 11:52
Label Decca Records
Bing Crosby chronology
Selections from Showboat
(1947)
Bing Crosby – The Emperor Waltz
(1948)
St. Valentine's Day
(1948)

Bing Crosby – The Emperor Waltz is an album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby of songs featured in his film The Emperor Waltz.

Background[edit]

This was not a soundtrack recording as Crosby recorded the songs separately some months after completing the film in September 1946. A song called "Get Yourself a Phonograph" had been recorded for the film but was eventually omitted. Crosby had previously recorded "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" on May 24, 1929[1] with a trio giving support but this time he has the benefit of a full orchestral backing. The song "The Kiss in Your Eyes" was adapted from a slow waltz called "Im Chambre séparée" ("Separate Rooms") written by Richard Heuberger. "Friendly Mountains" was arranged by Joseph J. Lilley based on original Swiss airs and the music for "Emperor Waltz" was written by Johann Strauss the younger in 1888.[2] Johnny Burke wrote the lyrics for the last three mentioned tunes.

Reception[edit]

The album reached the No. 2 spot in the Billboard best-selling popular record albums chart on August 7, 1948. It was 9th in the year's top-selling popular record albums listing.[3]

Track listing[edit]

These songs were featured on a 2-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-620.[4]

Side / Title Writer(s) Recording date Performed with Time
Disc 1 (24204):
A. "Friendly Mountains" Johnny Burke March 17, 1947 Victor Young and His Orchestra 3:04
B. "The Kiss in Your Eyes" Richard Heuberger, Johnny Burke January 17, 1947 Victor Young and His Orchestra 3:01
Disc 2 (24170):
A. "I Kiss Your Hand, Madame" Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young, Ralph Erwin January 17, 1947 Victor Young and His Orchestra 3:09
B. "Emperor Waltz" Johann Strauss, Johnny Burke March 17, 1947 Victor Young and His Orchestra 2:38

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LP releases[edit]

The songs from A-620 were included in the 10" vinyl LP Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz issued by Decca Records in 1950 with catalog No. DL 5272. In 1962, the songs were also included in the Decca 12" LP But Beautiful (DL 4260) in the 15 part Bing's Hollywood series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Fred. The Crosby Collection 1926-1977 (Part One 1926-1934 ed.). John Joyce. pp. 82–83. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Fred. The Crosby Collection 1926-1977 (Part Three 1942-50 ed.). John Joyce. pp. 178–182. 
  3. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. January 1, 1949. 
  4. ^ "DISCOGS.COM". discogs.com. Retrieved November 18, 2015. 
  5. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved November 18, 2015.