Selections from Welcome Stranger

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Selections from Welcome Stranger
Selections from Welcome Stranger (album cover).jpg
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ReleasedOriginal 78 album: 1947
RecordedNovember 1946
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Selections from Welcome Stranger
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Selections from Welcome Stranger is an album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby of songs featured in his film Welcome Stranger. All of the songs were written by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Johnny Burke (lyrics).


Billboard magazine wrote:

Bing Crosby covers four songs from his Welcome Stranger movie in this set of two records. And with John Scott Trotter's music, emphasises the hit quality of the score's ballad song, "As Long As I'm Dreaming". Other songs have only production value, Crosby singing it in easy and rhythmic style for "Smile Right Back at the Sun" and "My Heart Is a Hobo". And with the Calico Kids on the chant, Crosby is also the caller for the country style square dance ditty. Picture of the singer graces the album cover. Accompanying is a booklet more ambitious than the recordings, giving the screen story, Bing's bio and the song lyrics. Screen showings will hypo interest in this set.[1]

Down Beat was positive:

Better sides than Bing has made in a long while. Sounds if he actually felt like singing. In 'Style' it's mostly his engaging half-singing manner that sneaks him through the by now apparent faults in his upper tones - and it's a square dance too.[2]

Track listing[edit]

These songs were featured on a 2-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-531. [3]

Side / Title Recording date Performed with Time
Disc 1 (23848):
A. "As Long As I'm Dreaming" November 14, 1946 John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 3:07
B. "Smile Right Back at the Sun" November 14, 1946 John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 2:41
Disc 2 (23849):
A. "Country Style (Square Dance)" November 19, 1946 The Calico Kids and John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 3:13
B. "My Heart Is a Hobo" November 19, 1946 John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra 2:35



  1. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. May 24, 1947.
  2. ^ "Down Beat". Down Beat. June 4, 1947.
  3. ^ "DISCOGS.COM". Retrieved September 11, 2015.
  4. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". A Bing Crosby Discography. Retrieved September 11, 2015.