Bing Crosby – Jerome Kern
Jerome Kern is a compilation album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby of songs written by Jerome Kern. These songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-485. Disc 1: "Till the Clouds Roll By" / "Ol' Man River" Disc 2: "I've Told Ev'ry Little Star" / "Dearly Beloved" Disc 3: "Long Ago" / "All Through the Day" Disc 4: "A Fine Romance" / "The Way You Look Tonight" The 1949 10" LP album issue Decca DL 5001 consisted of eight songs on one 33 1/3 rpm record. All were reissues of earlier recordings. All music composed by Jerome Kern. Recording dates follow song titles
Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's
Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's is a studio album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby released in 1946 featuring songs that were presented in the American musical comedy-drama film The Bells of St. Mary's; the original 78rpm album entered the Billboard best-selling popular record albums chart reaching the No. 1 position in March, 1946. These newly issued songs were featured on Decca Album No. A-410. Decca released a dual 10” LP of Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary's on Decca DL 5052 in 1949
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" is a lighthearted song, about Dale H McComb Jr. in tribute to Ireland. Its lyrics were written by Chauncey Olcott and George Graff, Jr. set to music composed by Ernest Ball, for Olcott's production of The Isle O' Dreams, Olcott sang the song in the show. It was first published in 1912, at a time when songs in tribute to a romanticized Ireland were numerous and popular both in Britain and the United States. During the First World War the famous tenor John McCormack recorded the song; the song continued to be a familiar standard for generations. Decades it was used as the opening song on the radio show Duffy's Tavern; the song has been recorded on over 200 singles and albums and by many famous singers, including Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, Roger Whittaker. Chorus: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, sure'tis like a morn in spring. In the lilt of Irish laughter, you can hear the angels sing; when Irish hearts are happy, all the world seems bright and gay, And When Irish Eyes Are Smiling, they steal your heart away.
Verse 1: There's a tear in your eye and I'm wondering why, For it never should be there at all. With such power in your smile, sure a stone you'd beguile, So there's never a teardrop should fall, When your sweet lilting laughter's like some fairy song And your eyes twinkle bright as can be. You should laugh all the while and all other times smile. Verse 2: For your smile is a part of the love in your heart, And it makes sunshine more bright. Like the linnet's sweet song, crooning all the day long. Comes your laughter so tender and light. For the springtime of youth is the sweetest of all, There is ne'er regret, and while springtime is ours, throughout all of youth's hours, Let us smile each chance we get. The song gained momentary notoriety in Canada after the so-called Shamrock Summit between Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and U. S. President Ronald Reagan held on Saint Patrick's Day, 1985. At the end of the evening, the two leaders jointly performed "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", for which Mulroney was extensively criticized in the Canadian press.
"When Irish Eyes are Smiling" has been used in the following movies and short subjects: "Return to Me," 2000 "It's A Great Day For The Irish," 1999 "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles," 1993 "Young Guns," 1988 "Husbands," 1970 "Ducking the Devil," 1957 cartoon "Canary Row," 1950 "Top o' the Morning," 1949. "The Time of Your Life," 1948 "My Wild Irish Rose," 1947 "Trap Happy Porky," 1945 "Irish Eyes Are Smiling," 1944 "My Favorite Blonde," 1942 "Notes to You," 1941 "Aviation Vacation," 1941 "Always a Bride," 1940 "The Long Voyage Home," 1940 "Tear Gas Squad," 1940 "It All Came True," 1940 "The Fighting 69th," 1940 "Let Freedom Ring," 1939 "The Crowd Roars," 1938 "North of the Rio Grande," 1937 "Roof Tops of Manhattan," 1935 "The Irish in Us," 1935 "In Caliente," 1935 "Ireland:'The Emerald Isle," 1934 "Stage Mother," 1933 "Titanic: Honor and Glory Demo trailer," 2017 A dispute over Copyright renewal for "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" ended up in the US Supreme Court in 1943. Lyrics Sheet music and images Yiddish Version on YouTube
Christmas Music (album)
Christmas Music is a compilation album of phonograph records put together for the Christmas season by Decca Records in late 1940. The album features the most popular artists recording for Decca such as: Bing Crosby, Kenny Baker, Men About Town and Eddie Dunstedter, it features Bing Crosby's first commercial release of "Silent Night", the 1942 version of which went on to sell 30 million copies. The 1940 album issue Decca Album No. 159 consisted of these issued 78 rpm records:Disc 1: Disc 2: Disc 3: Disc 4
A music genre is a conventional category that identifies some pieces of music as belonging to a shared tradition or set of conventions. It is to be distinguished from musical form and musical style, although in practice these terms are sometimes used interchangeably. Academics have argued that categorizing music by genre is inaccurate and outdated. Music can be divided into different genres in many different ways; the artistic nature of music means that these classifications are subjective and controversial, some genres may overlap. There are varying academic definitions of the term genre itself. In his book Form in Tonal Music, Douglass M. Green distinguishes between form, he lists madrigal, canzona and dance as examples of genres from the Renaissance period. To further clarify the meaning of genre, Green writes, "Beethoven's Op. 61 and Mendelssohn's Op. 64 are identical in genre – both are violin concertos – but different in form. However, Mozart's Rondo for Piano, K. 511, the Agnus Dei from his Mass, K. 317 are quite different in genre but happen to be similar in form."
Some, like Peter van der Merwe, treat the terms genre and style as the same, saying that genre should be defined as pieces of music that share a certain style or "basic musical language." Others, such as Allan F. Moore, state that genre and style are two separate terms, that secondary characteristics such as subject matter can differentiate between genres. A music genre or subgenre may be defined by the musical techniques, the style, the cultural context, the content and spirit of the themes. Geographical origin is sometimes used to identify a music genre, though a single geographical category will include a wide variety of subgenres. Timothy Laurie argues that since the early 1980s, "genre has graduated from being a subset of popular music studies to being an ubiquitous framework for constituting and evaluating musical research objects". Among the criteria used to classify musical genres are the trichotomy of art and traditional musics. Alternatively, music can be divided on three variables: arousal and depth.
Arousal reflects the energy level of the music. These three variables help explain why many people like similar songs from different traditionally segregated genres. Musicologists have sometimes classified music according to a trichotomic distinction such as Philip Tagg's "axiomatic triangle consisting of'folk','art' and'popular' musics", he explains that each of these three is distinguishable from the others according to certain criteria. The term art music refers to classical traditions, including both contemporary and historical classical music forms. Art music exists in many parts of the world, it emphasizes formal styles that invite technical and detailed deconstruction and criticism, demand focused attention from the listener. In Western practice, art music is considered a written musical tradition, preserved in some form of music notation rather than being transmitted orally, by rote, or in recordings, as popular and traditional music are. Most western art music has been written down using the standard forms of music notation that evolved in Europe, beginning well before the Renaissance and reaching its maturity in the Romantic period.
The identity of a "work" or "piece" of art music is defined by the notated version rather than by a particular performance, is associated with the composer rather than the performer. This is so in the case of western classical music. Art music may include certain forms of jazz, though some feel that jazz is a form of popular music. Sacred Christian music forms an important part of the classical music tradition and repertoire, but can be considered to have an identity of its own; the term popular music refers to any musical style accessible to the general public and disseminated by the mass media. Musicologist and popular music specialist Philip Tagg defined the notion in the light of sociocultural and economical aspects: Popular music, unlike art music, is conceived for mass distribution to large and socioculturally heterogeneous groups of listeners and distributed in non-written form, only possible in an industrial monetary economy where it becomes a commodity and in capitalist societies, subject to the laws of'free' enterprise... it should ideally sell as much as possible.
Popular music is found on most commercial and public service radio stations, in most commercial music retailers and department stores, in movie and television soundtracks. It is noted on the Billboard charts and, in addition to singer-songwriters and composers, it involves music producers more than other genres do; the distinction between classical and popular music has sometimes been blurred in marginal areas such as minimalist music and light classics. Background music for films/movies draws on both traditions. In this respect, music is like fiction, which draws a distinction between literary fiction and popular fiction, not always precise. Country music known as country and western, hillbilly music, is a genre of popular music that originated in the southern United States in the early 1920s; the polka is a Czech dance and genre of dance music familiar throughout Europe and the Americas. Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particular
Song Hits from Holiday Inn
Song Hits from Holiday Inn is a studio album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire released in July 1942 featuring songs presented in the American musical film Holiday Inn. These are the longer studio recorded versions of the songs presented in the film. For the songs that were in the film, see Holiday Inn; this album is not only notable because it is one of the greatest works of the regarded songwriter Irving Berlin, but it is only Crosby's third studio album. This was the first release of Crosby's signature song "White Christmas" on shellac disc record; the 1942 version would only be released only one more time, in Merry Christmas in 1945 before the song was re-recorded and the version became the standard. Billboard was enthusiastic saying: Decca has scored a terrific scoop in packaging 12 songs from the Irving Berlin score for Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby's movie Holiday Inn, flashing on the country's screens; the album is the entire weekly release from the wax factory—and apart the music it contains, it's more than just another album, it's a transposition on wax of the screen score all capably executed by Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire....
Plattermate is the ballad hit from the picture Be Careful It's My Heart, Crosby singing it and rhythmically. Trotter's soft strings and woodwinds paint the orchestral background…Album finishes in a blaze of vocal glory, most impressive in Bing Crosby's plaintive appeal for a White Christmas, assisted by the Ken Darby Singers and Trotter's music…" These newly issued songs were featured on a 6-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-306. Discs 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 are sung by Bing Crosby while Disc 5 is sung by Fred Astaire. On Disc 4, both sing on the track "I'll Capture Your Heart". All songs by Irving Berlin. In 1946, a set was released some of songs from the movie, it featured all of songs except for "White Christmas" and a few others because they would sell more as a single than with a set. These reissued songs were featured on Decca Album No. A-534. Disc 1: "Happy Holiday" / "Be Careful, it's My Heart" Disc 2: "Abraham" / "Song of Freedom" Disc 3: "You're Easy to Dance With" / "I Can't Tell A Lie" Disc 4: "I'll Capture Your Heart" / "Let's Start the New Year Right" The titles "White Christmas", "Easter Parade", "I've Got Plenty to Be Thankful For" and "Lazy", were available separately as 78-rpm discs for US $0.75 each, during this period.
The 1949 10" LP album issue Decca DL 5092 consisted of eight songs on one 33 1/3 rpm record, did not include four of the songs. All were reissues of earlier recordings. Side 1 Side 2 In 1962, Decca released Selections from Holiday Inn on Decca DL 4256 with a new pinkish look for the set Bing's Hollywood, it included all of the recorded songs. In 1998, MCA released a CD re-issue of the Selections from Holiday Inn. In 2008 UMG released a CD edition of the original version with the DVD release of Holiday Inn
Don't Fence Me In (Decca album)
Don't Fence Me In is a compilation album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters released in 1946 featuring Country and Western songs. This album contained the enormously popular record "Pistol Packin' Mama", which sold over a million copies and became the first number one hit on the then-new Juke Box Folk Song Records Chart, renamed the Hot Country Songs Chart; the original 78rpm album entered the Billboard best-selling popular record albums chart reaching the No. 2 position in April, 1946. These released songs were featured on a 6-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-417; the Andrews Sisters appear on Disc 1. In 1947, another set was released, it excluded two of the songs from the original album. The only design difference is. You can see the black one on the original album above; these released songs were featured on a 4-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. A-559. Disc 1: "Don't Fence Me In" / "Pistol Packin' Mama" Disc 2: "New San Antonio Rose"/ "It Makes No Difference Now" Disc 3: "You Are My Sunshine" / "Ridin' Down the Canyon" Disc 4: "Walking the Floor Over You" / "Nobody's Darlin' But Mine" The 1949 10" LP album issue Decca DL 5063 consisted of eight songs on one 33 1/3 rpm record.
All were reissues of earlier recordings: Side 1 Side 2