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Frank Sinatra, Henry Mancini and Gregory Porter feature on Simply Jazz

Written by on 28th June 2016

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This week Tom features music  by  Frank Sinatra , Henry Mancini big band,Bing Crosby,Gregory porter,Marcella Puppini ,Callum au big band , Also I was joined by  Malcolm  Macfarlane of the Bing Crosby appreciation. Bing Crosby  was Born Harry Lillis Crosby on May 3rd 1903, “Bing” grew up to become one of America’s most popular entertainers of all time. He was a singer, actor, and songwriter.

He was a major star of radio during its heyday in the 1930s and ‘40s, In 1931, Crosby launched his hugely popular radio show, however  radio went into commercial decline with the rise of television starting in the ‘50s.

He maintained a weekly network show until 1954 and continued to host radio programs for syndication into the early ‘60s, prerecording songs and patter for later broadcast.

Rosemary Clooney was a frequent guest, but also shared The Crosby-Clooney Show with him in 1960-1961.

His casual stage manner and mellow, relaxed singing style influenced two generations of pop singers and made him the most successful entertainer of his day.

He soon started starring in films, winning an Academy Award for Going My Way in 1944.

Throughout much of his career, Crosby dominated the music charts with nearly 300 hit singles to his credit.

He passed away in October 14th 1977 aged 74.

The Bing Crosby appreciation society  was founded in 1936 to perpetuate the memory and the musical legacy.

My special  guest today is Malcolm Macfarlane a noted Bing Crosby authority and music historian who has edited the BING magazine since 1993.

In 1999 and his first full-length book “Bing Crosby – Day By Day” and was published in 2001.

Amongst his media credits, Malcolm was a consultant to the Landseer Productions television documentary Bing Crosby—The Voice of the Century in 1999, which was shown on the Bravo channel in December 2000, and he contributed to the BBC television series Walk on By, which was shown in the U.K. in March 2001

He has been interviewed by many radio stations about Bing Crosby and prior to his retirement. Furthermore, he has contributed to several other books, video, and CD releases relating to Bing Crosby. He wrote the sleeve notes on the Universal Music CD Holiday Inn issued in November 2002 and he delivered a paper on Crosby’s activities in World War II at a three day seminar held at Hofstra University, Long Island in November 2002.

This paper has subsequently been published by University of Rochester Press as part of the book Going My Way – Bing Crosby and American Culture.

In 2005, he wrote the sleeve notes for the Avid CD Bing – A Musical Autobiography and in subsequent years he has followed this with the sleeve notes for the Sepia CDs Bing Crosby – Good & Rare , Bing Crosby – Through the Years, and Say One for Me / The Road to Hong Kong.

Since 2010, Malcolm has been a speaker on cruise ships about nostalgic music topics and he is frequently in demand to give such talks to clubs and societies in his local area.