The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography's Picture Gallery:
Radio Collaborations With Bing Crosby
by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Generated on Feb 27, 2014


Scope And Contents

This page focuses on albums which contain Peggy Lee performances taken from radio shows hosted by Bing Crosby. An album index can be found at the bottom of the page. (As for albums that consist of studio recordings by Crosby and Lee -- as opposed to radio material -- consult this page.)


I. MAIN PEGGY LEE - BING CROSBY RADIO ALBUMS




Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: It's A Good Day / Format: CD / Label: Parrot / Cat. Num.: (England) Parcd 001 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 36

2. Title: I've Got A Crush On You / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (England) Avc 549 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 25

3. Title: El Rancho Grande / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (England) Sun 2108 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 23

4. Title: Just The Way You Are / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (England) Sun 2110 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20

General Note:
The four CDs listed above contain over 90% of Peggy Lee's commercially released performances from The Bing Crosby Show. The number of additional performances that have been commercially issued is less than 10. (Specifics on those "leftovers" are given below, in the notes at the bottom of the page.) Although these CDs share quite a few tracks, all four are indispensable, because each one has quite a few unique tracks as well. Even the collection with the most duplicates by far (El Rancho Grande) still has 6 numbers not found in any of the other three CDs. As for the three CDs and the cassette listed right under this paragraph, they contain only titles which can be found in the already discussed CDs. (However, two of them are worthwhile for their finer sound quality.)





Album Covers Shown:

5. Title: Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (England) Avc 624 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 25 + 36= 61 / Note: This 2CD set is a straight reissue of two CDs originally on Parrot Records: It's A Good Day (Parcd 001; #1 above) and My Happiness (Parcd 002, featuring Crosby with Ella Fitzgerald as his guest). The sound quality is slightly better than in the original Parrot issues. Incidentally, Parrott issued at least four more of these sets from The Bing Crosby Show, including the following ones: When You're Smiling (Parcd 003, with host Crosby in the company of guest Judy Garland) and Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (Parcd 004, with Al Jolson as Crosby's guest). These third and fourth Parrot issues were reissued by Avid in another 2CD set,, entitled Bing Crosby With Judy Garland And Al Jolson, with artwork very similar to the item under display. The fifth and sixth releases were both entitled Hollywood Guys And Gals, volumes 1 and 2, both credited to Crosby and "His Hollywood Guests." Those two volumes were also reissued as one CD by Avid (shown below, in section II).

6. Title: Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (England) Avc 876 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 57 / Note: This 2CD set is a Public Domain release whose second disc consists of Peggy Lee recordings from her Decca tenure. The first disc reissues the entire contents of #2 above -- in lesser sound quality, unfortunately. Also unfortunate is Avid's rather tacky artwork.





Album Cover Shown:

7. Title: The Unforgettable Peggy Lee / Format: Cs / Label: Demand Performance - Legend / Cat. Num.: Dpc 707 / Rel. Year: 1985 / Tracks: 8 / Note: All tracks are Lee solo performances from The Bing Crosby Show.

8. Title: Listen To The Magic / Format: CD / Label: President / Cat. Num.: (England) Plcd 550 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Tracks: 28 / Note: This CD combines Lee's performances from two sources. Of the 28 tracks, over 15 are taken from The Bing Crosby Show. The others were taken from The Uncollected Peggy Lee, an album on the Hindsight label. Almost all of the Bing Crosby Show tracks are sequenced right before the Hindsight tracks. Bearing in mind the source of this material (radio), this CD's sound quality is actually above average.


II. ALBUMS THAT CONTAIN FULL EPISODES OF THE BING CROSBY SHOW, FEATURING PEGGY LEE




Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: On The Air; Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee / Format: CD / Label: HLC / Cat. Num.: Hlc 6649 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains two complete episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, both in excellent sound quality. Sequenced first is an episode that was originally broadcast on December 29, 1948. Sequenced second is an episode originally broadcast on December 18, 1946. Peggy Lee participates in both shows, singing a total of five tracks: "Cuánto Le Gusta," I Got Lucky In The Rain," "Maybe You'll Be There," "It's All Over Now," and "Everything's Movin' Too Fast." Also included in the CD (as a bonus) is the Crosby - Lee duet "Boise, Idaho," which is not part of the two complete broadcasts. Curiously, this bonus track is advertised in the CD's front and back covers as a much sought after recording by fans of Bing and Peggy. The number is also identified as a previously unreleased song .... recorded at ABC Radio on Hollywood, CA on December 29, 1947 ... The original 78 rpm has been digitally restored and is presented for its historical significance. If correct, that recording date might have been taken from an acetate disc, or from the radio show's official paperwork. ("Boise, Idaho" was actually broadcast on the February 25, 1948 episode of Crosby's show.)





Album Covers Shown:

2. Title: Soundco Presents The Bing Crosby Show (Starring Bing Crosby, With Fred Allen & Peggy Lee) / Format: 8-track Cartridge / Label: Old Radio Shows / Cat. Num.: Ors 4 / Rel. Year: unknown / Contains one episode of The Bing Crosby Show, in which Lee does a solo performance ("A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes") and a duet with Crosby ("Sunshine Cake").

3a & 3b & 3c. Title: Bing's Beaus / Format: LP / Label: Flankenzudeutch Istanbul / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Mdtb 05 / Rel Year: unknown / Note: This album contains two episodes of The Bing Crosby Show; Lee participates in one of them. During the episode, she duets with Crosby in "Just The Way You Are" and does a solo version of "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)." As can be seen herein, the humbly designed cover was issued in at least three different colors -- yellow, green and blue.

4. Title: Bing & Hoppy / Format: LP / Label: Critter-Jablon / Cat. Num.: Cbhc 8901 / Rel. Year: 1973 / Note: Contains two episodes of The Bing Crosby Show; Lee participates in one of them. She is heard both solo ("Orange-colored Sky") and in duets with Crosby ("Silver Bells," "A Bushel And A Peck").






Album Covers Shown:

5. Title: Having Fun; Bing & Louis / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Unlimited / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) Juccd 2034 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 19 / Note: This CD contains almost the entire January 25, 1950 broadcast of The Bing Crosby Show. Included are Peggy Lee's solo "I'm Coming Virginia" and Crosby's three duets with guest Louis Armstrong. Left out is Crosby's one duet with Lee ("Sunshine Cake"). Moreover, this CD also contains two additional episodes in which Armstrong was also a guest, but in which Lee did not participate. (Besides Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald guests in one of those episodes, too.)

Incidentally, the label Jazz Unlimited released a sequel to Having Fun; Bing & Louis, aptly entitled Having More Fun!; Bing & Louis (Jucd 2035), in which Lee does not participate. (Instead of Lee and Fitzgerald, the female vocalists featured in the sequel are Dinah Shore and Toni Arden.) The covers of those two CD issues are identical except for their respective background colors (blue versus red). A second and more obvious difference is the presence or absence of the word "more" in the title.

6. Title: Bing And Louis; Having Fun / Format: CD / Label: Storyville / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) 1038405 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Volumes: 2 / Tracks: 44 / Note: This Storyville item is actually a twofer that reissues the pair of Jazz Unlimited CDs described in the preceding paragraphs. According to various internet reviewers, its sound quality leaves a lot to be desired. Unfortunately, Storyville seems to have transferred some of the music at an unaceptably low speed. I have listened only to internet samples of this CD set. In those samples, Lee's "I'm Coming, Virginia" vocal (which happens to be among her very best from the Crosby shows) indeed sounds awfully slowed down, and thus unnatural. Notice also that, notwitstanding the personnel claims made in the back cover of this Storyville CD set, Peggy Lee does not appear in both discs, but only in the first.

7, 8 & 9. These three issues do not seem to contain any Peggy Lee vocals. They are included herein primarily for the purpose of clarifying any possible confusion with similar CDs which do feature Lee. Image #6 shows one of two LPs released by the American label Sounds Rare. Entitled Havin' Fun, it was released by Sounds Rare as Sr 5009, probably in the 1980s. Not shown herein is its sequel, More Fun (Sounds Great Sr 5010). I do not own either of these LPs, but I have received tentative information indicating that Lee's vocal is not heard in them. Both LPs were reissued by the British label Jasmine, first on vinyl (image #7 shows one of them), later on CD (image #8). Released in 1997, this Jasmine CD is entitled Fun With Bing & Louis, 1949-1951 (Jascd 336).

In essence, we have two sets of issues with the same material (i.e., Bing Crosby broadcasts featuring Louis Armstrong) but the contents of one set are heavily abridged (#6, #7, #8). If we compare just the CDs, we find out that the Jasmine set (#8) contains 19 tracks, whereas the Unlimited and Storyville sets include 44 tracks.

Besides the above-described issues from Sounds Rare, Jazz Unlimited, Storyville, and Jasmine, there is a fifth alternative for the Armstrong-Crosby material, a 2004 boxed set entitled Swingin' With Bing. However, that set also falls outside of the purview of this discography, because -- rather annoyingly -- it skips all Peggy Lee tracks. (At least, it does include Crosby's solo version of the Peggy Lee lyric "It's A Good Day.")





Album Covers Shown:

10 & 11. Title: Bing Crosby With Peggy Lee, Jack Benny And Gary Cooper / Format: LP / Label: Black Lion / Cat. Num.: Blm 52033 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Contains the Crosby-Lee duet "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)" and an ensemble performance of "Allá En El Rancho Grande."

12. Title: Hollywood Guys & Dolls / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: / (England) Avc 626 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 2 / Note: Contains "Allá En El Rancho Grande," with Crosby and Gary Cooper. Reissue of item #14 below.

Related Issues, Not Shown Above:

13. Title: The Greatest Radio Broadcasts / Format: LP / Label: Bernard Fox's American Retrospectives / Cat. Num.: Mf 207 5 (419-422) / Rel. Year: 1978 / Volumes: 5 / Note: Released by arrangement with Bing Crosby Enterprises. Contains ten complete episodes of The Bing Crosby Show. Peggy Lee is heard in two episodes. She sings "For Sentimental Reasons" in one episode. The other episode is the same one from which the performances "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose To Carry My Blues Away" and "Allá En El Rancho Grande" in items #9 and #10 above were taken.

14. Title: Bing's Hollywood Party! / Format: CD / Label: HLC / Cat. Num.: Hlc 6644 / Rel. Year: 2000 / Note: Contains two numbers featuring Lee. One is the solo "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose," the other an ensemble performance of "Allá En El Rancho Grande" with Crosby and Gary Cooper. Believed to include the complete show.

15. Title: Hollywood Guys And Gals, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Parrot / Cat. Num.: (England?) Parcd 006 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Contains "Allá En El Rancho Grande," with Crosby and Gary Cooper. Reissued as item #12 above; that reissue also includes volume 1 of the series. (Volume 1 does not feature Peggy Lee.)





Artwork Shown:

16. Title: The Bing Crosby Show With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Dorothy Kirsten / Format: Cdr / Label: Totem / Cat. Num.: 20 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains two back-to-back episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, one originally broadcast on February 14, 1951 and the other on February 21 of the same year. Peggy Lee is heard only in the February 21 episode. She does not participate in the patter, but is heard just singing one song ("Would I Love You"). That episode's actual guest is Tallulah Bankhead.

17. Title: The Bing Crosby Show With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Rosemary Clooney / Format: Cdr / Label: Totem / Cat. Num.: 32 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains two back-to-back episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, the one with Clooney originally broadcast on February 14 and the one with Lee on February 21, 1951. Joe Venuti also guests in both episodes. Lee sings "Lover" and, with Crosby, "Watermelon Weather."

18. The no-longer-operating CDr mail company Redmond Nostalgia released quite a few 1946-1952 episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, many of them featuring Peggy Lee. Full details will be found in this discography's Crosby radio sessions page. Online sites that sell radio broadcasts on   MP3 files have also released a large quantity of these episodes.


Other Relevant Issues, Not Covered Above:

19. Title: Bing & Al, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: HLC / Cat. Num.: Hlc 6650 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Presumed to contain complete episodes of The Bing Crosby Show in which Al Jolson was the featured guest. Said to contain two numbers sung by Peggy Lee from the show's February 8, 1950 episode, "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes" and "Sunshine Cake." Since I have not seen a copy of this issue, I can only wonder why it includes those two tracks, neither one heard in episodes that had Jolson as a guest. My educated guess is that they were included as bonus tracks -- or that, otherwise, my information about the inclusion of such Lee tracks in this CD is erroneous.


III. MISCELLANEOUS ALBUMS WITH PEGGY LEE PERFORMANCES FROM THE BING CROSBY SHOW




Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: Crosby Classics / Format: CD / Label: Varese Sarabande / Cat. Num.: 066905 / Rel. Year: 2008 / Note: Legally licensed release, mastered from original tapes. Includes the duet "Down The Old Ox Road."

2. Title: A Crosby Christmas; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts / Format: CD / Label: Varese Sarabande / Cat. Num.: 302 066 848 2 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Note: Legally licensed release, mastered from original tapes. Contains two duets, "Silver Bells" and "Here Comes Santa Claus."

3. Title: The Crosby Christmas Sessions / Format: CD / Label: Collectors' Choice / Cat. Num.: Ccm 2161 / Rel. Year: 2010 / Note: Legally licensed release, mastered from original tapes. Contains the duet "Here Comes Santa Claus."

4. Title: Title: Christmas Favorites / Format: CD / Label: Somerset Entertainment / Cat. Num.: (Canada) 55580 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Licensed release whose 18-song track includes many of the same songs mastered and first issued in item #3. The duet "Here Comes Santa Claus" is among them.

5. Title: Title: Christmas / Format: CD / Label: Sonoma Entertainment - South Bay Music / Cat. Num.: Sbx2 0385 / Rel. Year: 2011 / Note: Licensed but abbreviated reissue of item #3, containing 14 of that item's 19 numbers. It adds two additional, newly mastered tracks. Does include the duet "Here Comes Santa Claus."





Album Covers Shown:

6. Title: Bing's Magic / Format: LP / Label: Magic -Submarine / Cat. Num.: (England) Awe 1 / Rel. Year: 1980 / Note: (In this image, the photo seen next to the LP bears no relation to the album, nor to this discussion.) Peggy Lee is featured in the duet "Maybe You'll Be There" and in the numbers "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Exactly Like You," both taken from a medley. The album's track listing erroneously lists Lee as duetting with Crosby on his solo "You Are Too Beautiful." Reissued as the next item.

7. Title: It's Magic / Format: LP & CD / Label: Submarine / Cat. Num.: (England) Dsoy 746 [CD] / Rel. Year: 1982 [LP] & 2007 [CD] / Volumes: 2 / Contains the Crosby-Lee duet "Maybe You'll Be There." Also includes the Lee solo "What Is This Thing Called Love?" and the duet "Exactly Like You," both segments from a medley in which the two vocalists alternate, singing now solo, now together. Digital reissue of the preceding item.

8. Title: Crosbyana / Format: LP / Label: Broadway Intermission / Cat. Num.: Br 111 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Lee and Crosby duet on "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," both excerpted from a medley of Gershwin songs.

9. Title: I Got Rhythm (Featuring Peggy Lee, Joe Venuti, Oscar Levant, Gloria Woods, The Rhythmaires) / Format: CD / Label: Sounds of YesterYear / Cat. Num.: (England) Dsoy 605 / Rel. Year: 2002 / Note: Digital reissue of the LP Bing's Party, discussed below.

10. Title: The Great Bing Crosby / Format: CD / Label: Rajon Music Group / Cat. Num.: R 0046 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Volumes: 2? / Note: Contains one number featuring Peggy Lee, in duet with Bing Crosby, "I Got Rhythm."

11. Title: Bing's Party / Format: LP / Label: Artistic / Cat. Num.: (England) 001 / Rel. Year: 1979 / Note: Peggy Lee and Bing Crosby sing a Gershwin medley, parts of it in duet, parts separately. Together, they are heard in " 'S Wonderful," "They Can't Take That Away From Me," and "I Got Rhythm." "I've Got A Crush On You" is sung by Lee as a solo. The above-shown image does not fully reflect the colors of the actual ite. Seemingly blue in the picture, this cover's actual background is a light violet. (Or at least, my copy of the album sports that color; there is the possibility that the cover was pressed in different colors.) Digitally reissued under the title I Got Rhythm, discussed above.





Album Covers Shown:

12. Title: Bing Crosby & Friends, Volume II / Format: CS & LP / Label: Magic - Submarine / Cat. Num.: (England) Cawe 10 & Awe 10 / Rel. Year: 1984 / Note: This volume II contains two duets with Peggy Lee, "Baby, You Can Count On Me" and "I Still Suits Me." As for volume 1 (catalogue number Awe 3 on LP), it does not feature Peggy Lee. Incidentally, some online reports suggest that volume 1 was issued on CD around 2001. I have caught no equivalent reports about volume 2.

13. Title: Bing Crosby & Friends / Format: CD / Label: Magic-Submarine's Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (England) originally reissued as Dawe 3; supposedly reissued a second time as Dsoy 752 / Volumes: 2 / Rel. Year: 2008 (Reissue) / Note: Reissue of two volumes originally on Magic -Submarine. Same cover artwork as volume 1. Contains two duets with Peggy Lee, "Baby, You Can Count On Me" and "I Still Suits Me."

14. Title: A.F.R.S. Basic Music Library, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Magic-Submarine's Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (England) 9420 / Rel. Year: 2013 / Note: Includes a Peggy Lee solo version of "I Don't Know Enough About You." Recorded at Lee's very first guest appearance on Crosby's show.





Album Covers Shown:

15. Title: The Early Bing Crosby Plus The Bing Crosby Show (With Jimmy Durante, Peggy Lee And The Rhythmaires) / Format: LP / Label: Ajaz / Cat. Num.: 526 / Note: Contains Peggy Lee's solo "Just An Old Love Of Mine."

16. Title: Al Jolson, Peggy Lee, At Their Rarest Of All Rare Performances / Format: LP / Label: Biac / Cat. Num.: (Belgium) Brad 10 530 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Volumes: 2 (Lee: 10531; Jolson: 10530) / Note: Contains 4 Peggy Lee solo performances from episodes of The Bing Crosby Show. They are "A Thousand Violins, "Way Back Home," "Sunshine Cake," and "A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes. This LP set also includes five additional Lee performances, none of them from Crosby's show; see further details under Al Jolson entry, in this page.

17. Title: Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show / Format: LP / Label: All-Star Products / Cat. Num.: Asp Lp 2000 / Note: Contains one Crosby-Lee duet, a radio version of "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night."

18. Title: Slightly Latin / Format: LP / Label: JGB Limited Edition Club / Cat. Num.: Jgb 1005 / Release Year: unknown / Note: Contains one number featuring Peggy Lee, "Baby, You Can Count On Me."





Album Covers Shown:

19. Title: Bing Swings / Format: CD / Label: Magic - Submarine / Cat. Num.: (England) Dawe 48 / Rel. Year: 1991 / Note: Contains the Lee-Crosby duets "You Was" and "Easter Parade."

20. Title: Live Duets, 1947-1949 / Format: CD / Label: Viper's Nest / Cat. Num.: Vn 1003 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Contains three Crosby-Lee duets, "I Wanna Go Where You Go (Then I'll Be Happy)," "So In Love," and "Once And For Always."

21. Title: Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends, From The Radio Shows / Format: CS & CD / Label: On The Air - Blaricum / Cat. Num.: Ota 401978 & Ota 101978 / Volumes: 2 cassettes; 1 compact disc / Rel. Year: 1997 / Note: Contains the Crosby-lee duets "Maybe You'll Be There" and "I've Got A Crush On You." In the cassettes, "Maybe You'll Be There" appears in the first cassette (Ota 401978 1), "I've Got A Crush On You" in the second (Ota 409178 2).

22. Title: The Crosby Brothers; Bing & Bob / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (England) 651 / Rel. Year: 2006 / Volumes: 2 / Note: Contains a trio performance of "A Little Bird Told Me," featuring Lee in the company of brothers Bing and Bob Crosby.

23. Title: Bing Crosby ("Legends In Music" Series, Volume 1) / Format: CD / Label: Legends-Wisepack / Cat. Num.: (England) Lecd 118 / Rel. Year: 1994 (approximately) / Contains two duet numbers featuring Peggy Lee, "Baby, You Can Count On Me" and "I Got Rhythm."


Other Relevant Album Covers, Not Shown Above:

24. Title: Bing Crosby ("Legends In Music" Series, Volume 2) / Format: CD / Label: Legends-Wisepack / Cat. Num.: (England) Lecd 119 / Rel. Year: 1995 (approximately) / Contains two numbers featuring Peggy Lee, "On A Slow Boat To China" and "Maybe You'll Be There."

25. Title: It's Magic / Format: CDr / Label: Gav Records / Cat. Num.: Gavcd 1003 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains a version of "Mañana" that Peggy Lee sang on The Bing Crosby Show. This item is from one of the various CDr companies that used to prepare Crosby CDrs. Those CDrs were carried just by some specialized record stores -- not everywhere.

26. Title: Glamour Stars Of Hollywood / Format: LP / Volumes: 2 / Label: Delta / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Da 50115 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains three Peggy Lee numbers from The Bing Crosby Show. One is her solo on "Golden Earrings." The others are duets with Crosby, misidentified as "Let's Go Back That Way" and "If You Would Ever Ask Me;" they probably are "Way Back Home" and "You Was." Unlike nearly all other items listed above, this is not an album credited to Bing Crosby, but a various artists compilation.


IV. GNP RECORDS, "CUÁNTO LE GUSTA," "ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA," AND "YOU CAME A LONG WAY FROM ST. LOUIS"




General Note:
Officially sanctioned by the Bing Crosby estate, GNP's series The Radio Years was key to the commercial dissemination of a large number of radio performances from The Bing Crosby Show. There were a total of four GNP volumes, each with a front cover that featured the same photo and design but a different color for background. Two of the volumes included duets with Peggy Lee ("On A Slow Boat To China," "Cuánto Le Gusta"). Those are pictured above and discussed below.

The series dates back to 1985, when the first volume came out. The source for this bit of dating information is the volume itself, where the year is clearly printed. Yet most sites on the web incorrectly claim that it was released anywhere between 1987 and 1999. Such a wild variety of release dates is probably an indication that these volumes were frequently reprinted.

Completists interested in this GNP series may further want to know a few basic details about the volumes that do not feature Lee. The front cover of the first volume (Gnp 9044) sports a blue background, whereas a green background graces the cover of the third volume (Gnp 9047). As with the volumes that do feature Lee, Gnp 9044 and Gnp 9047 were released on LP and cassette -- maybe on 8-track cartridge, too. Also part of GNP's series are two CDs, both simply titled The Radio Years. One, with a cover colored green, does feature Lee; hence it is given its own entry herein (#6). The other CD (GNP 9051), with a cover colored violet, does not feature Lee. (See also item #11 below, a GNP CD that is not part of the series under consideration.)

A few of the Crosby radio numbers that were picked for issue on GNP had previously appeared on albums released by nostalgia, specialty and collectors' labels. Such is actually the case with both Crosby-Lee duets. (To see those label's issues, start with item #8 below.) Notwitstanding those earlier items (and later ones), the ubiquity of the GNP Crescendo pressings played the most crucial role in making this radio material easily and enduringly available to mainstream listeners.


Album Covers Shown:

1 - 4. Title: The Radio Years, Volume 2 / Format: 8-track & CS & LP / Label: GNP Crescendo / Cat. Num.: Gnps 9046 [same letter prefix in all configurations] / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Contains Crosby and Lee's duet "On A Slow Boat To China." The 8-track cartridge is seen in image #1, the LP in image #4. The other two pictures spotlight the cassette. In image #2, it is shown in its original GNP version. Image #3 displays a special markets version (C 164297) that was pressed by RCA, GNP's distributor. In addition to the special markets tape, a RCA special markets version of the LP also exists (catalogue number R 164297), though it is not shown herein.

5. Title: The Radio Years, Volume 4 / Format: CS & LP / Label: GNP Crescendo / Cat. Num.: Gnpcs 9048 [same letter prefix in both configurations] / Rel. Year: 1985 / Note: Includes "Cuánto Le Gusta." Besides the above-shown LP, there is a cassette (not shown) and there may be a 8-track cartridge. (However, I have yet to find solid confirmation of the cartridge's existence.)

6. Title: The Radio Years / Format: CD / Label: GNP Crescendo / Cat. Num.: Gnpd 9052 / Rel. Year: 1987 / Note: Although not identified as such in the cover, this disc is actually the second out of two GNP volumes titled The Radio Years. The first volume (catalogue number (Gnpd 9051) does not feature Peggy Lee. This second volume contains both "On A Slow Boat To China" and "Cuánto Le Gusta."

7. Title: The Radio Years / Format: CD / Label: GNP Crescendo / Cat. Num.: Gnpbx 3012 / Rel. Year: 1987 [Apparently reissued or reprinted in 1990 and again in 2002] / Volumes: 2 / Note: A packaging of the two CDs mentioned in entry #6 above.





Album Covers Shown:

8. Title: The Murray Hill Radio Theatre Presents Bing Crosby And Friends / Format: LP / Label: Murray Hill / Cat. Num.: 894637 / Rel. Year: 1976 / Volumes: 4 / Note: Contains the duet "Cuánto Le Gusta." This might have been the premiere release of the radio material that would later be reissued on GNP, and that would eventually become widespread. According to the liner notes, "[t]he producers of this album commemorating Bing Crosby's 50th year as an entertainer non pareil spent more than a year of research in order to make every selection worthy of such a tribute. And they are! The master tapes for these recordings are from Bing's personal archives and most of the performances have never been on phonograph records before. And if the performances are rare, so too is the fidelity and clarity for Bing's radio shows, like only a few other productions, were the first ever recorded on tape." The quoted lines would seem to suggest that, like the four Gene Norman Productions (GNP) volumes from the 1980s, this earlier Murray Hill 4LP set was created with the approval of Crosby and/or his associates.

9. Title: HRB Music Proudly Presents Bing Crosby And Friends, On His 50th Anniversary In Show Biz / Format: LP / Label: HRB Music [also CMI] / Cat. Num.: Bcp 1001 [also V6 8420] / Rel. Year: 1977 / Note: Contains one track featuring Peggy Lee, the duet "Cuánto Le Gusta." I have not seen an physical copy of this 4LP box. The available information about it is confusing. The set seems to be an authorized issue. Also, the documentation at hand suggests that it might have been released twice, each time on a different label.

10. Title: One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows / Format: Cassette & LP / Label: Golden Age / Cat. Num.: Ga 5023 / Rel. Year: 1978 / Note: Contains the duet "Cuánto Le Gusta." I do not know if this issue was authorized; my assumption is that it was not. It was also released in Australia with the same catalogue number but under a different label, Astor.





Album Covers Shown:

11. Title: Bing Crosby Radio Show / Format: LP / Label: MCA Victor / Cat. Num.: 9301 4 / Rel. Year: 1977 / Volumes: 4 / Note: Contains one performance featuring Peggy Lee, the duet "Cuánto Le Gusta."

12. Title: The Golden Age Of American Radio, Starring Bing Crosby / Format: LP / Label: United Artists / Cat. Num.: Uak 30115 / Rel. Year: 1978 / Note: Contains one performance featuring Peggy Lee, the duet "On A Slow Boat To China."

13. Title: Bing Sings Again / Format: LP / Label: Reader's Digest / Cat. Num.: Rda 4 138 / Rel. Year: 1980 / Volumes: 8 / Note: Contains the duet "On A Slow Boat To China." This issue may have been released in an earlier version, too, as a 4-LP set with catalogue number Rd4 138.

14. Title: The Radio Years; Authorized Archive Recordings / Format: CD / GNP Crescendo / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 240E 6848 / Rel. Year: 1988 / Note: Contains one performance featuring Peggy Lee, the duet "On A Slow Boat To China."



General Note:
After GNP and other legitimate companies made the above-discussed radio performances widely available, many bootleg and Public Domain labels proceeded to appropriate and re-release them. Below are eight PD issues which contain either of the two Crosby-Lee duets that GNP had previously issued. Although these are the only ones of which I am aware, the existence of other Public Domain Crosby CDs with these performances is very likely. Notice that a third Crosby-Lee radio duet, "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis" appears in some of these PD collections, too. As far as I know, that third duet is not found in any of the GNP issues or in the other releases listed above; hence I am left to wonder what was the original source from which the PD labels appropriated it.







Album Covers Shown:

15. Title: Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties; The Radio Years / Format: CD / Label: Radio Years - Enterprise / Cat. Num.: Ry 18 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Online details about this issue (which I do not own) are confusing. One possible explanation for the confusion may be that the issue actually consists of two CDs, of which only the first volume is reviewed on the sites that I visited. If such is the case, the one track in which Lee is featured ("Cuánto Le Gusta," which was not recorded in the 1930s) would presumably be in the second volume. It's likelier, however, that the online sites in question are erroneously showing under this title the tracks of another CD. (Mistakes of this kind are not a rare occurrence in the internet.)

16. Title: The Radio Years / Format: CD / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (England) Halmcd 303372 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Contains the duets "On A Slow Boat To China" and "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis."

17. Title: The Old Groaner, Volume 1 / Format: CD / Label: ABM / Cat. Num.: (England) Abmmcd 1028 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Note: Contains the duets "On A Slow Boat To China" and "Cuánto Le Gusta."

18. Title: Duets ("Cocktail Hour" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Columbia River - Allegro / Cat. Num.: Crg 218058 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Contains the duets "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis" and "On A Slow Boat To China."

19. Title: Duets / Format: CD / Label: Grammercy / Cat. Num.: unknown / Rel. Year: 2003 / Note: Contains the duets "On A Slow Boat To China" and "Cuánto Le Gusta."

20. Title: Bing And His Gal Pals / Format: CD / Label: Riff City Entertainment / Cat. Num.: Cdprga 50290 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains three duets with Peggy Lee: "On A Slow Boat To China," "Cuánto Le Gusta," and "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis."

21. Title: Bing Crosby ("The Essential Collection - Westend" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (England) Avc 867 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Volumes: 2 / Note: Contains the duet "Cuánto Le Gusta."

22. Title: Bing Crosby & His Friends / Format: MP3 / Label: Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (England) __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Volumes: 4 / Note: MP3 labels and PD CD labels of poor quality have of course continued using the Crosby and Lee material. This Hallmark MP3 file contain "Cuánto Le Gusta."


Index

The following alphabetical list includes every relevant album whose image is displayed in this page. To find a given album's location herein, use as your guideline the Roman numeral that follows each title.

At Their Rarest Of All Rare Performances {Al Jolson, Peggy Lee}: III
Bing Crosby Radio Show: IV
Bing And His Gal Pals: IV
Bing And Louis; Having Fun [Storyville]: II
Bing Crosby ("The Essential Collection - Westend" Series): IV
Bing Crosby & Friends [Submarine]: III
Bing Crosby & Friends, Volume II [Submarine]: III
Bing Crosby & His Friends [Hallmark]: IV
Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties; The Radio Years: IV
Bing Crosby Radio Show: IV
Bing Crosby Show, The [Redmond Nostalgia]: II
Bing Crosby Show, The; With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Dorothy Kirsten: II
Bing Crosby Show, The; With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Rosemary Clooney: II
Bing Crosby With Ella Fitzgerald And Peggy Lee, Featuring Fred Astaire: I
Bing Crosby With Peggy Lee, Jack Benny And Gary Cooper: II
Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show: III
Bing & Hoppy: II
Bing & Peggy: II
Bing Sings Again: IV
Bing Swings: III
Bing's Beaus {Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich}: II
Bing's Magic: III
Bing's Party: III
Crosby Christmas, A; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts: III
Crosby Christmas Sessions, The: III
Crosby Classics: III
Crosbyana: III
Crosby Brothers, The; Bing & Bob: III
Duets [Grammercy]: IV
Duets ("Cocktail Hour" Series) {Bing Crosby}: IV
Early Bing Crosby Plus The Bing Crosby Show, The: III
Fun With Bing & Louis, 1949-1951 [Jasmine; no Peggy Lee tracks]: II
El Rancho Grande {Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee}: I
Golden Age Of American Radio, Starring Bing Crosby, The: IV
Great Bing Crosby, The: III
Great Moments With Bing Crosby And Friends, From The Radio Shows: III
Having Fun; Bing & Louis [Jazz Unlimited]: II
Hollywood Guys & Dolls {Bing Crosby}: II
HRB Music Proudly Presents Bing Crosby And Friends, On His 50th Anniversary In Show Biz: IV
It's A Good Day {Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee}: I
I Got Rhythm {Bing Crosby}: III
It's Magic {Bing Crosby}: III
I've Got A Crush On You {Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee}: I
Just The Way You Are {Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee}: I
Listen To The Magic {Peggy Lee}: I
Live Duets, 1947-1949 {Bing Crosby}: III
Murray Hill Radio Theatre Presents Bing Crosby And Friends, The: IV
Old Groaner, Volume 1, The {Bing Crosby}: IV
On The Air - Bing & Peggy: II
One Hour From The Bing Crosby Radio Shows: IV
Peggy Lee ("The Essential Collection" Series): I
Radio Years, The; Authorized Archive Recordings {Bing Crosby}: IV
Radio Years, The [GNP Crescendo] {Bing Crosby}: IV
Radio Years, The [Hallmark] {Bing Crosby}: IV
Radio Years, Volume 2, The {Bing Crosby}: IV
Redmond Nostalgia Releases: IV
Slightly Latin {Bing Crosby}: III
Soundco Presents The Bing Crosby Show (Starring Bing Crosby, With Fred Allen & Peggy Lee): II
Unforgettable, The: I


Scope And Completeness

The present page focuses on radio performances from The Bing Crosby Show. Please notice that there is also a separate page for Peggy Lee's collaborations with Bing Crosby in the recording studio.


Collectors' Corner: Peggy Lee's Complete Performances From The Bing Crosby Show

In the first section of this page, I highlighted four CDs that contain over 90% of the Peggy Lee performances from The Bing Crosby Show that are commercially available. Here is a list of the remaining performances -- the ones not included in the four CDs -- accompanied by the titles of the issues in which they can be found:

If you are interested in collecting the remaining 10%, you will need to obtain the following issues:

Performance: "Boise, Idaho"
Available on: On The Air; Bing Crosby & Peggy Lee (Label: HLC)

Performance: "Down The Old Ox Road"
Available on: Crosby Classics (Label: Varese Sarabande)

Performance: "Here Comes Santa Claus"
Available on: A Crosby Christmas; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts (Label: Varese Sarabande) and also on The Crosby Christmas Sessions (Label: Collectors' Choice)

Performance: "A Little Birdie Told Me So" [this is a trio version, different from the duo version found in one of the main CDs]
Available on: The Crosby Brothers; Bing & Bob (Label: Jasmine)

Performance: "The Moon Came Up With A Great Idea Last Night"
Available on: Bing Crosby’s All Star Chesterfield Show (Label: All-Star Products)

Performance: "Silver Bells"
Available on: A Crosby Christmas; Songs From His Classic Radio Broadcasts (Label: Varese Sarabande) and also on Bing & Hoppy (Label: Critter-Jablon)

Performance: "'S Wonderful"
Available on: Bing's Party (Label: Artistic) and also on I Got Rhythm (Label: Sounds Of Yesteryear)

Performance: "You Was"
Available on: Bing Swings (Label: Magic-Submarine) and also on Glamour Stars Of Hollywood (Label: Delta)


Please notice that we have been discussing commercially issued material only. Many additional Lee performances from The Bing Crosby Show remain commercially unissued; those will be listed in the Bing Cosby page of the sessionography, which is currently under construction.