The Peggy Lee Bio-Discography:
A Gallery Of Albums That Feature Lee's Work With Bing Crosby
On The Radio

by Iván Santiago-Mercado

Page generated on Mar 21, 2019


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 ALBUMS FEATURING PEGGY LEE PERFORMANCES FROM BING CROSBY'S RADIO SHOWS




Album Covers Shown:

1. Title: It's A Good Day / Format: CD / Label: Parrot / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Parcd 001 / Rel. Year: 1992 / Tracks: 36 / Note: For a worthwhile reissue of this item, see entry #5 below.

2. Title: I've Got A Crush On You / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Avc 549 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Tracks: 25 / Note: Unlike the other three issues pictured in this row, I've Got A Crush On You concentrates not on duets but on Lee solos from Crosby's radio show.

3. Title: El Rancho Grande / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Sun 2108 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 23 / Note: As reiterated in the general note below, all but six of the tracks in this CD can be found in items #1 and #2.

4. Title: Just The Way You Are / Format: CD / Label: Sunflower / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Sun 2110 / Rel. Year: 2005 / Tracks: 20 Note: Though rather humble or simple looking design-wise (to the point of resembling CDrs more than CDs), this Sunflower item and its companion have fine sound quality.


General Note:
The four CDs listed above contain almost all of the Peggy Lee performances from The Bing Crosby Show that have ever been commercially released. Less than 10 of such commercially issues titles are missing from this quartet of discs. (Specifics on the "leftovers" available elsewhere are given below, in the notes at the bottom of the page.)

Admittedly, some of the same tracks appear in two or even more of the above-shown CDs. Still, all four are indispensable, because each one has quite a few unique tracks as well. El Rancho Grande is, by far, the collection with the largest amount of tracks found in the other three collections. Even that collection has several numbers (six, in total) not included in any of the other three CDs.

As for the four additional items listed right below, they contain 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.: (United Kingdom) 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.: (United Kingdom) 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 item #2 above -- to my ears, in lesser sound quality, unfortunately.

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.: (United Kingdom) 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 on the CD's cover 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.)


Related Issues (Artwork Missing):

2. 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. Note that the releasing label is the same as the previous one. I believe "HLC" to stand for Harry Lillis Crosby, which was Bing's full name. Currently, Crosby's estate calls itself HLC Properties and has issued quite a few CDs under such a name. The "HLC" company that issued Bing's Hollywood Party! could thus be HLC Properties in an earlier incarnation. (Incidentally, the CD under discussion should not be confused with one or two European Public Domain issues that bear similar titles.)

3. Title: Bing & Al, Volume 3 / Format: CD / Label: HLC / Cat. Num.: Hlc 6650 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Note: Presumed to feature 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 (thus paralleling the modus operandi of the first entry above.) I cannot discard, however, the alternate possibility errors in the information that I received -- errors pointing to the presence of Lee tracks where there would be none.





Album Covers Shown:

4. 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, one broadcast on March 26, 1947, the other on October 1, 1947. The earlier episode features a Peggy Lee rendition of the tune "For Sentimental Reasons." The episode aired on October the first includes her take on "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose (To Carry My Blues Away)" and the ensemble performance of "Allá En El Rancho Grande," for which Lee joins Crosby and guest Gary Cooper.

5 & 6. Title: Bing Crosby With Peggy Lee, Jack Benny And Gary Cooper / Format: LP / Label: (United Kingdom) Black Lion / Cat. Num.: Blm 52033 / Rel. Year: 1983 / Note: Licensed from American Retrospectives. Happens to contain just the two two episodes that feature Lee, thus featuring her on the numbers "For Sentimental Reasons," "It Takes A Long, Long Train With A Red Caboose To Carry My Blues Away," and "Allá En El Rancho Grande." The two images under scrutiny display the same album release; I came across both of them in the web (where the first image is identified as belonging to a British LP, the second to a Dutch LP.) I do not know if the difference in tint is merely a matter of internet optics, or uploader manipulation. Alternatively, the label could have reprinted the album with this variant. Black Lion actually released a series of Bing Crosby With radio albums -- at least four, dating from 1982 and 1983.





Album Covers Shown:

7. Title: Hollywood Guys & Dolls, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Parrot / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Parcd 006 / Rel. Year: 1994 / Note: Contains "Allá En El Rancho Grande," with Crosby and Gary Cooper. Second of two volumes; the first volume does not feature Peggy Lee.

8. Title: Hollywood Guys & Dolls / Format: CD / Label: Avid / Cat. Num.: / (United Kingdom) Avc 626 / Rel. Year: 1999 / Volumes: 2 / Note: Reissue of the preceding item. Hence it contains "Allá En El Rancho Grande," with Crosby and Gary Cooper.

9. Title: Soundco Presents The Bing Crosby Show (Starring Bing Crosby, With Fred Allen & Peggy Lee) / Format: 8-track Cartridge / Label: SoundCo / 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").

10. 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:

11a & 11b & 11c. 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.






Album Covers Shown:

12 & 15. Title: Bing And Louis; Having Fun / Format: CD / Label: Storyville / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) 1038405 / Rel. Year: 2007 / Discs: 2 / Tracks: 44 / Note: This Storyville CD is actually a twofer that reissues the pair of Jazz Unlimited CDs which will be discussed next. Not recommended. The two original CDs are vastly superior. Granted that I do not own a copy, I have read several online reviews in which speed is a source of complaint. Having listened to a sample of the one Peggy Lee track in the collection ("I'm Coming, Virginia"), I can back up the complaints: Lee's vocal has clearly been slowed down, and and she does not sound like her natural self. As if that unsurmountable shortcoming were not enough, the choice of a black & white photo for the front cover might not appeal to modern eyes. More reprehensible is a factual error made on the back cover (image #15): the same personnel, featuring Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald, is incorrectly given for both Havin' Fun and Havin' More Fun. Lee and Fitzgerald are only heard on Havin' Fun. The vocalists heard on Havin' More Fun are Dinah Shore (as correctly pointed out on the twofer) and Toni Arden, who is left unmentioned on this back cover.

13 & 16. Title: Havin' Fun; Bing & Louis / Format: CD / Label: Jazz Unlimited / Cat. Num.: (Denmark) Juccd 2034 / Rel. Year: 1997 / Tracks: 19 / Note: This CD contains performances from three episodes of The Bing Crosby Show in which Armstrong served as a guest. On back cover's track listing (image #16), a space is left out between the tracks that belong to each episode. Dating from January 25, 1950, the opening episode is the one that contains Peggy Lee's excellent version of "I'm Coming Virginia." Three numbers on which Bing Crosby duetted with guest Louis Armstrong are also included, but Crosby's one duet with Lee ("Sunshine Cake") has been left out.

14. Showing the front cover of Havin' More Fun; Bing & Louis, this image is provided only for clarification purposes. As already indicated in the two preceding entries, there are no Peggy Lee tracks in Havin' More Fun (Jucd 235). Unlike the back cover of the aforementioned twofer, the back cover of this CD correctly leaves Peggy Lee and Ella Fitzgerald out of the personnel list. Dinah Shore is also correctly listed. (Toni Arden, heard with Crosby and the ensemble in "My Honey's Lovin' Arms," is not listed.)





Album Covers Shown:

17-19. These items are pictured here only for clarification purposes. They clearly were the source or inspiration for the Jazz Unlimited CDs that I just discussed. They share many tracks, including those which feature Toni Arden, Ella Fitzgerald, and Dinah Shore. There is one significant difference, however: Peggy Lee is not featured at all. The first two are 1983 LPs on Sounds Rare (Sr 5009 & Sr 5010), a division of the American label Legend. The last is a 1997 CD on Jasmine Records, a British labels. The CD gathers all the tracks from the second LP and most of the tracks from the first LP. Jasmine also issued a LP version of this CD. (That LP versions is not pictured here.) Listeners interested in sampling this material should bear in mind that Jazz Unlimited was offering an expanded version of what Sounds Rare had originally released. The total of Sounds Rare is 19, the total of Jazz Unlimited tracks 44.






Miscellanea: Of Redmond Nostalgia And Totem Records

During the late 1990s and early 2000s, the CDr mail company Redmond Nostalgia released numerous episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, many of them featuring Peggy Lee. Full details can be found in this discography's Crosby radio sessionography.

The company's advertisement claimed to have adopted the name "Redmond Nostalgia" in 1981, and to have been previously known as Radio Reruns. During those earlier years, it presumably issued cassettes and/or LPs. In obituaries for its owner, Larry Kiner, the year given for the company's foundation is 1970. Kiner was a dedicated collector, researcher, and discographer of pre-1950s music personalities. He published discographies for Nelson Eddy, Cliff Edwards, Al Jolson, Harry Lauder, and Rudy Vallee.)

Another notable releaser of Old-Time radio programming was Totem Records. Seemingly in operation from around 1975, Totem issued a large number of LPs that often bore the title On The Air, and which showcased the likes of Connee Boswell, Cliff Edwards, Ruth Etting, Al Jolson, Ethel Waters, Lee Wiley, et cetera. The earlier issues tend to identify themselves as coming from Canada, but later ones carry a P.O. box address in Redmond, Wa.

As the sample below will illustrate, the CDr catalogues of these two labels are intertwined. On the front cover, some CDrs identify themselves as being Redmond Nostalgia releases, only to re-identify themselves as Totem discs on the back covers (or to at least bear the Totem logo). Chances are that Totem and Redmond became one and the same label at some point in time. Perhaps the catalogue of the former was sold to the latter, or perhaps Mr. Kiner had been involved with Totem from its inception.

In the absence of specifics about the catalogue and its release history, I cannot provide any specifics on such matters. I can point out, however, that episodes featuring Peggy Lee can be found in about 40 of these CDrs. (By my count a total of 41 discs. She made 50 guest appearances on Crosby radio shows.) Below, I am also offering examples of each of the four designs which I have seen on Redmond Nostalgia CDrs dedicated to The Bing Crosby Show.

The practice of including two episodes per disc is common to all the Bing Crosby Show discs on this label. (Timing seems to have been the main consideration. When it came to other radio programs with a 15-minute duration, the label generally included four episodes per disc.) Finally, a caveat: simplicity of design should not be deemed automatic proof of an earlier release date.









Item Shown:

Title: Philco Radio Time, Starring Bing Crosby / Format: CDr / Label: Redmond Nostalgia / Cat. Num.: Cd 338 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Peggy Lee is heard on the second of these disc's two episodes. "Speaking Of Angels" is her solo number. She also joins Bing Crosby and Alec Templeton during a parodic commercial promoting Philco.








Item Shown:

Title: Kraft Music Hall, With Special Bob Hope and Guests Peggy Lee / Format: CDr / Label: Redmond Nostalgia / Cat. Num.: Cd 579 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's earliest appearance on an episode of The Bing Crosby Show (May 2, 1946). She sings just one solo, "I Don't Know Enough About You." This is also Lee's only appearance on Crosby's Kraft Music Hall series. Note the inclusion of the Totem Records logo on the back cover, as well as its disappearance from the next, similarly designed back cover.








Item Shown:

Title: The Bing Crosby Show, Sponsored By Chesterfield Cigarettes, With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Abe Burrows / Format: CDr / Label: Redmond Nostalgia / Cat. Num.: Cd 1770 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Contains two 1949 episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, both of them sponsored by Chesterfield and both featuring Peggy Lee, too. One was originally broadcast on September 28, the other on October 12. In passing, I should clarify that Chesterfield was not the only series found on Redmond Nostalgia CDs with this frontal design (i.e., a photo of Crosby wearing a Hawaiian shirt) CDs from other sponsor series, such as Philco Radio Time and General Electric, can also be found with this front cover.

The earlier episode focuses on a parody of Shakespeare's Hamlet, with Lee in charge of playing the female characters. Among the short numbers that she sings there is a solo ("I'm Sweet, Shy Ophelia"), a duet with Crosby ("When You're In Love With Someone"), and a trio that features the author of the parody, Abe Burrows ("Okay, Denmark, Okay"). The other episode in this disc is filled with Crosby-Lee duets: "I've Got A Crush On You," "Again," and "How It Lies, How It Lies, How I Lies." Lee also offers listening fans a solo ("A Wonderful Guy").







Item Shown:

Title: The Bing Crosby Show With Special Guests Peggy Lee And Abe Burrows / Format: CDr / Label: Redmond Nostalgia / Cat. Num.: Cd 2150 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: On the April 13, 1949 episode, Peggy Lee is heard exclusively in duets with Bing Crosby. Two, to be exact: "Easter Parade" and "Down The Old Ox Road."


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 Party / Format: LP / Label: Artistic / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

7. Title: Bing's Magic / Format: LP / Label: Magic -Submarine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

8. Title: It's Magic / Format: LP & CD / Label: Submarine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

9. Title: Crosbyana / Format: LP / Label: Broadway Intermission / Cat. Num.: Br 111 / Rel. Year: between 1980 and 1983, exact date 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.

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

11. Title: Presenting Bing Crosby & Nat King Cole ("Essential Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Wisepack / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Lecdd 641 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Discs: 2 / Note: Contains the performance of "I Got Rhythm," featuring Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee.

12. Title: The Great Bing Crosby / Format: CD / Label: Rajon / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Rxbox 31034 / Rel. Year: 2001 / Discs: 2 / Note: Also contains the performance of "I Got Rhythm" that features Bing Crosby and Peggy Lee.





Album Covers Shown:

13. Title: Bing Crosby & Friends, Volume II / Format: CS & LP / Label: Magic - Submarine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

14. Title: Bing Crosby & Friends / Format: CD / Label: Magic-Submarine's Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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."

15. Title: A.F.R.S. Basic Music Library, Volume 2 / Format: CD / Label: Magic-Submarine's Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

16. Title: Love Is .... / Format: CD / Label: Magic-Submarine's Sounds Of Yesteryear / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) Dsoy 9003 / Rel. Year: 2012 / Note: Included the Bing Crosby - Peggy Lee duet "On A Slow Boat To China."






Album Covers Shown:

17. 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."

18. 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."

19. 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 9 performances from episodes of The Bing Crosby Show, one a Peggy Lee solo, three Crosby-Lee duets, and the other five duets between Crosby and Al Jolson (with no involvement from Lee). The numbers that feature Lee are are "A Thousand Violins, "Way Back Home," "Sunshine Cake," and the solo "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.

20. 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 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Includes Peggy Lee's solo "Just An Old Love Of Mine."

21. Title: Bing Crosby And Friends ("The Timeless Collection" Series) / Format: CD / Label: Red Line / Cat. Num.: (Italy) Cd 4527 2 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Note: Contains four Crosby-Lee duets: "Watermelon Weather," "Cuánto Le Gusta," "It's A Good Day," and "On A Slow Boat To China."

22. Title: Glamour Stars Of Hollywood / Format: LP / Discs: 2 / Label: Delta / Cat. Num.: (Germany) Da 50115 / Rel. Year: unknown / Note: Unlike most other items listed above, this is a various artists compilation, not an album credited to Bing Crosby or to Peggy Lee. It is exceptionally included here due to the fact that it includes three Lee tracks from The Bing Crosby Show. One of them is a solo of hers, "Golden Earrings." The others are duets with Crosby, misidentified as "Let's Go Back That Way" and "If You Would Ever Ask Me." Not having listened to this album, I can only make an educated guess at the identity of the performances in question. I feel confident that "You Was" is the tune misidentified as "If You Would Ever Ask Me." The correct name of the other tune is harder to pinpoint. The Crosby-Lee duet "Way Back Home" ranks high among several possibilities that also include the likeliest of them all, "You Came Back A Long Way From St. Louis."






Album Covers Shown:

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

24. 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."

25. 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).

26. Title: The Crosby Brothers; Bing & Bob / Format: CD / Label: Jasmine / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 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.

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

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


Other Relevant Album Covers, Not Shown Above:

29. 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.


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.) Notwithstanding 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 (& King) / Cat. Num.: (Japan) 240E 6848 (also K28Y 6256) / 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 ones of which I am most keenly aware, the existence of other Public Domain Crosby CDs with these performances is very likely. (Actually, a couple more items are mentioned in the previous section. Those other items do not seem to have appropriated their transfers of "On A Sow Boat To China" from the GNP releases.) 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 & Friends / Format: LP / Label: Telmark / Cat. Num.: (Australia) Tmak 070 / Discs: 2 / Rel. Year: 1982 / Note: Contains the Crosby-Lee diet version of "Cuánto Le Gusta."

16. Title: Bing Crosby On Radio In The Thirties; The Radio Years; Original Broadcasts From 1937 To 1938 / Format: CD / Label: Radio Years - Enterprise / Cat. Num.: (Italy) Ry 18 / Rel. Year: 1995 / Note: Contains the Bing Crosby-Peggy Lee duet "Cuánto Le Gusta," and erroneously gives a 1938 date to the performance. This due dates from 1948 instead.

17. Title: The Radio Years / Format: CD & CS / Label: Pickwick International's Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) 303372 & 303374 / Rel. Year: 1996 / Note: Contains the duets "On A Slow Boat To China" and "You Came A Long Way From St. Louis."

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

19. 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."

20. 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."

21. 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."

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

23. Title: Classic Crosby; 60 classic Favourites / Format: CD / Label: MasterSong / Cat. Num.: (Australia) 590182 / Rel. Year: 2004 / Discs: 3 / Note: Contains the Crosby-Lee duets "On A Slow Boat To China" and "Cuánto Le Gusta."

24. Title: Bing Crosby & His Friends / Format: MP3 / Label: Hallmark / Cat. Num.: (United Kingdom) __ / Rel. Year: 2011 / Volumes: 4 / Note: This Hallmark MP3 file contains the Crosby-Lee duet "Cuánto Le Gusta," and is included here merely as a representative of the many unlicensed MP3 labels that will doubtlessly continue to release the discussed Crosby-Lee performances in years to come, and all too often in poor quality.


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, Volume 1 ("Legends In Music" Series) : III
Bing Crosby, Volume 2 ("Legends In Music" Series) : III
Bing And His Gal Pals: IV
Bing And Louis; Having Fun [Storyville]: II
Bing Crosby ("The Essential Collection - Westend" Series): IV
Bing Crosby And Friends ("The Timeless Collection" Series) {Red Line}: III
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: 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
Classic Bing: IV
Crosby And Friends [Telmark]: IV
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
Glamour Stars Of Hollywood {Various Artists}: III
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
Presenting Bing Crosby & Nat King Cole ("Essential Collection" Series): III
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.