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BING CROSBY / AL JOLSON - THE COMPLETE RADIO DUETS (SEPIA 1053)

Bing Crosby meets Al Jolson: The Complete Radio Duets

* Bing solo, + Jolson solo

CD One
1. April Showers
2. When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along
3. Back In Your Own Backyard
4. You Made Me Love You
5. Waitin' For The Robert E. Lee
6. I've Got The Sun In The Morning*
7. Early Days - featuring "Always"
8. Ma Blushin' Rosie
9. Chat
10. Swanee+
11. Chat
12. Philco Commercial - "Goof"
13. A Rainy Night In Rio*
14. Chat
15. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
16. What Am I Gonna Do About You?*
17. Chat
18. Let Me Sing And I'm Happy+
19. Chat
20. Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody+
21. Chat
22. Who Paid The Rent For Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?
23. 2nd Philco Commercial
24. The Anniversary Song
25. Announcement
26. A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight - with John Charles Thomas
27. Oh, Susanna - with John Charles Thomas
28. In The Evening By The Moonlight / Hear Dem Bells
29. Beautiful Dreamer*
30. The Banks Of The Wabash+
31. Chat
32. Alabamy Bound - with John Charles Thomas
33. I Can Dream, Can't I?*
34. Toot, Toot, Tootsie+
35. Chat
36. I Only Have Eyes For You
37. Waitin' For The Robert E. Lee
38. Bing introduces Irving Berlin
39. Oh, How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning - Irving Berlin
40. Chat
41. Lazy+
42. Chat
43. Getting Nowhere*
44. All By Myself
45. Alexander's Ragtime Band
46. Easter Parade
47. Goodnight Chat

CD Two
1. Bye Bye Baby*
2. Bing introduces Jolson
3. Is It True What They Say About Dixie+
4. Chat
5. Carolina In The Morning
6. My Blue Heaven
7. Alabamy Bound
8. Kate*
9. Ma Blushin' Rosie
10. Chat
11. Sunbonnet Sue
12. Chat
13. A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody
14. The Best Things In Life Are Free
15. Back In Your Own Backyard
16. Baby Face
17. The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else
18. All By Myself
19. Chat
20. Intro - April Showers
21. For Me And My Gal+
22. Chat with Oscar Levant
23. Peg O' My Heart+
24. Chat with Bing
25. The Whiffenpoof Song*
26. Chat
27. Carolina In The Morning
28. Chat
29. Beautiful Dreamer
30. Chat
31. Gershwin Medley: Rhapsody In Blue - Oscar Levant (piano) / Swanee - Bing / The Man I Love - Al / Lady Be Good - Bing / Somebody Loves Me - Al / Embraceable You - Bing / I Got Rhythm - Al / It Ain't Necessarily So - Bing / Concerto In F - Oscar Levant (piano) / Summertime - Al / Strike Up The Band
32. Happy Times*
33. Chat
34. California, Here I Come+
35. Chat
36. Yacka Hula Hickey Dula
37. Chat
38. Whispering
39. Chat
40. Bye Bye Baby
41. Chat
42. Waitin' For The Robert E. Lee
43. Bing introduces Jolson
44. Give My Regards To Broadway+
45. Chat
46. Ma Blushin' Rosie
47. Chat
48. Avalon
49. Chat
50. Lullaby Of Broadway
51. Chat
52. My Old Kentucky Home

Title: Bing Crosby meets Al Jolson: The Complete Radio Duets
Artist: Bing Crosby and Al Jolson
Catalogue No: SEPIA 1053 (2 CD set)
Barcode: 5055122110538
Release Date: 6 September 2005

December 23, 1946 saw the historic first teaming in Hollywood of two founding fathers of 20th century popular music. Bing Crosby was recording his enormously successful radio show for new sponsor, Philco Radio, when out walked Al Jolson joining him in a rendition of "April Showers". The invited audience went wild.

The show was broadcast 3 weeks later on January 15, 1947 to an incredible reception and attracted millions of listeners across the United States.

Jolson's career had fizzled by the end of the 1930s but the 1946 hit film "The Jolson Story" had revived his fortunes and brought him back to public consciousness. Crosby was at his peak, having just won a Best Actor Oscar in "Going My Way" and as a recording artist he achieved 12 chart toppers in America throughout the 1940s.

Between December 1946 and April 1950 the two icons teamed up and performed on a further eleven shows - Jolson guested on ten Crosby shows and Crosby returned the favour twice. Collectively these twelve shows yielded over 40 duets (certain songs were repeated on more than one occasion) plus numerous solo performances from the two singers, many from the Great American Songbook. The final show was recorded 6 months before Jolson died.

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