Conjuring Bing

If you have been reading the other featurettes about the tunes we’ve included on “Retrophonic Gershwin" (available here on July 21, 2015), you’ll know that many of the piano-vocal arrangements are note-for-note transcriptions from 1920s-’30s recordings, but I took a different tack with “A Foggy Day.”  I’d read that, in 1931, Bing Crosby recorded a demo out in Hollywood of the Gershwins’ score for the movie Delicious — including “Blah, Blah, Blah,” which I would dearly love to hear.  Alas, as I understand it, that recording has been lost.  However, it got Mark and I thinking about how a late 1930s Bing might have sung “A Foggy Day” and we decided to have a go at bringing our imagined version to life.  

The introduction, the tempo of the chorus and some of the accompanimental feel was loosely inspired by a vintage recording of Carroll Gibbons and the Savoy Hotel Orpheans, but then I transposed it to a Bing Crosby-esque key and conjured up the rest.  Mark, who has been crooning along with Bing for decades, contributed the historically-informed vocal.  We hope you enjoy this clip, mixed and mastered by Robert Friedrich, with Jason Aquila & Jodie Ricci on the Steinways.

This is the eighth in a series of posts about the tunes on "Retrophonic Gershwin," our soon-to-be-released album.  Part 1 is "How I Got Rhythm," part 2 is ""Probably I'll Meet Him at a Soda Fountain,"" part 3 is "Which Pianist is Playing What?," part 4 is "Silver Linings," part 5 is "Darling, Let's Take a Bow", part 6 is "A Tune with Distinct Potentialities," and part 7 is "Retrophonic Gershwin out July 21st!."