Conjuring Bing

If you have been reading the other featurettes about the tunes we’ve included on “Retrophonic Gershwin,” 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.

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Before and "After You've Gone"

If you are just tuning in, Mark and I are in the middle of rewrites for Love Finds Judy Garland, our radio-style theatrical music show.  Last week’s project on my arranging desk was “After You’ve Gone,” based on a 1946 Bing Crosby recording with Eddie Condon and his Orchestra.  Our show takes place in April of ‘44, but the style is close enough — and much more in the groove than Bing’s 1929 recording of the same tune with the Paul Whiteman Orchestra.  Why “After You’ve Gone”?  

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