Wednesday, 25 March 2015

PLAY IT AGAIN, SAM...



And you'll be playing this song again and again,
catchy little number that it is, by father and son team
BING & GARY CROSBY.  Subtitled 'The Happy
Tune', it's aptly named!  Why not give it a listen
and see for yourself?

7 comments:

Ken said...

Not too many happy tunes were played in the Crosby household it seems. Didn't Gary absolutely slate his father who it would appear was a bit of a git. Your old show biz chum Bob Hope did not much care for old Bing either.

Ken.

Kid said...

Bob Hope mentioned the book and Gary (who later committed suicide, if I recall correctly) at his show in the Edinburgh Playhouse in 1984. He asked the audience "Did you read what Gary wrote about his father? Bing was a great guy. I'm gonna make sure my kids write the book about me while I'm still alive."

John Pitt said...

I'd heard that he was a strict parent, but weren't all parents in those days?
I myself would receive many a "whooping" when I did wrong, but don't think badly of my parents for it. That's just the way it was.
The trouble is some people,both famous and ordinary, never forgive every punishment they ever received, whilst very conveniently forgetting every single wrong that they themselves have done to others.
Perhaps Bing's son may have been like that?

Ken said...

I definitely heard Bob call him something rather unpleasant in an interview on Youtube a few years ago. No surprise that he contradicts this to make his joke work. That's show biz!

Ken.

Kid said...

It's possible, JP. Straining my memory, I seem to recall reading that Gary's brother Phillip said it wasn't that bad, but two other brothers, Lindsay and Dennis, said that it was. L & D later committed suicide. In my earlier comment, I was mixing them up with Gary, who died from lung cancer, not suicide.

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It would be interesting if you could track that down, Ken. However Bing & Bob regarded one another personally, in public they always kept up the 'best buddy' routine. When I saw Bob again in 1994 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (at the age of 91 - him, not me), he was still fondly reminiscing about his good pal Bing.

John Pitt said...

I can't tell the difference between Bing Crosby and Walt Disney. How do you tell them apart?

Kid said...

Bing sings - Walt Disney. (Disnae, hence a Scottish joke.)

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