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Post by Wildcat445 Sat Feb 08, 2014 4:10 pm

I have a Bing Crosby record, "Bing With A Beat", on RCA Victor, LPM-1473, 1957, Mono. This is rather strange, since Bing started Decca records! Possibly the only Crosby recording on RCA? 12 Bing Crosby standards, including "Whispering", "Down Among The Sheltering Palms", "Some Sunny Day". Probably totally obscure, and one of those gems you get when you buy a half a pickup truck load of records for $3 at an auction.

One bit of trivia. Did you know that a company owned by Bing Crosby is generally credited for adapting and perfecting for consumer use magnetic recording tape. They used tape recorders confiscated from the Germans in World War 2. I did not know that until recently. Ampex made the first tape recorder for consumer use. It recorded on one side only. Introduced in 1948. Two track tape recorders were introduced by Ampex in 1950.

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Post by Dr. Radio Sat Feb 08, 2014 7:21 pm

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Post by Bill Cahill Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:45 pm

Actually, Bing Crosby recorded with a group in 1928 For the Victor company. I have one of their records, "Mississippi Mud".

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Post by Wildcat445 Sat Feb 08, 2014 9:28 pm

I did not know that. He was born in 1903, so he was older than I realized. He recorded on Brunswick, Decca, Reprise, RCA Victor, Verve, and United Artist. The source I got this from did not specifically mention Victor, but commonly it is incorporated with RCA Victor in statistics. Reprise started in 1963, so was Bing Crosby tossed from his own label? When did MCA buy Decca? "Bing With A Beat" was specifically mentioned in this article as a good seller, even in the early days of rock and roll, when Elvis was hot. I would not have suspected that, either. I just figured I had an old Bing Crosby record that nobody ever heard of. It does not say how many records he made for RCA. He must have recorded for either RCA or Brunswick, or both, until after the war when he started his relationship with Decca. His Verve and United Artists recordings must have come after Reprise? This article mentioned "Mississippi Mud" and the group he was with, but I have forgotten the name. Thanks for the input, Bill.

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Post by Wildcat445 Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:15 pm

Wouldn't it be great to have that old music with better fidelity and tonal range? All those neat off-beat drum riffs and muted cornets? I like that stuff, but get frustrated that the fidelity is not better. I need to be more patient. Thanks for sharing.

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