BING for the SEASONS: The MUSIC of BING CROSBY on JAZZfm!
Bing for the Seasons is an hour long program heard on the first Sunday of the month at 7 pm, and the third Sunday of the month at 9 am ET. Jack Boyle, passionate about Bing Crosby presents music and colorful detail about this wonderful man.
Bing was a singer with a golden baritone, intimate and always engaging vocal style. He set the standard for every popular American singer who followed. His “stats” as a performer are astonishing: with over 2000 recordings; 43 #1 hits; 23 official gold records; first Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for motion pictures, radio and recordings; 3 Academy Award nominations and Best Actor for Going My Way; Best selling single of all time (White Christmas); and top box office star for 15 years.
Each month (with encore broadcasts scheduled throughout the year), Bing for the Seasons, hosted by International Club Crosby member, Jack Boyle, passionate about promoting the beloved entertainer’s legacy, presents music and background reflective of his enormous contrbutions to American popular culture.
Recently, Jack was interviewed by Debbie Burke, a jazz author. Here are excerpts from the story:
“His movies show a humorous side, but Bing Crosby is most known as the crooner extraordinaire to compare all others with. Contemporary pop stars and musicians in genres like jazz and big band play homage to him; Baby Boomers love him, still; but think of the loyalty one man has to The Bing, to have conceived of a radio show that’s been honoring him for three years. Jack Boyle, who undoubtedly knows more trivia about the singer than your average buff, has a certain joy when he talks about the radio show. It’s broadcast from upstate New York and streams worldwide.
Is there a resurgence in Bing Crosby’s music?
There is an unabatingly loyal audience for Bing Crosby both in the U.S. and especially in the U.K. This reality has not been reflected in the major entertainment media, which, with the onset of rock, failed to positively exploit the Crosby audience in their marketing, with the exception of the seasonal promotions at Christmas.
A recent PBS documentary on Bing featuring members of his family was helpful in generating renewed interest in his legacy, as well as the work of International Club Crosby (which publishes BING Magazine), and Bing Crosby Enterprises, which issues newly restored albums and films, and plays Crosby content 24/7 on Bing Crosby Internet Radio (bingcrosby.com).
How did your radio show come about?
I approached Bud Williamson, president of Hudson Valley Public Radio and Neversink Media Group about three years ago and suggested the creation of a show featuring Bing’s songs with the title “Bing for the Seasons.” It was slated for Hudson Valley Public Radio’s JAZZfm which airs the first Sunday of the month at 7 pm ET, and the third Sunday of the month at 9 am ET, airing at 88.1 FM, 106.3 FM, 106.5 FM throughout the Hudson Valley and Pike County, PA. The program also streams worldwide at JAZZfm.org and on smartphone apps.
How did you come to be interested in him in the first place?
Bing Crosby was a prevailing musical presence from birth. My dad listened to his radio shows, along with 50 million other listeners; there were the Golden Record issues targeted at youngsters like me; the Christmas albums; my older brother’s purchase in Canada of albums featuring songs by Bing in his many movie roles; and of course, the premier viewing of White Christmas at the movie theater in Malone, New York, along with “High Society” and other films. I was hooked.
Your favorite songs?
Too many to mention, but here a few: Dinah, Sweet Georgia Brown, My Honey’s Lovin’ Arms, Love Thy Neighbor, I’ve Got A Pocketful of Dreams, Just One More Chance, In the Land of Beginning Again, Autumn in New York (from the Seasons album), Do You Hear What I Hear and When A Child is Born.”
You can read the full story here.