Bing & Satchmo

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Bing & Satchmo
Studio album by Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong
Released October 1960
Recorded Hollywood, Los Angeles, June 28–30, 1960[1]
Genre Vocal jazz, Traditional pop music
Length 38:51
Label MGM - E3882P
Producer Simon Rady
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Bing & Satchmo is a 1960 studio album by Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, arranged and conducted by Billy May.[2] Crosby and Satchmo had worked together many times before they recorded this album, appearing in the film High Society (1956) together, and making several radio broadcasts between 1949 and 1951.[3] The lyrics of the tunes on Bing & Satchmo were specially adapted for them by a number of notable songwriters.[4]

The tracks "Dardanella" and "Muskrat Ramble" from Bing & Satchmo were both released as singles in October 1960. Billboard magazine commented that the tracks would be popular with "jocks".[5]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]

The initial Billboard review from 31 October 1960 selected the album for its pop spotlight, and described the album as a "group of nostalgic tunes that provide excellent easy listening programming".[6] John Bush on Allmusic.com gave the album three and half stars out of five. Bush said that "Could anything but warmth and playfulness result when the two most seminal, expressive voices of the 20th century found the room to stretch out on a full LP together?". Bush reserved criticism for the vocal chorus that appears on the album.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Muskrat Ramble" (Kid Ory, Ray Gilbert) - 3:03
  2. "Sugar (That Sugar Baby O' Mine)" (Maceo Pinkard, Edna Alexander, Sidney D. Mitchell) - 5:13
  3. "The Preacher" (Horace Silver) - 2:21
  4. "Dardanella" (Fred Fisher, Felix Bernard, Johnny S. Black) - 2:50
  5. "Let's Sing Like a Dixieland Band" (Alan Bergman) - 2:21
  6. "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" (Joe Turner Layton, Henry Creamer) - 3:09
  7. "Brother Bill" (Silver) - 3:01
  8. "Little Ol' Tune" (Johnny Mercer) - 3:07
  9. "At the Jazz Band Ball" (Nick LaRocca, Larry Shields, Johnny Mercer) - 3:02
  10. "Rocky Mountain Moon" (Mercer) - 3:42
  11. "Bye Bye Blues" (Fred Hamm, Dave Bennett, Bert Lown, and Chauncey Gray) - 3:48
  12. "(Up A) Lazy River" (Hoagy Carmichael, Sidney Arodin) - 3:14

Personnel[edit]

Performance
Production
  • Will Friedwald - liner notes
  • Elizabeth Yoon - art direction, design
  • Anaida Garcia associate producer
  • Wild Bill Thompson - choir arrangement
  • Jud Conlon - choir contractor, choir director
  • Simon Rady - record producer
  • Hugh Fordin - reissue producer

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jos Willems (1 January 2006). All of Me: The Complete Discography of Louis Armstrong. SCARECROW PressINC. pp. 329–. ISBN 978-0-8108-5730-8. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c Bing & Satchmo at AllMusic
  3. ^ Daniel Stein (3 May 2012). Music Is My Life: Louis Armstrong, Autobiography, and American Jazz. University of Michigan Press. pp. 2–. ISBN 978-0-472-05180-9. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (12 October 1959). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 16–. ISSN 00062510. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (24 October 1960). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 51–. ISSN 00062510. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  6. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (31 October 1960). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 43–. ISSN 00062510. Retrieved 18 August 2013.