Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings

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Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released 1956
Recorded June 11-12, 1956
Genre Vocal
Length 36:24
Label Verve
Producer Buddy Bregman
Bing Crosby chronology
Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around
Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
Bing With A Beat

Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings was Bing Crosby's sixth LP and his first album for Verve, recorded and originally released in 1956.

Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings was a stylistic departure for Crosby, marking the first time he recorded an album with a hard-swinging orchestra along the lines of Frank Sinatra's hit album with Nelson Riddle, Songs for Swingin' Lovers!, released earlier the same year by Capitol. The songs are also among the rare few that Bing had never before recorded up to that point. Buddy Bregman contributed the orchestrations, conducted a hand-picked group of Hollywood's foremost musicians and came up with the idea of the album.

A reviewer for Variety wrote, "Altogether it is quite a musical package - muscular and tender, driving and romantic, pulsating and lyrical. For Bing Crosby, the artist, it is a somewhat different testament to add to the many already on record and, as you will hear, an ingeniously varied and durable one."

In its review Time magazine said, "After 22 years of making records for Decca — plus a few before even Decca latched onto him — Bing Crosby steps out with a handful of oldies on a new label, proves himself virtually indestructible. It is only when he tries to swing too high that he begins to sound his age (52)."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Song Is You" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern) – 3:55
  2. "Mountain Greenery" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) – 3:38
  3. "Cheek to Cheek" (Irving Berlin) – 4:02
  4. "'Deed I Do" (Walter Hirsch, Fred Rose) – 2:51
  5. "Heat Wave" (Berlin) – 3:01
  6. "Blue Room" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:23
  7. "Have You Met Miss Jones?" (Rodgers, Hart) – 2:30
  8. "I've Got Five Dollars" (Rodgers, Hart) – 3:15
  9. "They All Laughed" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) – 2:42
  10. "Nice Work If You Can Get It" (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin) – 2:36
  11. "September in the Rain" (Al Dubin, Harry Warren) – 2:58
  12. "Jeepers Creepers" (Johnny Mercer, Warren) – 2:33