Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around

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Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released 1956
Recorded April 17-18, 1956
Genre Vocal
Length 36:04
Label Decca
Producer Jack Pleis
Bing Crosby chronology
High Society (1956 album)
(1956)
Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around
(1956)
Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
(1956)

Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around was Bing Crosby's fourth album for Decca and his fifth LP, recorded and originally released in 1956.

This was a concept album of sorts as Bing covered some of his musical rivals' big hits, such as Al Jolson's "April Showers" and Nat King Cole's "Mona Lisa". The jazz historian Will Friedwald wrote that the album "was essentially Crosby's way of acknowledging that he wasn't the only male singer to create hits and standards."

Crosby recorded the songs in April 1956 in Los Angeles, with orchestrations by arranger Jack Pleis. Longtime record producer Milt Gabler came up with the concept.[1]

All 12 tracks from Songs I Wish I Had Sung were released by Sepia Records on the 2011 CD Through the Years: Volume Nine (1955).

Track listing[edit]

  1. April Showers
  2. When My Baby Smiles at Me
  3. My Blue Heaven
  4. A Little Kiss Each Morning
  5. Prisoner of Love
  6. Ain't Misbehavin'
  7. Paper Doll
  8. This Love of Mine
  9. Thanks for the Memory
  10. Blues in the Night
  11. Mona Lisa
  12. Memories are Made of This

References[edit]

  1. ^ Friedwald, Will (2010). A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers. Random House. p. 128.