A Christmas Sing with Bing Around the World

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A Christmas Sing with Bing around the World
A Christmas Sing with Bing (album cover).jpg
Live album by Bing Crosby
ReleasedDecember 1956 (1956-12)
RecordedDecember 19, 1955
GenreChristmas
Length44:42
LabelDecca
Bing Crosby chronology
High Tor
(1956)
A Christmas Sing with Bing around the World
(1956)
Anything Goes
(1956)

A Christmas Sing with Bing around the World[1] is an album by Bing Crosby. It was released in December, 1956 by Decca Records. It was taken from a radio broadcast on CBS which was transmitted on December 24, 1955.[2] The program was sponsored by the Insurance Company of North America. Paul Weston and his Orchestra supported by the Norman Luboff choir provided the backing to Crosby's vocals which were recorded on December 19, 1955.[2] Other vocal contributions came from various parts of the world and had been pre-recorded and inserted into the broadcast as though they were live. The commercials for Insurance Company of North America were not included in the album.

Billboard reviewed the album commenting "one of the solidest holiday packages to come along, a prime candidate for immediate store exposure. Singer brings superb projection to nine out of 19 selected Christmas carols and hymns, with smoothest of assists from Norman Luboff choir and Paul Weston’s work."[3]

Sepia Records included the entire album in their CD "Bing Crosby Through the Years volume ten"[4] which was released in May, 2012.

The success of the first broadcast led to a regular annual series.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Happy Holiday"Irving BerlinPaul Weston & his Orchestra, Norman Luboff Choir1:05
2."Joy to the World"Issac WattsBing Crosby2:56
3."Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"Charles WesleySt. Louis Christmas Carols Association Choir3:04
4."White Christmas"Irving BerlinBing Crosby3:22
5."Adeste Fideles"TraditionalLittle Singers of Granby2:49
6."We Three Kings of Orient Are"John Henry Hopkins Jr.Mormon Tabernacle Choir2:31
7."The First Nowell"TraditionalBing Crosby2:41
8."Carol of the Bells"Mykola Leontovych, Peter J. WilhouskyThe Voices of Christmas1:27
9."What Christmas Means to Me" Delores Short2:19
10."Good King Wenceslas"TraditionalBing Crosby4:04
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Performer(s)Length
1."Jesus Sauveur Adorable"̶Neuilly Boys Choir2:44
2."Angels We Have Heard on High"TraditionalReed Warblers Choir2:40
3."Away in a Manger"TraditionalBing Crosby2:07
4."Tu scendi dalle stelle"Alphonsus Maria de' LiguoriThe Vatican Choir2:43
5."Deck the Halls"Thomas OliphantBing Crosby2:03
6."God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen"TraditionalDedham Choral Society2:01
7."O Little Town of Bethlehem"Phillips Brooks, Lewis RednerBing Crosby1:38
8."Silent Night"Franz Xaver Gruber, Joseph MohrBing Crosby2:03
9."Happy Holiday" (reprise)Irving BerlinBing Crosby, Norman Luboff Choir0:24

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bing Crosby - A Christmas Sing With Bing - Around The World". Discogs.com. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Midlife Challenges, 1950–1959". BING magazine. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ "A CHRISTMAS SING WITH BING AROUND THE WORLD (1-12")". Billboard. December 8, 1956.
  4. ^ "Sepia Records". Sepia Records. Archived from the original on 2015-09-07. Retrieved 2015-07-09.