Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits

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Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits
Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Bing Crosby
Released October 1965
Recorded October 1963
Genre Vocal pop, country
Label Capitol
Producer Simon Rady
Bing Crosby chronology
Return to Paradise Islands
(1963)
Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits
(1965)
America, I Hear You Singing
(1964)

Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits is a long-playing vinyl album of country and western themed songs recorded by Bing Crosby for Capitol Records on October 29 and 31, 1963.[1]

The album was re-released on CD by Collectors' Choice Music (CCM 221-2) in 2001, paired with That Travelin' Two-Beat under the title "Two Classic Albums from Bing Crosby".

Reception[edit]

Billboard reviewed the album saying, "For the first time Crosby devotes his vast musical talent to only top country material. Demonstrating his feeling and understanding of lyric in such standouts as the classic “Four Walls” and “Jealous Heart.” Crosby maintains his own great style."[2]

Variety liked it too. "The consistency of Bing Crosby’s talent over the decades is an authentic show biz phenomenon. In this set, the veteran singer finds himself in a very congenial groove with a group of backwoods ballads which he delivers with an easygoing lilt just tailored for this material." [3]

BING magazine: “Without question, this new Crosby album has raised more comment than any other new release for many a year - never has my mailbag been filled with so much comment devoted to the latest record release…generally the album, except for the comment re Bing having a cold on some of the tracks, is being received with great enthusiasm all round.”[4]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Oh Lonesome Me"Don Gibson2:51
2."Heartaches by the Number"Harlan Howard2:53
3."Four Walls"Marvin Moore, George Campbell3:43
4."Crazy Arms"Chuck Seals, Ralph Mooney2:25
5."Bouquet of Roses"Steve Nelson, Bob Hilliard2:36
6."Wabash Cannonball"A. P. Carter2:09
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Wolverton Mountain"Merle Kilgore, Claude King3:02
2."Hello Walls"Willie Nelson2:07
3."A Little Bitty Tear"Hank Cochran2:25
4."Jealous Heart"Jenny Lou Carson2:37
5."Still"Bill Anderson2:51
6."Sunflower"Mack David2:08

Personnel[edit]

Details of the sessions and the musicians involved are:[5]

October 29, 1963 9 AM-12:30 PM

Musicians: Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Bill Pitman (gtr), Don Bagley (bass), Gene Garf (pno), Ed Hall (dr), Emil Richards (Radocchia) (perc), Robert Barene, Isadore Roman, Ralph Schaeffer, John DeVoogdt, Elliott Fisher, John Vidor, Darrel Terwilliger, Tibor Zelig (vln), Alexander Neiman, Allan Harshman (vla), Hyman Gold, Jesse Ehrlich (cello), Bill Justis (ldr), Hy Lesnick (O.M.)

50785 Still - Cap (Int) ST-23063

50786 Wabash Cannonball

50787 A Little Bitty Tear - Cap (Int) ST-23063

50788 Jealous Heart


October 31, 1963 9 AM-12 Noon

Musicians: Glen Campbell, Barney Kessel, Bill Pitman (gtr), Don Bagley (bass), Gene Garf (pno), Ed Hall (dr), Emil Richards (Radocchia) (perc), Robert Barene, Isadore Roman, Sidney Sharp, John DeVoogdt, Elliott Fisher, John Vidor, Darrel Terwilliger, Victor Arno (vln), Alexander Neiman, Allan Harshman (vla), Hyman Gold, Jesse Ehrlich (cello), Bill Justis (ldr), Hy Lesnick (O.M.)

50795 Four Walls - Cap. SM-11737 (Int) ST-23063

50796 Wolverton Mountain

50797 Hello Walls - (Int) ST-23063

50798 Crazy Arms


October 31, 1963 1 PM-4:30 PM

Musicians: David Gates, Barney Kessel, Louis Morell (gtr), Don Bagley (bass), Gene Garf (pno), Ed Hall (dr), Emil Richards (Radocchia) (perc), Robert Barene, Sidney Sharp, John DeVoogdt, Darrel Terwilliger, Nathan Ross, Emanuel Moss, Arthur Brown, Joseph Stepansky (vln), Alexander Neiman, Allan Harshman (vla), Hyman Gold, Jesse Ehrlich (cello), Bill Justis (ldr), Hy Lesnick (O.M.)

50799 Oh, Lonesome Me - Cap. SM-11737, (Int) ST-23063

50800 Bouquet of Roses

50801 Heartaches By the Number

50802 Sunflower

References[edit]

  1. ^ "A Bing Crosby Discography". BING magazine. International Club Crosby. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. October 16, 1965.
  3. ^ "Variety". Variety. October 13, 1965.
  4. ^ Murphy, Frank (April 1966). "BING magazine". BING magazine. #2.
  5. ^ Baker, J. Richard (Spring 2011). "BING magazine". BING magazine. #157: 42.