What We So Proudly Hail
|What So Proudly We Hail|
|Compilation album by Bing Crosby|
Original 78 rpm album: 1946|
Original LP album: 1950
|Bing Crosby chronology|
What So Proudly We Hail is a compilation album of phonograph records by Bing Crosby released in 1946 featuring songs that were sung by Crosby in an American-type patriotic style. This album featured Bing singing patriotic songs such as: "Ballad for Americans", "God Bless America" and "The Star-Spangled Banner". The songs were later presented in a 33 1/3 rpm split set with The Man Without a Country.
Background to "Ballad for Americans" recording
Crosby did not approach the project lightly. He studied the work before the session, and his concentration in the studio was intense. Usually, Crosby would record up to five tunes in two hours or so, rarely taking more than two takes, but with "Ballad for Americans", he devoted an hour to each of the four segments. New York Post critic Michael Levin wrote:
- This is the finest recorded performance Bing had done to date and shows that in the last few years he has gone beyond binging and has really learned how to sing.
- For all of Robeson’s magnificent voice, we prefer the Crosby version. The recording is better, the orchestration is better, and the chorus is better trained.
These previously issued songs were featured on a 3-disc, 78 rpm album set, Decca Album No. DA-453.
|Side / Title||Writer(s)||Recording date||Performed with||Time|
|Disc 1 (23579):|
|A. "The Star-Spangled Banner"||Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith||March 22, 1939||John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and Max Terr's Mixed Chorus||2:46|
|B. "God Bless America"||Irving Berlin||March 22, 1939||John Scott Trotter and His Orchestra and Max Terr's Mixed Chorus||3:12|
|Disc 2 (23580):|
|A. "Ballad for Americans – Part One"||John La Touche, Earl Robinson||July 6, 1940||The Ken Darby Singers and Victor Young's Decca Concert Orchestra||2:26|
|B. "Ballad for Americans – Part Four"||John La Touche, Earl Robinson||July 6, 1940||The Ken Darby Singers and Victor Young's Decca Concert Orchestra||2:16|
|Disc 3 (23581):|
|A. "Ballad for Americans – Part Two"||John La Touche, Earl Robinson||July 6, 1940||The Ken Darby Singers and Victor Young's Decca Concert Orchestra||2:24|
|B. "Ballad for Americans – Part Three"||John La Touche, Earl Robinson||July 6, 1940||The Ken Darby Singers and Victor Young's Decca Concert Orchestra||3:06|
- Giddins, Gary (2001). Bing Crosby, A Pocketful of Dreams, The Early Years, 1903–1940. New York: Little, Brown and Company. p. 554. ISBN 0-316-88188-0.
- "Bing Crosby1946 Decca DA 453 78RPM 3 Set What So Proudly We Hail Inside Pamphlet".
- "A Bing Crosby Discography – part 1b, Commercial Recordings – The Decca Years". Retrieved March 3, 2017.
- "CollectorsFrenzy – BING CROSBY Man Without A Country DECCA '50 LP SEALED".