Thoroughly Modern Bing

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Thoroughly Modern Bing
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Studio album by
Released1968 (1968)
RecordedFebruary 9, 12, 1968
Genre Vocal
Label Pickwick
Producer Joe Abend
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Thoroughly Modern Bing is a long-playing vinyl album recorded by Bing Crosby for Pickwick Records at Mastertone Recording Studio in Long Island City, New York. The orchestral tracks were conducted by "Bugs" Bower with a vocal group under the direction of Don Marshall. Crosby subsequently over-dubbed his vocals at two separate sessions in February 1968. [1]

Album collection of recorded music, words, sounds

An album is a collection of audio recordings issued as a collection on compact disc (CD), vinyl, audio tape, or another medium. Albums of recorded music were developed in the early 20th century as individual 78-rpm records collected in a bound book resembling a photograph album; this format evolved after 1948 into single vinyl LP records played at ​33 13 rpm. Vinyl LPs are still issued, though album sales in the 21st-century have mostly focused on CD and MP3 formats. The audio cassette was a format used alongside vinyl from the 1970s into the first decade of the 2000s.

Bing Crosby American singer and actor

Harry Lillis "Bing" Crosby was an American singer and actor. The first multimedia star, Crosby was a leader in record sales, radio ratings, and motion picture grosses from 1931 to 1954. His early career coincided with recording innovations that allowed him to develop an intimate singing style that influenced many male singers who followed him, including Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, and Dean Martin. Yank magazine said that he was "the person who had done the most for the morale of overseas servicemen" during World War II. In 1948, American polls declared him the "most admired man alive", ahead of Jackie Robinson and Pope Pius XII. Also in 1948, Music Digest estimated that his recordings filled more than half of the 80,000 weekly hours allocated to recorded radio music.

Pickwick Records was an American record label and British distributor known for its budget album releases of sound-alike recordings, bargain bin reissues and repackagings under the brands Design, Bravo, Hurrah, Grand Prix, and children's records on the Cricket and Happy Time labels.


Another song, "Where the Rainbow Ends" was also recorded on February 12, 1968 but did not appear on the original vinyl album. It was included on a LaserLight CD in 1991. A song called "That's All I Want from You" (written by M. Rotha) was also recorded on the same day but has never surfaced.

"That's All I Want from You" is a popular song by Fritz Rotter, published in 1955.

The album was issued on CD in 1991 by LaserLight as "Bing Crosby - A Visit to the Movies (CD: 15 411) and by Pickwick Records in 1997 as "Bing Crosby at His Best" (1128-2). [1] The song "(I Call You) Sunshine" was not included on the LaserLight CD.


Billboard said: "In this uptempo album, the old crooner shows that he still has much of the fire that ranked him among yesterday's superstars. Here he is applying his unique style to some recent top chart riders with interesting results." [2]

<i>Billboard</i> (magazine) American music magazine

Billboard is an American entertainment media brand owned by the Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, a division of Eldridge Industries. It publishes pieces involving news, video, opinion, reviews, events, and style, and is also known for its music charts, including the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, tracking the most popular songs and albums in different genres. It also hosts events, owns a publishing firm, and operates several TV shows.

The British publication "The Gramophone" commented: "Meanwhile there is overwhelming evidence that Mr. Crosby has lost none of his charm or skill in Thoroughly Modern Bing (Stateside SL10257). He works his lasting magic on “Talk to the Animals,” “Love Is Blue,” “Chim Chim Cheree,” and other modern songs of quality plus the oldie “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead” with the same ease and warmth that was discernible in 1928. He even transforms a blatant flag-waver like “What’s More American” into something tolerable, and is the first singer to hold my attention throughout “Puff (The Magic Dragon)” without causing a single wince." [3]

<i>Gramophone</i> (magazine) UK monthly magazine published in London devoted to classical music, particularly to reviews of recordings

Gramophone is a magazine published monthly in London devoted to classical music, particularly to reviews of recordings. It was founded in 1923 by the Scottish author Compton Mackenzie. It was acquired by Haymarket in 1999. In 2013 the Mark Allen Group became the publisher.

Track listing

Side one
1."Talk to the Animals" Leslie Bricusse 3:07
2."Love Is Blue (L'amour est bleu)"Bryan Blackburn, André Popp 2:36
3."Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" Harold Arlen, E.Y.Harburg 2:16
4."Chim Chim Cher-ee" Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman 3:04
5."(I Call You) Sunshine"Jack Wolf, John Howard, "Bugs" Bower2:07
6."High Hopes" Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2:43
Side two
7."Thoroughly Modern Millie" Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn 2:15
8."My Friend, the Doctor" Leslie Bricusse 3:00
9."Up, Up and Away" Jimmy Webb 2:54
10."Puff, the Magic Dragon" Peter Yarrow, Leonard Lipton 3:07
11."What's More American?"Kadish Millet2:33
Bonus track on Laserlight CD
12."Where the Rainbow Ends" Roger Cook, Roger Greenaway 2:30

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  2. "Billboard". January 2, 1971: 30.
  3. "The Gramophone". January 1969.