Bing Crosby Dissertation On The State Of Bliss

Maxene (1918-95) was the assertive one, Patty (1920-2013) was the fun-loving one and LaVerne (1915-67) was the serious one. Together they were known as the Andrews Sisters. Born and raised in Minnesota, the sisters won a talent contest in Minneapolis in 1931 that led to an invitation to join a traveling vaudeville show. The sisters toured the country imitating their idols, the Boswell Sisters, until their big break in October 1937. That was when Jack Kapp, head of Decca Records, heard them singing from a New York City hotel on his car radio. He sent an agent to offer them an audition, which led to a recording contract. Their first trip to a Decca recording studio the following month produced a hit, "Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen," and from then through the '40s they were queens of the radio and jukebox. What they lacked in musical talent, they made up for in enthusiasm and showmanship. The girls frequently feuded and often did not speak to each other. They recorded 47 songs with Bing, several of which went gold. Initially, when Jack Kapp, Decca president, approached Bing to sing with the Sisters he said no. Kapp insisted, and after their first recording date Bing was smitten. "I'll record with them anytime they want. They can pick the material," Bing told Kapp. When the Sisters recorded with Bing they used their musical director, Vic Schoen, instead of Bing's, John Scott Trotter, to do the arrangements and conduct the orchestra. Here is a list of Bing's recordings with the Sisters:

September 20, 1939

  • Ciribiribin
  • Yodelin' Jive

  • September 27, 1943
  • Pistol Packin' Mama
  • Victory Polka
  • Jingle Bells
  • Santa Claus in Coming to Town

  • June 30, 1944
  • Hot Time in the Town of Berlin
  • Is You Is or Is You Ain't Ma Baby

  • July 25, 1944
  • Don't Fence Me In (first song to top the Billboard country chart)
  • The Three Caballeros

  • December 8, 1944
  • There's a Fellow Waiting in Poughkeepsie
  • Ac-cent-chu-ate the Positive

  • June 29, 1945
  • Along the Navajo Trail
  • Good, Good, Good

  • July 3, 1945
  • Happy Happy Happy Wedding Day
  • Betsy

  • May 11, 1946
  • Route 66
  • South America, Take It Away

  • March 19, 1947
  • Anything You Can Do
  • There's No Business Like Show Business

  • March 27, 1947
  • Go West Young Man
  • Tallahassee

  • May 12, 1947
  • The Freedom Train

  • November 25, 1947
  • Apalachicola, FLA
  • You Don't Have to Know the Language

  • December 17, 1947
  • A Hundred and Sixty Acres
  • At the Flying W

  • April 14, 1949
  • Be-Bop Spoken Here (with Patty Andrews)
  • Wedding Day

  • May 10, 1949
  • Twelve Days of Christmas
  • Here Comes Santa Claus

  • November 25, 1949
  • Quicksilver
  • Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?

  • February 15, 1950
  • Lock, Stock and Barrel
  • Ask Me no Questions

  • March 24, 1950
  • Life is so Peculiar
  • High on the List

  • September 7, 1950
  • Poppa Santa Claus
  • Mele Kalikimaka
  • If I Were a Bell (with Patty Andrews)

  • February 1, 1951
  • Black Ball Ferry Line
  • The Yodeling Ghost

  • February 8, 1951
  • Forsaking All Others
  • Sparrow in the Tree Top

  • February 21, 1952
  • I'll Si-Si Ya in Bahia
  • The Live Oak Tree

  • September 5, 1952
  • South Rampart Street Parade
  • Cool Water

  • (The sisters dissolved their act in 1953.)

    December 23, 1954
  • Dissertation on a State of Bliss -- a.k.a. "Love and Learn" (with Patty Andrews)
  • The 3 sisters reunited in 1956 and recorded several albums for Capitol records, beginning with a greatest hits album. Their last public performance was on the Dean Martin television show in 1966. LaVerne died of cancer the following year. Patty and Maxene attempted to keep the act together by hiring a replacement for LaVerne, Joyce De Young. The act survived on and off until 1975, when Patty and Maxene parted ways forever.


    The Country Girl / Little Boy Lost is a Decca Records album by Bing Crosby of songs from the Paramount films Little Boy Lost and The Country Girl. This is not a soundtrack recording album but the songs used in the films were separately recorded for commercial release. It was issued as a 10” LP with catalog No.DL 5556.[1] The songs from “The Country Girl” were also issued on an extended play record numbered ED-2156[2] and all of the songs from both films were used in the 15-part Bing’s Hollywood series issued by Decca in 1962. [3]

    Background[edit]

    Bing Crosby had moved away from his familiar light comedy musical roles in the 1950s and undertaken two dramatic roles in Little Boy Lost and The Country Girl. Neither of the films was a musical but each had songs which helped to move the action along. The song “Violets and Violins” was not sung by Crosby in the former film but by his wife played by Nicole Maurey.

    Track listing for 10" LP[edit]

    1."It's Mine, It's Yours (The Pitchman)"Ira Gershwin, Harold ArlenGirl's Trio with Joe Lilley and his Orchestra2:44
    2."The Search Is Through"Ira Gershwin, Harold ArlenJoseph J. Lilley and his Orchestra2:51
    3."Dissertation on the State of Bliss (Love and Learn)"Ira Gershwin, Harold ArlenPatty Andrews3:10
    4."The Land Around Us"Ira Gershwin, Harold ArlenJoseph J. Lilley and his Orchestra2:47
    1."The Magic Window"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny BurkeJohn Scott Trotter and his Orchestra3:18
    2."A Propos De Rien"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny BurkeJohn Scott Trotter and his Orchestra3:07
    3."Cela M'est Egal (If It's All the Same to You)"Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny BurkeJohn Scott Trotter and his Orchestra2:31
    4."Violets and Violins"Miarka Laparcerie, Jack LawrenceJohn Scott Trotter and his Orchestra2:25

    References[edit]

    Bing Crosby

    Albums
    • Music of Hawaii (1939)
    • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. One (1939)
    • Patriotic Songs for Children (1939)
    • Cowboy Songs (1939)
    • Victor Herbert Melodies, Vol. Two (1939)
    • George Gershwin Songs, Vol. One (1939)
    • Ballad for Americans (1940)
    • Favorite Hawaiian Songs (1940)
    • Christmas Music (1940)
    • Star Dust (1940)
    • Hawaii Calls (1941)
    • Small Fry (1941)
    • Crosbyana (1941)
    • Under Western Skies (1941)
    • Song Hits from Holiday Inn(w/ Fred Astaire) (1942)
    • Merry Christmas (1945)
    • Selections from Going My Way (1945)
    • Selections from The Bells of St. Mary's (1946)
    • Don't Fence Me In (1946)
    • The Happy Prince (1946)
    • Selections from Road to Utopia (1946)
    • Bing Crosby – Stephen Foster (1946)
    • What We So Proudly Hail (1946)
    • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. One (1946)
    • Favorite Hawaiian Songs, Vol. Two (1946)
    • Blue Skies(w/ Fred Astaire) (1946)
    • Bing Crosby – Jerome Kern (1946)
    • St. Patrick's Day (1947)
    • Bing Crosby – Victor Herbert (1947)
    • Selections from Welcome Stranger (1947)
    • Our Common Heritage (1947)
    • El Bingo (1947)
    • The Small One (1947)
    • The Man Without a Country (1947)
    • Drifting and Dreaming (1947)
    • Blue of the Night (1948)
    • Selections from Showboat (1948)
    • The Emperor Waltz (1948)
    • St. Valentine's Day (1948)
    • Bing Crosby Sings with Al Jolson, Bob Hope, Dick Haymes and the Andrews Sisters (1948)
    • Selections from Road to Rio (1948)
    • Bing Crosby Sings with Judy Garland, Mary Martin, Johnny Mercer (1948)
    • Bing Crosby Sings with Lionel Hampton, Eddie Heywood, Louis Jordan (1948)
    • Auld Lang Syne (1948)
    • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
    • Bing Crosby Sings Songs by George Gershwin (1949)
    • South Pacific (1949)
    • Christmas Greetings (1949)
    • Ichabod – The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
    • Top o' the Morning / Emperor Waltz (1949)
    • Songs from Mr. Music (1950)
    • Go West Young Man (1950)
    • Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris (1953)
    • Some Fine Old Chestnuts (1954)
    • Selections from White Christmas (1954)
    • Bing: A Musical Autobiography (1954)
    • High Tor (1956)
    • A Christmas Sing with Bing Around the World (1956)
    • High Society(w/ Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly, and Louis Armstrong) (1956)
    • Songs I Wish I Had Sung the First Time Around (1956)
    • Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings (1956)
    • Bing with a Beat (1957)
    • A Christmas Story (1957)
    • Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (1957)
    • Never Be Afraid (1957)
    • Jack B. Nimble – A Mother Goose Fantasy (1957)
    • New Tricks (1957)
    • Fancy Meeting You Here( w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1958)
    • How the West Was Won (1959)
    • Bing & Satchmo(w/ Louis Armstrong) (1960)
    • 101 Gang Songs (1960)
    • Holiday in Europe (1960)
    • The Road to Hong Kong (1962)
    • On the Happy Side (1962)
    • On the Sentimental Side (1962)
    • I Wish You a Merry Christmas (1962)
    • Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre (1963)
    • Return to Paradise Islands (1963)
    • Bing Crosby Sings the Great Country Hits (1963)
    • America, I Hear You Singing(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
    • 12 Songs of Christmas(w/ Frank Sinatra and Fred Waring) (1964)
    • That Travelin' Two-Beat(w/ Rosemary Clooney) (1965)
    • Bing 'n' Basie(w/ Count Basie) (1972)
    • A Couple of Song and Dance Men(w/ Fred Astaire) (1975)
    • Seasons (1977)
    • Bing Crosby: The Voice of Christmas (1998)
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