Songs that mention Bing ...

(from contributions to the BCIM Discussion Board and from BING magazine #43 courtesy of Malcolm MacFarlane.)

  • AIN'T WE GOT FUN - Hope / Whiting
    ("the poor get Crosby")
  • YOU OUGHT TO BE IN PICTURES (parody) - Al Bowlly
    ("if I could sing like Bing in a way that is nonchalant")
  • ONLY FOREVER - Al Bowlly / Jimmy Messini
    ("direct from Crosby we bring it to you")
  • I THINK I CAN - Jack Buchanan
    (".. and maybe sing like Bing")
  • BUT DEFINITELY - Shirley Temple
    ("When you're crooning the blue of the day and whistling the gold of the dawn")
  • SWEET SIXTEEN - Judy Garland
    ("I decided to join a monastery and would have too if it had not been for Bing Crosby")
  • LOVE IS ON THE AIR TONIGHT - Dick Powell (from film?)
    ("You may sound like Bing to her but what if she likes Rudy Vallee")
  • OF BING WE SING - Bob Hope plus another
  • SANTA CLAUS & POPCORN - Merle Haggard
    ("...Crosby singing Christmas white")
  • SO LONG, BING - J. J. Barrie
    (as in title)
  • THE SONG'S GOTTA COME FROM THE HEART - Durante / Sinatra
    ("Well you can sing as good as Bing")
  • MY BABY JUST CARES FOR ME - Nat King Cole / Woody Herman
    (" my baby's no Crosby fan")
  • ENTRANCE OF ERIC - From Cole Porter show JUBILEE
    ("..every time we hear Bing Crosby croon..")
  • IT'S CROSBY, WHO ELSE COULD IT BE? - Pam Harrigan
    As in title
  • BECAUSE IT'S CHRISTMAS TIME - Buck Owen
    ("Now is the time for White Christmas with Bing")
  • DOING THE BING - Bing Crosby
  • CROSBY CALYPSO - unknown artist
    (a tribute to Bing and wife Dixie)
  • EVEN A CROONER MUST EAT - Max Bacon
    Comedy song with reference to "inviting Bing to tea"
  • HAPPY BLUES - Stan Kenton / Benny Goodman
    ("Some people mistake me for another guy named Bing")
  • THE BOY FROM NEW ORLEANS - Louis Armstrong
    ("In Hollywood I took my place with my friend Bing and Princess Grace")
  • TAKING THE STEPS TO RUSSIA -
    From 1938 Cole Porter musical 'LEAVE IT TO ME'
    ("I'll give 'em Bob Crosby and Bing")
  • GIVE ME THE LAND - dropped from Cole Porter musical SILK STOCKINGS
    ("Give me the land of Ezio and Bing")
  • IF YOU FEEL LIKE SINGING, SING - from "Summerstock"
    ("Not everyone can be a Bing, so if you feel like singing, sing")
  • GOTTA BE THIS OR THAT - Ella Fitzgerald / Benny Goodman
    ("gotta be Bing or Frank"
    When Bing sang the song he changed it to "gotta be Haymes or Frank.")
  • THESE FOOLISH THINGS - Sinatra for Columbia
    ("The song that Crosby sings...")
  • WHERE DID THE MUSIC GO? - Tony Bennett
  • OLD MAN RIVER - Frank Sinatra
    During Sinatra's tour of Britain in 1953 he sang a version of Old man river, which included "Old Man Crosby He Just Keeps Rolling Along."
  • SHE'S MY BABY - Ernie Ford
  • IF I COULD SING LIKE BING - Dean Martin (mid-'50s Capitol)
  • INKA DINKA DOO - Jimmy Durante
  • CROSBY, THE WELL DRESSED MAN - Jimmy Durante
  • OPUS ONE - The Mills Bros
  • SING BING SING - Louis Prima (renamed "Sing, Sing, Sing" at Bing’s request)
  • MR CROSBY & MR MERCER - Bing & Johnny Mercer (adapted from "Gallagher & Sheen")
  • MY KID'S A CROONER
  • RUM AND COCA COLA - Andrews Sisters
  • DICK HAYMES, DICK TODD AND COMO - Frank Sinatra (V. Disc)
  • WHEN THE GUARDSMAN STARTED CROONING ON PARADE
  • TOP BILLING - Bing & Fred Astaire
  • CROSBY, COLUMBO AND VALLEE (from an early '30s cartoon and recorded by Dick Robertson in 1932)
  • I'VE GOT THE WORLD ON A STRING - Louis Prima on Capitol
  • EENIE MEENIE MINEY MOE - Billie Holiday
  • BING CROSBY - by calypso star "The Lion" in the 1940s, revived by Van Dyke Parks in the late '60s
  • I LOVE EVERYBODY BUT YOU - written & sung by Fred Astaire in 1975
  • IT'S US AGAIN - special material written for and recorded by Steve & Eydie in the early 1960s
  • WHEN MY SHIP COMES IN - sung by Eddie Cantor in the film "Kid Millions" in 1934 (and recorded by Cantor in two versions that year, both versions containing the reference to Bing)
  • 'TIS AUTUMN - Dick Todd (the last lines when he whistles and interrupts with something like '...that's Crosby!').
  • IF BING WOULD ONLY SING TO ME - Music by Eric Aitken.
  • BING - by Paul Mackay (a single issued just after Bing's death).

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