Bing at the Paramount, 1931

Bing had not adopted a theme song when he exploded into the nation's consciousness over network radio in Sept. 1931. That void was filled by the end of the year. Bing chose Where the Blue of the Night (Meets the Gold of the Day. Roy Turk and Fred Ahlert wrote the music, Bing contributed the lyrics. He first recorded the song on Nov. 23. The version included in most anthologies, however, was recorded on July 17, 1945. Bing does the whistling in both recordings.

Photo: Billboard outside the Paramount Theatre in New York, Nov. 1931.

Download an excerpt of Bing's theme.
(MP3 audio format, 1945)

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