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Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Sun Oct 26, 2014 3:31 pm

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Voice Type: Baritone
Sung/Melodic Range: C♯2-F4
Total Range: B1-F4

Significant High Notes:
F4 - ("MacNamara's Band", "Now You Has Jazz", "Up a Lazy River/Paper Doll")
E4 - ("Now You Has Jazz", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "You've Either Got or You Haven't Got Style")
E♭4 - ("Just a Gigolo", "Well, Did You Evah")
D4 - (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, "Danny Boy", "For My Good Fortune" live w/Dean Martin & Mahalia Jackson 1958, "Just a Gigolo", "MacNamara's Band", "Now You Has Jazz", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "You've Either Got or You Haven't Got Style")
C♯4 - ("Breezin' Along With the Breeze‡", "Christmas in Killarney", "Deck the Halls", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", "Good Ol' Songs" live w/Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin 10/58, "Moonlight Becomes You", "Now You Has Jazz")
C4 - ("Alabamy Bound°", "Beautiful Brown Eyes" live w/Dean Martin 10/7/71, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, "The First Noel", “I Love Paris”, "Just a Gigolo", "Lazy River‡", "MacNamara's Band", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Together", "White Christmas" ending film credits)
B3 - ("Ballin' the Jack" live w/Dean Martin 10/7/71, "Moonlight Becomes You", "Little One", “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, "Swinging on a Star")
B♭3 - (“Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, "Bidin' My Time‡", "Danny Boy", "Good King Wenceslas", "High Hopes" live w/Dean Martin & Mitzi Gaynor, "I'll Be Home for Christmas", “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, "Now You Has Jazz", "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", “Silent Night”, "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Too-Rah-Loo-Rah-Loo-Ral", "Well, Did You Evah", “Young At Heart”)

Significant Low Notes:
B♭2 - ("Away in a Manger", "I'll Be Home for Christmas", "Together", "Too-Rah-Loo-Rah-Loo-Ral", "Well, Did You Evah")
A2 - ("April Showers°", "Back in Your Own Backyard°", "Christmas in Killarney", "Danny Boy", "Dardanella", "Ghost Riders in the Sky", "Joy to the World", "Little One", “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth”, “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")
G♯2 - ("Away in a Manger", "Christmas in Killarney", "The Christmas Song" album version, "The First Noel", "Good King Wenceslas", "High Hopes" live w/Dean Martin & Mitzi Gaynor, "I Love Paris", "Now You Has Jazz", "Silent Night", "Too-Rah-Loo-Rah-Loo-Ral")
G2 - ("Avalon°", “Away in a Manger”, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”, "Breezin' Along With the Breeze‡", "Joy to the World", "Moonlight Becomes You", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Too-Rah-Loo-Rah-Loo-Ral", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling", “White Christmas”, “Young At Heart”)
F♯2 - ("The Christmas Song" album version, "Give Me The Simple Life‡", "Gone Fishin'‡", "Little One", "Now You Has Jazz", "O Little Town of Bethlehem", "Silent Night", “Young At Heart”)
F2 - ("Breezin' Along With the Breeze‡", "Danny Boy", "Lazy River‡", "Moonlight Becomes You", "Ol' Man River" live w/Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin 10/58, “Silent Night” live, "Swinging on a Star","Swanee°", "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")
E2 - (“Doin’ The Bing”, “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas”, "The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth", "Little One", "Silent Night", "White Christmas" movie opening)
E♭2 - (“The Christmas Song” VEVO music video, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", "Together")
D2 - ("Dardanella", "Now You Has Jazz")
C♯2 - (“Mr. Booze”)
B1 - ("Lazy Day‡")
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KEY:

*Purple marks notes found in backing harmony or general backing vocal.
*Italics mark non-sung notes.
*‡ marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on April 13, 1970.
*° marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on October 19, 1967.

Bing Crosby is widely recognized for his original recording of "White Christmas," which has sold over 50 million copies since it's initial release in 1942, making it the best-selling single of all time.  Overall, Crosby had a warm, dark, bassey timbre that was very distinctive, even from other baritones of his time.


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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Tue Oct 28, 2014 1:18 am

Molandfreak wrote:
*‡ marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on April 13, 1970.
*° marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on October 19, 1967.
Thoughts on this system?
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Buh-Red on Tue Oct 28, 2014 4:54 am

Molandfreak wrote:
Molandfreak wrote:
*‡ marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on April 13, 1970.
*° marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on October 19, 1967.
Thoughts on this system?

i don't understand the purpose of it

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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Bassman on Tue Oct 28, 2014 5:35 am

Super Bread wrote:
Molandfreak wrote:
Molandfreak wrote:
*‡ marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on April 13, 1970.
*° marks notes performed live on the Dean Martin show on October 19, 1967.
Thoughts on this system?

i don't understand the purpose of it

Probably just to save the effort of constantly typing 'Live on the Dean Martin show, April 13, 1970' after every live performance. In my opinion it's a good alternative, if there are a lot of notes he hit on that show.

By the way, OP is looking pretty good so far! Good job!

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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Zedd Squared on Tue Oct 28, 2014 6:36 am

Possibly my favorite voice of the classic crooners, plus he's from my town and I got to open for his nephew once which was pretty cool.


0:15 - A number of G2s, but he also seems to be hitting D2s in between each of them.

Also there's solid A2s and C♯4s in his version of Ghost Riders in the Sky.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  BioHazard634 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 7:21 am

E2 at 0:25, 0:39 brief F♯2, and A2s at 0:44 and 1:06 and plenty elsewhere. B3s at 1:42 and 2:22.


Can you timestamp the E2 and D2 in "Now You Has Jazz"? I had a C♯4, E4, and F4 listed for highs, and a B2 (doesn't matter in this case), G♯2, and F♯2 listed for the lows from that song.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:05 am


0:40 is a spoken D2, I must have overshot the F♯2 and pitched it as an E2, I no longer hear it. Wink
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  BioHazard634 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:36 am

Okay, yeah the C♯4 and E4s are right after 3:39. A sustained C♯4 at 3:58 too.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Zedd Squared on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:41 am

Could you link his C♯2s? I was listening to The Christmas Song and didn't notice much of anything lower than A2.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Tue Oct 28, 2014 9:49 am

Whackooyzero wrote:Could you link his C♯2s? I was listening to The Christmas Song and didn't notice much of anything lower than A2.

Looks like it's live, but I don't know anything else about this performance. The C♯2 is at 1:00, and there's a sustained E♭2 at the end. Very Happy
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Post  BioHazard634 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:06 am

The C♯2 sounds like an E♭2 to me.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:15 am

I'll get rid of that one then; it's so short it was really hard to pitch. I can't find that live one I heard once, so I'll remove that one too, but I'm keeping the Mr. Booze one (9:17).
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  BioHazard634 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:41 am

Shocked That was wondrous.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:46 am

Thoughts on the low backing harmonies of White Christmas? At 1:43 they bottom out at D2, but I'm not sure if that was Bing or not; there were a lot of backing vocalists...
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  BioHazard634 on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:50 am

I hear E♭2 to E2. As to whether or not it's Bing, I'd say no.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Guest on Tue Oct 28, 2014 10:55 am

I like how these old fellas didn't care to go high at all. Another musical mindset.
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Post  Rodney Razorshorts on Tue Oct 28, 2014 11:23 am

Yeah, back in those days the singer didn't record his own backing vox in a situation like that. Especially if he had entire troupe of backup singers with him.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  BioHazard634 on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:16 am

Just listening to a playlist of Bing and I found this (flat) F4 at 3:02.

The playlist is here. Has some other significant stuff that's not in the OP yet.
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Post  BioHazard634 on Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:06 am

I was just listening to "Together" again, but I must've listened to the other upload before, because I had Bing's low note listed as an E2 and Frank's high one an A4. But this other upload is much more in tune (the "E2" and "A4" are flat in the other one) but it's a half-step down from what we think of the other one as (that one is in between pitches, so technically less than a half step down). Anyway, here it is, with Bing's note at 1:16. If this one is in the correct pitch, then Bing's note is actually an E♭2 and Frank's a G♯4.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  The Long Shot on Mon Nov 03, 2014 4:19 am

These songs are all on "The Voice Of Christmas: The Complete Decca Songbook". (Note: because of this, some of the timestamps may not be completely accurate, as I'm pitching from the CD's and then copying links from YouTube.)

Can't link it because it's not on YouTube, but in the original unreleased version of "Silent Night", Bing has some very strong E♭4's.

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C4 at 1:04. Some B♭3's and B3's scattered throughout.

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Multiple B3's and C4's, and even a couple of D4's as well.

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This version of "Silent Night" ends on a strong F2 from Mr. Crosby.

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B3 at 0:30 and 1:24.

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Multiple B♭2's and C4's.

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A2's and a couple of G2's. Peaks at B3 on "if only in my dreams".

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B♭2 at 0:58. B♭3 at 1:24.

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Wait, how has this one not been note-watched? In any case, B♭3 at 0:22, with multiple A2's and A♭2's scattered around as well. Touches on E2 on the line "and may all your Christmases be white".

Will post more links later on.


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Re: Bing Crosby

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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Molandfreak on Sat Dec 13, 2014 1:55 pm

Notewatching him in the "White Christmas" movie right now. Smile
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  Clem on Sat Nov 21, 2015 7:55 am

Those F2s in Ol' Man River sound really effortless for him. Crosby for me is pretty much the definition of a lyric bass-baritone.
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Re: Bing Crosby

Post  CoolBeans on Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:24 am

Where's the B1?
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