Bing’s Basement, a series of 12 monthly one-hour radio specials comprised of rare and unknown material from Bing Crosby’s extensive tape archive, as well as more familiar Crosby recordings, premieres Thursday, July 4, on SiriusXM Satellite Radio on channel 4 (40s on 4.)
The shows feature never-before-available music, as well as highlights and guests from Crosby’s long radio career, including his time as a disc jockey in the 1940s and 1950s. Radio personality Arne Fogel hosts the series, which kicks off with an Independence Day show. Bing’s Basement debuted on SiriusXM with two one-hour Christmas specials in December 2012.
This fall the Bing Crosby Archive will release two new CDs through Universal Music Enterprises. Bing Sings the Johnny Mercer Songbook spans more than two decades, starting with a rare 1934 radio performance of “P.S. I Love You.” Other highlights include “Lazy Bones,” a duet with Louis Armstrong, and several of Crosby’s Decca hits including “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive,” which features the Andrews Sisters, and “Mr. Meadowlark,” a duet with Mercer. Also included among the 22 selections are 10 previously unissued recordings, including “That Old Black Magic,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “Glow Worm,” and “Autumn Leaves.”
The CD release of Le Bing: Song Hits of Paris-60th Anniversary Deluxe Edition will be the first-ever reissue of Crosby’s first LP. The original 1953 release, recorded in Paris with Crosby singing in French, was an eight-song, 10-inch album and one of the first concept albums ever made. Crosby’s French-language recordings include “La Vie En Rose” and “Madamoiselle de Paris.” The anniversary edition expands Le Bing to 24 tracks, 15 never before released, including rare studio outtakes, and several English language bonus tracks including a pair of Cole Porter favorites, “I Love Paris” and “Allez Vous En (Go Away.)”