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(Titles 1 to 21 – Decca; 22 - Capitol)
Of his 22 Gold Records for individual songs – that is, records with sales of at least one million – four were Christmas carols:
The 1947 re-recording of "White Christmas" made the charts at 3 (1948), 5 (1949), 13 (1950), 13 (1951), 21 (1953), 21 (1954), 7 (1955), 34 (1957), 26 (1960), 12 (1961), 38 (1962).
"White Christmas" went Platinum in 1960.
4. "Silent Night Holy Night" (1942). This recording from 1935, with the Guardsmen Quartet and Victor Young Orchestra, also reached the charts in 1938 (at number 7) and 1941 (at number 11). This recording went Platinum in 1970. Another version recorded with Al Rinker, Harry Barris, Austin Young, Jack Fulton, Charles Gaylord, and the Paul Whiteman Orchestra reached number 6 in 1928. Finally, there was a version recorded with the Ken Darby Singers and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra which reached number 22 in 1947.
7. "Jingle Bells" with the Andrews Sisters (1943). This song also hit number 19 in 1947. Also recorded in 1943 with the Andrews Sisters and the Vic Schoen Orchestra was "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" which reached number 22 in 1947
8. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" (1943). This little gem, perfectly suited for Crosby's rolling baritone, is one of Bing's most successful Christmas song. He recorded it Oct. 4, 1943, backed by the John Scott Trotter Orchestra, and within two months the song was on the charts, where it stayed for 7 weeks, eclipsing "White Christmas." The recording hit the charts again in December 1944 getting to number 3 on the charts. [Other sources say that this was Bing’s fifth gold record.]
23. In 1970 an album went Gold: "Merry Christmas," an album anthology, which first topped the charts in 1957. Recorded with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra), the album reached number 1 in 1958, number 17 in 1959, number 9 in 1960 and number 22 in 1962. It can still be found – in CD form – during Christmas, 2000, 42 years after it was released.
There were lots of other Christmas hits in these years, including "Sleigh Ride in July" (1944, John Scott Trotter Orchestra) which reached number 14. He recorded "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" in 1950 with Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra); it reached number 14. In 1950, he recorded "Silver Bells" with Carole Richards and the John Scott Trotter Orchestra; it reached number 20 on the charts in 1952. He also recorded "Marshmallow World" in 1950 with the Lee Gordon Singers and the Sonny Burke Orchestra; it reached number 24. In 1955, he recorded "A Christmas Sing with Bing" [CBS radio long-playing album] which was recorded with the Norman Luboff Choir and the Paul Weston Orchestra; it reached number 21 on the charts.
His first, in 1937, was "Sweet Leilani." Bing's voice was at its peak in the 30's and 40's and throughout this period he had no equal. During his career, he sang every imaginable kind of song including romantic ballads, country and western, patriotic, religious, Irish and Hawaiian favourites as well as light opera and jazz classics. No singer has ever matched Bing when it comes to Christmas; his Yuletide offerings remain pre-eminent throughout the world. Some 1500 of Bing's recordings (both commercial and radio) are currently available on compact disc and more are released all over the world on a regular basis. In the region of 250 Crosby CDs have been issued since the advent of the compact disc as proof that twenty-one years after his death Bing remains ever popular.
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