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BING CROSBY - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 12/30/1976 - HFSID 82793

The crooner writes to a famed 1940s jazz singer about his two-week Broadway show, mentioning some of his co-stars, including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Bushkin and his quartet, jazz greats Milt Hilton and Johnny Smith, and his wife, Kathryn, and his children (three performed in the show).

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BING CROSBY
The crooner writes to a famed 1940s jazz singer about his two-week Broadway show, mentioning some of his co-stars, including Rosemary Clooney, Joe Bushkin and his quartet, jazz greats Milt Hilton and Johnny Smith, and his wife, Kathryn, and his children (three performed in the show).
TLS: "Bing", 2p, 7¼x10½, separate sheets. No place, 1976 December 30. On stationery imprinted with his name to Mrs. Eugenie Baird Mead, Breezy Hill Farm, North Salem, New York. Begins: "Dear Eugenie". In full: "Well it was a great surprise to hear from you - and to know that you were at the concert when we were in New York working at the Uris Theatre. I would have loved to have seen you and said hello, but I guess opening night was a little hectic getting backstage and Cork probably didn't want to get involved - and I don't blame him! It was fun working in New York. Business wasn't as good as I thought it would be, although the final week was pretty good. But the audiences were universally responsive, warm and most kind. And the children enjoyed themselves immensely, as did Kathryn and I. Sadly enough, Rosie Clooney had throat trouble almost from the day before the concert, when we played the Avery Fisher Hall and it held over all through the two week engagement. It was too bad in New York that she wasn't in peak form, because in Europe and all the other concerts she had been absolutely perfect. When Bushkin, Hinton and Johnny Smith play, you just have to do your best. Appreciate your kind comments, Eugenie. The next time I'm in New York we will have to have a cup of tea or something. I'll get hold of you through Cork. Give him my best, too - and warmest best wishes to you for a nice holiday season. As ever". Bing Crosby on Broadway ran from December 7-December 19, 1976 at the Uris Theatre. The show, which starred Crosby, also featured singer ROSEMARY CLOONEY (who performed on a number of Crosby's tours), pianist, performer, composer and arranger JOE BUSHKIN and the Joe Bushkin Quartet, British entertainer Ted Rogers, Crosby's wife, Kathryn Crosby, three of his children, Harry Crosby III, Mary-Frances Crosby and Nathaniel Crosby, and the Billy Byers Orchestra. Hinton was MILT HINTON (1910-2000), who was known as the "Dean of Jazz Bass Players". Hinton toured widely with such performers as Louis Armstrong and Pearl Bailey as well as with Crosby. JOHNNY SMITH, born John Henry Smith, Jr. in 1922, was a famed jazz guitarist who was considered one of the most versatile guitarists of the 1950s. EUGENIE BAIRD (circa 1925-1988) was a popular jazz singer of the 1940s. She performed with the Casa Loma Orchestra and Tony Pastor and also sang with such greats as Spike Jones, Mel Tormé, Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway. Baird also appeared with Crosby on The Kraft Music Hall. HARRY LILLIS "BING" CROSBY (1904-1977) won the 1944 Academy Award for Best Actor for Going My Way. He was also nominated for Best Actor Oscars for The Bells of St. Mary's (1945) and The Country Girl (1954). Known for his relaxed "crooning" style of singing, Crosby recorded more than 1,600 songs that sold at least 500 million copies. His 1942 single of "White Christmas" sold more than 30 million copies worldwide and was the best-selling single in any music category for more than 50 years. Lightly creased with folds, upper horizontal fold on second page through signature. Fine condition.

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