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Christmas songs: Silver Bells

Silver Bells is a popular Christmas song written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. Silver Bells was first performed by Bob Hop and Marilyn Maxwell for the movie The Lemon Drop Kid in the summer of 1950.  The film was released in March 1951. Bing Crosby and Carol Richards recorded the song which was released Read More

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Song Story: Swinging on a Star

Swinging on a Star was introduced by Bing Crosby in the 1944 film, Going My Way. The pop standard was composed by Jimmy Van Heusen with lyrics by Johnny Burke.  The song is said to be inspired by a conversation Bing Crosby had with his children one evening while Jimmy Van Heusen was a guest.  Read More

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Song Story: The Moon got In My Eyes

The Moon got In My Eyes was written by Johnny Burke and Arthur Johnson. Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra both recorded the song. The song appears on Sinatra’s Moonlight Sinatra.  

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Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, let’s take a look at another popular Irish song. “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” was made popular by Bing Crosby in the 1940s, however it’s origins date back much farther than that. In reality, “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That’s an Irish Lullaby)” is not an Irish song, but an Irish-American song. “Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral Read More