Bing Crosby was already an established artist when the Baby Boom Years began in 1946, and had at least 35 hits on the Billboard and Cash Box charts over the period. Surprisingly, he had just two #1 songs over that period (and one was the perennial “White Christmas,” first released in 1942), but was a regular in the Top Ten over those years.
“Now Is The Hour (Maori Farewell Song)” was Bing’s other #1 song. It reached #1 in January 1948 and remained there for 23 weeks.
Bing’s last Top Ten hit was 1956’s “True Love,” which he sang with Grace Kelly. From the film High Society, it was written by Cole Porter and became a hit in September, approximately five months after Ms. Kelly became Princess Grace of Monaco. It rose to #3 on the charts and was nominated for an Academy Award, losing to “Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera).”
Bing started focusing his efforts on TV in the early Fifties, and his production company (Bing Crosby Productions), affiliated first with Desilu then with CBS Television Studios, produced a few shows, including Ben Casey and Hogan’s Heroes. His last popular song was the famous 1977 duet with David Bowie, “The Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth,” which was released as a single in 1982 and became a #3 hit in the UK that year.
Bing Crosby, your Two For Tuesday, September 19, 2017.
So the song, or rather songs, were two named “Galway Bay,” one of which was more popular in Ireland (sung by Dolores Keane), the other more popular outside Ireland (sung by Bing Crosby). Here are the results.
Inside Ireland (Dolores): 4
Outside Ireland (Bing): 7
Congratulations to Bing and kudos to Dolores for a beautiful job.
I’m still curious: ignoring the singers for just a second, which “Galway Bay” did you like? They were two different songs.
Anyway, we’ll do this again on August 15.
In today’s battle, I’m going to present you with two different songs with the same name and have you decide which of the two you prefer.
There are two different songs called “Galway Bay,” with one being more popular in Ireland and the other more popular outside it.
CONTESTANT #1: Version more popular in Ireland Also known as “My Own Dear Galway Bay,” it was composed by Frank Fahy, a resident of Kinvara, Co. Galway. The music was composed by Tony Small, although it was originally written to the tune of “Skibbereen”. Here it’s performed by Dolores Keane, whose version is one of the better-known ones.
CONTESTANT #2: Version more popular outside Ireland As I mentioned yesterday, when I included Johnny Cash’s version of it, this was written by Dr. Arthur Colahan in 1947. This is Bing Crosby’s version; he changed some of the lyrics to make it less political.
All right, we have two different songs here with the same name. Which of the two of them do you prefer? Listen to both, decide which you prefer, and vote in the comments along with why you chose that one. Then, head over to Stephen T. McCarthy’s blog, where he has the current list of participants, and vote in the other battles being held today. I’ll count the votes and declare the winner next Saturday, July 22, so have your vote in before then.
The lines are now open. Best of luck to Mr. Fahy and Dr. Colahan, and to Dolores and Bing!