It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that Bing

Bing Crosby (1903-1977)

OK, I know. He had big ears like the heir to the British throne, he played that most boring of games, golf, he was, let’s say, conservative and more than a little bit smarmy but… God Bing Crosby could sing! We might not all like his type of gentle crooning these days but whenever I listen to anyone else trying to do it, I just have to go back to the great man himself. No one can do it like Bing.

It wouldn’t be the Christmas holidays without him either – we all know the tune and most of the words even if we only sing them when we’re half-cut on our way back from the pub. Yes, I’m Dreaming Of A White Christmas has become a schmaltzy folk song and I love it. Actually it was written by the great Irving Berlin (1888-1989) in 1940 and first recorded by Bing in 1941. It is now well known that it is the biggest selling record of all time with over 50 million sales worldwide.

Irving Berlin (1988-1989)

A record company once sent me a lapel badge, now lost, that I wore with a mix of irony and pride a long time ago. It read It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Bing. Well there are certain songs where that is true. Take it away, Bing.

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